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) 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 – a leading force in the field of dog trainer education - which offers both online and in-person courses for aspiring pet professionals to learn directly from Victoria and her team of world-class faculty using multiple learning models and state of the art technology. VSA’s powerful learner-centered, performance-based programs educate, engage, & empower future dog training professionals to change the lives of people & dogs through positive training. The premier choice in dog trainer education, VSA's three core curriculum pillars are training dogs, teaching people, & business management.

Registration is currently open for all VSA courses, with 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 more.


Consider joining like-minded positive trainers around the world as a member of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) – a premier global network of world-class positive trainers. But VSPDT does not train people to become trainers – it is designed to help people who are already great trainers grow their already-existing dog training businesses grow while promoting the Positively mission on a worldwide scale.

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