Become a dog trainer

Turn your passion for dogs into a profitable career.

K9 Mania – Dog Training apprentice program

We are a team of experienced dog trainers who are passionate about training trainers!

For Whom this program is?

The Balanced School for Dog Trainers is for everybody! Whether you are looking to start your career in dog training, or experienced trainers looking to expand their knowledge, and grow their own business, we have programs to suit your needs. Each of our programs are hands-on with actual client dogs, and one-on-one with one of our highly experienced, and successful trainers at K9 Mania dog training. We have programs for the beginner, or the trainer with years of experience, and all programs can be customized to fit your needs and goals.

You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of breeds, and behaviors, and gain valuable, hands on experience with them. You will be given the opportunity to be a part of a reputable dog training organization, and be immersed in the day-to-day life of successful trainers. Tools that are invaluable to the new or experienced trainer alike.

K9 Mania has quickly grown to be an industry leader in dog training and behavior modification. We are committed to continually pushing industry standards, and leading the way in proper education of our clients, and now to dog trainers. This is a unique opportunity to see a dog training business from the ground up, and really “get your hands dirty.”

Introduction Training Program

This program will be our prerequisite and base for all other programs. If the student can provide proof of successful completion of another reputable dog training school, they can be approved to opt out of this program. This program includes hands-on experience with our actual client dogs, our staff dogs, and the student’s own dog.

Our introduction program will detail the fundamentals of balanced dog training to include:

  • Classical and Operant Conditioning / Quadrants
  • Marker Training
  • Obedience training (luring, free shaping, spacial pressure, leash pressure)
  • Relationship, motivation, and engagement development
  • Training tools
  • Management and safety strategies
  • The course will include reading materials, and access to the online version of this course (once that is developed)

Proper Use of Prong and Remote Collars

Many trainers use tools as the “hammer” in their training. Discover the fine art of true balanced training with low level e-collar training, and proper prong usage through sound understanding of the tools, and appropriate introduction to a training system. Whether it be introduction to a primarily rewards-based method, or introduction into a behavior modification program.  You will receive hands on instruction with actual client dogs.

Behavior Modification Training Program

This is a hands-on course that focuses on our holistic approach to dealing with mild to severe behavior issues. Students will gain hands-on experience with our client dogs, staff dogs, and their own personal dogs. Including:

  • Dog Aggression
  • Human Aggression
  • Resource Guarding
  • Leash Reactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Fear based behavior issues

This program will cover the various types of aggression

  • Dominance
  • Resource Guarding
  • Fear Aggression
  • Fear Biters
  • Territorial
  • Prey
  • Multidimensional aggression (several types combined)

Topics include defining types of aggression, strategies for successful rehabilitation and/or management, how foundation work plays a role in behavior modification, how to train clients, body language. Students will learn that our approach is not the “band aid” solution of targeting the problem behavior, rather looking at the entire picture and fixing it from the ground up.

The course will include reading materials, and access to the online version of this course (once that is developed).

Job openings for proven Dog Trainers

We are looking for experienced balanced trainers in the Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan.
Both Board & Train and In Home Trainers


K9 Mania has an absolutely amazing team of trainers that all work beautifully together.
We are not ones to sit idle, we are constantly looking for ways to grow and develop what
we do. We work hard, and play harder. We insist that you take time off and take


We are seeking an experienced, balanced trainer. Ideal people would not only have
experience with aggression cases, but also work their own dog(s) in some capacity. If
you have a set up to take Board and Train clients, that would be ideal (though we have
specific requirements for our B&T set up, so it would have to be cleared first). NO EGO. I
mean it. We do what we do because we love helping dogs and their owners, it’s about
them, not us. You must play nicely with others, and must have good communication and
organization skills. . All trainers are ICs — you set your own schedule. It’s a pretty sweet
gig where you are going to focus on the clients and we take care of the rest. You will
need a reliable car as you will be driving to clients. You will work WITH us, not for us.

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Our Team

K9 Mania Dog Training’s mission and promise to you is that we will provide the best and most progressive balanced dog training, with the highest quality service.

Our Method

K9 Mania Dog Training is a balanced dog training company Together, with our team of dog trainers and dog behaviorists…

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