Class 50 is just over halfway through our Master Dog Trainer program. This course provides students with the tools, experience and knowledge they require to become a professional dog trainer.
Our students started their journey on January 7th, and their course will finish towards the end of June. This semester’s intake has seen a mixture of students, each with their own unique backstory and all with different experiences of working with dogs.
Different backgrounds - but the same passion
At the School for Dog Trainers, we teach attendees from all over the world who want to take the next step on their journey to become a dog trainer. The Master Dog Trainer program is perfect for anyone with an interest in dog training – a six month course with a mixture of classroom education and hands-on experience with a variety of dog breeds.
Each week on our Facebook page, we feature one student as our ‘Student of the Week’. What do they have to say about their experience so far at the School for Dog Trainers?
A combination of lectures and practical training is important to become a well-rounded trainer
The Master Dog Trainer program involves both classroom tuition from professional experts and practical, hands-on training with dogs. What do our students think of these methods, and do they find it a beneficial way of learning?
Hailing from Puerto Rico, Paula has always had an interest in working with animals – she volunteered at a local animal shelter whilst she was in college. It was actually Paula’s mother who recommended she enroll in a program at the School for Dog Trainers. What does she have to say about the balance of theory and practical on her course?
“Hands-on experience is extremely important. It’ll show you better ways to handle things and give you the confidence to do it again. The hands-on is important but so are the lectures. A combination of everything is important to become a well-rounded trainer.”
– Paula, Class 50 student
Grace and her dog Greta are from North Carolina, where she has worked at a boarding, daycare and training facility since 2010. When Grace finishes the program at the School for Dog Trainers, she plans to use the knowledge she gained and apply it to her work at the facility. What does she think of the mixture of teaching methods?
“You can learn anything from a PowerPoint and how you would need to do it, but hands-on experience perfects your timing and shows you what you’re doing wrong.”
– Grace, Class 50 student
Favorite aspects of the course
In addition to the six month Master Dog Trainer program, the School for Dog Trainers also offers the following individual courses:
- Canine Training and Behavior Modification Professionals Program
- Police K9 Instructor Program
- Search and Rescue Dog Trainer Program
- Service Dog Trainer Program
The comprehensive curriculum of the Master Dog Trainer course includes the material, lectures and practical training of these courses. Do our students have a favourite aspect of the program?
From New Jersey, Paul joined the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed in California (learn more about our VA benefits). With his two German Shepherds, Paul has a hard-working, unbreakable spirit and wants to learn as much as he can to start his dog training career. What has his favourite part of the program been so far?
“The behavior modification chapter. It gives you a better insight to how a dog’s mind works and makes you think about things a different way than you normally would.”
– Paul, Class 50 student
Abby from North Carolina has grown up around animals and wants to help the lives of dogs and their owners by pursuing a career in dog training. What has Abby enjoyed most about the Master Dog Trainer course so far?
“I have really enjoyed getting to work with different breeds and personalities of dogs. Every dog learns differently and working with a variety has taught me a lot.”
– Abby, Class 50 student
Guidance and tutoring from expert professionals
All classes at the School for Dog Trainers are delivered by dog training instructors who have history and experience in the industry. Our tutors help our students to achieve their potential, including by offering the popular Student Excellence program. What do our students think of their instructors?
From nearby Kentucky, Katy has been working with rescue dogs since 2010. She is passionate about helping people and their dogs, and plans to return home to start her own business upon completion of her course. She made the following comments about her experiences so far:
“I am learning so much at once, it’s amazing! All the instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do; that creates a positive learning environment.”
– Katy, Class 50 student
Patrick from South Carolina fell in love with training after getting his dog, Odin. He realized the only way to improve as a trainer was working with as many dogs as possible, and loves helping the police and military community with their dogs. Does he think the instructors at the School for Dog Trainers are helpful?
“Yes, they [the instructors] are always able to answer the questions I have asked.”
– Patrick, Class 50 student
Guest speakers and innovative learning methods
As well as the engaging lectures and hands-on training, the School for Dog Trainers also provides opportunities for students to improve their professional development. Already in this semester, students have had the chance to participate in the following:
– A dog behavioral clinic to help local residents with their dogs
– A mock court session at the Iredell County Courthouse
– Reading sessions at a local school, where grade school children read to our service dogs
– A K9 Medic course provided by Jo-Anne Brenner
Our students learn so much from these experiences, gaining a deeper understanding which they can apply to their career as a dog trainer after they graduate.
At the School for Dog Trainers, we pride ourselves in teaching our students so they can succeed in this competitive field. We have students from a variety of backgrounds – some with no prior experience of dog training, and others who wish to learn more about the art of training to supplement their existing skill set.
How would our students summarize their experience at the School for Dog Trainers?
“Jade [my service dog] and I are very happy to be here. Thank you so much for having us.”
– Daryl, Class 50 student
“I love it. Most of the trainers here are very helpful if you have any questions.”
– Grace, Class 50 student
“I really love this school, it brings out the potential in me. I wish this was a year long school!”
– Josh, Class 50 student
We are grateful for all of our Class 50 students and wish them all the best for the remainder of their studies at the School for Dog Trainers!