Welcome to
Starmark Academy

Ever dream of becoming a professional dog trainer?

Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers is a state approved trade school that offers certification in the science of dog training. Whether you have prior experience in dog training or want to learn a new career path, our certified instructors can teach you a variety of proven and innovative dog training techniques. Come experience the wonders of basic and advanced obedience, dog sports, behavior modification, kennel and breeding management, agility, personal protection, police K9 training, search and rescue, retriever training, assisted therapy, scent detection, and much more!  Watch our Starmark Academy video to get a closer look!

The Academy has class sessions of four, eight, and twelve weeks year round, and offers onsite housing. We accept the GI Bill and are listed with Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation for Chapter 31 benefits and are also INS approved for international students. Starmark Academy offers financial aid, if qualified, through Sallie Mae. We also offer career counseling and a placement assistance program. Contact us and start your animal training career now!

Education and Training

At Starmark Academy, you have the benefit of being immersed in a training environment-something that you simply do not have with home study courses.  Here you will receive supervised hands-on learning with immediate feedback from your instructors.  Understanding that not all dogs are alike, we teach multiple methods to equip you to handle a variety of training issues.  You will also have the opportunity to work with rescue dogs, giving you real-world experience with dogs of varying temperaments.  We also teach you how to instruct and work with people, not just dogs, so you will be more confident when working with future clients. Our well-rounded approach thoroughly prepares you for a future career in professional dog training.

  • Starmark Academy’s behavior experts will show you how to diagnose and treat behavior problems common to the pet industry.  You will learn the science behind behavior modification techniques, as well as their practical applications.
  • Starmark Academy will teach you how to succeed in business, saving you time and money.  You will develop a business plan based on proven practices and principles.  Public relations, marketing, and business management are part of Starmark’s curriculum.  Our interest is your total success.
  • Starmark Academy’s staff will provide you with the broadest spectrum of training and behavior solutions of any school in the world.  This approach to training and education translates to enhanced financial opportunity to our graduates.
  • Starmark Academy is committed to your success after graduation, including: job placement assistance and counseling; online assistance; continued education programs; and seminars.
  • Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools, and Veterans Education Section, Austin, Texas.