IACP Approved Dog Training Schools
The following dog training schools are members or sponsors of the IACP
National K-9 (OHIO)
The National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio was founded in 1975 and today is regarded as a leader within the fields of dog training, behavior modification, and dog trainer education. In 1981 National K-9 established its School for Dog Trainers with the mission of offering interested individuals the skills and knowledge to pursue careers within the field of professional dog training. The "National K-9 School for Dog Trainers" is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and complies with all rules and guidelines they have established. National K-9 graduates have created profitable and rewarding careers as "Certified Professional Trainers" all over the United States and in more than 35 different foreign countries.
Starmark Academy (TEXAS)
Starmark Academy, School for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. has class sessions of four, eight, and twelve weeks year round, and offers onsite housing. Subjects include basic and advanced obedience, dog sports, behavior modification, kennel and breeding management, personal protection, police K9 training, search and rescue, retriever training, assisted therapy, explosive and narcotic detection, and much more. Here, students will learn all aspects of training and behavior and will receive certification upon completion of curriculum.
Animal Behavior College
Animal Behavior College offers courses of study that prepare graduates for success in three animal professional vocations. At ABC you can become a professional dog trainer, dog groomer or a veterinary assistant. All three programs combine in-home study with a hands on portion called an externship. The externship allows students to work with some of the most talented dog trainers, groomers and veterinary hospitals in the industry. This allows working adults the opportunity to pursue the career of their dreams without having to relocate and quit their jobs to take our courses.
We have students in all 50 states and every Canadian province.
For information on our dog trainer course please go to; http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/dog-trainer/
For information on our groomer course please go to; http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/Grooming/
For information on our veterinary assistant course please go to;
ABC also offers a number of continuing education programs. These include; Training Shelter Dogs, The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, Cat Management and Training, Pet Nutrition and Diet and more. For information about these and other continuing education programs, please go to;
T3: Train the Trainers
Jeff Gellman, Sean O'Shea, and Laura Morgan
Do you have a small dog training or dog walking business, and you want to take your sales, income, and skills to the next level?
Is spending time and working with your dogs the best part of your day?
Are you working a job you aren't completely passionate about, and have dreamed about making a living in the profession of dog training?
Do you work at a shelter and are troubled by the amount of dogs you are unable to adopt out, that are being returned, or PTS because you or your staff are lacking the skills necessary to help?
Do you already train dogs part- or full-time and want to start incorporating new tools, techniques, and philosophies that will get you better results, more revenue, and more time for yourself?
Do you work at or own a doggy day care/boarding facility and want to add highly-effective training to the services you offer?
Have you always had a way with dogs, but you are unsure, unable, or afraid to create a business around your passion?
Are you currently a dog trainer and are struggling with pricing, client interactions, and the business and marketing aspects of training?
If you answered yes to any one or more of these questions, then T3 LAUNCH is right for you!
This 7-day dog training and personal growth seminar will share how to massively accelerate and excel-in both your hands-on training, as well as the often-overlooked and misunderstood business world of dog training. T3 LAUNCH is fantastic opportunity to start your business or take your game to an entirely different level.
International School for Dog Trainers (FLORIDA)
The International School for Dog Trainers specializes in Mentoring and Shadowing courses in Basic Dog Training. The School in addition provides e-collar training short courses (E-Touch) for dog trainers, both at their center in Florida and other locations as requested. It also runs courses in retrieving and gundog work, both for spaniels and retrievers. 407 469-5583
Master Dog Training, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) http://www.masterdog-training.com/about-us/
Training any dog requires professionalism and experience of a dog trainer. Master Dog Training has more than 20 years of experience that is based on the best dog training techniques from all over the world: USA, Germany, Finland, Russia, Israel, Turkey, and more. And now we are can share our dog training skills with you in Los Angeles. Get hands on experience working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Our professional trainers will work with you on perfecting your dog training technique, and you will learn dog training theory through actually working with dogs, as well as through our online school.Our trainers will work with you on a wide range of dog training techniques, ranging from basic obedience, to advanced training such as Shutzhund, protection, and more. You will experience Shutzhund as the attacker and the attackee (while wearing a specialized bite-suit), and learn how to properly work in the bite-suit.
That’s My Dog (Iowa)
The That's My Dog! E-cademy program has been helping professional trainers expand their skill set since 2002. From basic to advanced training, client coaching, marketing and customer service, this comprehensive immersion course lead by Robin MacFarlane has helped 100's of students learn the art and science of remote collar training.
ForceFree Method (Chicagoland, IL)
The ForceFree Method combines low level remote collar work with excellent body language to engage the dog's natural Pack Drive. Fast and happy training for both dog and handler.
Dave McMahon's Dog Academy. (Canada) Est.26 yrs.
A School For Dog Trainers
PAWS Training Academy
PAWS Training Academy is the leading school using hands-on methods to train Assistance Dog and Service Dog trainers. We’ve been training Assistance and Service Dogs for more than 13 years. We draw on this depth of experience to prepare students to train dogs to work in educational, rehabilitation, and care facilities and to help individual clients cope with the everyday challenges of living with disabilities. Throughout the program our students work directly with dozens of dogs with varying skills and temperaments and trained to assist with a diverse set of needs. They’ll also have the opportunity to work with and talk with dozens of current Assistance Dog owners and clients with Service Dogs. We offer intensive, concentrated training that prepares our graduates to train dogs to the highest level of performance. Our graduates are certified to a standard that exceeds the requirements of Assistance Dogs International. If you want to use your skills as a dog trainer to make a real difference in your world PAWS Training Academy will show you how. www.PAWSTrainingAcademy.com
The Dog Wizard Academy Charlotte, NC
The Dog Wizard Academy is a dog training school and franchise built all in one. As long as you have a passion for dogs, we can teach you how to be successful in the dog training industry. During the 3-4 month school, you get a ton of hands on experience with numerous dogs (big and small) with multiple behavior problems. You will learn how to teach multiple classes for different revenue streams. Aside from all the dog lessons, you also learn all the marketing info that is essential to your business being successful. If you are the best dog trainer in the world, but no one knows about you, then it is hard to become successful. And because you are part of our franchise system…all your marketing material is already created and waiting on you! Once you leave, we still continue to assist you by answering your local business phone line and setting all your appointments. Seriously, all you have to do is train dogs! Upon graduation, you will have a personal website, business phone line, marketing material, and the office staff to help you grow and not spend TONS of time doing things that do not grow your business. We have successful franchisees who had no previous dog experience, as well as franchisees who were already running their own dog training business and decided to join our team because it made their business life a lot easier (and saved them money)!!
The Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers (Highridge, MO)
As a student of the Tom Rose School, you receive the most comprehensive dog-training education in the world. As a graduate you are in high demand domestically and internationally with prospective employers. If you choose to open your own business, you now have the skills and tools that put you above the competition. Through lectures, demonstrations, and extensive supervised hands-on training, you learn a variety of dog training theories and techniques, and how to apply them. Our programs challenge you to develop unique training methods and problem-solving techniques, and you gain experience working with a wide range of dog personalities and temperaments. Students do not graduate simply because they attend the school. Students and their dogs must pass all requirements and demonstrate their ability to train in order to graduate. We base our Graduation requirements on nationally recognized tests. We score these tests on the same exact rules of performance generated by AKC, UKC, DVG, NNDDA (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association), and other national and international kennel clubs. Employers in the dog care and training industry recognize our high standards and recognize the value of TRS graduates for their company.
The Pet Care Institute
"The Pet Care Institute is a website managed by renowned Dog Trainer, Jeff Coltenback. Now is the time for you to embark on the career in pet care that you've always dreamed about. The Pet Care Institute offers online certification as well as custom hands on training for individuals, shelters and rescues. The comprehensive curriculum includes research, essays, video tutorials and opportunities for hands on and virtual mentor ship. Other options like Holistic Pet Care Programs are also offered through the website. The programs were designed to offer students an accessible avenue to achieve their pet care career goals. Students study online from anywhere in the world and AT THEIR OWN PACE! Most of the programs are designed to be completed between eight and eighteen months. But, if students needs more time, The Pet Care Institute offers flexibility for completion of any program. And, all of our programs are priced accordingly and also offer manageable payment options. Jeff Coltenback designed each program to help students become the best professionals they can be. But, he also encourages students to become the best people they can be! Jeff Coltenback treats all of his students equally and any and all people of any life stage or demographic are welcome to apply! For more info visit either of the following links: