Northern Sky Obedience Academy 07900 Charlevoix View Dr. Charlevoix, Michigan 49720 1-231-237-9510 *2023 Northern Sky Obedience Academy
Northern Sky Obedience Academy 07900 Charlevoix View Dr.Charlevoix, Michigan 497201-231-237-9510  *2023  Northern Sky Obedience Academy

NSOA Trainer the Trainer Apprentice Program

This program 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 Gaye Amick Dog Training's curriculum immediately prepares students to begin a full-time or part time career training dogs upon completion of our courses.

Gaye Amick'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 canine behavior modification. She teach students who have an interest in improving the mental and physical wellbeing of dogs, their owners, and communities.  All subject matter offered in practical application, is conducive to the success of our students. Gaye is dedicated to advancing the field and profession of dog training, she encourages each student to approach dog training as you would any other educational endeavor. If you start by having preconceived notions about dogs and dog training, there is a possibility that you will not be able to broaden your knowledge base.


Ms. Amick believes fair and effective communication is key to improving and enhancing the relationship between dogs and people. She also believes the education of each dog must be approached on an individual basis. Each dog's training should be based on the dog's individual 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 program specializes in teaching students obedience training, behavioral counseling, puppy development and customer relations. Additional Train the Trainer programs are available covering retrieval, assistance dog training, tracking/trailing, and scent detection.

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

Gaye Amick is dedicated to dogs and teaching people who are interested in this rewarding career.



A paw above the rest 

Puppy and Adult Dog Training

** Flexible Scheduling

Pet of the Week

Service dog in training Wesson! 

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