Overview | Regional Format

The Regional Format of the Dog Trainer Professional Program combines the convenience of online learning with the power of hands-on teaching.

Who Should Apply

This course is for you if…

  • you are a highly motivated trainer with specific goals for improving your knowledge, skills, and career prospects. You should also value the affiliation with positive reinforcement training and Karen Pryor Academy
  • you possess a significant amount of dog training experience prior to applying to the Dog Trainer Professional program. Preferred experience would include experience as a dog trainer, assistant dog trainer, or similar. Further, some hands-on experience with clicker training is recommended. For additional dog-related or clicker training experience before applying, please consider our Dog Trainer Foundations. If you don’t know which course is right for you, compare our two courses.

Experienced trainers, including experienced clicker trainers, will find the Dog Trainer Professional program very challenging very quickly. We cover the basics of clicker training at first, but move on to advanced topics like behavior chains, shaping, cueing, TAGteach, and business planning shortly thereafter.

Course Details

  • Online learning: Feature-rich online learning tools lead you through online lessons and challenging training exercises designed to prepare you for your workshop session with faculty. Online learning allows you to learn at your convenience. Our engaging curriculum was created specifically for this environment. Preview the course online.
  • Hands-on workshop: Travel with your dog to the workshop location to meet your KPA Faculty member and classmates for four, two(2)-day workshops of integrated training, education, and certification assessment. Travel will occur after you complete each of four Units during online portion of the program.
  • Ongoing support: You'll have the support of your teacher to review your training videos, answer your questions, and help you along.
  • Alumni support: Graduates of the program become Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (KPA-CTP), joining a network of expert trainers with access to a common marketing infrastructure and ongoing opportunities for learning. Read more about our membership benefits

Check out the Course Guide (PDF).

Continuing Education

Students of the Dog Trainer Professional program can receive CEUs for completion of the course.

  • The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) awards 30 CEUs.
  • The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) awards 30 CEUs.