Service Dogs, Inc. of Austin, Texas

Trainers Academy

Service Dogs Inc.’s Trainers Academy specializes in teaching professional dog trainers interested in 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 course details below to learn about our instructors, course content, class dates, tuition and lodging!

Assistance Dog Training for Professionals 

May 3-8, 2020– New Date is TBD. Dates are postponed until further information is available on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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 and Registration

Behaviors, Applicants and Matching
Date – TBD  –  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.

Course details