DogStars Professional Dog Trainers Program
When are the courses?
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm for the duration of the 8 week program.
Is there a tuition payment plan available?
Yes. Please contact us for more details.
Are international students accepted?
Yes. We accept students from all over the world.
Do I need any previous experience with animals to become a trainer?
No. DogStars Professional Dog Trainers Program can give you the knowledge and confidence you need to start a brand new career.
What can I expect after completing the program?
You are ready to start your career as a dog trainer, either with your own business or working with DogStars. With a nationally recognized certification you are able to train anywhere. DogStars works with new trainers to connect them with clients in private and also group class settings – we have clientele in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Richmond and North Vancouver.
What are the training methods being taught?
DogStars promotes positive reinforcement and reward based training . We employ clicker training, lure training, praise and play rewards and all without the use of corrections. The safety of animals is first and foremost in our philosophy, which means no choke chains or shock collars. We aim to build a trusting relationship between trainer and dog to achieve obedience and understanding. Additionally, we teach new trainers how to determine which training methods are the most effective in different situations, giving you the tools to work with a variety of clients.
Dogstars Training Academy
How old does my dog have to be?
5 months and up for Twinkle Puppy Programs, 6 months and up for Shine Adult Programs, and 6 months and up for Star Training. Our private training sessions are for dogs of any age.
How big are classes?
DogStars group classes are a minimum of 4 dogs and a maximum of 6 per class.
What vaccinations are needed?
All dogs must have received their second set of vaccinations prior to attending group classes.
What happens if I can’t make a class?
Make up classes are available as private lessons for an additional $40/hour, which is a savings of $45 when compared to standard private lesson fees.
Does my dog have to have obedience training before starting Star?
No previous training is required prior to Star training.
What do I get out of being in the DogStars Talent Agency?
Every pet that we accept into the DogStars Talent Agency is on an available roster, listed according to physical characteristics and abilities. When DogStars is contacted by a production company, we comb our roster and submit candidates that fit the requirements of the job. They choose which animal they feel is best suited for the role. The more your pet can do, the more likely they are to be hired. By being a part of the DogStars Talent Agency, your pet is always available to be cast in commercials, photo shoots, tv shows and movies.
DogStars Talent Agency
What is the standard rate to hire a DogStar?
Our rates are very competitive but are dependent on many factors including location, length of shoot, number of animal actors, number of trainers required, and physical requirements of the animals. Please contact us directly with an outline of your project for an estimate.
Where are you centered?
We are located at 317-237 East 4th Ave, Vancouver BC., but are willing to travel depending on the project.
Can I view all the available animal actors?
Yes. Our roster is private, but may be viewed with permission from DogStars Talent Agency. Contact us directly with your project needs and we can grant access to our talent pool.
What kind of experience does DogStars offer?
Our head trainer has over 25 years of experience as an on set trainer as well as a private animal trainer. See our Bio and Filmography section for a list of projects featuring DogStars.
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Vancouver- Tuesdays – June 4 – Bone & Bowl – Olympic Village
- Twinkle Puppy Class @ 7:00pm
- Acting level 1 @ 8:00pm
New Westminster- Wednesdays – April 24- Bosley’s Columbia Square
- Twinkle Puppy Class @ 7:45pm
Abbotsford- Monday May 27- Acting Workshop – Doggie Shop – #4-33550 S. Fraser Way
Intro to Dog Acting - 5:30 - 7:00
"This training is great - I have seen amazing results in a short period of time and it prepares me and Buddy for the real world! I would recommend DogStars for anyone with a new or older dog."
Sean and his 8 month old Labrador - 'Buddy'
“DogStars and Henry the dog were great to work with during the filming of Sony promotional video”
Kazuhito Yagi – Production Manager – Sony video shoot