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Professional Pet Dog Trainer


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Become a Professional Pet Dog Trainer

Do you know how to turn your passion for helping dogs into a professional career? 

With formal education you can turn your passion into a career that fits your lifestyle. Build your confidence and competence using science-based education and dog handling skill development on a flexible schedule. With our support and guidance, your passion can help dogs everyday.

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Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate - PREMIUM



  • Payment Plan Option
  • 7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • 17 Theory Courses
  • 12 Skill Development Courses 
  • Personal Coaching During Skill Development Grading
  • LIVE Monthly Student Webinars
  • Canine First Aid Certificate
  • Community Portal Membership
  • NEW!! Dog Walker Course 
  • Exclusive Business for Pet Dog Trainers Program
  • Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate 
Course Descriptions and Options to Register

Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate - PPDT



  • Payment Plan Option
  • 7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • 17 Theory Courses
  • 12 Skill Development Courses
  • Personal Coaching During Skill Development Grading
  • LIVE Monthly Student Webinars
  • Canine First Aid Certificate
  • Community Portal Membership
  • Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate


Course Descriptions and Options to Register

Learn to Train Your Own Dog at Home

Does your dog pull on their leash and misbehave causing embarrassment and frustration?
Could your relationship with your dog be better?

Turn your frustration into pride!
Help your dog be a Good Dog by practising Essential Life Skills together.
The steps are simple and presented by expert Professional Pet Dog Trainers.
Feel your relationship improve everyday.

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Essential Life Skills Dog Training Certificate


Train Your Own Good Dog at Home

  • Download Tip Sheet Summaries with all 9 modules
  • Training Equipment  Treat Pouch | Treats | Toys | Set the Stage
  • What's in a Word?  Verbal Cues | Markers | Clickers | Release Cues
  • Attention, Please!  Focus | Attention Game | Name Game | Increase Difficulty
  • Foundation Life Skills  Sit | Sit with Duration | Down | Touch
  • Stay!  Stay | The 3 R's | The 3 D's | Real Life Scenarios | Release Cues
  • Self Control  Leave It | Leave It - Increased Difficulty | Silly Sit | Silly Sit - Increased Difficulty
  • Loose Leash Walking  Pocket of Plenty | Natural Focus | Let's Go | Heel to Position | Loose Leash Walking
  • Come When Called  Treat Toss Game | Do's and Do Not's of the Recall | Formal Recall | Collar Desensitization
  • Stand, Stay  Getting Started | Add Distance and Duration | Everyday Life Scenarios
  • Certificate of Completion


Canine Enrichment and Your Dog



The key to a healthy and happy dog is regular enrichment and allowing them to engage in playing, chasing, smelling, chewing and scavenging.

Enrichment is just as important to your dog's welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care.

  • Video presentation from Good Dog Academy's Director of Training and Certified Enrichment Technician, Jaime Knowles

  • Understand Passive and Active enrichment

  • Specifics about what your dog needs to be happy and healthy

  • Certificate of Completion



Separation Anxiety and Your Dog



One of the most challenging experiences that a dog faces is separation anxiety. A fear of being left alone. 

This in-depth on-demand webinar will help you understand why your dog may display this behaviour, discuss common myths and get an in-depth understanding of triggers. 

Our ultimate goal is to help you to help your dog become more comfortable being home alone. 

  • Complete our Fear & Anxiety course  before the presentation

  • Video presentation from Director of Training, Jaime Knowles

  • Tip sheets

  • Daily Training Log

  • Certificate of Completion 
*Prices in Canadian funds. All taxes and fees included. US and International Students - your credit card company
will calculate 
the exchange and charge in your country’s currency. No additional fees.

There's a HUGE Shortage of Professionals in the Pet Dog Industry.
Dogs and Their Families Need Your Help! 

Earn Your Certificate and Join this THRIVING Industry.
The Dream Job You've Always Wanted.

Benefits of Earning Your Dog Trainer Certification Digitally in Canada and the USA:

Online learning has become famous for many reasons, including lower stress, increased time flexibility, no geographic limitations and better affordability. By removing transportation time and cost, having access to course material 24/7 and having the ability to review any lesson as many times as you want, paying significantly less for the same material and being able to fit your school time into your lifestyle lowers the stress and pressure of pursuing your education. 

Good Dog Academy has reformatted its in-person-only program content into an online learning environment. Our theory courses for a dog obedience trainer are easy to follow, yet they provide all the information you need to succeed. For our Professional Dog Obedience Trainer practical courses, video exchanges with our instructors will give critical feedback to ensure you are on the right track. All of this in an environment with lower stress, increased time flexibility, no geographic limitations and better affordability for a dog training course.

How To Become A Dog Trainer: Online Dog Training Certification

Do dog trainers need formal education like a training certification program and experience to succeed? Just because someone is successful at training their dog does not mean they are qualified to teach dogs professionally. People on their path to becoming professional dog trainers are often surprised about how much there is to know about dogs. Animal Behaviour, Theory, Canine First Aid and Practical training are essential components of being professional with dogs. 

Connecting with a coach with over 25 years of experience guiding you through the required dog training certification program curriculum is imperative. An experienced instructor has predetermined what information is essential for safety and success. Joining a community of like-minded people and sharing your ideas and questions with classmates will help you build confidence and learn new skills. The good thing is that this is all now possible through the internet. An online learning environment produces excellent results for anyone training to be a professional pet dog trainer.


The Advantages Of Taking Your Pet Dog Trainer Program Certification Online

Online training courses are now a standard and accepted method of learning. Learning how to train dogs online is no exception. Teaching dog theory is not a complicated technological exercise. Viewing professional dog trainer lessons and videos and receiving printable material is quickly done using a good quality learning management system. It is captivating and provides a positive and total transformation for students in the comfort of their choice of environments. Digital learning can be completed when the time is best for the student. Not hurrying to a set location at a time makes learning easier. No driving in bad weather or giving up evenings and weekends.

Students can fit their studying into their schedule while working, when the kids go to bed, in the morning, at night or even on holiday. Internet education is very flexible, complete and comprehensive. Testing can be done on their schedule when the student is ready, usually after viewing the certified dog trainer lessons several times. Following a humane training model and using positive reinforcement is the foundation for everything built-in in dog training. A broad range of dog theory topics is taught, specifically giving students the scope of knowledge they will need to be considered Professional Pet Dog Trainers. Learning about more than one philosophy and method of dog training gives the professional the required resources to help them in the field. Not all dogs and dog owners learn the same way or need the same kind of help. Each new situation can customize a program for unique individuals using the most appropriate style and type of training.

Online dog training courses are not one-size-fits-all. Professional Dog Trainers need to draw from a wide variety of skills. Formal education is the key to standing out from your competition, and online learning is a remarkable way to gain the knowledge necessary. Learning canine first aid has also made its way online. Online canine first aid training is more prosperous and recommended than learning from a book. Experts in this niche have created impressive courses available anywhere the student is. The depth of information about dogs is unexpected. Anyone who works with dogs professionally needs to be well educated about first aid.

Practical skills in dog management have also been developed using an outstanding learning management system platform. Students want an easy-to-understand system - a formula for success. It is essential to learn from an instructor who has had years of experience and has helped thousands of dogs. It has been proven that demonstration videos, clear explanations and expectations and handouts enable students to elevate their dog handling skills and start as pet dog trainers. Evaluations and extensive feedback guide the students to master foundation exercises with their dogs. Then, students demonstrate their new skills by successfully teaching the practices to the instructor through a recording. Personal feedback and further instruction are usually required to help students hone their skills and achieve the success needed to graduate and begin a successful dog training career.


What To Expect From Our Professionals At GDA On Your Path To Online Dog Trainer Certified

Connecting online through webinars and question/answer sessions with an expert, seasoned trainer, and guide. Monthly real-time webinars where students can get direct answers to their questions make all the difference. Good Dog Academy will help you journey from wherever you are new to being a capable pet dog trainer by offering every advantage the online world can deliver. Being part of a community of like-minded people encourages and motivates students, and Online communities are commonplace today. Listening and asking questions of your fellow trainers-in-training is an excellent way to make sure you are on the right path.

A place to feel comfortable asking questions and sharing your thoughts and difficulties is a great way to build success. Online, your fellow students could be anywhere globally, bringing diversity to questions and discussions. It is empowering to share your accomplishments and help your classmates online at any time of day. Good Dog Academy's Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate program has evolved from a successful in-person program. Students found it difficult to travel to school as many had jobs and family commitments to juggle.

The program was developed with a broad scope of education, so the time needed to be in class. Many asked if they could work online somehow. A physical location also constrained who could take the program. Although people travelled from across the country and rented a place to stay for the four-month-long program, many others could not do so. Good Dog Academy decided to move its proven content to an online format. A perfect blend of online theory, practical and first aid resulted.

A step-by-step formula emerged that is comprehensive yet easy to follow. Science-based information is presented in bite-sized pieces with lots of support, and repetition is available. GDA is an online school that builds new skills and brings you to a place to start helping dogs and their families. You will be able to create a new business and a new career. GDA's system takes students from wherever they are to have the knowledge and skills necessary to begin their dog training careers in the growing pet dog industry. One step at a time. Being surrounded by experienced staff in a supportive environment leads to success for those who focus and can commit to working hard and learning.

Good Dog Academy has created the best option for dog trainers to obtain their Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate. After realizing there was a need in the industry, our staff worked hard to perfect the program. As a result, GDA is confident that a high level of formal and comprehensive dog training cannot be found anywhere else. All bases are covered. GDA focuses on results and supports students who study and learn how to be qualified, educated dog trainers in their community.


Why GDA Instructors Are The Mentors You Want To Learn From When Learning How To Become A Dog Trainer Online

Because GDA started with in-person programs and evolved into an outstanding training dogs school, students get the best of both worlds. Dog training content that was tried, tested, updated, and perfected is available to anyone with an internet connection—combining the customized, personalized attention of an experienced guide who wants to see trainers succeed. A flexible online schedule makes Good Dog Academy's dog training classes the best choice for foundation training to start an exciting career in the pet dog industry.

Good Dog Academy offers comprehensive, science-based, online education for students in the pet dog industry who dream of becoming professional pet dog trainers. Being online enhances the learning experience by allowing students to study on their schedule and fit the learning into their busy lives. By choosing Good Dog Academy's Professional Pet Dog Certificate online dog training program, students will transform their lives and help thousands of dogs. In addition, GDA provides a supportive environment with field experts and many community development opportunities. There is no other place to look for your dog training education.

Have questions? You can contact us on the website, and we'll respond directly to your email address or call now to one of us. Raise the standards of dog training by choosing Good Dog Academy today. 

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