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FAQ: How Do I Become A Certified Dog Trainer in Canada?

dog training career frequently asked questions Dec 17, 2020

To become a Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer in Canada, you need formal, science-based education. Anyone who is looking to hire a dog trainer is now looking for a dog trainer with credentials.

There are many things to consider when you are investigating how to become a Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer. An experienced, well-rounded, qualified instructor that has been teaching in the pet dog industry for many years will be your best guide. Look for someone who has personally taught thousands of dogs, earned higher education in a variety of environments and someone who is a natural and kind teacher. This is the person who will be able to guide you to success and help you reach your goals as a pet dog trainer.

Your instructor should be associated with a top tier school. The school should be well run, with a proper infrastructure that supports students and staff so they can concentrate on learning and teaching without distractions. 

Once you have found the right person and the right school, you will want to investigate the content of the program that will lead to your certification. Courses should include theory and practical skill development. Also, because you will be working with dogs, you need to be proficient in canine first aid - this should be part of the curriculum.

By studying a broad range of theory courses, you will build your knowledge and confidence. Understanding the theory behind why dogs do what they do will help you be able to explain behaviours to your clients. Which in turn will solicit their trust in you. Clients will more easily cooperate with what you are recommending for a training program for their dog when you are confident and know why you are endorsing a certain plan. They will also most likely become life long clients.

Skill development modules, including education for both your own training skills and the ability to teach someone else, are where a certified professional pet dog trainer program puts everything together. You will need that experienced instructor here! The ability of the instructor to merge theory and practical is the most important thing. Having custom, personalized coaching and feedback on your practical work is necessary for you to grow and develop your skills. Working with the right instructor is paramount to your development.

Good Dog Academy’s Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate program has you covered. With 17 theory courses, you will learn in detail about all of the most important topics. From Principles of Training to Canine Language and Behaviour Problem Solving, you will get all the education that you need. And the curriculum is regularly updated. Our skill development modules have over 100 videos to guide you. 

You will receive extensive and helpful feedback and coaching from our own in-house master dog trainer, Jaime Knowles, who has taught thousands of dogs over 25 years. Jaime is the expert that you need and she is a kind and natural teacher. You will also earn your Canine First Aid Certificate!

Your next step is to register. Good Dog Academy’s Professional Pet Dog Trainer Certificate program registration is ongoing.

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Written by Good Dog Academy

Take a look at a great conversation conducted by Jaime Knowles (head trainer at Good Dog Academy) and Megan Loftus (PPDT program graduate at Good Dog Academy). 

You will learn all about how Megan leveraged her certification into a fulfilling career working with dogs!

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