Welcome to Northern Sky Obedience Academy Inc.

Apprentice Program

Northern Sky Obedience Academy provides those who wish to become dog trainers with more than a basic education; students are offered the knowledge and skills required for professional trainers. The broad scope of Northern Sky Obedience Academy's curriculum immediately prepares students to begin a full-time or part time career training dogs upon completion of our courses.


Northern Sky Obedience Academy's apprentice program was developed in 2004, the first program of its kind in Northern Michigan. This educational program prepares individuals for successful careers in dog training and caine behavior modifcation. Our experienced instructors instill high standards of dog training skills and knowledge to students who have an interest in the improvement of the mental and physical well being of dogs, their owners and communities.  All subject matter offered in practial application, is conducive to the success of our students. Northern Sky Obedience Academy is dedicated to advancing the field and profession of dog training, we encourage each student to approach dog training as you would any other educational endeavor. If you start by having preconcieved notions about dogs and dog training, there is a possiblity that you will not be able to broaden your knowledge base.


At Northern Sky Obedience Academy we believe that fair and effective communication is key to improving and enhancing the relationship between dogs and people. We also beleive that the education of each dog must be approached on an individual basis.  Each dog's training should be based on the dog's inividual personality, past and present behavior, aptitude for learning, and the goals of the owner. We then address the varied approaches and methods to training dogs, which allow our students to have the ability to modify their approach in various situations. Professional dog trainers have a responsibility to understand that not every dog can fit into a singular method of training.


Professional dog training is a profitable and satisfying occupation whether as a career or second income. Our three week Basic Course specializes in teaching students obedience training, behavioral counseling, puppy developement and customer relations. The six week course continues by covering the advanced aspects of today's professional dog trainers; including retrieval, owner protection, assistance dog training, tracking/trailing and scent detection. Over 95% of our students take this course.


In additon, students learn the customer relation skills necessary to successfully counsel and instruct dog owners about behavior and proper handling skills.


At Northern Sky Obedience Academy we are dedicated to working with dogs and training people who are interested in this rewarding career.