Online Dog Trainer Course
Ready to take the leap and become a professional dog trainer but aren’t able to travel? VSA’s comprehensive Online Dog Trainer Course is designed specifically for those who prefer or need to learn from home.
By delivering all of the same content as the flagship Dog Trainer Course via our premium digital e-learning platform, you’ll graduate from this learner-centered, performance-based course as a fully-certified professional dog trainer ready to change the world one dog at a time.
And using our personalized application process allows you to register quickly and easily whether you choose to use VSA’s tuition financing or not.
The flexible-length Online Dog Trainer Course includes:
The Online Dog Trainer Course delivers an unparalleled online learning experience using VSA’s state of the art digital e-learning platform – the unique Student Learning Center. Intuitive, user-friendly design allows students to move efficiently through the course’s content and encourage effective, efficient learning.
The learner-centered, performance-based course consists of 20 dynamic modules which contain multiple chapters made up of various online lessons delivered via both video and text/graphics.
The SLC’s powerful online lesson interface provides students the opportunity to learn through constant engagement activities with the 100% instructor-led curriculum, including periodic assessments, DIY activities and tests.
You are not alone!
No more sitting by yourself reading boring, static slides. VSA’s world-class faculty members drive students through every step in the learning process via hundreds of easy-to-consume, custom-built HD video online lessons. See a breakdown of course modulesPositively Philosophy Canine History & Ethology Canine Cognition Canine Communication & Body Language Canine Enrichment Learning Theory & Functional Assessments Managing Behavior Positive Training Tools & Methods Reinforcement & Training Applications Teaching Basic Behaviors Solving Common Behavior Problems Teaching Private Lessons Teaching Group Classes Working With Humans Canine Health & Science Dog Sports & Working Dogs Advanced Training & Behavior Animal Advocacy Business Management Marketing & Branding here.
Dedicated Faculty Advisor
Upon enrollment in the Online Dog Trainer Course you’ll be paired with your own personal VSA Faculty Advisor – a professional dog trainer hand-selected by VSA to help lead you through the course content.
Every week you’ll meet with your faculty Advisor for up to one hour to discuss what you’re learning in the online lessons and activities. These online videoconference meetings are invaluable opportunities to learn from some of the most successful, experienced professional dog trainers in the world on a one-on-one basis.
As you progress through the course, you’ll develop a working relationship which allows you to benefit from the support of a virtual mentor experience while honing your dog training skills and knowledge.
Your Faculty Advisor will also be your sounding board, providing feedback and constructive feedback about your dog training skills and knowledge.
Throughout the course you’ll be assessed regularly by your Faculty Advisor on topics including:
- Understanding dog body language
- Multiple training methods including capturing, luring and shaping
- Learning theory and functional assessments
- VSA’s basic manners behaviors including sit, stay, recall, and leave it
- Common behavior problems such as jumping, barking, housetraining and leash-pulling
- Group classes and private lessons
Advanced Training Curriculum
Like students in the Dog Trainer Course, you’ll start by learning the foundational elements of how dogs think, feel and learn through early modules like Canine Cognition, Ethology, Learning Theory and more. You’ll then learn how to teach dogs key cues and behaviors before moving on to more common behavior problems.
VSA’s curriculum also includes in-depth explorations of more advanced training and behavior modification of more extreme cases like aggression, reactivity, and anxiety-based issues. Through it all, however, the focus is on more than just training dogs. VSA’s world-class faculty includes human clinical psychologists as well as branding and marketing experts to help ensure that you’re not just ‘good with dogs’, but that you can communicate effectively in all situations and learn how to grow and manage your business successfully.
Throughout the course you’ll be provided with a continuous stream of downloadable (and printable) documents to help support your learning experience.
From class handouts to study guides and group class curricula to share with clients, VSA’s suite of resources and documents brings your online training to the real world.
Why choose this course?
We’re thrilled that you’re considering VSA’s Online Dog Trainer Course. When you compare our program of instruction to what’s offered by other schools, you’ll find that VSA stands out in the most important way: we provide the most comprehensive education via a state-of-the-art instructional platform that will get you career-ready. When you complete our program, you’ll be a certified professional dog trainer with the skills, knowledge and confidence to start your own business training dogs or expand your current offerings to include dog training.
VSA’s Online Dog Trainer Course offers a premium learning experience. VSA built this online version of its acclaimed Dog Trainer Course to provide greater accessibility for those looking for a career in dog training but for whom it is impractical to travel to learn with us in person. Victoria carefully constructed this unique online learning model without compromising her core teaching ideals while maintaining VSA’s highest standards of excellence. Most importantly, VSA ensures that we’re providing all the must-haves needed to become a successful professional dog trainer including dog training skills, human communication and teaching skills, business know-how, and more!
But don’t just take our word for it…
Hours of Total Study
Personal Faculty Advisor
Instructor-led Video Lessons
Private Online Support Group
Months Duration (flexible)
Minimum Weekly Office Hours
Graduation from VSA’s Online Dog Trainer Course carries many benefits.
Graduates become part of a VSA community that fosters continued learning, sharing, and collaboration. The ability to stay connected with other like-minded positive professional trainers is an exceptional benefit when launching a new career. Graduates also receive marketing and business support to promote and encourage the growth of their dog training business, including:
Ready to Get Started?Click on the Apply Now button and follow the instructions through the online application process. New registrations can be completed in as little as 48 hours!
Online Dog Trainer Course Tuition
Online Dog Trainer Course tuition is payable in one payment to VSA, but we also make learning with us more affordable via the following methods:
Apply for a loan from Climb Credit online and get an answer in less than 5 minutes. Get access to the course for $199 down with monthly payments as low as $129/month.
Applying for a loan using Climb Credit’s fully automated online process is fast, easy, safe, and doesn’t affect your credit rating. Climb Credit loans are only available to students located in the US (or who have a loan guarantor based in the US). Apply for a Climb Credit loan here.
- VSA’s 3-Payment Plan includes a $1,450 registration fee followed by two monthly payments of $875 each.
- VSA’s 6-Payment Plan includes a $1,250 registration fee followed by five monthly payments of $440 each.
NOTE: Students who have previously completed VSA’s Fundamentals of Dog Training & Behavior Course will get a full refund of their Fundamentals course tuition after enrolling in the Online Dog Trainer Course.
Non-Profit Employee Scholarships
VSA offers scholarships to qualified employees of animal-related non-profit entities such as rescue organizations and shelters. Click here for more information about scholarships.