School Catalog

A hard copy of the Catalog will be provided to each student upon arrival. You can also Click Here to download the catalog as a pdf file.



The Dog Trainer College is under the auspices of Conifer Canine LLC, a professional and premier dog training venue.

Conifer Canine LLC was established in 2008 as a leading dog training facility in Indiana. Conifer Canine LLC is recognized by the State of Indiana.


Courses at the Dog Trainer College are taught by our Training Director, Tim Miller, BRE, CMDT, a certified trainer in many fields, including Basic and Advanced Obedience, a Certified a Protection Dog Trainer, a Certified Police K9 Instructor, including detection dog training, Search and Rescue work and Human Remains Detection work, and a certified Master Dog Trainer.  Tim has officially been training dogs since 1992. His love for dogs and their training goes back as far as he can remember.

Tim is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the American Police Canine Association.

Joining the DTC staff in 2017 is Certified Master Dog Trainer, Jeremiah J. Johnson.  Jeremiah is a graduate of DTC and operates his own dog training business.


The Dog Trainer College has been reviewed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and has been declared exempt from regulation by the Office for Career and Technical Schools under Indiana code 22-4.1-21.

Comprehensive Programs

The Dog Trainer College’s comprehensive programs teach everything you need to know to be a professional dog trainer. Our programs use innovative training methods, employ humane means, and will be resourceful to the beginning trainer as well as enhance a current career.

One of the invaluable strengths of the Dog Trainer College is that the student receives the opportunity to view a premier facility in its day-to-day operation.

Mission Statement

Our goal is produce professional canine trainers of the highest quality through an excellent education and practical experience.


Applying for Admission

Application requirements to any of our courses are:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must complete an application form. Applicants may be rejected if the application is found to be misrepresentative of the applicant, or contains false information, or if any information on the application is incomplete.
  3. Proof of high school graduation, such as high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Contact us for an application or apply online.  Applications for both enrollment and financial aid must be received in our office no later than two weeks before the start date applied to.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Dog Trainer College does not discriminate, in its application and educational process, against any individual on the ground of race, color, national origin, handicap, sex, or age.

Semester Dates

The enrollment dates for all courses are the first Monday in March, July, and October.  Applications are due in our office two weeks prior to the semester applying for.

Payment for Courses

Students are required to pay 50% of tuition and 100% of student housing on the first day of class.  The balance of tuition will be due once the student has reached fourth week of the course.  Payments can be made by check, cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express and PayPal.  Payment shall be in US Dollars.


There is no refund for the application deposit.

If a student terminates this agreement prior to the commencement of the course, the student will receive a refund of all monies paid, minus the application deposit.

Also, a student is eligible for a 100% refund if the class(es) in which the student is officially registered in cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Students who elect to withdraw from a course or are dismissed from a course will be refunded as follows:

  • Start through first three weeks = 50% of initial payment.
  • Fourth week to completion = 25% of balance payment.

There are no refunds or credits for late attendance, and/or missed classes, and these will affect the student’s grade. Additionally, students will be responsible for all make-up work.

Tuition and fees

Obedience and Behavior Course$52006 week course
Protection Dog Trainer Course$53006 week course
Detection Dog Trainer Course$38004 week course
Cadaver Detection Trainer Course$49006 week course
Police K9 Instructor Course$57006 week course
Service Dog Trainer Course$12,50016 week course
Master Trainer Course $15,90020 week course
Obedience & Behavior Online$3475length varies

Registration Fee:

A non-refundable $200 registration fee is due no later than 2 weeks prior to the program.  Upon acceptance of enrollment, this will reserve your spot in the course desired. If the applicant is not able to attend the course during the semester you have reserved, the deposit will not be refunded.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Fee schedule is as follows:

Each course has a base price which includes course materials, tuition, and application deposit. Books used during the course will remain the property of the Dog Trainer College. Students will be responsible for the replacement costs of any unreturned materials. Certificates will not be awarded to students that have an outstanding balance for book or equipment replacement costs. Books and other educational items may be available for optional student purchase, the afore-mentioned not included in the tuition.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve placement in the course.

Tools and Equipment

Students will be provided basic tools and equipment during the course.  Students will be responsible for replacement cost of tools and equipment that is lost, damaged, or stolen.

Student Dogs

Students are permitted to bring up to two dogs of their own with them during a course.  Students will be responsible for the actions of their dogs while on the campus or other activities sanctioned by Conifer Canine LLC.  Those who elect not to bring their own dogs will be given opportunity to train with dogs that are on hand at the College.

Graduation Documents

Conifer Canine’s Dog Trainer College awards certificates upon successful completion (80% or above) of our courses. Those graduating with 97% or higher will be given Honor status.  Those graduating with 94% – 96.9% will be given Merit status.  Certificates will not be awarded until tuition and housing is paid in full.

Transfer Credits

Due to the unique nature of our programs, the Dog Trainer College does not recognize or credit any transferred programs from other educational facilities or institutions.

Standards of Progress

Due to the professional nature of our canine training courses and the needs of the graduate’s future clientele, student grades are geared towards the client’s point of view. Does this trainer possess sufficient knowledge to effectively train my dog? Can I depend upon him/her to meet me at an appointed time? What is this trainer’s attitude towards me and my dog? Therefore, grading is based upon the student’s test results, attendance, participation, assignment completion, as well as the attitude towards both staff and canines, and the “finished product” of training a dog.

Students graduating with a 97% will be with Honors. Those graduating with a 92%-96% will be with Merit. All grade reports will be given near the end of the course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet an overall grade of 80% to pass the course and receive certification. Students who do not pass the course will not receive their certificate and must reapply to the school and retake the course with a passing grade to receive a certificate.

Students who are failing a course may continue the course and receive a Certificate of Attendance as long as the minimum attendance requirements are met.

Any student who is absent from class for a total of 10% or more of the total hours of the course shall be considered unsatisfactory in attendance and be grounds for failure in the course.

Student Records

After successful completion of a certificate program, students will receive a copy of their grades and certificate as long as their account is paid in full.  Student records are kept in file by the College.  Additional transcripts can be obtained by submitting a written request and paying a cost of $15.00.


Students who do not fulfill the requirements of a course will be given an incomplete.  A grade may replace an incomplete if the student successfully completes the unfinished work within one calendar year.


If students withdraw from a course, the student must adhere to the following procedures:

  • Submit a formal notice of withdrawal in writing to the college Director.
  • Review the Refund Policy

Inherent Risks

In applying for enrollment in the Conifer Canine Dog Trainer College, the applicant must understand that this type of training can be both mentally and physically intensive and demanding.  The applicant should be confident in his/her mental and physical condition to attend the course in which he/she has applied for and understand that if he/she is not physically able to perform the tasks that are required to complete the course, this may affect his/her overall grade, may hinder his/her ability to complete the course, and may receive injury during training.

Physical Requirements

A student enrolling in our courses must be able to, and hereby agrees that he or she can:

  • Attach and detach animal training collars and leashes.
  • Grasp and hold a leash, controlling small, medium and large dogs.
  • Be able to reach above and below shoulder height with both hands.
  • Be outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Carry up to 20 lbs.
  • Physically restrain large dogs.
  • Hear normal conversation up to 100 feet away and in close proximity to others.

Student Housing

Housing is available for students attending our College for $125 per week, based on double occupancy.  Private rooms sometimes available.  We have separate quarters for men and women. In order to secure your housing for the course/semester in which you want to attend you must pay the housing fee in full on the first day of class. Due to the limited space in our school, housing payments will not be refunded if you are unable to attend the school during the semester in which you register.

Dress Code Policy

Students are encouraged to wear clothing that does not confine movement yet is not so loose it could get caught in gates or easily grabbed by a dog.  Wear safe, non-slip shoes and keep them tied, utilize good judgment and common sense, especially in regards to weather.


Students will hold Conifer Canine LLC not liable for any injury, or expenses as a result of injury, while performing tasks as a student in the Dog Trainer College.

Video and Photography Policy

Applicants and students will consent and agree that Conifer Canine LLC, its employees or agents have the right to take photograph, videotape, or digital recordings of me and to use it in all media exclusively for the purpose of supporting and promoting the mission of Conifer Canine LLC.  They further agree that such photographs or video footage may be used for educational and marketing purposes in Conifer Canine LLC promotional video materials and or third party use by funder or prospective funder.  They also understand that Conifer Canine LLC is not responsible for any expense or liability incurred as a result of their participation in this recording, including medical expenses due to any sickness or injury incurred as result.

English Language Proficiency

All instruction at the Dog Trainer College is conducted in English.  No English language test is administered.  By applying to the College, the applicant agrees that he or she is able to communicate in English.  Conifer Canine LLC does not provide language learning services.

Training Conditions

The nature of canine training is largely done outdoors, therefore our students are encouraged to dress accordingly.  Our summers are hot and humid, winters are usually mild however some days/weeks can be cold, snowy, and windy.  We do occasionally cancel class due to weather conditions, in which event all book work must be maintained.


At its discretion, the college reserves the right to revise all terms, provisions, policies, requirements, and procedures contained in this catalog.  Each student will be bound by and must comply with all terms, provisions, policies, requirements, and procedures contained in this catalog.


Students understand that during their attendance at the Conifer Canine Dog Trainer College, they will be held to the Students Code of Conduct and will be solely responsible for their actions and the actions of any personal dogs that may accompany them during the Course. They also understand that if they do not adhere to this Code of Conduct that disciplinary actions including suspension and/or dismissal may be administered.

For the health of our students, staff, clients, guests, and dogs, the College is a smoke-free environment. Students are responsible for the behavior of the dogs brought with them to the College. Violation of the Code of Conduct will be at the sole discretion of college officials.

Discipline and/or Dismissal

Grounds for discipline and/or dismissal include, but are not limited to, drug use or possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, alcohol use, smoking, abuse towards staff, students, animals, or property, jeopardizing the safety of self or others, sexual harassment, acts of dishonesty, plagiarism, or other derogatory behavior deemed inappropriate by the staff.

Class Schedule

The Dog Trainer College has 4 semesters per year. Each semester begins the first Monday of March, July, and October. Each course we offer can run concurrently with other courses. The ending dates will depend upon the length of the course chosen.

Holidays in which class does not meet are New Year’s Day, M.L.K Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Classes meet on Monday – Friday, from 9am until 5pm with an hour break for lunch from 12-1. While attempts will be made to maintain this schedule, please note that these times are approximate, given the nature of working with livestock, working outdoors in all kinds of weather, training appointments, veterinary emergencies, and/or other contingencies.

Course outlines are included in the Catalog and may be found by visiting the Dog Trainer Courses page.

You can Click Here to download the catalog as a pdf file.