Tug Dogs Trainer’s Courses


Ever dreamed of a career as a professional dog trainer?

Working as a professional dog trainer is a highly rewarding career for those who are passionate about helping dogs and their owners live harmoniously together. Much like with learning a sport or an art form such as dance,  becoming a successful dog trainer requires you to study and receive coaching in order to reach the highest levels of precision.

Tug Dogs Trainer’s Courses allow participants to gain access to the most important and effective dog training information in both obedience training and behavior modification. With affordable, information-packed courses, our trainer’s programs are designed to create a solid foundation of learning on which to build your professional training skills. The information you will receive will help you become a better dog owner, canine volunteer, dog sitter/walker, or professional dog trainer.

Virtual Trainer’s Course

This course covers all of the essentials of canine training and behavior over the course of three months of online learning. During month one, you will learn about the important foundation that applies to all forms of dog training including: building a training relationship, how to motivate dogs, the 5 pillars of training, how/when to add difficulty into your training programs and so much more. Month one will help you understand how dogs learn and to build a cooperative training relationship so that you can expand into more difficult training during the next 2 months.

Month two will focus on obedience training and manners.  You will start by learning critical concepts in obedience training that will ensure any dog you are working with understands what you are asking of them and that they are motivated to comply.  You will learn how to properly lure dogs in positions, the role of markers in training, and about the use of release word for clarity during stay positions. Beyond teaching commands, you will begin your learning about stopping common problem behaviors like jumping up for greeting, excessive barking, door dashing and other manners related issues. Month two will help you grow as a trainer (or dog owner) as you prepare for the final month focused on complex problem behaviors.

After learning a lot about dog training and applying with your dog/s at home, you will be ready for month three which is all about serious problem behaviors like fear, aggression, and anxiety. You will learn about how to diagnose problem behaviors, how to create treatment plans for working with behaviorally challenged dogs, and step by step strategies for tackling each problem behavior in detail.

Upon completion of the 3 month course, you have the ability to enroll in our (Sacramento area) Trainer’s Club to continue with hands-on learning or participate in any workshops we have available for graduates.

Trainer’s Club (Sacramento Area Only)

Graduates of a Fundamentals of Dog Training Course or Virtual Trainer’s Course may participate in our weekly Trainer’s Club program which takes place Wednesdays from 9-11 am in Elverta. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact us to learn more.

Fundamental Trainer’s Course

Offered just once a year, our Fundamental Trainer’s Course provides an excellent training foundation for those wanting to become professional dog trainers, expand their skills in volunteer roles at shelters and rescues, or simply learn more in-depth about how to handle your own dog’s training.

>>Next Course Start Date: April 2020


Trainer’s Club

Graduates of our training courses may participate in our weekly trainer’s club directed by Tug Dogs owner Erin Kramer. Club meets Saturday mornings at 9 am in Elverta and is focused on practicing a wide variety of training skills with demonstrations and hands on coaching. Contact us to inquire about joining our Trainer’s Club.

How to Sign Up

Please email us at: Tugdogacres@gmail.com to inquire or sign up for a trainer’s course or club.

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* Please Note: Tug Dogs is unable to provide re-homing services or requests for training outside of Northern California.