Free Online Dog Training Courses – do they exist?

There are many different reasons for wanting to take a dog training course. After speaking with numerous dog owners, it’s clear some want to train their own dog in a more formal way. So here’s a selection of free online dog training courses to choose from.

However, others want to start a dog training business and as a result require formal certification.

Therefore, I’m sharing these free online courses and other resources for some basic learning. Effectively, they will help you to train your dog or understand dog training in general.

Click on the headings, and you will go directly to the resource, so you can see what’s on offer. Scroll further down if you are thinking about starting a dog training business and want to see professional online resources.

Free Online Training to Help with Your Own Dog

A free online course from the Leerburg Online University. I like this one, because you get a basic course for free. In addition, if you want to study some other online courses there are plenty to choose from, at reasonable prices.

Ed Frawley is a professional dog training instructor, 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.

This YouTube channel is full of great videos to help you with dog training. It was 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!

Try out a free dog training mini course, which will help identify any training areas you need to focus on.

This is 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 the training in action, then videos are great. However, some people are quite happy learning and implementing from reading with illustrations. There are some paid-for options further down too, if you want to extend your leaning.

If you aren’t such an online person, there’s always a good old-fashioned book!

In addition to the above online resources, I’ve researched the best dog training books available on Amazon. 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. At least that’s something I find 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 incorporate video learning, where you are expected to apply the theory and supply video evidence of implementing the processes and techniques. So in order to pass the course, you have to prove you can actually train a dog!

In my experience you usually get what you pay for. If you genuinely want to set up a dog training business, then you must be willing to invest time and money to become qualified. Therefore 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 that 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 your dog?

Reasonably Priced Online Dog Training Qualifications

If you want to start a dog training business, here are some online courses that are reasonably priced for the content included.

This is a diploma qualification from the International College of Canine Studies. You can expect a study program of around 14 months, if doing it on a part time basis. (Cost $1,810, as at June 2019)

Also a diploma, this is provided by the Animal Jobs Direct Education Centre, in the United Kingdom. However anyone in the world can enrol in this course, because it’s online. (Cost £1500, as at June 2019, which is equivalent to approximately $1900)

Offered by Canine Principles, the course combines input from qualified and accredited dog behaviourists.

The content is comprehensive and the usual price is around $535. Occasionally this course is offered at a special rate.

A certified course provided by the Animal Behavior College, and it’s 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, working with your own Mentor Trainer to get that all-important experience.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a journey through some of the free online dog training resources available online. Please do share your thoughts and comments with me below.

Happy training x

6 thoughts on “Free Online Dog Training Courses – do they exist?

  1. Hi Mara

    I was looking for dog training ideas when I came across your site, while I thought that I would be able to find some advice I never imagined that there would be complete dog training courses let alone courses to become a qualified dog trainer online, it always seemed to me that it was more of a hands-on endeavor.

    Anyway thanks for the ideas, I’ll be following up an this and hopefully I won’t have to pay a trainer to get my puppy into shape.

    1. Hi Dominic,

      Thanks for taking a look and  I’m glad I surprised you with how much is available online. Hope the training goes well, and all the best to you and your pup.


  2. Nice article for anyone interested in dogs training. I know first hand how difficult this can be and if you want to make a business out of it you need to be very dedicated and have a lot of patience. I think the courses you provide here give some very good options for those willing to get serious with it. Thanks for the share!

  3. Great article… Thanks for taking the time to share with us.  I honestly did not even know there was a niche for online dog training until I read your article.  We currently have 2 rescues in our home.  They are good dogs but they sure like to bark as people walk past the windows.  I might need to spend some time researching how to stop their behavior.

    1. Hi Brian,

      Thanks for taking the time to have a look. I hope you and your rescues are all fine, and I’m sure you will find some advice on the barking. All the best, Mara.

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