What is Dog Sport University?
Dog Sport University, or DSU, is an online dog training platform with the goal of providing outstanding dog training to as many dog owners, handlers and trainers as possible!
Does DSU Only Offer Dog Sport Courses?
Dog Sport University does focus on all things dog sports, such as agility, barn hunt, CDSP, competition obedience, disc dog, rally obedience, tracking, treibball and tricks.
Are you looking for help with good manner training? Maybe you have a new puppy or your dog just needs help in the manners department. We've got just the thing! Our sister site, Family Dog University is devoted to helping your dog become the best canine companion possible. FDU offers two tracks: puppy training and dog training, and offers a variety of different programs to choose from. Go check Family Dog Unviersity out!
Perhaps you were looking for Scent Work or Nose Work training? Don't fret, we have a solution for that too. Our sister site Scent Work University has a laser-focus on all things Scent Work, whether for recreation or competition. SWU offers a variety of different online courses, seminars and webinars, as well as a popular blog and podcast. Go give Scent Work University a look, you will be happy you did.
What Training Methodology Does DSU Use?
Great question! While we do have a variety of instructors teaching our courses from across the country, one thing is consistent: all the courses will use positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques. The focus is on cultivating an engaged and happy learner (meaning your dog!) with each and every course we offer.
You can learn more about the particular instructor who is teaching a course by clicking on the Meet the Instructor link for that course. You may also learn about all of our instructors here.
Online Dog Training...I Don't Know...Does That Really Work?!
We completely understand your hesitation. Afterall, shouldn't dog training be done in person?!
In developing the courses for DSU, our goal was to provide high-quality instruction that not only provided the steps to complete a particular exericse, but would also promote the learner (you) to understand why an exercise was being done, and how adjustments could be made for each individual dog. All the courses offered at DSU are based off in-person group training courses, and we are extremely proud of our incredibly talented instructors who take great pride in being a teacher, first and foremost.
One of the biggest advantages of online dog training is you having access to so many talented instructors, regardless of where you live! Then there is the convenience factor. No longer do you have to try to squeeze a group class into your already hectic schedule. The days of rushing home from work, grabbing the dog, sitting in traffic to dash into class frazzled, stressed and worn out are a thing of the past. With DSU, you can go through the material at your own pace, and when it works best for you. By offering three enrollment options, DSU allows you to decide the type of experience you prefer: an intensive instructor interaction or something more relaxed and low-key. It is entirely up to you.
Online dog training is a wonderful option, and we hope DSU will provide a helpful service to as many dogs and handlers as possible!
What is the Refund Policy?
Are Results Guaranteed?
No. As with all dog training services, the results hinge on a multitude of variables. These include the physical and behavioral status of the dog as well as the frequency, consistency and proficiency in which the training is conducted. It would be unethical and improper for DSU to guarantee results for any of our courses.
How Do I Stay Informed?
Great question! There are a couple of different ways you can do this. The easiest is to subscribe to the DSU mailing list. We send out notifications when courses and webinars are offered and available to enroll in. Another option is to follow us on social media. We have a Facebook Page, Facebook Group in addition to posting regularly on Twitterand Instagram. Of course, you are always more than welcome to contact us directly at if you have a question.
How Long Are The Courses?
Our courses range from a single topic with several modules, to 2, 4 and 6-week progressive courses. All participants will have access to the course materials and course-specific forum for 1-year. For our progressive courses, Students are urged to follow along week-to-week, whereas Auditors and Watchers are welcome to access the materials and work on the exercises when it works best for their schedule.
How Much Do the Courses Cost?
Does DSU Offer Installment Plans?
Unfortunately no, DSU does not offer installment payments. Course packages, however, are available for certain courses. Be certain to check them out!
How Do I Submit Payment?
We are all about offering choices. You may submit your payment securely using either PayPal, or if you prefer to pay via credit card, you may use Stripe. Both options are secure and Dog Sport University does not store your credit card information.
Is There a Limit to the Number of Courses I Can Enroll In?
No! You may enroll in as many courses as you wish! We do recommend participants who are interested in enrolling as Students limit themselves to 3 courses per dog. This will help ensure the dog does not get overwhelmed or confused.
What Will Be Covered in a Course
This depends on the course. Each course will include both a Course Details and Course Outline section, so you can see what exactly will be covered, and if the course is good match for both you and your dog.
How Do I Register for a Course?
It is very easy! Here is a tutorial video showing you the step-by-step process.
What if I Forget My Password?
Never fear, we've all been there! To reset your password, simply click on the FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD link within the login screen and follow the prompts. When you can access your account again, click on the YOUR PROFILE link, enter a new password, that you create, and then click UPDATE.
If you do have any technical issues, we are always happy to reset your password on our end. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get things sorted out for you as soon as possible.
How Do I Access My Course?
It is super easy to access and go through your course at DSU! First, you want to login using the username and password you selected. You may then follow the steps outlined in this tutorial video.
Can I See What a DSU Course is Like?
Absolutely! We've created a course example and forum for just that purpose! Not only can you see what a DSU course and forum will look like, you will also learn what DSU has to offer to ensure an excellent learning experience. To take this Course Example for a test spin, click here.
How Do I Go from One Module or Lesson to the Next?
We've designed DSU to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. In that vein, when you login and begin to work on your course, there are simple navigation buttons for NEXT LESSON and HOME, which will take you back to the main course landing page. Best part? You can leave, log out and when you login later, you may resume the course where you left off! How great is that?!
Which Devices Can I View My Course On?
Great question! You can view your device on a desktop computer, a cellphone or a tablet! The DSU website and all the courses are responsive. When viewing the course on your cellphone or tablet, you have the option to use the iSpringPlay free app, which will allow you to download the lesson onto your device so you may view it offline. How convenient is that?!
How Do I Use the Course Forum?
Here is a step-by-step video showing how easy it is to access, navigate and use the course forum:
What if I Have Issues With the Forum...Who Do I Contact for Help?
How Do I Give Feedback?
We would love to hear from you! You may submit feedback using this form here.
Enrollment and Requirements
What Are the Differences Between the Enrollment Levels?
Great question! The Student enrollment level is the most intensive, with participants required to complete and submit homework assignments and video submissions and will participate in regular chat sessions with the instructor. Students will also have full-access to the course-specific forum.
The Auditor enrollment level is the perfect intermediary. These participants do not need to submit homework or videos. However, Auditors do have full-access to the course material. While Auditors do not participate in the chat sessions with the instructor, they can receive feedback from other participants as well as the instructor on the course-specific forum.
Watcher enrollment is a perfect choice for handlers who are extremely busy and want to learn on their own and at their own pace. Watchers will have full-access to all the course material and may view the course-specific forum, but are not permitted to post any questions, videos or replies.
Student: I'm Shy...Can I Submit My Homework Privately to the Instructor?
Yes! When you submit your homework and video submissions on the course forum, you may click a box which will render this post private between yourself and the instructor.
Auditor: I Have a Course-Related Question...What Should I Do?
Wonderful! The best way to have your question answered is to post it to the course forum. Not only will you receive feedback from your instructor, but other course participants will chime in as well. After all, we can all learn from one another. If you prefer for one-on-one feedback with the instructor, you are welcome to upgrade to the Student enrollment option.
Watcher: I Have a Course-Related Question...What Should I Do?
Great! The course forum is your best resource. But if you are looking for questions to be answered by the instructor, we urge you to upgrade your enrollment to the Auditor option.
Certificates and CEUs
Will I Receive a Certificate of Completion?
Yes! If you complete the course as a Student, you may submit a Request for Certificate of Completion and we will issue the same to you as soon as possible.
Will I Receive a Certificate of Attendance?
Great question! Auditors who complete a DSU course are entitled to receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Do Watchers Receive a Certificate?
Good questions! Watchers may indeed receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completing a course and answering a few course-related questions.
How Do I Participate in a Webinar
You can see the webinars we offer here. We try to regularly schedule live versions of these webinars, but you may also purchase a recorded version.
Need Additional Help?
May I Receive In-Person Help?
DSU focuses on providing online dog training, however you are always welcome to reach out to the instructors to see if they would be available to offer in-person services. This is crucially important if you were looking for assistance with more serious behavioral issues such as reactivity, aggression or separation anxiety. These issues need to be addressed in-person so that your trainer may effectively develop a training plan and behavior modification program. Go here to reach the DSU instructors directly.