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Want to become a dog trainer?

Our accredited dog trainer courses are suitable for anyone who wants to become a Professional Dog Trainer in either;


  • Pet Obedience

  • Ring Craft

  • Agility

  • Flyball

  • FidoFitness. 


The courses are split into four progressive levels, each building on the last and enabling you to do more working with dogs until you are taking your own dog training clients and classes.

All levels of our course provide hands on training, placement support, online live monthly lectures, recorded lectures for you to replay, online resources, template documents and support from your dedicated course tutor.

We also run fully accredited Dog First Aid Courses and our Level 1 Dog Actvity Leader course is suitable for anyone wanting to become a professional dog walker.

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Welcome to our Dog Trainer Academy

Become A Dog Trainer Who Stands Out From The Crowd And Leads The Pack, With The Gold Standard Nationally Recognised Accreditation!

Becoming a professional dog trainer is a dream come true for many dog training amateurs and enthusiasts. Whether you intend to run your own dog training business or join an existing team, your training and behaviour education is your number one priority.

Learn positive dog training, communication and behaviour through our accredited dog trainer course pathway.

Our courses cover welfare, training & behaviour and are ideal for understanding; positive reinforcement dog training and behaviour, running successful dog training classes, running a dog walking or sitting business,  canine anatomy & physiology, appropriate nutrition, and mental and physical exercise. 

 

A Welcome Letter From Our Principal Instructor

Gary Gregory KCAI (NC/Ag)

Frightening as it sounds, in the UK there is no legally required qualification for people to call themselves dog trainers. This in recent years has led to a boom in people calling themselves dog trainers and online dog trainer course providers springing up, convincing people that their course is the one they need, normally at a cost of several thousand pounds.

The truth is there is only one national standard for dog trainers and that is The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme. This scheme requires dog trainers to prove their theory knowledge through exams, experience via a minimum period actually working with dogs and their training quality by practical application via an assessment of the trainer being carried out by an official Kennel Club Assessor.

Whilst the more courses you do the better, if any provider is telling you that their course or their membership is the national standard, I am afraid they are lying. The only “national gold standard” is The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme, and it is the only one accredited by City and Guilds.

We have been running dog training classes and services for over twenty years and have been on many different dog training courses, but the only one we recognise when recruiting or training new instructors ourselves is The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme, because we want the best trainers who have the theory, experience, and practical knowledge.

But there is one problem with the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme. It assesses the end result of excellent gold standard instructors who have a minimum of five years training experience. But it doesn’t have a predefined pathway of how someone can get started to achieve it.

That is why ten years ago, we created in partnership with The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust and funding from the Big Lottery Fund a practical pathway of progressive courses and support that people wanting to become dog trainers can take to gain theory qualifications, practical hands-on experience, all whilst they take on more responsibility safely training dogs whilst they are learning. Then when they are ready take their Kennel Club Accredited Instructor assessment.


Since starting our courses we have helped lots of people become successful dog trainers at all levels.

But I must warn you, before you read any further about our great courses, we want to make it very clear that becoming a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor takes work, dedication, practical hands-on experience, and time. We will help you with all of this, but it won’t be easy, and that is why Kennel Club Accredited Instructors ultimately make the best and most valued instructors in the industry, because they haven’t just done an online course and then called themselves a dog trainer.

As a course training provider we only take on ten students a year to each course level because we want to make sure you get the quality support you need. We don’t just sign up anyone willing to pay us the course fee, there is an application process and an online interview. That’s because it takes the right kind of person to be an accredited professional dog trainer, and we wont waste your time, effort, or money if we don’t think you are suitable for a successful career in the industry.

You can read more about our fully accredited and leading dog trainer courses and progression pathway below. I wish you every success as you enter what is probably one of the most rewarding and enjoyable careers available.

Best Wishes

Gary Gregory KCAI (NC/Ag)

Principal Instructor
Eidas Dog Training

 

Our Dog Trainer Courses

Our accredited dog trainer courses are suitable for anyone who wants to become a professional Dog Trainer and Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in either; Pet Obedience, Ring Craft, Agility, Flyball or Non Competition Canine Sports (e.g FidoFitness).

The courses are split into four progressive levels, each building on the last and enabling you to do more working with dogs until you are taking your own dog training clients and classes. By the end of level four, you should be ready and will be supported in taking your Kennel Club Accredited Instructor assessments.

All our course levels  provide hands on training, placement support, online live monthly lectures, recorded tutorials for you to replay, online resources, template documents and support from your dedicated course tutor.

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Level 1 - Dog Activity Leader

On completion you will be able to lead individual small group training exercises, under direct supervision of a qualified dog trainer.

Level 2 - Dog Training Coach

On completion you will be able to train group training classes and plan individual lessons, with a qualified dog trainer on site.

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Level 3 - Dog Trainer

On completion you will be able to train group training classes and plan a series of progressive classes over a course, without direct supervision but with feedback mentoring from a qualified dog trainer.

Level 4 - Dog Training Instructor

On completion you will be ready for KCAI assessment and you will be able to train group training classes and plan a series of progressive classes over a course and will be able to programme tailored training for one-to-one clients.

 

All Of Our Dog Trainer Course Levels

Include In Your Course Fee

Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme Membership Fees

Monthly Online Live Lecture & Two Practical Training Days Per Course Level.

Full Tutor Phone, Email & Placement Visit Support.

Online Study Resources, Recorded Lectures And Student Discussion Group.

Free Re-Take If You Are Not Sucessful First Time

Free Insurance Cover Whilst You Are A Student Doing Placement Hours

Free Accredited Face To Face Dog First Aid Practical Course With Each Dog Trainer Course

Free Dog Trainer Photo ID Card And Lanyard

 
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Course Enrolment And Cost

All Our Course Levels Are Priced At £499 Each Giving Clear, Transparent, Affordable Pricing

We strive to make sure that our courses are as accessible as possible, and that is why we offer them at a price which is the best possible value for our students. The course cost includes all course practical days, tuition, and assessment/certificate fees, all required materials and all relevant Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme Fees. It also includes insurance whilst you are a student trainer on placement.

Courses start twice a year in June and January and are limited to a maximum six people on each course (ten per year). Courses become booked up very quickly so early booking is essential. You apply for your course place online and pay the course fee at time of application. We will contact you to arrange your online application interview within seven days.

If you are successful, we will enrol you, send you a course confirmation and send you a welcome pack and ID card.


If you are unsuccessful at the application interview your course fee will be refunded to you in full.


On completion of your course, you will be invited to a graduation ceremony and be able to bring family and friends.

 
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Dog First Aid Course

Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding and joyful experiences we can have, but do you truly know how to protect your four legged family member, or how to respond if they had an accident, were taken ill or needed CPR?

 

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