Frequently Asked Questions
Become a Trainer Frequently Asked Questions
Can I create my own custom dog training packages/services?
Of course, you can. In fact, we encourage you to create custom packages that are aligned with the lifestyle you want to live.
Can I still do this opportunity if I work full time and want to keep my job?
Unfortunately, no you cannot. We found that in order to make at least $10,000 a month you need to commit to this full time.
Do I need any qualifications or certifications to start a dog training business?
Technically anybody can say they are a dog trainer. Therefore, no certificates or qualifications are required to become a dog trainer. There are no regulations at this time on the industry. However, being able to deliver and train a dog with any issue time and time again will take some sort of schooling to gain experience.
Do I need insurance for my dog trainer business?
Yes. There are companies that specialize in offering insurance for dog trainers.
Do I pay WODT a percentage of my monthly income?
Absolutely not. The monthly fee is just $500 a month, no percentage is taken from your earnings.
Do I work for WODT or have my own location/business?
With this opportunity, you do not work for WODT and have the option to be an owner/operator, or you can add a WODT location to your veterinary clinic or doggie daycare. Whatever you choose it is 100% your own business under the WODT brand.
How can I attract clients to my dog trainer business?
We go over this during the very first week of your course. However, one quick way is to run social media ads. We have an in-house marketing team that can set this all up for you and you’ll be getting leads before you even graduate. (Note there is an additional fee for this).
How can I continue learning and improving as a dog trainer?
Attend the monthly Zoom meetings. At the beginning of the month, we go over wins, losses, and anything that you’re stumped with. Mid month we do sales training via Zoom meeting. You also have our annual conference which consists of personal growth and development, advanced dog training skills, reactive and aggressive dog handling, marketing, and sales.
How can I handle challenging or aggressive dogs during training sessions?
Preferably with your eyes open and on your toes. We cover aggressive dog handling in your training. Yes, it can be scary working with aggressive dogs but you will find it is very rewarding showing them a better way to be.
How do I set pricing for my dog training services?
It’s great you acknowledge that a part of your business isn’t just about training dogs, money matters too. During your first week of training, Ryan will work with you individually to help create your pricing, packages, and services that are specific to you, where you live, and again the lifestyle you want to live.
How much does it cost to start a dog trainer business?
The cash price for our World of Dog Training 60 day certification school is $25,000 paid in full. We offer financing but there are additional fees based on your credit score. There is also the recurring $500 a month fee. You should also expect to spend some money on marketing and those cost vary from $1,500 a month and up.
How much experience do I need in dog training before starting my own business?
We prefer you have no experience training dogs but existing trainers (no egos allowed) may be considered on a case by case basis.
How much money per month can I make as a dog trainer?
Sit down because you may be surprised. Within just 3-6 months of graduating, you should be making about $10,000 a month. Around one year in you should be making about $15,000 a month.
Is this for only in the USA or is it worldwide?
We couldn’t call ourselves the World of Dog Training and only serve the USA. We are a global brand that welcomes people from all walks of life and cultures to bring WODT to their country.
Is World of Dog Training a franchise?
As of 2023 WODT is not a franchise. We offer licensing opportunities, training, and mentorship and allow the use of the WODT brand.
Should I offer group classes or private sessions?
This is also covered in your first week of training. The short answer is you should highly consider offering both.
Should I specialize in a specific type of dog training?
Great question and really it depends on what you would enjoy teaching. We definitely recommend mastering basic and advancing pet dog training with puppies to senior dogs. Once you have that foundation, have fun learning and teaching specialties.
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Are there any certifications?
We certify the trainer as a World of Dog Training trainer.
Can one of our kennel technicians be trained to be a trainer for us?
100% yes. In fact, we have trainers who were former kennel techs and they have loved stepping into the new career of dog training.
Can we brand the dog training services the name of our brand or does it have to be WODT?
Great question, it will need to be World of Dog Training.
Can we offer additional training services beyond 1:1 lessons and board & train?
Absolutely, in fact we encourage it. Our dog training program is customized to your needs and particular business goals. That’s why the more we learn what you and your goals the better we can help you craft packages and services that are most ideal.
Do we find the trainer to be trained or does WODT?
The program is designed for you to find the person that you would like to represent you and your company. However, once you commit to the program we can guide you in the selection process of what makes a superstar dog trainer.
Do you offer financing?
Yes, you can finance through us or our finance company (https://dev.sirlion.com/wodt/). We require a $5,000 payment prior to beginning and a license fee of $500 with a four year contract.
Does the new trainer need to have any previous dog training experience?
They preferably have no previous experience because it’s easier for us to not have to clean up bad habits. Nonetheless, we have worked with people with a variety of training experience. What we look for that is most important is an openness to learn and a strong work ethic.
Where is the course taught, is it hands on or virtual and how long is it?
There are two weeks that are virtual on zoom (Monday-Friday 6pm-8pm pst). There are also two weeks hands on in either Huntington Beach (Orange County) California or Dominical, Costa Rica where the trainer will work with 20 dogs.
Who pays for the training?
This is entirely up to you. We can definitely talk through the different options and what is best for you and your situation.
Will the trainer be an employee of ours or contractor?
This is a personal preference and business decision that you need to make with your legal team and CPA. There are pros and cons for each option.