Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor

Online Dog Training Courses

If you love dogs, why not pursue a career that allows you to work with them every day? Study how to prepare to become a dog obedience trainer/instructor with Penn Foster's online Dog Obedience Training Program. Our self-paced, mobile-friendly program can be completed in as little as eight months.

  • Our Dog Obedience Training courses help prepare you to work for a dog obedience training facility, a pet store, or to run your own dog and puppy training classes.  
  • Employment for animal care and service workers is expected to grow by 29% in the next decade.*
  • Penn Foster offers mobile-friendly courses, goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and more to help you succeed.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

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$59/month, Start for as low as $20

1-800-471-3232 (10AM - 6:30PM ET)

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What You Will Learn

  1. The senses of a canine and know how they function.
  2. Common dog behavior problems, strategies for prevention and treatment, and the pros and cons of punishment versus reinforcement.
  3. How to define dog testing, state the functions of the American Kennel Club, and list its seven major groups of dog breeds.
  4. How to recommend behavior modification plans for dogs in the three fundamental behavior scenarios.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Dog Obedience Training Career Outcomes

Animal Care and Service Workers






16% (much faster than average)

Our Dog Obedience Training Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Study the skills you need in order to get started on your career path, or prepare to advance your current career, as a professional dog trainer.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster College is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Dog Obedience Training Course Curriculum

  • 11 courses
  • 29 exams
  • 4 submitted projects
  • 48.7 CEUs

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 5 months
  • Average time = 11 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

The Dog Obedience Training Program at Penn Foster includes an introduction to dog sensory abilities, dog social behavior and communication, housetraining, crate training, and more. Your courses include:

  • How Dogs Learn
  • Behavior Analysis
  • House Training and Crate Training
  • Dog Breed Selection
  • Search and Rescue Training
  • Agility Training


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Dog Obedience Training Student Stories

Penn Foster’s Dog Obedience Trainer Career Diploma is a great first step towards a career in the veterinary industry. This program has helped other graduates find new jobs and pursue a dog training career. Learn more about their experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Nevaeh T.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“It was a fast learning process they help you when you need it and very easy to understand what you have learned.”

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Dog Obedience Training Tuition

Browse tuition and payment options below as you explore whether Penn Foster’s Dog Obedience Training Program is right for you. Choose from one of our customized payment plans below and get started on an affordable pathway to a better career.

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Our Proven Dog Training Learning Model

Empowering you to reach your goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services

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Dog Obedience Training FAQs

Can I make a career out of dog training?

It’s entirely possible to make a career out of dog training, whether you start your own training business or work for a pet store or dog training facility. With more and more people considering their furry friends to be close members of the family, their pet’s health and wellness is a priority. For dog owners, ensuring that their dog is trained and doesn’t show bad behavior is a vital part of raising a happy animal.

Are dog trainers in demand?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in available jobs in dog training by 2031.* That means there’s no better time than now to start preparing for a career as a dog trainer.

What does being dog trainer involve?

Dog training courses cover essential topics such as how dogs learn, conditioning, housetraining, and more. Through understanding the personality and social behavior of these animals, trainers are able to effectively plan out progressive training programs for clients.

Will taking this course help me train my dog?

The course is designed to prepare students to train all manners of dogs, as well as to understand the different veterinary issues, behavioral problems, or training methods that work best with specific breeds. Penn Foster's Online Dog Training Program can prepare you to train your own dog, though skills learned in the program may not be applicable to training other household pets.