Canine Training & Management Program
Levels I & II*
Purpose: Are you interested in becoming a professional canine trainer? Or perhaps you wish to learn more about dog training to complement your animal-related career?
Goals: (1) To impart expertise gained over 40 years relative to positive dog training methods; (2) To address the skills required to successfully manage a business or consulting practice.
Prerequisites: Hold a high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years of age.
Methodology: Lecture, study, observation combined with practical experience.
Program Structure: 17 courses including two student-teaching practica(individual and group settings).
A Certificate of Achievement is granted upon completion of all coursework. Twelve (12) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) representing 120 contact hours are awarded by Kutztown University and recognized by the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants).
Time: Classes meet on Saturdays from 8:30am-4:30pm on the main campus in the Career Development Center.
Who Should Not Enroll: Pet owners who want their dog(s) to be trained.
By providing the fundamentals of canine education in conjunction with basic business and communication skills, our goal is to elevate the standards in the vocation of canine training. Our team of seasoned instructors and project coordinator strive to:
► Offer a career path for individuals who wish to be professional dog trainers;
► Help dog handlers and animal stewards work harmoniously with their human and canine clientele;
► Improve the quality of canine education and training.
Overall benefits to the public and to local communities:
- Prevention of relinquishments to animal shelters;
- Reduction of canine aggression and proliferation of good canine citizenship;
- Preparation for civic services such as pet therapy work.
Call our office at 610-683-1382 for the 2013 course description booklet & registration form.
NOTE: LEVEL II is designed for individuals who wish to become canine behavior consultants and consists of 12 classes. It is recommended that Level I be completed prior to enrolling in Level II. However, prior experience of working with dogs is taken into consideration. A separate 2013 schedule and course description booklet are available by contacting us.
OUTCOMES - You will:
• Develop a theoretical foundation for canine training;
• Gain experiential knowledge of how to train dogs;
• Understand the challenges and rewards in working with dogs.
- About Dogs - 1/19
- Communicating with the Dog's Owner - 2/16
- Training Methodologies - 2/23
- Teaching Basic Obedience - 3/16
- Creating your Personal Business Plan - 4/6
- Training & Behavior (part I) - 5/11
- Training & Behavior (part II) - 6/8
- Basic Counseling Techniques - 6/22
- Pet First Aid & Natural Solutions - 7/13
- Fur & Feathers (multi-species) - 7/27
- Puppy Kindergarten - 8/17
- Canine Sports vs. Working Dogs - 9/7
- Comparative Psychology - 10/5
- Services for the Client - 11/2
- Student Training Evaluation - 12/7
- Obedience Practicum I * - April 13 (9am-noon)
- Obedience Practicum II * - April 27 (9am-noon)
* prerequisites: About Dogs, Training Methodologies, Communicating with the Dog's Owner, Teaching the Basic Obedience
Informative Downloads on the Canine Management Program:
What a few of our graduates are doing now:
" I've had a terrific experience taking these classes this past year and I've truly enjoyed every minute. I thank you and Sue for putting it all together and for offering them to us. You, like me, hope to make this world a better place for animals. What a wonderful start we have."
-- Janine Choplick, Humane Police Officer for Hillside SPCA