A School for Dog Trainers & Their Dogs!


This broad, intensive course is 20 weeks (800 hours) $15,900.

Become a master dog trainer and learn every skill and technique you will need to train tracking dogs, protection dogs, obedience dogs, service dogs, and more. At the Indiana school for dog trainers, you will work with experienced dog trainers and a wide variety of canines to put into practice the skills that you learn and gain a comprehensive knowledge of all breeds and types of dogs.

Master Dog Trainer IndianaThe Dog Trainer College offers an array of courses to help you become a confident, competent and effective dog trainer. The Master Trainer comprehensive course combines the skills and techniques of other courses so you will learn how to teach dogs in obedience training, protection, scent detection, service dog training, human remains detection, man-trailing, police/military k9 work, as well as Search and Rescue. You will also learn integrative business marketing techniques and management skills needed to promote your canine business.  This course meets Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pmThe Master Trainer schedule includes start dates of July 1, 2019, March 2, 2020, and July 6, 2020.

The more services you offer, the more potential there is for income!  Graduates of the Master Trainer course will be ready to start or expand their business and train many different types of dogs in any role. Call today for more information or apply online to become a dog trainer or expand your skills.  Please note that the Master Trainer Course is only available in the Spring (March) and Summer (July) semesters.

Graduates receive certification as a Master Dog Trainer.

Both financial aid and/or lodging is available, if needed.  With our competitive financing options, you can take this tremendous course for as little as $375/month*.  This course is eligible to be covered by GI Bill education benefits for US veterans.

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Please note:  All students in this course will be involved as a decoy, helper, and handler.    This will include bite-work with dogs in real-life settings.  While safety measures will be in place, injury and/or death is a possibility.  Those who are unwilling to be involved in this element of training should not apply to the Master Trainer course.


Master Trainer student Steve Jolly:  “The instructors are professionals and constructively point out mistakes or explain better methods.  You are not smothered by the instructors.  They guide you but allow you to grow in your skills in the correct way.  I highly recommend DTC for anyone wanting a real in-person, in-depth education on dog training.”


What will this course enable me to do?

  1. Learn how to work with the dog – not against him; bringing out the best in the dog
  2. Understand the concepts behind efficient training and the fundamentals of conditioning
  3. Create your own website that will attract visitors and establish business credibility
  4. Train a variety of dogs with a variety of needs using a variety of tools in a variety of ways
  5. Diagnose training problems and formulate a plan to overcome them
  6. Manage a kennel operation in a clean, healthy setting
  7. Grasp the proper (and improper) use of dog training aids
  8. Understand the importance of socializing puppies
  9. House-train dogs/puppies in the best way/s possible
  10. Use social media as a means of marketing your brand/product
  11. Know how a dog “pack” works
  12. Realize the need for socialization and how to be thorough in socializing puppies/dogs
  13. Be able to train dogs in both basic and advanced obedience
  14. Recognize canine anatomy
  15. Identify canine behaviors and signals
  16. Understand and implement canine ethology
  17. Diagnose different kinds of canine aggression
  18. Establish the foundation for beginning your own dog training business
  19. Recognize a variety of breeds and their inherent differences
  20. Understand the nutritional needs of the canine and how best to meet them
  21. Recognize health issues of the canine and be able to administer emergency first aid
  22. Understand how Search Engine Optimization works and what can be done to improve yours
  23. Utilize various advertising and marketing options
  24. Be able to effectively answer your client’s questions
  25. Realize the many kinds of training that you may consider offering to your clients
  26. Understand methods for Search and Rescue
  27. Teach the SAR re-find
  28. Handle dogs in both Urban and Wilderness SAR
  29. Grasp how to maintain SAR dogs
  30. Select solid candidates for Police K9 prospects
  31. Understand how to train the detection dog from start to finish
  32. Enhance the dog’s drives
  33. Conduct practical agility
  34. Possess a broad working knowledge of service dogs
  35. Be familiar with the equipment used in training service dogs
  36. Understand how to select dogs and puppies for service dogs
  37. Install and operate a productive puppy program
  38. Learn how to interact with disabled handlers
  39. Learn how the delivery process works
  40. Be able to train dogs, handlers and families
  41. Be able to train trailing dogs
  42. Understand Osphresiology and how it affects the search
  43. Implement scent discrimination trailing
  44. Be able to problem solve trailing training
  45. Train the Touch command
  46. Be familiar with the ADA
  47. Learn public access laws
  48. Understand service dog etiquette
  49. Understand tethering
  50. Be familiar with the public’s perception of service dogs
  51. Learn many of the situations faced by service dog handlers in public
  52. Be familiar with medical alert service dogs
  53. Train hearing assistance (signal) dogs
  54. Grasp mobility dogs training
  55. Have at least of basic understanding of autism
  56. Train autism assistance dogs
  57. Train PTSD seizure alert dogs
  58. Learn how to socialize the service dog
  59. Familiarize yourself with the service dog in a public setting
  60. Identify training problems and learn how to solve them
  61. Taking service dogs into schools and workplace
  62. Be familiar with MST and TBI assistance
  63. Apply a solid application process with prospective clients
  64. Develop an effective delivery process to clients
  65. Instruct handlers, K9 supervisors, and the K9
  66. Handle tracking/trailing dogs dependably
  67. Recognize canine behavior on the track
  68. Engage and neutralize a suspect
  69. Recognize inferior qualities that would hinder reliable K9 work
  70. Understand how genetics, upbringing, and training technique will influence the final product
  71. Recognize the variety of equipment used in K9 training
  72. Utilize equipment effectively, properly, and safely
  73. Learn how to be a great decoy (helper, agitator)
  74. Teach tracking/trailing searches in various environments
  75. Utilize patrol containment techniques
  76. Conduct SWAT operations with the K9
  77. Understand the need for real-life training and certifications
  78. Select solid candidates for HRD dog prospects
  79. Recognizing and teaching the canine’s cadaver alert
  80. Understand the use of various cadaver training aids
  81. Utilize cadaver training aids effectively, properly, safely, and without contamination
  82. Grasp the canine olfactory system
  83. Comprehend how environment will affect the search
  84. Understand scent theory
  85. Grasp basic human decomposition
  86. Comprehend case law that affects cadaver dog searches
  87. Utilize various cadaver detection training methods
  88. Understand how to dependably proof a dog
  89. Develop a thorough search pattern
  90. Diagnose training problems and formulate a plan to overcome them
  91. Be able to conduct both land and water searches
  92. Select solid candidates for detection dog prospects
  93. Understand how to train the detection dog from start to finish
  94. Understand the use of various detection training aids
  95. Comprehend case law that affects canine searches
  96. Recognize inferior qualities that would hinder reliable detection work
  97. Handle the dog in way that will encourage effectiveness yet without hindering his work
  98. Imprint a dog on the target odor
  99. Utilize various detection training methods
  100. Diagnose the right method to use with each individual dog
  101. Employ effective search methods and technique
  102. Understand the limits of the ADA and public access

Master Trainer Course Outline

Training Fundamentals

  • Conditioning
  • Phases of Training
  • Correction vs. Reward

Obedience Training

  • Basic and Advanced
  • Proper use of a Prong collar
  • Proper use of a Remote collar
  • Clicker Training
  • Baiting/Luring

Canine Development

  • Puppies
  • Housetraining
  • Socialization
  • Canine Anatomy

Canine Behavior

  • Analysis
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Breed Awareness
  • Dog-to-Human Aggression
  • Dog-to-Dog Aggression

Canine Health

  • Nutrition
  • Canine CPR
  • Canine First Aid
  • Kennel Management

Business Integration

  • Website construction
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media
  • Advertising and Marketing

Selecting prospects for SAR

SAR Drive Development

SAR Training Equipment

Teaching Practical Agility

  • Confidence Development

Scent Theory

  • The Trailing Dog
  • Narcotics and Explosives Detection

Basic and Advanced Obedience

  • On and Off Leash
  • Directions at a Distance

Training Human Remains Detection

  • Basic Human Decomposition
  • Imprinting
  • Search Methods
  • Teaching the Alert
  • Proofing
  • Problem Solving
  • Land Cadaver Dogs
  • Water Cadaver Dogs

HRD Operations

  • Cadaver Case Law
  • Maintaining Cadaver Dogs
  • Record Keeping

Selection of Detection Dogs

  • Puppy
  • Adult

Drive Development

  • Puppy development
  • Prey Drive
  • Hunting Ability

Training the Search

  • Imprinting Target Odor
  • Simple Direct Association
  • Deferred Response
  • Other Detection Training Methods
  • Search Methods
  • Vehicle Searches
  • Building Searches
  • Teaching the Alert
  • Problem Solving
  • Proofing

Selection of Protection Prospects

  • Puppy
  • Adult
  • Testing necessary drives

Protection Dog Drive Development

  • Puppy
  • Prey
  • Defense
  • Hunting Ability

Protection Equipment

  • Bite Sleeves
  • Bite Suit
  • Remote Collar

Decoying Techniques

  • Proper Handling Techniques
  • Agitation
  • Working the Grip
  • Target Biting
  • Channeling Drives

Police K9

  • Prospects
  • Case law
  • Tactical Insertions
  • Search & Seizure
  • Real-life Scenario training

The Trailing Dog

  • Scent Theory
  • Variable Surface Trailing
  • Scent Discrimination Trailing
  • The Bark Alert
  • Problem Solving
  • Patrol Containment Techniques

Criminal Apprehension

  • Building Searches
  • Open Area Searches
  • K9 Swat Integration
  • Problem Solving

Introduction to Service Dogs

 Selection of Service Dogs

  • Puppy
  • Adult

Service Dog Equipment

 Working with Disabled Handlers

Delivering the Service Dog

Handler & Family Training

Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Public Access
  • Interrogations
  • Travel
  • Limitations

Service Dog Etiquette

Service Dogs

  • Puppy Program
  • Signal Dogs
  • Mobility Dogs
  • Autism Assistance
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder assistance
  • Traumatic Brain Injury assistance
  • Military Sexual Trauma assistance
  • Seizure alert and assistance

Service Dog Environmental Stability

  • Puppy Conditioning
  • Public Settings
  • Schools & the Workplace

 Final Exam and Certification


*Rates and terms will vary according to individual credit score, co-signer (if any), and amount of down payment.

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