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Are there any scholarships or grants to assist in becoming a certified dog trainer?

I help rescue and foster dogs. I would love to become a trainer so that I could find more dogs "furever" homes. #animal-health #dog-rescue #dogs #dog-training #animal #career #college #career-counseling

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Donna’s Answer

There is a great web site that may be helpful to answer this question:


This may be helpful in researching dog training.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Chrissy:

During my research on your question I didn't find any scholarships. However, here are two (2) sites that you may want to add to your research. I wish you great success on your journey. Take care!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Association of Professional Dog Trainers • https://apdt.com/
Animal Humane Society • https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/behavior/becoming-dog-trainer

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Stephanie’s Answer

I do not know of any scholarships for this, but there are scholarships for so many things -- it's just finding them that is key. Below might be another option...

I know our local trainers take on interns many times, as well as post entry level jobs over the summer. This might be a good way to start training and shadow a certified trainer.

I would contact some training centers in your area and see if they allow interns/have mentoring programs. This might be unpaid or paid, but originally, maybe you could just ask to shadow a trainer for a few days to make sure you like it.

If you are an intern and want to continue, I think some of the larger training centers will help you with obtaining certification ( financially and navigating how to do this).