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.

Where can this career path take you?

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.

Come experience the wonders of:

  • Basic and advanced obedience
  • Behavior modification
  • Agility, personal protection, police K9 training, search and rescue
  • Dog sports
  • Kennel and breeding management
  • Retriever training, assisted therapy, scent detection, and much more!

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Bastrop County Animal Services

Lawrence is a sweet, lovey boy in dire need of a cuddle buddy! He and his student are working incredibly hard to ensure Lawrence is ready to go home with a family that is looking for a good snuggle! Please contact Bastrop County Animal Services to learn more about him!

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Student Success Stories

Jackie was found as a stray, covered with fleas and wandering the streets. This lucky guy found his way into our foster program and was later accepted at Starmark Academy as part of a special free program to train rescue dogs so they will be more adoptable! His trainer, Alicia, fell in love with Jackie and adopted him. Jackie is now a certified Canine Good Citizen, and is also featured in a new book, "Underwater Dogs," by Seth Casteel.

–Alicia Forzano