Service Dogs Inc

Trainers Academy

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Students use SDI dogs to practice skills in Assistance Dog Training for Professionals

Service Dogs Inc.’s Trainers Academy specializes in teaching professional dog trainers interested moving or advancing in the field of training Assistance Dogs.   This series is not for beginners. Students should: 

  • Be familiar with  the terminology, theory and application of positive reinforcement based operant conditioning
  • Have experience training a variety of dog breeds and problem solving
  • Have worked with multiple clients in both basic and skill building classes

Each class offers a 5-day event at our Training Center.  Classes are offered only once a year and enrollment is limited to 24 students per event, so register early!

Want to find out more?  Click on each course title for details about our instructors, course content, class dates, tuition and lodging!

Assistance Dog Training for Professionals 
June 17-21, 2019  –   5-Day Workshop

Offered annually, this is the core course for the Service Dogs Inc. Trainers Academy and a pre-requisite course for all other classes.  It is an intensive hands-on class where attendees work with Hearing and Service Dogs currently  in training at Service Dogs, Inc.

Course Details

Behaviors, Applicants and Matching
March 25-29, 2019  –  3-day or 5-day Audit

Day 1-3: Building Foundation and Advanced Behaviors – Observe our Trainers work a wide variety of behaviors with dogs at every level of learning.
Day 4: Applicant Orientation – Individuals who have applied for a dog spend a day with us involving staff presentations, meeting the dogs and one-on-one interviews.
Day 5: Matching – We introduce clients to one or more dogs to determine the best matches for  new teams.

Attendees must have completed the Assistance Dog Training for Professionals course from Service Dogs, Inc.

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Team Training
April 29 – May 3, 2019 – 5-day Audit

Observe the full week of us teaching our clients to work with and care for their new Hearing and Service Dogs.  They have never worked as a team before Team Training.  You’ll see clients learn to give clear cues and how the dogs shift their behaviors to new handlers. You’ll follow along as we prepare the clients for living and working as a team.  Graduation luncheon and comments from the class are invaluable.

Attendees must have completed the Assistance Dog Training for Professionals course from Service Dogs, Inc.

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