Have you ever considered starting your own dog training business? Perhaps you have experience training your own dogs and would like to share that knowledge with others. Or maybe you just adore dogs and want to learn more about them. Whatever the reason may be, becoming a successful dog trainer is possible — provided you follow all the right steps.

For starters, it’s a good idea to have a dog training business license. While you technically don’t need to be licensed to call yourself a dog trainer, receiving certification establishes your credibility and shows clients you know what you’re doing. In this blog, we’ll examine the benefits of licensing and how The Dog Wizard Academy can help you launch a professional dog training business.


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What Are the Benefits of a Dog Training Business License?

Before we go over how to become a certified dog trainer, it’s important to understand why certification is important in the first place. Here are a few key benefits of gaining a dog training business license:

  • Demonstrates your legitimacy. Being licensed demonstrates your credibility by proving you have experience in the dog training industry. As a result, clients are more likely to trust your abilities.
  • Enhances your skills. To gain certification, you first have to work directly with dogs (and sometimes animal behavior consultants) to enhance your training abilities. This gives you a chance to improve your skills and dog behavior knowledge.
  • Improves job opportunities. Whether you want to start your own company or find a job with an established dog training business, being licensed can help you find career opportunities.

With these benefits, it’s clear that a dog training license is a key ingredient in having a successful career in the field. However, if you’re planning on becoming a business owner, you’ll need a few more things to get started.

What Do I Need to Start a Successful Dog Training Business?

Along with licensed trainers, many high-quality dog training businesses also have the following:

  • Dog training business insurance. Insurance helps protect businesses from financial losses.
  • Permits and licenses. Different states have their own business permit and licensing requirements. Many states also require new businesses to register for taxes.
  • Branding and marketing. There are many marketing elements to building a business, including crafting a website and spreading your brand across social media.

Ultimately, there are several steps involved in launching a dog training career. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate this process alone — our experts at The Dog Wizard Academy are here to help.


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The Dog Wizard Academy: Our Program for Professional Dog Trainers

If training dogs is your passion but you don’t know how to get started in the industry, The Dog Wizard Academy is right for you. Our program gives budding trainers the tools and support they need to become knowledgeable, skilled professional trainers. Participants can choose between the following:

  • Foundation Wizard Training Course. This course features online and in-person training portions. The online training comes with 20 hours of coursework and 20 hours of practical application video submissions, while the in-person portion involves 2 weeks of training at our site in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Advanced Wizard Training Course. This course includes everything covered in the Foundation Wizard Training Course along with additional online coursework, additional practical video submissions and 3 extra weeks of in-person training.

At the end of training, all participants have the chance to earn their dog training certifications. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from our program.

1. Enrollment

Before officially joining our program, trainers go through an enrollment process. This gives us a chance to learn more about you and your unique goals. Once we have a better understanding of what you’re looking for, we’ll walk you through the following procedures:

  • Financing (if needed)
  • Accessing our online training portal
  • What to expect from in-person training

Overall, enrollment is the first step of your dog training journey. By getting to know you, we can help create a personalized plan aimed toward your goals.

2. Training (Online and In-Person)

After enrollment, the next step is training. We recognize that not everyone is able to leave their home for long periods of time, which is why we offer valuable online resources. All participants have access to the following:

  • Videos
  • Written text
  • Quizzes
  • Essays
  • Practical-application video submissions

In addition to our virtual library of training materials, participants can come to our Dog Wizard Academy (located in Cincinnati, Ohio) to participate in hands-on, in-person training. During this portion, we emphasize practice and collaboration.

Our program attendees have the chance to practice renowned techniques while working with seasoned, skilled trainers. Whether you’ve opted for the 3-week or 5-week program, you can rest assured you’ll develop training expertise you can use for years to come.

3. Career Opportunities

Our unique training concepts, coupled with our detailed curriculum, have helped several new trainers become licensed. However, the journey doesn’t end there — after graduation, our team helps trainers pursue dog training career opportunities.

All graduates are immediately eligible for a professional training job within The Dog Wizard network. As you further develop your skills and learn more about the industry, you can work your way up to becoming the owner of your own franchise location.


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Become a Certified Dog Trainer Today!

From establishing your credibility to improving your training skills, there are many benefits to pursuing a dog training license. Ideally, the certification should come from a high-quality training business like The Dog Wizard. We give new trainers the tools they need to succeed, and we’ve witnessed kennel techs and trainers work their way up to business ownership.

Whether you want to start a new dog training business or just learn more about training, we’re here to help. Discover more about our dog training academy and dog training services by calling us at (877) 585-9727 or requesting a consultation today!