Introducing: Penn Foster’s Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Dog Obedience Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're interested in becoming a dog trainer or instructor, Penn Foster's online Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program can help you prepare for this career.


Get Your Paws on a Career You’ll Love

Penn Foster’s Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the next steps toward the job you want working with animals. Learn the skills you need through flexible online courses you can do on your schedule.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Career Diploma Program

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

Penn Foster’s Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor Curriculum

This program gives you the skills you need to start training dogs. Once you finish the program, you should be able to confidently work with clients and their dogs. The curriculum includes:

  • How Dogs Learn
  • Behavior Analysis
  • House Training and Crate Training
  • Dog Breed Selection
  • Search and Rescue Training
  • Agility Training
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor FAQs

Can I make a career out of dog training? 

It’s 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 will I learn in this course? 

Penn Foster’s dog training courses cover essential topics such as how dogs learn, conditioning, house training, and more. Through understanding these animals' personality and social behavior, trainers can 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 and 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.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Animal Care and Service Workers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed October 4, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.