There's a lot to consider when thinking about becoming a dog trainer - here is a good overview of everything involved

Once you have reviewed the overview, feel free to 'Contact Us' to ask about specific training or mentoring opportunities in your region. 

Here's a link to a well-respected certification:

Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers

Here are some excellent books that can support your learning (these links are to U.S.-based Dogwise Publishing who offer many e-books, you can also search for these books at Canadian sellers like dog book retailer Mungo Books):

Coaching People to Train Their Dogs 2nd ed. by Terry Ryan. Considered by many to be the single most important book new trainers should read.
The Dog Trainer's Resources Books with articles from training magazine Chronicle of the DogThree volumes filled with what trainers need to know.
The Human Half of Dog Training by Rise Van Fleet.
The Teaching Dog by Nicole Larocco-Skeehan. How to partner with "teaching dogs " to improve aspects of your training classes.
How to Run a Dog Business by Veronica Boutelle.
One on One - A Dog Trainers Guide to Private Lessons by Nicole Wilde.
So You Want to Be a Dog Trainer by Nicole Wilde.
Gamify Your Dog Training - Training Games for Group Instruction by Terry Ryan.
The Ethical Dog Trainer by James Barry.

Other interesting links:


Information Links

  • Speaking of Dogs - is a Toronto based organization dedicated to educating and enlightening people about dogs through seminars, workshop forums and this site.
  • DogWise - a provider of "All Things Dog".
  • Doggonesafe - Non-profit dedicated to dog bite prevention and support, with photos, videos, articles and other downloads for kids and parents.
  • Doggonecrazy - Doggone Crazy! board game – a fun way to teach kids how to read dog body language and be safe around dogs.
  • Therapeutic Paws of Canada - A non profit charitable organization with volunteers visiting senior facilities, hospitals etc.
  • CanuckDogs - A national dog event web site
  • DOGSAFE Canine First Aid - Comprehensive courses on canine first aid and safety
  • Whole Dog Journal - Monthly guide to natural dog care and training
  • Dog Star Daily - Ian Dunbar’s site full of great tips and resources - new info daily
  • My Smart Puppy - The site by Sara Wilson that offers discussions and many training tips.  Changes frequently.

Please let us know if you would like us to add or change web links - just drop us a line from the 'Contact' page.


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