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Service Dog Trainer

Course Length is 16 weeks (640 hours) and $12,500

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 Service Dog Trainerteaches 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 (March) and Summer (July) semesters.  This course meets Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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 $299/month.*  The Service Dog Trainer course is eligible to be covered by GI Bill education benefits for US veterans.

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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. Housetrain 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. Diagnose different kinds of canine aggression
  17. Establish the foundation for beginning your own dog training business
  18. Recognize a variety of breeds and their inherent differences
  19. Understand the nutritional needs of the canine and how best to meet them
  20. Recognize health issues of the canine and be able to administer emergency first aid
  21. Understand how Search Engine Optimization works and what can be done to improve yours
  22. Utilize various advertising and marketing options
  23. Be able to effectively answer your client’s questions
  24. Realize the many kinds of training that you may consider offering to your clients
  25. Possess a broad working knowledge of service dogs
  26. Be familiar with the equipment used in training service dogs
  27. Understand how to select dogs and puppies for service dogs
  28. Install and operate a productive puppy program
  29. Learn how to interact with disabled handlers
  30. Learn how the delivery process works
  31. Be able to train dogs, handlers and families
  32. Be able to train trailing dogs
  33. Understand scent theory
  34. Implement scent discrimination trailing
  35. Be able to problem solve trailing training
  36. Train the Touch command
  37. Be familiar with the ADA
  38. Learn public access laws
  39. Understand service dog etiquette
  40. Understand tethering
  41. Be familiar with the public’s perception of service dogs
  42. Learn many of the situations faced by service dog handlers in public
  43. Be familiar with medical alert service dogs
  44. Train hearing assistance (signal) dogs
  45. Grasp mobility dogs training
  46. Have at least of basic understanding of autism
  47. Train autism assistance dogs
  48. Train PTSD and seizure alert dogs
  49. Learn how to socialize the service dog
  50. Familiarize yourself with the service dog in a public setting
  51. Identify training problems and learn how to solve them
  52. Taking service dogs into schools and the workplace
  53. Be familiar with MST and TBI assistance
  54. Apply a solid application process with prospective clients
  55. Develop an effective delivery process to clients
  56. 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


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

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