Learn how to train service dogs online! This first-of-its kind course immerses the student in the various aspects of service dog training: medical alerts, seizure assistance and alerts, PTSD, mobility assistance, hearing alert dogs, autism assistance, the American with Disabilities Act, public access training, therapy dogs, and more! All you need to know to train most any kind of service dog except seeing-eye dogs.
The tuition is $3000.
Prerequisites For The Course:
Must complete the Behavior/Obedience course (online or in person). The Behavior/Obedience course can be completed in as little as 6 weeks but access is granted for up to a year, so long as payment agreements are current.
Course requirements for graduation: complete all course material and homework assignments, send a video to your instructor of your dog/s completing service dog tasks. The final grade will be determined by this video. Graduates are certified as a Service Dog Trainer.
Students are encouraged to also attend on-site (for up to a week) at our training center during an ongoing service dog trainer course…at no extra charge! This will aid in the hands-on aspect of dog training. Be advised that there are prerequisites for your visit. The visit is designed to be towards the end of the course. Therefore, at the time of your visit, you and your dog will need to be on cold trails and the task training should be rather solid. Your visit will help to expand the skills of both you and your dog. If you are not far enough along in by one of these dates, you must wait until the next available date.
Dog Trainer School Tuition Financing
Financing is available via the Tuition Finance Corporation. 50% of the tuition must be paid to the school as a down-payment. Depending upon credit score and other criteria, a monthly payment can be as low as $67/month. Students have up to 24 months to pay in full.* Student must first apply to the school (check yes on the application when asked if financing is needed). Upon acceptance, the school will initiate the contract via TFC.
Please note that once your course account is set up, there will be no refunds.
Service Dog Trainer Online Course Outline
- Introduction to Service Dogs
- Selection of Service Dogs
- Service Dog Equipment
- Working with Disabled Handlers
- 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
- 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 Etiquette
- Environmental Stability
- Puppy Conditioning
- Public Settings
- Schools and Workplace