How to become a certified dog trainer in US and UK


How to become a certified dog trainer in US and UK Written by: Sharon Bolt

How to become a certified dog trainer in US and UK
Written by: Sharon Bolt

About writer:

the founder of Good Dogs! She is a dog expert who has been featured in more than 35 different newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations.

 and she is regularly featured on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey where she gives advice to the numerous listeners’ doggie dilemmas.


This article to all people who want to become professional dog trainers which includes tips on how to become a dog trainer.

What to do and where to start, how to calculate your potential dog trainer salary, how to become a certified dog trainer.

 how to select the best dog trainer course and how to have a successful dog training career.

First of all, we'd like to answer a very common question we asked which is: " Do I need any particular qualifications or certificates in order to become a professional dog trainer?

" The short answer is No you don't!

Currently in the UK and US there are no “official” governing bodies that regulate dog trainers or dog trainer courses.

which means that no dog trainer certification is legally required in order for someone to be a dog trainer.

If you live in a country other than the UK or US please check to see if this is the same in your country. The fact that there are no legal requirements or qualifications needed in order to become a dog trainer may sound a bit scary.

But people who embark on a dog training career without experience and knowledge rarely last very long.

With this in mind it’s crucial that the dog trainer course that you choose has glowing reviews, is credible and well established.

 Choosing a dog trainer course that offers certification after you have successfully completed the course is naturally preferable.


Here's 5 tips about what to look for when choosing the right dog trainer course for you:

1- The course must teach dog training methods that are kind and humane which means no shouting or hitting the dog and that the company’s ethics and methods resonate with you.

2- If it's an online dog trainer course it's imperative that it includes both theory and step-by-step video demonstrations showing exactly how to do the dog training methods that are taught.

It needs to include how to understand a dog's mind and how to read what they are communicating, as well as how to resolve the main unwanted behaviors we see in dogs today, such as pulling on the lead, barking, aggression, jumping up and separation anxiety.

 If it's a dog trainer school that you attend it's important that it includes real life ‘hands-on’ dog training experiences as well as theory.

3- Make sure that the dog trainer course offers both dog training tuition and in-depth information on how to set up and run a successful dog trainer business.

4- Look for dog trainer courses that include advice on how to build your confidence and positive mindset as having these qualities are vital to your success.

5- There is on-going support offered with the course to help you with your dog training career.

Becoming a dog trainer is certainly a great choice for people who'd like to work with animals.

It's estimated that 1 in 4 households in the UK have a dog and there are around 80 million dogs living in households in the US.

With the increased number of dog attacks, dog bites and dog owners at their wits end with their dogs' unwanted behavior.

There is certainly a demand for more professional dog trainers and an opening for the right people to have successful dog training careers.


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