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Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program

Learn to Become a Dog Trainer
Enjoy a Personal Classroom Training Environment

Do you desire a traditional classroom experience?  Do you excel in a one–on–one learning environment?  If the answer is yes, enroll today and let Animal Behavior College “lead” you on this exciting career path.

By popular demand, our Dog Obedience Instructor Program is now being offered in a classroom setting environment within Los Angeles County.  The classroom is located in Valencia, California in the City of Santa Clarita, only 40 minutes from Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, and Ventura County.
At our dog trainer school, you learn in a one-on-one classroom environment, work with dogs at an animal shelter and apply your dog training skills in real life. If you’re interested in starting a dog training career, this program may be right for you. 

We are currently taking enrollments for our March 2nd, 2020 class.
Call 1-800-795-3294 today or submit the completed form to request more information.


Military Education Benefits Available

We are committed to helping our military students with tuition assistance.

Our classroom Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is now approved for the training of Veterans and other eligible persons / dependents under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code. While Military veterans may qualify under Title 38, the classroom is open to anyone with a passion and desire to learn dog training in an intense immersion experience.

Below is a list of some of the financial assistance programs available to qualified persons

  • The Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
  • VRAP Approved (Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program)
  • The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance – Chapter 35
  • Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance – Chapter 1607
  • And More!

Meet The Instructor

Mr. Seth Hutson is the instructor for ABC’s onsite dog training program.

Mr. Hutson comes to us with 22 years of combined service between the Army/National Guard and Law Enforcement. While serving in the Army he not only assisted the K-9 unit with the training of their military police dogs, he was also a Weapons Specialist, Enemy Prisoner of War Expert, Company Training Sergeant, and Company Retention Sergeant. Keeping with his history of service to others, Mr. Hutson then went on to work at a number of animal rescue organizations, in the roles of both Executive Director and Certified Animal Trainer/Behaviorist Specialist.
Mr. Hutson is also a graduate of Animal Behavior College and has earned the designation of ABC Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT). He maintains a “do what you love, love what you do” attitude as he continues to enrich the lives of animals and people.

 An Investment in Your Future

This program costs $9,717.82, which covers tuition, registration, study materials, and taxes. Student friendly financing is available to qualified individuals.


Need a More Flexible and Affordable Option?

If you need a more flexible and affordable option, consider ABC’s Online Dog Trainer Program. This alternative option offers both distance learning and hands-on training experience without having to relocate your residence. If you lead a busy life and cannot travel to Los Angeles, California or if you simply need a more affordable option, this may be a perfect fit for you. Please note: The distance learning option does not qualify for GI Benefits


Curriculum – What You’ll Learn

Decades of training experience have been incorporated into this extremely comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum will be covered over the 5 month duration of the program. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Here are the 11 stages that every graduate completes:
  • Stage 1 – A Basic Study of Canines
  • Stage 2 – Learning Theory
  • Stage 3 – A Dog Trainer’s Toolbox
  • Stage 4 – Dog Training Basics
  • Stage 5 – How to Teach Basic Obedience Cues
  • Stage 6 – The Art of Effective Problem Solving
  • Stage 7 – Safety
  • Stage 8 – Public Speaking & Teaching Group Classes
  • Stage 9 – Business Building
  • Stage 10 – Outside Classroom Hours
  • Stage 11 – Graduation

Students also receive a Pet CPR and First Aid certificate that is good for 2 years.

Space is limited!
Interested candidates should contact us immediately for more information. We are here to help! Call today or submit the completed form to request more information

Do What You Love

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet expenditures increased by nearly 4% in 2017, topping $69.5 billion for the first time. The animal industry continues to grow.1 While no school can guarantee employment after graduation, the growth of the animal industry, means that opportunities exist in this industry.

Dog Obedience Instructor Classroom Course Catalog

The catalog includes general information about the school, the school's policies and its Mission Statement. Please click here to review the Course Catalog.


1. Pet Industry Trends