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!

Adopt Me!

Young Gravy

Aggieland Humane Society

Young Gravy is an incredible dog from Aggieland Humane Society! Rescue dogs train here with us for up to 12 weeks and are looking for their forever home. If you are interested in adoption, please don't hesitate and reach out to the rescue. You won't regret this life changing decision!

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Student Success Stories

With the help of my amazing family, I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a boarding and training facility.  We built Wagging Tail Resort from the ground up and opened our doors in December of 2009.  We are currently the only deluxe boarding facility in our area (Jackson, Tn. and the surrounding cities/counties of West Tennessee).  We offer deluxe cat and dog boarding with a home-like atmosphere, a very successful grooming business, and I provide both in-kennel and individual training,  and behavior modification assistance.  I am the only Certified trainer/behaviorist in the area.  Our business has grown to a client base of over 2,000 in the short time that we've been open, and it continues to grow all of the time.  We are in the process of expanding our boarding capabilities with a large addition of our most deluxe suites to our facility, and will be breaking ground on that addition early 2013.  Starmark provided me with the tools needed to pursue this "dream job" of mine, and my family believed in my dream enough to give me the help needed to fulfill that dream.  I am truly blessed!

–Rachel Carlson