The Academy for Dog Trainers

Become a Professional Dog Trainer and make a Living Doing what you Love

The Academy for Dog Trainers

Understand Dogs and Their Behavior and Help Them Fit Into Our Human World

The Academy for Dog Trainers

Help Dogs and Their Families Thrive Together

The Academy for Dog Trainers

A Comprehensive Course of Study, Designed by Jean Donaldson, award-winning author and World-leading Expert in Dog Training and Behavior

The Academy for Dog Trainers

A Comprehensive Course of Study, Designed by Jean Donaldson, award-winning author and World-leading Expert in Dog Training and Behavior

The Academy for Dog Trainers

Learn, Grow and Exchange Ideas with a Community of Supportive Professionals Worldwide

New From The Academy!

Extension Course

Resources for Shelters and Rescues

Welcome to The Academy

It’s time to become a dog trainer.

Whether you are considering a career as a dog trainer for the first time, or looking to boost your existing skills, you have come to the right school.

Our comprehensive dog training course, led by world-renowned expert Jean Donaldson, represents the gold standard in dog trainer education.

Academy graduates are among the most sought-after for top positions at animal welfare organizations as well as by private dog training clients.

Our graduates lead rewarding lives, run thriving businesses and can handle any training or behavioral issue without the use of fear or pain.

Our Community of Support

At The Academy,  you will be part of our renowned lifelong, supportive and sophisticated community. You will have access to guest experts via webinars, and Academy staff will hone your practical technique through our detailed, personalized, pioneering method of video coaching.

Your access does not change once you graduate: you will continue to receive case support from Jean, Academy staff and your peers, participate in discussion forums and attend webinars featuring guest speakers and all the latest relevant research.  We are unique in our post-graduate support and we do not charge additional fees to our graduates.


A Comprehensive Program

The Academy for Dog Trainers is widely regarded as the Harvard University of dog training schools for those wishing to become professional dog trainers.  It was formed by Jean Donaldson in 1999 to address the need for more comprehensive dog trainer education. Since its formation The Academy has trained and certified more than 800 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training, and private behavior counseling.

I’ve had the opportunity to review Jean Donaldson’s new Academy For Dog Trainers and was very impressed with its quality, breadth, detail, and organization, but mostly with Jean’s fierce commitment to sound science. This is particularly needed in the field of dog training and behavior, where fads abound, sometimes with dangerous results. Thank you, Jean, and I highly recommend your new Academy.

DVM, MPH, DACVB, DACVPM, revolutionary behaviorist and inventor of Gentle Leader

Educational opportunities for dog trainers abound. Few, though, are on par with Jean Donaldson’s Academy. Jean is an undisputed leader in our profession, and has a rare combination of academic smarts, hands-on training “chops,” eloquence and incisive wit. I’m certainly indebted to Jean for the heaps of dog-training know-how I’ve learned from her. Students of her Academy are lucky indeed.

Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Bright Spot Dog Training

The Academy for Dog Trainers was perhaps the single best educational experience I have had, that perfect mix of interesting and entertaining material, lecture and hands-on assignments, and a challenging yet supportive learning environment. Even now, 9 years later, I can say with certainty that the Academy did more to make me into a successful dog trainer and teacher-of-dog-trainers than anything else I did before or have done since. Jean is brilliant and funny and I could listen to her endlessly. What impressed me the most though was the extent to which she stopped talking and got us (the students) to start doing so. I found my teaching voice and my timing and my training chops at The Academy and for that I will be forever grateful.


Chief of Education & Training, Richmond SPCA

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After years of production, testing and refining of training plans aimed at improving dogs’ comfort level during routine veterinary procedures, The Academy is pleased to release the final product. Complete the form below to download the complete Husbandry Project booklet.

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