Assistance Dog Training for Professionals June 2016

Assistance Dog Training Workshop 2014

5 Day Workshop

Immerse yourself in the life of an Assistance Dog Trainer in this exciting combination of dynamic presentations and hands on training sessions with our advanced program dogs!

What can you expect from the course?

Training Patton to retrieve with Elizabeth

  • Knowledge
    Scientific principles and training philosophies based on positive reinforcement based operant conditioning
  • Access
    Learn practical techniques through hands on training sessions with dogs from Service Dogs, Inc. current training class
  • Insight
    Comprehensive insight into Service Dogs, Inc.’s unique training program for Hearing and Service Dogs
  • Shelter Evaluations
    Learn Service Dogs, Inc.’s shelter dog evaluation process on site at Austin Animal Center, Austin’s municipal animal shelter
  • Mastery
    Intimate class size (Max 24 participants) allows for personal attention in a comprehensive learning environment
  • Field Work
    The mall has it all!  Work dogs in public in a variety of environments including the mall food court


Training in public

Day 1:

  • Relationship – maximizing the foundation of training
  • Leadership – lead with motivation, trust and confidence
  • Science Based Training Concepts
  • Redirection/ Least Reinforcing Scenario (LRS)

Day 2:

  • Advanced Beginnings – How to capitalize on the early training sessions
  • The Service Dogs, Inc. Training Process
  • Service Dog Training – A Year In The Life – From Shelter To Certification

Day 3:

  • Service Dog Training, continued
  • Hearing Dog Training

Day 4:

  • Shelter Dog Evaluations –  Evaluating dogs for Hearing and Service Dog programs – Conducted at Austin Animal Center

Day 5:

  • Advanced Behavior Concepts and Training
  • Public Outing – Working dogs in public at the mall
  • Banquet Celebration (evening)

Continuing Education Units [CEU]:

The following CEU’s are approved for this course.  Be sure to bring certificant numbers or needed information for credit.
CCPDT – Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers   35 CEUs for trainers as follows:

  • CPDT-KA: 35
  • CPDT_KSA Knowledge: 10
  • CPDT-KSA Skills: 25

IAABC – International Association of Animal Behavior

  • 27.75 CEU’s

Karen Pryor Academy 

  • 35 CEU’s

Meet the Trainers

Al Kordowski
Director of Training, Service Dogs, Inc.

Animal Training Expert Al Kordowski swimming with dolphins

Al Kordowski swimming with dolphins

On leaving the inaugural Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in 1975, Al Kordowski began his 31 year professional career at SeaWorld, Orlando.  During his tenure he was formative in establishing a highly-successful training methodology replacing punishment with positives and worked across the entire management portfolio from developing shows and enhancing day-to-day guest interaction experiences through to enriching the environments for the marine and terrestrial animals.

Most recently, Kordowski was the Director of Zoological Operations at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia which includes hundreds of exotic animals as well as a water park, rides and concerts.

An established speaker and presenter on a variety of topics, including the philosophy and practices of Falconry, Kordowski has served as Vice Present and President, Board of Directors for the International Marine Animal Trainers Associations and also served as CFO, Board of Directors for The Animal Behavior Management Alliance.

In September 2011, Kordowski joined the team of Service Dogs, Inc. where he is steering the training department in the organization’s mission to rescue dogs from animal shelters and transform them into working partners for individuals living with disabilities.

Becky  McClintock
Manager of Training, Service Dogs, Inc.

Assistance Dog Training Expert Becky Mcclintock

Becky McClintock is a dog trainer and educator specializing advanced clicker training; she is a recognized expert in the assistance dog field.   As the Manager of Training for Service Dogs Inc. Becky has played an integral role in the enhancement of the training program.  Since her start in 1999, she has been involved in every aspect of the training department encouraging innovation in the training of both dogs and humans.

Adept in shelter dog assessment, she has used her experience evaluating thousands of shelter dogs to develop Service Dog Inc.’s current evaluation protocols.  These evaluation methods have led to a program success rate of close to 80%, greatly exceeding the industry standard.

Becky created her business, Seize the Click! to provide consultation and educational services to other trainers. Her passion is thoughtfully training dogs to become engaged, advanced learners, and teaching others to do the same.  Becky presents the seminars Click for Independence I and II around the nation.

Highlights of her speaking engagements have included Assistance Dog International, Clicker Expo and Fundación Bocalán.  The Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ (APDT) Chronicle of the Dog has published Becky’s articles on assistance dog training.  She has also presented webinars for APDT.

A graduate of Texas A&M with a B.S. in Animal Science, Becky is a diehard Aggie and was thrilled to consult with the A&M faculty on the search and selection of their Collie mascot, Reveille VIII.

Tuition:        $1,500 per person

Tuition includes:

  • Sunday evening  reception (6PM)
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Lunch daily
  • Banquet celebration Friday evening (6 PM)


Service-Dogs-Inc-Newsletter-BannerService Dogs, Inc.

Service Dogs, Inc. is a non profit organization founded in 1988 by Sheri Soltes.
Operating from a 6 acre campus in Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin, Service Dogs, Inc.’s core mission is to rescue dogs from animal shelters and train them as working partners for individuals living with a severe loss of hearing or mobility.  Recipients receive the dogs and customized training free of charge.  Service Dogs, Inc. is located in Dripping Springs, Texas, 30 minutes west of Austin.

Service Dogs, Inc. training facility 


Service Dogs Inc. arranged a group rate for this event.  Please call the hotel directly to reserve your room and be aware that summer is a major event season for Austin and many hotels completely fill. These rooms will be released 60 days before our event begins, so we encourage you to reserve early.

Hotel information:

Hotel: Extended Stay America Austin Southwest
5100 US Hwy 290 West, Austin 
512-833-0898 or 512-833-0878

NOTE: Do not book online or call the 800 reservation number.
Call the hotel directly at 512-833-0898
or 512-833-0878 
Choose option 4 for front desk

Group Reservation Name: Service Dogs Inc.
Hotel Nights: June 12-17 (6 nights)
Rate: $119.99/night plus tax for single queen room

Hotel Website

Please arrange your travel to include the Sunday evening reception and Friday night banquet.  
Icebreaker:  Sunday, 6PM reception.  Join us to meet your instructors and classmates plus get an overview the week ahead. This allows us to start training immediately on Monday morning.
Class Monday-Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Graduation Banquet: Friday 6PM
(Depart Saturday AM)

Policies & Additional Information

Refunds and Cancellations:
$150.00 deposit is not refundable. Full balance is due by May 12, 2016.
Refund policy: Full balance paid less deposit ($1,350) minus $50 processing fee for cancellation.
No refunds after midnight, April 12, 2016.

Video, Photo and Recording Policy:

This is a private event. Recording, video or photography by participants will be allowed  for personal use only.  Such recordings may not be published or used in any way without written permission from SDI and all persons filmed. Participants must share any recordings with the class via a file sharing site set up by SDI.  

Social Media Policy and Image Use:

In order to respect the privacy of individuals attending the seminar, registrants will have the opportunity to choose to be included or excluded from SDI social media posts related to the seminar. (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, etc) Participants will be asked to sign a release to permit SDI’s use of their image in social media, future marketing campaigns and/or seminars. Participant’s images will not be used without permission.


Participants will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability Form.


Register for the June 12-17, 2016 Training Workshop