How to Start a Dog Training Business
For over two decades, people wondering how to start a dog training business have found answers through Animal Behavior College Dog Obedience School. Yes, starting your own business may sound scary, but ABC supports students both during their training and after they receive their certification and begin their new careers.
How Do I Know if Dog Obedience School Is for Me?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have a passion for dogs?
- Would I love to move into a career that keeps me active instead of desk-bound or behind a counter?
- Do I dream of going into business for myself?
- Am I looking to provide a service that is in steady demand?
- Do I value variety and challenge in my work?
- Would I like to set my own hours?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might want to get certified and hang out your shingle as a dog trainer. If you think you’d like to start your own dog training business, enrolling in Animal Behavior College can put you on a direct path to fulfilling that goal.
What About All the Necessary Business Know-How?
ABC is committed to helping our students succeed. Founder and professional dog trainer Steven Appelbaum knew from the start that students should have not only a top notch online curriculum but also the tools necessary to succeed once they completed the program. Therefore, in addition to sharpening their dog training chops, students also learn the required skills for starting a dog training business.
From choosing a business name and type to creating a business plan, Stage 9 of the curriculum goes into detail on how to market yourself by networking online and with other pet professionals. Students learn how to create a compelling website through SEO best practices; how to maximize use of both social media and traditional media to expand your customer reach; and how to market to target demographics.
Students also get valuable tips on how to run a dog training business, including developing and adhering to a budget; creating contracts and forms; and delivering quality customer service.
Do ABC Alumni Get Continuing Support?
Absolutely! We love to see our students succeed in their new careers, so we provide numerous alumni benefits.
Our alumni are eligible to be listed in ABC’s Dog Trainer Directory at no cost. This directory connects your business with pet owners conducting online searches for dog trainers in their area. Creating a profile in our directory enables pet owners to find you and hopefully hire you! Only ABC Dog Trainer Program graduates who join the ABC Alumni group may be listed in our directory.
ABC also offers our graduates a low-cost turnkey website they can use for their dog training business. Easily customizable, you can include your own content, images and several design elements. Update it as often as you’d like; this website is in your control. A built-in contact form is included to help potential clients conveniently reach you and set up an appointment.
To further help our ABC graduates navigate the waters of business-ownership, we offer access to any of our example forms and templates. These legal documents include agreements for private dog training lessons, group dog training classes and kennel training. These customizable documents can save you a world of time!
Our graduates also enjoy continuing educational opportunities. They have lifetime access to the most up-to-date curriculum for our Dog Trainer Program. For those wanting to expand their skill set ABC offers several short term programs, including Training Shelter Dogs, The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, Pet Massage, Pet Nutrition and Diet, Doggie Daycare, and Pet Fostering.
How Soon Can I Begin?
How about right now? You may enroll at ABC anytime and begin your coursework. Just call us at 800-795-3294 and speak to an admissions counselor to get the ball rolling!