Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dog Trainer/Instructor

I have been taking classes online through Penn Foster College for about 3 1/2 months now and am more than half way through it. Each study unit (called a module) covers quite a bit of information and then I have a computer generated test. After so many tests I have a graded project that is human graded and a pretty big deal.  

This is what my study plan has been like in a nutshell: (the blue part is completed)

Sensory Abilities of the Dog
Social Behavior & Communication
How Dogs Learn
Applied Dog Behavior
Testing & Selection of Dogs
Housetraining & Crate Training

Graded Project - Dog Selection

Canine Equipment
Teaching Tricks
Training through Play
Behavior Problems
Basic Veterinary Issues

Graded Project - Behavior Analysis

Dog Breeds
Competition Obedience
Hunting Training
Assistance Dogs
Agility Training
Search & Rescue Training
Recreational Activities with Dogs

Graded Project Agility Handling & Courses

The Dog Training Business, Part I
The Dog Training Business, Part II

Graded Project Creating a Business Plan

Then I am done! 
I have a 98% average right now and I am now on Dog Breeds. 

So what will this mean when I have completed all of this? I will be able to work for other businesses as a dog trainer or instructor, give private lessons or start my own business. I will be able to train in several different areas: basic obedience, agility, service or advanced obedience. 
I hope to retire for my current job in 4 - 5 more years and then have my own business from home. In the meantime, I hope to do private training. 

So far it has been a great experience and I have learned so much. Opie, my American Bulldog, has been my inspiration!


  1. What a great idea...I think I will look into it. Do you have to travel any where for any of the classes? How are the "human graded" projects done. I love dogs and this would be a great retirement gig!! Way to go girl !

  2. Hi Pamela,
    I often wonder, what would it be like to take an online course? I know it would take a lot of time, that I probably don't have right now...because I care for my 89 year old Dad. Congrats on wanting to be a Puppy Trainer...sounds like fun :)

  3. I love it! It has been awesome so far. It is basically at your own pace and you have one year to complete every thing. I work full time and I have stayed ahead since I began, so I think you would be able to do it and still care for your father.


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