Become a Dog Trainer

Being a professional positive dog trainer can be one of the most rewarding occupations in the world. Many great dog trainers (including Victoria herself – she originally trained and worked as a professional actress) have found their life's calling as a second career. In the vast majority of cases, this is motivated at its core purely by a passion for helping dogs and their owners be happier and more successful.

There are few feelings similar to the satisfaction a good dog trainer can derive from helping a well-meaning family with a troublesome dog learn to cope with and overcome issues that can sometimes be life-changingly serious.

There is a huge responsibility undertaken by all those who call themselves dog trainers to identify and undergo the highest quality education while collecting essential experience in the field under qualified mentors.

Victoria founded the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior – the ultimate in dog trainer education - to educate, engage and empower new generations of professional dog trainers. Offering both in-person and online-only course options and featuring the industry's most comprehensive and dynamic curriculum, enrollment is now open for all VSA courses and several classes of graduates practicing as VSA-certified dog trainers around the world.

VSA offers courses for every skill and experience level, so check out VSA's courses page to find out which one is right for you.

Enroll in VSA's free demo Starter Course to test-drive VSA's premium digital learning experience now.

If you are interested in learning more about the Academy or to enroll in either VSA's flagship in-person Dog Trainer Course or one if VSA's 100% faculty-led, video-based online courses, please visit the course page on the Academy website at You can also sign up to join the VSA newsletter to receive valuable info about pet industry careers, special offers, and promotions.

Visit the Victoria Stilwell Academy website to learn how you can chase your dreams to become a dog trainer!

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