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Service Dog Trainer

The Service Dog Trainer course is designed to aid the graduate in starting and/or propagating their own Service Dog training business or non-profit.  The course teaches the fundamentals of dog training with special emphasis on Service Dog Training.  Whether your desire is to train Psychiatric Service Dogs, Medical Alert Service Dogs, or dogs assisting those with Seizures or Autism, this course is for you!  It covers the full range of training obedience and specialized tasks that service dogs are frequently called upon to perform.  An excellent course for those desiring to become a Service Dog Trainer!  This course is included in the Master Trainer Course.  The Service Dog Trainer course is only available in the Spring and Summer semesters.  The start dates for 2020 are March 2 and July 6.  This course meets Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm at our facility near Spencer, IN.

Course Length is 12 weeks (480 hours) and $9,500

About our Service Dog Trainer Course

Graduates receive certification as a Service Dog Trainer.

Financial Aid and Lodging are available, if desired.  With our competitive financing options, you can take this awesome course for as little as $249/month.*  The Service Dog Trainer course is eligible to be covered by GI Bill education benefits for US veterans.


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

Service Dog Trainer

What Will This Course Enable Me To Do?

  • Learn how to work with the dog – not against him; bringing out the best in the dog
  • Understand the concepts behind efficient training and the fundamentals of conditioning
  • Create your own website that will attract visitors and establish business credibility
  • Train a variety of dogs with a variety of needs using a variety of tools in a variety of ways
  • Diagnose training problems and formulate a plan to overcome them
  • Manage a kennel operation in a clean, healthy setting
  • Grasp the proper (and improper) use of dog training aids
  • Understand the importance of socializing puppies
  • Housetrain dogs/puppies in the best way/s possible
  • Use social media as a means of marketing your brand/product
  • Know how a dog “pack” works
  • Realize the need for socialization and how to be thorough in socializing puppies/dogs
  • Be able to train dogs in both basic and advanced obedience
  • Recognize canine anatomy
  • Identify canine behaviors and signals
  • Diagnose different kinds of canine aggression
  • Establish the foundation for beginning your own dog training business
  • Recognize a variety of breeds and their inherent differences
  • Understand the nutritional needs of the canine and how best to meet them
  • Recognize health issues of the canine and be able to administer emergency first aid
  • Understand how Search Engine Optimization works and what can be done to improve yours
  • Utilize various advertising and marketing options
  • Be able to effectively answer your client’s questions
  • Realize the many kinds of training that you may consider offering to your clients
  • Possess a broad working knowledge of service dogs
  • Be familiar with the equipment used in training service dogs
  • Understand how to select dogs and puppies for service dogs
  • Install and operate a productive puppy program
  • Learn how to interact with disabled handlers
  • Learn how the delivery process works
  • Be able to train dogs, handlers and families
  • Be able to train trailing dogs
  • Understand scent theory
  • Implement scent discrimination trailing
  • Be able to problem solve trailing training
  • Train the Touch command
  • Be familiar with the ADA
  • Learn public access laws
  • Understand service dog etiquette
  • Understand tethering
  • Be familiar with the public’s perception of service dogs
  • Learn many of the situations faced by service dog handlers in public
  • Be familiar with medical alert service dogs
  • Train hearing assistance (signal) dogs
  • Grasp mobility dogs training
  • Have at least of basic understanding of autism
  • Train autism assistance dogs
  • Train PTSD and seizure alert dogs
  • Learn how to socialize the service dog
  • Familiarize yourself with the service dog in a public setting
  • Identify training problems and learn how to solve them
  • Taking service dogs into schools and the workplace
  • Be familiar with MST and TBI assistance
  • Apply a solid application process with prospective clients
  • Develop an effective delivery process to clients
  • Understand the limits of the ADA and public access

Service Dog Trainer Course Outline

Training Fundamentals

  • Conditioning
  • Phases of Training
  • Correction vs. Reward

Obedience Training

  • Basic and Advanced
  • Correct use of a Prong collar
  • Correct 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

Introduction to Service Dogs

 Selection of Service Dogs

  • Puppy
  • Adult

Service Dog Equipment

Working with Disabled Handlers

  • The Application Process
  • Delivering the Service Dog
  • Handler & Family Training

The Trailing Dog

  • Scent Theory
  • Variable Surface Trailing
  • Scent Discrimination Trailing
  • Problem Solving

 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

Environmental Stability

  • Puppy Conditioning
  • Public Settings
  • Schools & the Workplace

 Final Exam and Certification

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