VSA: The Ultimate Learning Experience
The Future of Dog Training.
Founded, developed and taught by world-renowned TV dog trainer Victoria Stilwell (from It’s Me or the Dog), the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior is the premier choice in dog trainer education.
The Academy’s goal is to educate, engage, and empower aspiring dog training professionals to change the lives of people and dogs through positive training.
This is where you come in.
By ensuring that you receive a comprehensive education in the growing field of dog training & behavior, VSA will prepare you to get out there, start your own business and make a difference in the lives of dogs and their humans.
Chase Your Dreams.
Choosing a career as a dog training professional can be one of the most enriching and rewarding decisions of your life. Many (including Victoria herself) come to the dog training profession as a second (or third) career, while others make the jump at an early age. The Victoria Stilwell Academy is designed to cater both to young professionals as well as seasoned pros making the switch from other industries.
VSA provides its students with the ultimate dog trainer education and prepares them to launch careers as professional dog trainers. Designed by Victoria and her team, the curriculum of the flagship Dog Trainer Course covers the historical, scientific, and real-world practicalities of the dog training profession, based around three central areas of focus:
- The skills and hands-on experience you need to train dogs with positive techniques.
- The professionalism, empathy, and confidence you need to teach your human clients.
- The know-how and tools you’ll need to operate a thriving, positive dog training business.
This past year was my first full year of doing only my [dog training] business, and I made more money than I did from any of my other “careers.” I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love for a living.
Innovative Learning Models.
We learn in many different ways, and VSA is designed to deliver an effective learning experience through the use of multiple, varied learning models.
Central to the VSA learning environment is a commitment to hands-on learning and real-world experience – you don’t just read about a topic, or watch a presentation or online lesson; you actually experience it by seeing and doing. This is where it all comes together and lifelong learning occurs, where you will be able to draw on your knowledge and skills and put them into practice teaching and training pet owners.
Multi-faceted learning modules include:
Mentor-Led Field Modules
VSA’s programs are fast and convenient.
There’s no need to relocate for a great education.
In just six-months you’ll travel just two times for the Intensives and work close to home with your mentor in the meantime, or enroll in VSA’s Online Dog Trainer Course to learn 100% from home with a dedicated Faculty Advisor.
Throughout your studies you’ll work with VSA’s world-class faculty and your professional mentor. or your own dedicated Faculty Advisor The feedback and support they provide enable you to gain experience and confidence.