Academy for Professional Dog Trainer

Atlanta Dog Trainer presents our Dog Educators Vocational Academy to become a Professional Dog Trainer.

Next level 1 class starts February 3rd  2018.

Are you…?

  • Looking for a dog training school where the instructors are successful dog obedience trainers with excellent credentials?
  • Wasting your time in a career you do not enjoy?
  • Wanting to learn using hands-on dog training rather than taking generic courses from an online dog training schools?
  • Wanting to learn a variety of methods to train a dog?
  • Looking for positive dog training with effective methods?
  • Want to learn how to be an agility trainer?
  • Have you ever thought about training dogs for scent detection? Dock Diving?
  • Atlanta Dog Trainers vocational school for professional dog trainers has it all in our curriculum and at our farm facility!!

About Us

Becoming a recognized school is a voluntary process that involves periodic rigorous examinations. Stringent procedures are used to scrutinize administration, course content, faculty, and teaching methods to ensure compliance with established state standards.  Atlanta Dog Trainer Academy for Professional Dog Trainers has been authorized by the Georgia Non-Public Post-Secondary Education Commission. The GNPEC approves our certification for students attending our academy. The  agency, GNPEC, attests to the fact that the programs are sound, the faculty is highly qualified, the administration is responsible and ethical, that the students report having a valuable experience, and that completing and placement rates meet high standards. Atlanta Dog Trainer Academy for Professional Dog Trainers is a privately owned and operated vocational school which maintains a caring family atmosphere. We are dedicated to the advancement of the field of Dog Training by certifying trainers armed with the most current and practical training methods valued by prospective employers and pet owners.

Our academy for professional dog trainers is highly regarded as the “BEST in the South”.  Our Vocational Academy for professional dog trainers is recognized for its leadership, innovation, and affiliations with other professional organizations and individuals such as, Golden Retriever Rescue of  Atlanta, Angels Among Us, Fur Kids, Friends of the Forlorn, Labrador Friends of the South, Furry Friends, Forsyth Humane Society,  Atlanta Humane Society, Mutts and More, Boxer rescue, Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, and many more.  We also have over 45 veterinarians who have recommend us as their exclusive trainers.

Our school is a highly respected center for Dog Training Education located near North Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The need for qualified Dog “Educators” and Trainers is also growing at an ever increasing rate as more people demand certified personnel to assist in the training and resolution of behavioral problems such as, aggression responses, phobic or trauma based behaviors and separation anxiety, just to name a few.   Atlanta Dog Trainer’s Vocational Academy is a private vocational school Certified and Approved by the Non-Public Post-secondary Education Commission Act of 1990 in the state of Georgia. The School’s certification is honored throughout the United States as well as internationally.  Atlanta Dog Trainers’ Vocational Academy has been visited and reviewed pursuant to state standards and the curriculum is consistent in quality with the curriculum offered by traditional institutions.
Susie Aga at Atlanta Dog Trainer can help you become a successful Professional Dog Trainer. Our methods are positive and effective with proactive behavioral solutions. Our training is based on years of experience training dogs. We will supply you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a Professional Dog Trainer, run a successful business, deal with multiple personality dogs and owners, teach group classes, private training, in home training, aggression management as well as how to open and run a doggie daycare, board and train programs, kennel management, and much more.

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There are many traditional trainers using the same dog training methods they used 10 years ago. Fear based dog training involves shock and pinch collars, physical and/or mental abuse. These pain-induced methods are the easy way to train. Throwing a bag of chains at a dogs’ feet to stop their jumping is a fear based technique rather than teaching the dog an alternative way to greet. Shocking a dog into submission for being aggressive is a not teaching the dog the skills needed to deal with similar future situations. As every student is different and has different ways of learning so are the dogs and the methods. At Atlanta Dog Trainer’s Academy for Professional Dog Trainer you will learn how to train each dog individually with positive and effective training methods.

Atlanta Dog Trainer’s dog training school for Professional Dog Trainers will teach the core of dog training by building the relationship based on consistency, trust and respect. Atlanta Dog Trainer’s Academy for Professional Dog Trainers courses will include:

  • Hands on training with very experienced instructors
  • Full obedience training regime
  • Behavior modification solutions
  • Aggression management dog training
  • Behavioral evaluations and temperament testing for shelters, veterinarians and rescue group
  • Preparation for CPDT testing, online final exam
  • Excellent skills to communicate with animals as well as their owners
  • Breed knowledge, breed selection process and how to evaluate breed characteristics.

Why Learn From Us?

Learn from renowned dog trainers with excellent references and media attention!

Atlanta Dog Trainer LLC was voted “Best of Atlanta” Dog Training in Atlanta Magazine taken from a poll of 5000 people! Atlanta Dog Trainer has been featured on CNN, ABC News, WSB TV, Fox TV, Turner Broadcasting, The Alpharetta and Roswell Neighbor, North Points Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, Petlanta Magazine, Atlanta Dog Life Magazine, Around Town Magazine, Am 1620, Cumming New Radio and also the pet expert’s for multiple on line dog resource website such as Pet Doc online and BBC Dog Cast Radio.


Wow! The information you shared in the first course classwork was great, to actually train puppies and have a working understanding of what works and why. Being able to observe and discuss different dog behaviors first hand made so much sense to me. To learn the basics of clicker training and when the exact moment to mark the desired behavior. Positive training is the basis of what I learned and the importance of being fair to the dog is vital. The importance of reading the dogs behavior opens your eyes to being a better dog trainer.

Thank you Susie,

Karen A.


Atlanta Dog Trainer’s Train to Become a Professional Dog Trainer program is an excellent study to learn how to train dogs whether for hobby or to start a career. The hands on approach combined with the course work that Susie Aga utilizes in her class truly developed my understanding of how a dog learns. Combined with a dog’s stress, arousal, and appeasement signals set a foundation for me to gauge a dog’s mental and physical state.

The training techniques based on abundant praise taught me new training methods that are a departure from all I’d learned to train a dog in the past. The atmosphere for the class is relaxed with little pressure which makes for an ideal learning environment. The training exercises practiced as well as real case studies solidifies the coursework learned in the classroom sessions.

After taking this course I feel much more confident not just in training dogs but understanding and anticipating dog behavior.


Ji Kim

Life Changing

I enrolled and attended the Dog Trainer Academy at Atlanta Dog Trainer and it has changed my entire world on dogs. I attended Level 1 and Level 2 of their Academy with plans of finishing Level 3 next year. Susie Aga (Owner) was our primary trainer and she approaches our training with a hands on approach; she keeps the environment entertaining while still delivering and showing examples of very important dog handling techniques. She truly understands how dogs and humans learn. Her staff was always professional, always took time for me, and became family to me. I would recommend Atlanta Dog Trainer to anyone looking to make a career in the Dog Industry or simply looking to solve some unwanted dog behaviors.

Elizabeth Payne

Atlanta Dog Trainer – THE BEST!

My daughter and I went through Susie’s level one and level two dog training courses and she truly is the best! All training is done through positive reinforcement and it was a very enlightening experience taking these courses. Now I am looking forward to a rewarding new career doing what I love, training dogs!

Richard Diegal