Dog Trainer Classroom Program


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Become a Professional Dog Trainer

GI Bill Approved School for Dog Trainers

Turn your love for dogs into a dog training career through Animal Behavior College. Our Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is a five-month dog training course held at our headquarters in Valencia, CA, in the City of Santa Clarita, only 40 minutes from Hollywood, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.

At our dog trainer school, you learn in a one-on-one classroom environment, work with dogs at an animal shelter and apply your dog training skills in real life. If you’re interested in starting a dog training career, this program may be right for you.

We are currently taking enrollments for our March 11th, 2019 class. Call 800-795-3294 today or submit the completed form to request more information.

Animal Behavior College Graduation

Benefits of the ABC Dog Training Classroom Program

Learn in a Classroom Environment

Some students learn better in a classroom where they can interact with other students and the instructor. For this reason and by popular demand, we offer our dog training program in a classroom environment. As a dog trainer school, we strive to accommodate students wanting an on-site learning environment.

Meet Your Instructor

ABC InstructorMr. Seth Hutson, an ABC Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT), teaches our onsite dog training program, which is approved for GI Bill benefits. Mr. Hutson has 22 years of combined service between Law Enforcement and the Army/National Guard where he assisted the K-9 unit with the training of their military police dogs. During his time in the Army, he was also a Weapons Specialist, Enemy Prisoner of War Expert, Company Training Sergeant and Company Retention Sergeant.

Keeping with his history of service to others, Mr. Hutson then went on to work for a number of animal rescue organizations as both Executive Director and Certified Animal Trainer/Behaviorist Specialist.

He maintains a “do what you love, love what you do” attitude as he continues to enrich the lives of animals and people.

Become a Certified Dog Trainer in 5 Months

Graduates from the on-site dog trainer program will be certified as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT). The classroom experience allows you to immerse yourself in an environment with other dog lovers pursuing their dog training careers. You can complete the on-site dog training classroom program and graduate with your dog trainer certification within just 5 months. 

Small Investment for a Rewarding Career

This program costs $9,717.82, which covers tuition, registration, study materials and taxes. Student-friendly financing is available to qualified students.

Use Your GI Bill Benefits to Help Dogs

We’re proud to be one of the schools that approve the GI Bill. Our dog trainer school is approved to educate veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.

A few financial assistance programs available to qualified persons include:

  • The Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
  • The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance – Chapter 35
  • Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance – Chapter 1607
  • And more

Can you help me apply for this benefit?

The team at Animal Behavior College is more than happy to help you through the application process. We have years of experience. Call us at 800-795-3294 to get started.

Space is limited. Get started by calling 800-795-3294.


Students will be required to attend school at our Valencia, California, campus. The campus is located approximately 40 minutes north of Los Angeles.


Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What You’ll Learn

The dog trainer program is approximately 22 weeks long and consists of 11 stages. Decades of dog training experience have been poured into our extremely comprehensive curriculum. You learn everything from dog behavior to effective problem solving. We also have classes on public speaking and business building to help you launch a potentially successful dog trainer career upon graduation. Students also receive a Pet CPR and First Aid certificate that is good for 2 years.

Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program

  • Stage 1 – A Basic Study of Canines
  • Stage 2 – Learning Theory
  • Stage 3 – A Dog Trainer's Toolbox
  • Stage 4 – Dog Training Basics
  • Stage 5 – How to Teach Basic Obedience Cues
  • Stage 6 – The Art of Effective Problem Solving
  • Stage 7 – Safety
  • Stage 8 – Public Speaking & Teaching Group Classes
  • Stage 9 – Business Building
  • Stage 10 – Outside Classroom Hours
  • Stage 11 – Graduation

Hands-On Training

GI Bill Approved ProgramA student favorite, the hands-on training portion requires students to volunteer 60 hours at a local animal shelter. There, you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to shelter dogs in real life.

Space is limited. Get started by calling 800-795-3294 today.