5 Dog Training Business Success Stories [2022]

5 Dog Training Business Success Stories [2022]
Start A Dog Training Business

Professional dog trainers can be an incredibly fulfilling profession, especially for dog lovers. You can choose to work as an independent dog trainer or work under a company as a part-time trainer. However, note that dog training takes more commitment for a part-time gig. To get started, you need some education to understand how dogs behave and train them in new tricks. You will find tons of online resources on dog training. Alternatively, you can work as an intern with local dog trainers to acquire the skills before setting up your dog training side hustle. The average hourly rate for dog trainers is just over $50/ hr.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a dog training business:

1. Fraternity K9 ($60K/year)

Donald Hutcherson (from Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA) started Fraternity K9 over 3 years ago.

$5K / month
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hey! My name is Donald and I run Fraternityk9 dog training. In this business, I specialize in dog obedience and behavior modification. Most people that enter our program are dog owners who either need or want their dog to listen whether the dog is displaying dog aggression or just pulling the owner down the street.


2. Happy Hound University ($96K/year)

Mary Thompson (from Elk Grove Village, IL, USA) started Happy Hound University over 8 years ago.

$8K / month
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Mary Thompson and I am the owner and founder of my dog training business, Happy Hound University, LLC. I offer private dog training, group classes, and in my home puppy board and train in the suburbs of Chicago, IL (Elk Grove Village, to be exact!)

When I started my business it was just my side job, but over the last 6 years, I’ve gone from a few clients a month to a full-time dog business, working with dozens of dogs every week and making an average of $6,000 a month and growing.


3. Cesar's Way

Cesar's Way shares tips & experiences of Cesar Millan, the leading expert in dog behavior. The primary resource for dog training, care, psychology & more.

  • Business rank: #52.5K

Check out their full website ➜

4. The Online Dog Trainer

Stop any dog problem and raise the perfect puppy with The Online Dog Trainer. Get the right info+tools+confidence through videos to correct ANY dog behavior

  • Website traffic: 120K/month
  • Business rank: #102K

Check out their full website ➜

5. Fitdog

We care about your dogs total wellness. Full service options: open play day care, exercise classes, training classes, overnight boarding

  • Business rank: #140K

Check out their full website ➜

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