School for the Professional Dog Trainer

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Dog Training with the Touch


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Your selection of a school emphasizes an institution with years of experience constantly refining and improving curriculum.

This is why you pick The Tom Rose School (TRS) with over 50 years in operation training professional trainers.

Yesterday’s graduates are today’s employers. If dogs are your passion, TRS will guide you to an exciting and rewarding career in dog training.

Become a Certified Dog Trainer

Agility has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States. It’s an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it’s so enjoyable to watch. At TRS we require our professional students to complete and test at the novice level.

School for Professional Dog Trainers

Whether it is felon search or search and rescue, tracking is another critical skill for high-level working-dog trainers. All professional trainers are must complete the basic IPO 1. Please check the categories below for master-trainer requirements.

Academy for Dog Trainers

Most TRS courses require some degree of skill in competition-level obedience, notably the Professional Trainer Course . Please check with the requirements of the course you are interested in.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Obedience is the foundation of dog training. Whatever level you are aiming to achieve with your dog-training education, the fundamentals of obedience must be learned. Not all of the categories listed below are necessary for graduation from a TRS course, but they all are recommended.

Working Dog Trainer

Scent detection is essential for high-level working dogs, particularly for K-9 and police. At TRS we teach all aspects of scent-detection training. A few of the categories listed below are requirements for our Master Trainer Program.

School for Working Dog Trainers

Even though Protection is not a requirement to graduate, TRS still provides the information and class demonstrations. We also teach you how to properly imprint your puppies for PSA. Shutzhund/IPO is a requirement to pass some courses.

If you choose to, you can participate as a helper/decoy.

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Pet Obedience
Scent Detection

It's not a job. It's a vocation.

“Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” — Confucius

Aspiring trainers understand Tom Rose’s lifelong love for dogs — they are a vocation, a calling, a passion. The school he founded is the culmination of that passion, and graduates share his dedication.

Over the past four decades, TRS graduated successful trainers all over the world. Those who start their own businesses succeed routinely.

One very successful graduate put it this way, “There is no other school with the experience and instructional track record of TRS. There is no other school that teaches many different training techniques, then encourages the student to choose the methods most comfortable for them."

Tom authored three major dog-training books. He won training competitions time after time with dogs he raised and trained. He pioneered and developed the celebrated Puppy Imprinting Program. He coined the phrase "imprinting" as it applies to dogs. He is first to import the Belgian Malinois breed to the United States.

Graduation from TRS depends upon successfully accomplishing industry-recognized objectives and requirements. The Tom Rose School curriculum is proven effective in meeting and exceeding those requirements.

Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience guide you to accomplish objectives that would take a talented trainer ten years to learn on their own. We have hundreds of graduates who prove how effective our programs are. They operate successful companies around the world, are competent employees, they operate/teach at other schools and win championship competitions worldwide.

When you compare TRS requirements for graduation, the qualifications and experience of the instructors and the time established in the industry it is clear why TRS is the only choice. It’s simple: if you want to be the best, learn from the best. If you have the desire, the passion, if you believe you have what it takes, applytoday.

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A Message from a Visionary

Passionately working together, turning ordinary into extra-ordinary, TRS produced the world's leading dog professionals. Our graduates hire our graduates! Our alumni become successful pet trainers, kennel owners, police trainers, vocational school owners, and kennel managers. The list goes on and on. We are the oldest and most recognized school of our kind. As one graduate said it, "TRS is the Harvard of dog trainer schools".

When you apply yourself and devote your time and energy, TRS will give you the education and training you deserve.

Many years ago a highly respected friend told me to choose a career that I love, learn everything there is to know and all else will come. Today I look back at my long career working with dogs and realize that as a professional dog trainer, exhibitor, judge, and teacher I have been blessed to earn a living doing what I enjoy.

It is gratifying to see my graduates achieve financial success, win competitions, write books, develop successful dog training schools, and head law enforcement K-9 units. I love teaching and nothing satisfies me more than seeing my students achieve their dreams. I sincerely want to see you live your dream.

— Tom Rose

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Tel: 888-TOM-ROSE or 636-376-4273