There may be different reasons for wanting to take a dog training course. Having spoken to many dog owners, some want to understand and train their own dog in a more formal way. However, there are also others who want to start their own dog training business and want certification in order to do this.
As a result, I am sharing these free online courses and/or resources with you for some basic learning, more for training your own dog or understanding a bit more about dog training in general. Simply click on the headings to be taken directly to that resource for a closer look at what’s on offer. Scroll further down if you are thinking about starting a dog training business and want to look at some professional online resources.
Free Online Training to Help with Your Own Dog
How we Manage Dogs in Our Home – free online course from the Leerburg Online University. I like this one, as you can get a basic course for free and then if you want to study some other online courses there are plenty to choose from, at nominal prices.
The way this is set up is professional and the instructor is Ed Frawley, who has plenty of history and experience with dogs! Ed began his video training offering on 1980, and since then he has produced more than 120. He has a good reputation for these both these training videos, and as a breeder of German Shepherds.
Kikopup on YouTube – this YouTube channel is full of great videos to help you with dog training. It has been developed by Emily Larlham, who runs Dogmantics Dog Training in San Diego. grab a cup of coffee and notepad, as there are over 200 in-depth dog training videos on the channel!
Train Your Pet Dog – Here you can try out a free dog training mini course, which will give you a flavor of what else you may need to focus on.
This is provided as an e-book, so may work well hand-in-hand with some of the videos above.
It really depends on how visual you are in your learning – if you want to see it in action videos are great. However, some people are quite happy learning and implementing from reading with illustrations. There are some paid for options here too, if you want to extend your leaning.
If you aren’t such an online person, there’s always a good old-fashioned book!
Dog Training Books – I have researched the best dog training books available on Amazon as well. You will find my top 5 recommendations, plus a further 5 books that I can recommend. I’m a big fan of books for learning, and there’s something nice about being able to refer back to a page in a book. Sometimes it can be hard to jump to a specific point in a video – or at least I find it difficult!
What if I want to become a professional dog trainer?
The majority of professional dog training courses are paid for, and I believe that’s with good reason. A thorough education on any given topic usually costs money, after all you are paying for the expertise and knowledge-sharing of an expert. Some of these paid courses also work with video learning, where you are expected to apply the theory and take videos of you implementing the processes and techniques. What this means, that in order to pass the course you will have to prove you can actually train a dog!
Now that I am middle aged (please don’t laugh), I have come to the conclusion in life that sometimes you get what you pay for. If you genuinely want to set up a dog training business, then you should be willing to invest time and money in becoming qualified, so a free online course is perhaps not the best route to market for this. It might be a good place to start, if you want to take a bit more time to see if this is what you do actually want to do as a business, in which case, by all means use one or two free online courses before you invest. the best piece of advice I can give you is to ask yourself what qualifications and experience you would want someone to have if you were paying them to train you and your dog?
If you are wanting to start a dog training business, some online courses which I think are reasonably priced for what they are offering are:
Associate Dog Trainer Diploma – from the International College of Canine Studies. You can expect a study program of around 14 months, if you are doing it on a part time basis. (Cost $1,810, as at May 2017)
Dog Behavior , Psychology and Training Diploma Course – from the Animal Jobs Direct Education Centre, in the United Kingdom. Although in the UK, anyone in the world can enroll in this course, because it is online. (Cost £449, as at May 2017, which is equivalent to approximately $585)
Canine Coaching Diploma – Offered by Canine Principles, the course has been put together by qualified and accredited dog behaviorists. The content is comprehensive usual price is around $645, but occasionally this course is offered at a special rate.
Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer – this is a certified course provided by the Animal Behavior College, and is a little more expensive than some of the others I’ve shown here. It includes learning dog CPR and canine first aid, whereas other establishments quite often offer these as separate courses. It also involves a hands on practical section, that involves working with your own Mentor Trainer to get that all-important experience.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a journey through some of the available dog training resources available online. Please do share your thoughts and comments with me below.
Happy training x