Dog trainer School

with special emphasis on behavior
and problem solving


Is this education right for me?

Do you want to become a professional dog trainer and specialize in the field of behaviour and a dog language?

Do you want to work part-time or full-time training dogs and owners and also work as a behaviour consultant helping owners
through private consultations?

Or are you already a dog trainer and want to specialize and aquire more science based knowledge?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this education might be the right one for you!

This high quality education will give you excellent practical and theoretical skills of dog training and dog behaviour.
Upon completion, you can start your own business or be qualified to work for other dog schools, or you may apply for the Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers mentor and teachers program.

We teach only reward-based and up-to-date science based training methods.


Dog behavior: the dog’s silent language, body language, communication, dog development and ethology, history, puppies, adolescent, mature dogs, social developments, critical periods, hormonal influences, breed characteristics, problem solving, stress, fears, aggression, health and nutrition.

Learning theory: positive training methods, desensitization, motivation, comparisons of dog learning to human learning, classical and operant conditioning, positive reinforcement.

Practical training: problem solving, observation, positive training methods teaching basic obedience and more challenging tasks like desensitization for stressed dogs and dog-to-dog aggression.

Physiology: anatomy, movement, how exercises influence behaviour.

The dog trainer: how to design your courses, counsel individuals and motivate owners, instruction and observation techniques as well as building confidence as a public speaker, and pedagogy for humans.

The courses are taught in English, and all reading materials and assignments will also be in English.

Countries for level 2 - 4

We offer practical training for level 3 – 4 in:
We are hoping to be able to offer the practicals in level 3 and 4 in other countries in 2023 and onwards.



Price and payment


Level 1: 495 €/560 US$

Level 2A: 285 €/320 US$

Level 2B: 285 €/320 US$

Level 3: 950 €/1070 US$

Level 4: 1250 €/1405 US$

A non-refundable deposit of 100 Euro upon registraion.

Part-payment available with subject to extra charge.
For payment plan see registration form.

The price includes all teaching, support and online teaching plattform.

The price does not include: books, travel and board.


Course litterature

Mandatory readings (2021)

Level 1: 

Rugaas, Turid (2005). On talking terms with dogs: Calming Signals.
Shelia Harper Ltd.

Eaton, Barry (2010). Dominance in dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing

Level 2:

No mandatory readings.

Level 3:

VanFleet, Risë (2013). The human half of dog training. Dogwise Publishing

Lowry, Rosie (2011). Understanding the scilent communication of dogs. Lowry Industries Ltd


Level 4:

Bekoff, M., Pierce, J. (2019). Unleashing Your Dog. New World Library.

Bekoff, Mark (2008). The emotional lives of animals. New World Library

Hallgren, Anders (2015). Ethics and ethology for a happy dog. Cadmos Publishing Limited

Rugaas, Turid (2008). My dog pulls. What do I do? Dogwise Publishing

Rugaas, Turid (2008). Barking, the sound of a language. Dogwise Publishing


Recommended readings

These are books that I recommend, but you do not have to read them for the course.

Bradshaw, John (2011). Dog Sense. Basic books 

Donaldson, Jean (2013). The culture clash. Dogwise Publishing

Bradshaw, John (2011). In defence of dogs. Penguin Books

Robertson, Julia (2011). Exercising your puppy: a gentle & natural approach. Veloce Publishing Ltd

Robertson, Julia (2010). A complete massage manual: Gentle dog care. Veloce Publishing Ltd

Hallgren, Anders (2007). Mental activation. Cadmos Equestrian

Jensen, Per (2009). The ethology of domestic animals. CABI Publishing

Cutka, Dagmar (2010). Safe and sound with dog and child. Cadmos Books

Mary R. Burch.(1999). How dogs learn. Macmillian 

Adams, J., Miller, A. (2012). Between dog and wolf. Understanding the connection and the confusion. Dogwise Publishing 

Donaldson, Jean (2010). Dogs are from Neptune. Dogwise Publishing

Bekoff, Mark (2013). Why dogs hump and bees get depressed. New World Library

Stilwell, Victoria (2014). Train your dog positively. Teen Speed Press

Bekoff, Marc (2007). Animals matter. Shambhal 

Sapolsky, Robert M. (2004). Why zebras don’t get ulcers. St. Martin’s Griffin


During the course this list can be revised and you can get other recommended readings as new books are published.


Information about the course

This is a module based 4 level course combining online and in-person classes.

Level 1 and 2 is online and the practical training in level 3 and 4 is in Norway.


Upon successful completion of the course the participants will be awarded a diploma.

All teachings will be in English, as will be the assignments and the reading list.


Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us at:

or call us at + 47 99 04 28 03.

Our customer service can reply in
English, German, Russian and French.