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CURRICULUM

Dog Trainer
Certificate Program

This program is designed to offer you all of the tools and experience it takes to become a successful dog trainer in an expanding and profitable industry. Our Master Dog Trainer program will immerse you in all aspects of dog training and allow you the opportunity to learn from some of the top trainers in the industry. Unlike other master dog trainer certification programs that simply cover dog training specialty areas for a few days, this course gives you an enormous amount of valuable hands-on experience that is required to become a successful dog trainer.

Fundamentals 

Pre-course Certificate Program:

  • Learn a few different studies of the transform of wolves to dogs – which is the correct one? And why?
  • The right breed for the right owner
  • Kennel Clubs from around the world
  • Kennel clubs’ groups
  • Primitive breeds
  • Toy & Companion Breeds
  • Working Dogs
  • Terriers
  • Sight and Scent dogs
  • Terriers
  • Designer dogs
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
    • Positive Reinforcement
    • Negative Reinforcement
    • Positive Punishment
    • Negative Punishment
  • Extinction
  • Premack Principle
  • Social Learning
  • Goals for Training
  • Plan the Training Program
  • Housebreaking
  • Crating
  • Marker Training / Clicker Training
  • Impulse Control
  • Cues – Verbal and Hands
  • Teaching the Commands – Basic, Advanced, Off-Leash
    • Sit
    • Down from Sit
    • Down Stay
    • Sit from Down
    • Down from Standing
    • Stand
    • Emergency Down
    • Heeling
    • Loose Leash Walking
    • Commands Release
  • Tethering Exercises
  • Solving mild behaviors
  • Dog Tricks
  • CGC Training
  • Advanced CGC
  • Urban Canine
  • AKC Testing for CGC and Tricks
  • Dog Communications
  • Body Language
  • Safety while training
  • Dogs in the Family
  • Dogs around Children and Babies
  • Working with dogs on all areas of dog training to understand the concept of training a dog and not just learning the classroom portion.

Service Animal 

Dog Trainer Certificate Program:

  • What is a service dog?
    • ESA vs SD vs TD
  • Who qualifies for a service dog?
  • Service dog rules/laws
    • ADA vs FHA vs ACAA
    • In Training vs Fully Trained
    • Owner Training
  • Types of Service Dogs
    • Medical Alert/Reponse
    • Guide
    • Hearing Assistance
    • Mobility
    • Psychiatric
    • Allergen Detection
  • Placing a service dog
    • Individual provides dog
    • Started dogs
    • Fully trained
  • Success rates
  • Partnership and accreditation
    • IAACP and ADI
  • Breed groups and common traits
    • Sporting
    • Non-Sporting
    • Hound
    • Working
    • Terrier
    • Toy
    • Herding
  • The right breed for the right owner
    • Disability/task work vs breed
  • Popular breeds for service wor
    • “Fab Four”
      • Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Standard Poodles, Great Dane/Collies/German Shepherds
    • Off-breeds
  • Shelter vs Breeder
    • Health
    • Temperament
    • Cost
    • Predictability
  • Evaluating dogs
    • Temperament testing
  • Working Lifespan/Age
    • How old is too old?
  • Genetics in relation to service dog work
  • Goals for Training
  • Plan the training program
  • Housebreaking
  • Crating
  • Marker training/Clicker training
  • Impulse control
  • Cues – Verbal and Hands
  • Teaching the Commands – Basic, Advanced, Off Leash
    • Sit
    • Down from Sit
    • Down Stay
    • Sit from Down
    • Down from Standing
    • Stand
    • Emergency Down
    • Stay/Wait
    • Heeling
    • Loose Leash Walking
    • Release Commands
  • Early exposure and socialization
  • Appropriate and inappropriate behaviors
  • Working in stores/entertainment
    • Movie theaters, grocery stores, malls, sport games, bars, doctor’s offices, restaurants
  • Working in public transportation
    • Buses, airplanes/airports, trains, vehicles, boats
  • Building foundations young
    • What to encourage/what not to discourage
  • Most common task
  • Tasks for each type of SD
  • CGC/CGCU/CGCA
  • Public Access Test (PAT)
  • Working with dogs on all areas of dog training to understand the concept of training a dog and not just learning the classroom portion.

Working Dog 

Trainer Certificate Program:

  • Working Dogs
  • Hunting Dogs
  • Scent Dogs
  • Retrievers
  • Herding Dogs
  • General Herding and Working Dogs of Eastern European
  • Working Dogs in Different Jobs
    • Hero Dogs
    • War Dogs
    • Dogs at Work
    • Guide Dogs
    • Territorial and Protection
  • How to Pick the Right Dog
    • Picking Breeder
      • Finding and Choosing
    • Picking Pedigrees
    • Evaluating Puppies
      • Physical Check
        • Dentition
          • How It Affects the Dog
      • Testing Drive
      • Temperament Test
        • Temperament Test Protocols
      • Testing Dogs for Different Jobs
    • Puppy Exposure
    • Dos and Don’ts
    • Building/Raising Drive
      • Using the dog’s natural abilities in the best ways possible
    • Environmental Stimulus and Exposure
    • Olfactory System
    • Proper Techniques for Working with Puppies
  • Animal Husbandry/Care
    • Grooming
      • Brushing
      • Bathing
      • Nail Trims
  • Early exposure and socialization
  • Appropriate and inappropriate behaviors
  • Working in stores/entertainment
    • Movie theaters, grocery stores, malls, sport games, bars, doctor’s offices, restaurants
  • Working in public transportation
    • Buses, airplanes/airports, trains, vehicles, boats
  • Building a training program for detection
    • Detection
    • Protection
    • Search and Rescue/Tracking/Trailing
  • Focus In Drive
  • Marker Training Working Dogs
  • Specific Terms (Working Dog Terms)
  • Narcotic, Explosives, Money, Arson, Truffles
  • Scent Movement
    • How odor travels
    • Target Odor
    • Changing of organisms/environment 
  • Scent Imprinting
  • Final Alert
  • Final Response Indicator
    • Sit, down, bark, bite, etc
  • Active Reflexes, Instincts and Drives in Detection Dogs
    • Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Detection
    • When Should You Start Obedience with a Detection Dog
    • Pros and Cons
    • Dos and Don’ts
    • Caution
  • Training Logs
  • Picking the Right Dog
  • Working Dog Sports
    • Mondioring
    • French Ring
    • PSA
    • IGP
  • Active Reflexes, Instincts and Drives in Working Dogs
    • Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Bitework
    • When Should You Start Obedience with a Patrol/Bite Dog
    • Pros and Cons
    • Dos and Don’ts
    • Caution
    • Understanding:
      • Prey Drive
      • Play Drive
      • Defense Drive
  • Common Mistakes in Bitework
    • Troubleshooting Problems
      • Growling
      • Chewing
      • Dogs Who Release Too Fast
      • Backs Away
      • Equipment Dependency
  • Teaching Certain Behaviors
    • Bark and Hold
    • Bite and Outs
    • Deciding When to Work With Sleeve vs Suit
    • Muzzle Work 
      • System Developed by Us
      • World Renowned System
  • Live Person
    • Area Search
    • Tracking/Trailing
  • Cadaver
  • Training Logs
  • Active Reflexes, Instincts and Drives in Tracking/Trailing
    • Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Search and Rescue
    • When Should You Start Obedience with a S&R dog
    • Pros and Cons
    • Dos and Don’ts
    • Caution
  • Live Person
    • Area Search
    • Tracking/Trailing
  • Cadaver
  • Training Logs
  • Active Reflexes, Instincts and Drives in Tracking/Trailing
    • Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Search and Rescue
    • When Should You Start Obedience with a S&R dog
    • Pros and Cons
    • Dos and Don’ts
    • Caution
  • Writing
  • Hands-On
  • Getting Started
  • Legal and Liability
  • Money Management
  • Branding Design and Marketing
  • The Art of Sales
  • Client Retention
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