Assistance Dog Training for Professionals

5 Day Workshop 

We are offering this Workshop two times in 2014:

June 8 – 13, 2014

July 13 – 18, 2014

You Get:

  • Knowledge
    Scientific principles and training philosophies based on +R based operant conditioning
  • Access
    Learn practical techniques through hands on training sessions with dogs from Service Dogs, Inc. class of 2014
  • 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 (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
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


Day 1:

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

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)

Service Dogs, Inc.
Service Dogs, Inc. is a non profit organization founded in 1988 by Sheri Soltes.Service-Dogs-Inc-Newsletter-Banner
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. 

Meet the Trainers

Al Kordowski
Director of Training, Service Dogs, Inc.

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 25 year old nonprofit 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.

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.

As 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.


Where:          Service Dogs, Inc. training facility 

Dripping Springs, Texas (30 minutes west of Austin)

Tuition:         $1,500 per person

Tuition includes:

  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Lunch daily
  • Banquet celebration Friday evening June 28 (6PM)


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 30 days before our event begins, so we encourage you to reserve early.

June 8-13 Class (Group rate available only until 5/8/13)
Arrive Sunday 6/8 (Ice Breaker/Reception at 6PM)
Depart Saturday 6/14

July 13-18 Class (Group rate available only until 6/13/13)
Arrive Sunday 7/13 (Ice Breaker/Reception at 6PM)
Depart Saturday 7/19

Hotel information:
Extended Stay America (Austin – Southwest)
5100 US Hwy 290 West Austin TX 78753
Phone: 512-892-4272 ,  Dial ext. “O” for the front desk.
Group Name: Service Dogs Inc.
Rate: $99/night plus tax for single queen room  (This reserved rate will be cancelled 30 days prior to the event. Please make reservations early!)

Hotel Website:

Icebreaker:  Sunday, June 8th, 6PM reception.  Join us to meet your classmates and get an overview the week ahead.

Banquet Celebration:  Evening of Friday, June 13th, 6PM.  

Policies & Additional Information

Refunds and Cancellations:
$150.00 deposit is not refundable.
Full refund of balance paid after deposit ($1,350) minus $50 processing fee for cancellation:
June Workshop:  No refunds after midnight, May 9, 2014
July Workshop:   No refunds after midnight, June 13, 2014.

Video, Photo and Recording Policy:

No recording, videoing or photography by participants will be allowed at this event. We will have a photographer/videographer on site and will be able to provide you with photos/videos of your participation.

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 social media posts related to the seminar. (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, etc) Participants will be asked to sign a release to permit the 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 8 – 13, 2014 Training Workshop

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