Virtual Trainer’s Club
Become a Dog Trainer!
Have you ever dreamed of working with dogs for a living? The dog training industry is booming, offering new and exciting career opportunities for passionate dog overs who want to positively impact the lives of dogs and their humans!
For the first time EVER Tug Dogs and TDC are offering a comprehensive, virtual trainer’s club designed to teach you how to be a top level dog trainer. You will be learning the skills Tug Dogs trainers learn to transform out of control, behaviorally challenged dogs, into happy, well-behaved family pets.
Whether you are ready to pursue your dream of becoming a professional trainer, want to sharpen your skills for rescue work, or even want to be the best dog owner you can to your own dogs, this club will provide you with a wealth of dog training information you can immediately put to use.
Virtual Trainer’s Club is open to participants 16 years or older who are passionate about all things dog. Club members must have regular access to the internet, be able to record and upload video, and have a facebook account. All course material will be in English.
So just what is Virtual Trainer’s Club (VTC)?? So glad you asked! VTC is a unique opportunity for you to learn the art of dog training from skilled instructors in the comfort of your own home.
VTC allows you to access the course material at your convenience so long as weekly homework deadlines are met. You will be joined in class by other students just like you and get to learn and grow collectively under the careful guidance of your instructor.
You will be learning from a Tug Dogs lead trainer who is highly skilled in both obedience training and behavior modification. The course content is created by Tug Dogs owner Erin Kramer and provides the most comprehensive approach to the 2 largest markets for dog trainers: pet obedience training and behavior modification training.
Our trainer’s club and trainer’s courses have been life-changing for many of our students. You will learn tons of valuable information that has taken us over a decade (and our literal blood, sweat, and tears) to learn in an easy to understand format.
VTC will cover a wide range of topics including:
OBEDIENCE TRAINING: Training a dog to follow commands is all about building a great training relationship and understanding the crucial elements of how dogs learn. As part of VTC you will be applying the pillars to success, building cooperation, and handling distractions as you teach dogs commands (sit, down, come stay, leave it, park it etc…), polite leash walking, getting off leash, and an overview of competitive obedience.
BEHAVIOR TRAINING: Most dog owners are motivated to seek training due to problem behaviors. Yet most trainer’s programs focus primarily on teaching a dog to follow commands. Huh?! The VTC curricula prioritizes working on all types of problem behaviors including: dog on dog aggression, dog on human aggression, leash reactivity, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, fearful behavior, impolite greeting, noise sensitivity, potty training, resource guarding, dogs and kids, barking, destructive behavior, and everything in between! When you leave VTC, you will be skilled in tackling any problem behavior that comes your way.
CLIENT COACHING: Guess what, dog training isn’t just about training dogs! There is someone else on the end of that leash. So many trainer’s courses provide no instruction on how to best work with your human clients. Our VTC course not only prepares you to handle the dog, it also prepares you to handle the real-life challenges of being a dog trainer including client coaching.
You will have the opportunity to get feedback about your training skills and ask tons of questions as you learn.
We accept new students into the course at the beginning of every month. You will have the opportunity to participate in the course at any time during the week so long as weekly homework assignments are submitted on time.
Our trainer’s courses regularly sell out in advance as space is limited to 10 students per class. Contact us today to schedule your free phone consultation with your course instructor where you can learn more details about the course and determine if it’s a good fit for you: Tugdogacres@gmail.com
What Past Students Have Said
“Tug Dogs trainer’s courses have made my dream of becoming a dog trainer come true. I have always been passionate about working with animals and was looking for a program that could help me better understand dogs and help them overcome problem behaviors.
What I found (at Tug Dogs) was a course that allowed me to have a full understanding of all of the key components of being a skilled dog trainer. I learned how to access dogs and their needs, how to understand what they were communicating, how to teach them effectively, and how to work with their people to get lasting results.
Now that I have been in the industry running my own dog training business and have had tons of first-hand experience applying what I learned, I feel so blessed to have had the chance to learn from Erin and her team. I left Tug Dogs fully prepared to be able to help any dog and human that signed up to work with me, even aggression cases. And my business has steadily been growing because word has gotten around that I am a great dog trainer!
If you are wanting to learn how to be a professional dog trainer who has the versatility to work with lots of different types of dogs, problem behaviors, and clients, I highly suggest you get in contact with Tug Dogs. In my opinion, you won’t find a better program to teach you everything you need to know.”
–Michelle Hawk, Owner of Sage Canines ( & Tug Dogs Guest Trainer) Camas, WA
“I just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU again. Volunteers have been coming in all day today talking about how great your presentation was and how easy the tools you gave are to follow and use. I’ve seen a lot of dog training presentations in my 10yrs of doing this, and you’re one of the best in the biz! You are a great speaker, very knowledgeable and confident (and funny). Well done and we can’t wait to have you back!”
-Emily Holmes, Program Manager Truckee Humane Society, Truckee CA
“Tug Dogs has changed my life! Recommitting to my education was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I went looking to add value for our pet sitting clients and structure for our employees. What I came away with is a new philosophy for life. Erin is an experienced and engaging educator. In a fast-paced and chaotic world, she illuminated a path for success based upon years of experience in the field. Starting with consideration for the dog’s perspective, she teaches a zen-inspired way of communicating with dogs in a simple, clear, and loving way.
I’m just beginning my journey as a dog trainer but I see the path. After applying what I am learning, I had the feeling that Tug Dogs Dog Trainer Academy is just where I need to be. I do the homework and see results with our own dogs. I look forward to replicating this process with our clients’ dogs, to bring peace into their homes. Erin’s energy is infectious and that’s all I needed to encourage me to continue on this path. I’m so thankful to have been referred to Tug Dogs and look forward to taking the next steps of my education here.”
-James McKellips, Co-Owner Peaceful Pets Pet Sitting Services, Sacramento CA
“I am a Dog Trainer and have had my own dog business for 9 years. After taking this trainer’s course, I feel much more confident dealing with aggression and leash reactivity issues and how to develop an effective management & training plan for clients. I definitely felt that sometimes my approach and confidence “before” taking Erin’s course was not the best. I fell into the trap of letting clients push me and try to rush through the training or getting pulled into long conversations with clients and giving too much free advice. Some of my training techniques were outdated and not always working well for some clients. I felt comfortable working with client dogs, but communicating effectively to the client so they could do the same was not always working.
Since taking Erin’s course, I feel that I am able to communicate more effectively with each client so that they are better able to work with their own dogs. I highly recommend Erin’s Dog Trainer’s course. I love Erin’s approach and gentleness with each dog she works with. She has a wonderful energy and ability to effectively communicate through body language with each dog. Keeping an Open Mind and thinking Outside of the Box is something I really appreciated learning from Erin too! Thank you!!!!”
-Rhonda Anderson, Owner of Just Doggin’ it Adventures, Daycare & Training, Malahat BC Canada
“Taking the TDC Fundamental Trainers Course with Erin not only taught me many new skills I can use while working with my day camp and training clients, but also surprised me with new information on topics I thought I had nothing left to learn about! Each topic we covered was discussed thoroughly and in-depth, and before the course was even finished I was able to successfully use some of my new knowledge in real-life settings! Using Erin’s training approach in our facility has helped to create a calmer and more positive learning environment for the dogs. I am thrilled to now have the confidence to work with some challenging dogs I would have previously referred elsewhere.
The TDC course gave me the boost I needed to start opening more doors for my business! The course emphasizes the importance of working with our human clients in order to be successful. Erin provided some great tips on how to interact with clients to help them set their dogs up for success. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned from Erin on this topic, despite having been training for years! The thing that sets TDC apart from other trainers education programs is Erin’s ability to present the material in a way that is clearly applicable in real-world settings. She doesn’t just give you the information, she gives you the skills to be able to apply it while working with clients, both human and canine.
I left each class with the certainty that I could begin confidently practicing and honing my new found skills. I didn’t just receive information, I understood it and knew what to do with it! I would absolutely recommend the TDC Fundamental Trainers Course to trainers of any skill level. Erin ensured that the course was exactly tailored to our needs and each student finished the course feeling they got what they came for and more. Erin presents the information in a way that covers every small detail, while still being engaging. The classes were never boring…nor were they overwhelming.
I wish this course was available to me all those years ago when I first started training! What a wealth of information for someone just starting out. On the other hand, I’m positive even the most experienced trainer could learn from Erin’s expertise!”
-Tara Dupuis, Owner Come Over Rover Doggy Daycare, Shawnigan Lake BC Canada
“First of all, I would like to say Cheantelle (my instructor) is awesome! One of the things I love about the course is how all of the information is broken down in a simple way for everyone to understand. It is also very thorough so many of the questions that I had previously to starting the course have been answered! I have been learning SO much. I’m really looking forward to the next few months learning dog EVERYTHING! Thanks for doing such a great job putting this club together! I’m stoked to be a part of it!
-Rachel Mariie, Owner of PawsActive Adventures, Duncan BC Canada
“I am loving every bit of the course. I was very curious how the online course would be, but actually, it’s MUCH more than I’d hoped for. I listen to the class. Then at night I’ll watch again with earbuds and write all my notes. The homework of luring, name games /engagement etc… are so clearly shown and explained that it’s obvious what is expected. I’m so looking forward to continuing to learn and grow with this great course!! Thank you!!!”
-Mary Willey Harding, San Juan Capistrano CA
“The Tug Dogs online training course is thorough and easy to follow. (My instructor ) Cheantelle does an incredible job of making information accessible through explanation, dialogue, and examples. The pace feels productive, and the exercises are rewarding. I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time! I’m inspired and gaining confidence every day. Plus, my dogs are having a lot fun!”
–Ashley Piediscalzi Minneapolis MN