Service Industry Training

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Becoming a Dog Trainer
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Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Anyone who is interested in training their own dog or helping to train other's.
Learn about the foundations of dog training. Discover theory, training psychology, and behavior modification techniques. Experience hands-on learning with a variety of breeds and temperaments. Learn how to identify the importance of dog body language, play styles, socialization Uncover how dogs develop socially and cognitively from puppyhood to adulthood. Other issues in the class include: how to start up your own successful dog training business, how to work with another pet service provider as a dog training partner, and how to assist rescues and shelters with their training needs.
Course Objectives
  1. - Learn several principles within the psychology of animal learning - classical conditioning, operant conditioning, counterconditioning, desensitizing, and more!
    - Apply dog training methods for achieving appropriate behavior and nipping unwanted problems.
    - Analyze behavior modification and when a dog will require behavioral therapy over manners and obedience training.
    - Identify how dogs develop socially and cognitively from puppyhood to adult - puppy-specific behaviors, “socialization” and what that truly means, fear-imprint periods, juvenile-onset behaviors, and adult-onset behaviors.
    - Compare working with various sizes, breeds, and temperaments - understanding breed-driven tendencies, natural motivators, and when to refer a case to a more experienced trainer.
    - Appraise starting their own dog training business as a professional dog trainer - different certifications and diplomas, benefits of joining national/international organizations, current dog training laws and regulations - or how working for an animal shelter/rescue or partnering with an established business within the pet service industry can be just as successful.
    - Plan advertising and marketing their services, how to have a successful website and social media presence, how to develop group, private (one-on-one), day training, and board-and-train programs, whether or not to add daycare, boarding, pet sitting, or dog walking options to their list of services.
Outline of Instruction
  1. • Basics of dog care that every owner and dog trainer should know. Common, daily needs that can lead to behavior problems or derail the best training plans. Introduction to animal learning, comparing how dogs learn to human learning, history of dog training methods - from compulsion-based to today’s progressive methods, and a look at dominance theory and other common dog training myths.

    • Dog body language, social signals and cues, play styles, recognizing warning/aggressive signals, dog bites/fights, how this all plays into a training plan.

    • Puppyhood to adult, successful socialization, critical windows of development (socially and cognitively), dog breeds and the possibility of breed-driven tendencies in training.

    • Dog training methods for dependable, appropriate behavior as well as nipping unwanted behavior.

    • Manners, obedience, and skills that every dog should know. Putting the learning theory to application and developing training plans.

    • When manners and obedience training isn’t enough - introduction to behavior modification, how to tell which approach will best help the dog, and knowing when to refer to a more experienced trainer.

    • Behavior Modification Continued - delving into techniques and using applied behavioral analysis.

    • The Professional Dog Training World - benefits of certifications, diplomas, and memberships to national/international organizations. Finding your niche/what to specialize in (manners and obedience training, puppy socials, trick training, canine sports, service dogs versus emotional support animals versus therapy dogs, behavior modification, rescue/shelter training, etc). The benefits of starting a solo business versus a partnership versus going to work for someone else.

    • How to start your dog training business - develop a company name, logo, and tagline. Creating a powerful website and marketing campaign to attract your ideal client. How/when to hire help. Current dog training laws and regulations. Dos and don’ts for building a reputation in the pet service industry. How to keep track of bookkeeping, CRM, and other professional records.

    • How to structure your dog training programs - group classes, private (one-on-one) training, day training, board-and-train. Consultations, evaluation, curriculums, and customized training plans. Working with humans and their dogs in their homes or in your facility or at a partnered facility. How to work with difficult clients. When to fire a client or refer to another trainer.

    • Hands-on activities at an off-site location.

    • Hands-on activities at an off-site location.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Treat pouches and clickers to be provided by the instructor/school, nothing additional needed from the student.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Field trips for the hands-on portion of the course to local parks and shelters.
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Anyone who is interested in training their own dog or helping to train other's.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Become a Professional Dog Groomer - ANS-3100A3
  • Become a Professional Dog Groomer II - ANS-3100B3
  • Basic Dog Care - ANS-3100E3
Course Contact Information
Benjamin Wagoner