Become A Dog Trainer – (PDTA Route)

Thinking of becoming a dog trainer?

With a growing number of ways to become a ‘professional’ dog trainer available, it can be a minefield choosing the right path for you.

In this article we explore everything you need to know about the Professional Dog Trainers Academy and whether or not this route to becoming a dog trainer is right for you.

Who are the Positive Dog Trainers Academy?

The Positive Dog Trainers Academy (PDTA) was founded by Maria-Christina Patala, a Cyprus based force free dog trainer. Maria-Christina is a Dog Training College (DTC) Approved Instructor, Pet Professional Network (PPN) member, Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT ) full member and Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member.

The PDTA is based in Cyprus but attracts students worldwide. Students are required to travel to Cyprus to complete part of the course.

Code of Ethics

The PDTA does have a code of Ethics visible on their website. You can read this by clicking here.


Frederick University PDTA students gain opportunities to train and study with leaders in the field of not only dog behaviour, but also human psychology. Frederick University Professors deliver lessons as part of the PDTA programme.

Dog Training College

PDTA graduates are eligible for automatic Approved Instructor Status. This means graduates will benefit from gaining referrals directly from the DTC and will have opportunities exclusively for Approved Instructors including free training, discounts and job opportunities.

Pet Professional Network

PDTA works in collaboration with the Pet Professional Network which can offer students and graduates world class business support.

International Companion Animal Network

PDTA are recognised by ICAN as a member organisation.


€ 3,000 (plus travel expenses)


The PDTA Professional Dog Trainer Course is taught by Maria-Christina Patala, Craig O’Gilvie, Helen Motteram, Stephanie Karageorgis, Dr Petevinos and Dr Demetriou.

The curriculum is made up of:

  • Three separate 5-day in-person courses at Dog Coach School in Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Four separate half day in-person courses.
  • Two reading assignments with Q&A online assessment.
  • 30 hours of practical hands-on training at shelters with video analysis.
  • Final assessment with written and practical examination.

(For a detailed curriculum please contact PDTA directly)

Final Thoughts

This is one of the most comprehensive programmes available at a very reasonable cost. The DTC believes that Knowledge + Experience = Competence and this course is the perfect blend of theoretical learning and the practical application of that learning.

The DTC are proud to support the PDTA and endorse this programme.

How to book

To find out more about this programme or to book click here