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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM -BECOME A DOG TRAINER









ImPAWSible Possible Dog Trainer & Behaviour Consultant Certification Program.


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Whether you are a dog owner looking to learn more about dog behaviour, communication and the science of animal learning, a vet tech, dog walker or groomer looking to add dog behaviour and training to your portfolio or a dog behaviour "addict" looking to become a certified dog trainer,  then our Apprenticeship Program may be just what you are looking for.



PROGRAM OVERVIEW:


Our 2 year training and behaviour apprenticeship program balances the theoretical aspects of animal learning and behaviour, along with observation and hands on training experience in both private and group settings with a special focus on complex behaviours ( fears, anxiety, aggression, reactivity etc). Our curriculum is unique in that it encompasses not only the science of behaviourism (learned behaviours) and ethology (innate behaviours) but also includes principles of developmental psychology (social learning, bonding, cognition) which is just now starting to make waves in the dog training and behaviour world.  This positions our graduates at the absolute leading edge in terms of their scope of education and practice.


PROGRAM DETAILS:


Program Start . Ongoing enrollment - Start whenever you want for 2 years!

Program Length: 2 years


Program Commitment:  The apprenticeship program meets once a month for 2-4 hours for the theoretical and hands on components of the program.  In between our monthly classes, you will have reading homework along with opportunities for group class and private lesson observation and instruction, so you should plan for a minimum of a 10 hour/month commitment to the program.


What  the 2 Year Program Includes:


85 hours of classroom instruction

Access to 1 group class with your dog + 25% off all other classes

10 + hours of private training observation

Unlimited group training observation


CURRICULUM:


The ImPAWsible Possible apprenticeship program curriculum is divided into 4 core areas of learning: education; theory; training skills and training tools.  Here is a summary of the topics covered in each of the 4 core areas of learning:


1. Development & Communication


-Development

Developmental Stages & Socialization

Importance of Socialization


Communication & Body Language


2.  Training Theory


Learning Theory


Behaviourism

Operant Conditioning

  • ABC’s of behaviour
  • 4 Quadrants of learning
  • Reinforcement schedules

Classical Conditioning

Developmental Psychology

Canine Cognition

Social Learning

Attachment Theory

Developmental Domains


3. Training Skills


Obedience Skills


Common Behavior Problem Solving


Demand Barking

Jumping up

Chewing Leash

Mouthing

Counter Surfing

Destructive Chewing

Handling

Digging

Escaping

House Soiling

Door Manners


Complex Behaviour Problem Solving


Multiple behaviors (ie: fears/phobias/hyperactivity)

Phobias/OCD/Stereotypies

Resource Guarding

Stress

Role of Meds in Behaviour Modification

Separation Anxiety

Predation

Anxiety/Fear

Leash Reactivity

Protection Aggression

Generalized Anxiety


Other Skills


Conducting Behaviour Assessments

Conducting Private Consultations




4. Training & Behaviour Tools



TUITION (Payment Plans are available)


Tuition for the ImPAWSible Possible Apprenticeship program is $4500+GST.  Tuition is non -transferable and non-refundable. There are no make up classes. Payments plans are available.  


APPLICATION INFORMATION


Program registration is ongoing.  Those being considered for the program be contacted for an interview  via email, so please make sure that your email address on the application form is correct.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.  We reserve the right to reject any applicant for any reason.  Serious applicants only.



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