Trainer Schools

Thank you for your interest in our professional dog trainer programs. Well-trained dog trainers seem to be in more demand each and every year, training dogs for all types of work including Police K-9, Narcotics, Search and Rescue, Personal Protection, Arson, AKC competition, dogs for service work including dogs for the handicapped and the hearing impaired, as well as training Fido to be a well-mannered household pet. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary knowledge to help you reach your goal of becoming a knowledgeable dog trainer.

Canine Academy Training Center is located in Leander, Texas, a small community just northwest of Austin, and only minutes away from beautiful Lake Travis. Our central training site is situated on eleven oak-covered acres. Canine Academy Training Center is a complete training facility, training dogs for the general public.

As a member of our class, you will be involved in one on one training with our highly qualified instructors. Almost everything is taught through actual working conditions. We believe that people generally learn more quickly by the hands-on approach rather than textbook knowledge. Our program is structured to insure you get the best possible understanding of the training methods being used. What better way to learn the training techniques than by putting them to immediate use!

During your stay at Canine Academy Training Center, you will not only learn to train dogs, but you will also learn the ins and outs of kennel management. We will show you how to get your kennel up and running as quickly as possible. Our training staff is available to answer any questions you might have regarding how to start your own training program.

We invite you to bring two dogs of your own to train while at the Academy. There are motels in the area and apartments and condos at the lake are available on a short-term basis. We will be happy to help you with your housing needs.

Obedience Trainer School 4 weeks ($4995)

Our Obedience Trainer Program is a 4 week course designed to teach the new trainer how to teach obedience classes, conduct private lessons, and offer Board and Train services. The program will be taught through lecture, video presentations, reading materials and one-on-one training with our highly qualified instructors. You will also be required to perform independent study. Upon successful completion of this program students will receive a Basic Obedience Trainer certificate. Areas of instruction will include:

Basic Dog Obedience

Students will be introduced to Basic Dog Obedience theory and practical application. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theory behind how dogs learn
  • Demonstrate the proper use of training equipment
  • Instruct clients and their dogs in Basic Obedience training

Dog Behavior Problems

Students will be introduced to basic dog psychology and behavior modification techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the “Top 10” most asked behavioral questions
  • Describe how to use behavior modification techniques
  • Describe how best to approach fearful, dominant or submissive dogs

Board and Train Programs

Students will be introduced to Board and Train techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate our 4 week Board and Train Program
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Describe the difference between 4 week Board and Train program and the 5 week Top Dog Program

Group and Private Lesson Programs

Students will be introduced to group and private lesson instruction. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Design and instruct group and private lessons
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Demonstrate public speaking skills

Health and First Aid

Students will be introduced to basic health care and first aid. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe what inoculation should be given and when
  • Describe common illnesses and treatment
  • Discuss nutritional requirements and weight management programs

Kennel Management

Students will be introduced to Basic Kennel Management techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Maintain a proper kennel environment
  • Sanitize and disinfect kennel runs
  • Describe proper management of kennel facilities

Business Techniques

Students will be introduced to basic business techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Plan sales and marketing activities
  • Design basic website
  • Understand basic accounting principles
  • Create business model
Pro Trainer plus Detection Dog Training 6 weeks ($5995)

Our Pro Trainer Program is a 6 week course designed to teach the new trainer how to teach obedience classes, conduct private lessons, and offer Board and Train services. It also includes learning the basics of scent detection. The program will be taught through lecture, video presentations, reading materials and one-on-one training with our highly qualified instructors. You will also be required to perform independent study. Upon successful completion of this program students will receive a Pro Trainer certificate. Areas of instruction will include:

Basic Dog Obedience

Students will be introduced to Basic Dog Obedience theory and practical application. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theory behind how dogs learn
  • Demonstrate the proper use of training equipment
  • Instruct clients and their dogs in Basic Obedience training

Dog Behavior Problems

Students will be introduced to basic dog psychology and behavior modification techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the “Top 10” most asked behavioral questions
  • Describe how to use behavior modification techniques
  • Describe how best to approach fearful, dominant or submissive dogs

Board and Train Programs

Students will be introduced to Board and Train techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate our 4 week Board and Train Program
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Describe the difference between the 4 week Board and Train program and the 5 week Top Dog Program

Group and Private Lesson Programs

Students will be introduced to group and private lesson instruction. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Design and instruct group and private lessons
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Demonstrate public speaking skills

Advanced Pet Obedience

Students will be introduced to Advanced Pet Obedience theory and practical application. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Train a dog to perform off-leash exercises
  • Maintain control of the dog at a distance
  • Train a dog to demonstrate the AKC Canine Good Citizen’s exam

Health and First Aid

Students will be introduced to basic health care and first aid. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe what inoculation should be given and when
  • Describe common illnesses and treatment
  • Discuss nutritional requirements and weight management programs

Kennel Management

Students will be introduced to Basic Kennel Management techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Maintain a proper kennel environment
  • Sanitize and disinfect kennel runs
  • Describe proper management of kennel facilities

Business Techniques

Students will be introduced to basic business techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Plan sales and marketing activities
  • Design basic website
  • Understand basic accounting principles
  • Create business model

Specific Odor Detection

Students will be introduced to various methods of training dogs to detect specific odors, such as narcotics, arson, explosives, mold and termite detection. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate test selection process
  • Discuss specific detection dog theory
  • Train a specific odor detection dog to a level where the dog can pass a scent detection certification with at least one odor
Service and Hearing Dog Training 12 weeks ($9995)

Our Service ad Hearing Dog Trainer Program is a 12 week course designed to teach the new trainer how to teach obedience classes, conduct private lessons, and offer Board and Train services. We also will cover the basics of training service and hearing dogs The program will be taught through lecture, video presentations, reading materials and one-on-one training with our highly qualified instructors. You will also be required to perform independent study. Upon successful completion of this program students will receive a Service and Hearing dog Trainer completion certificate. Areas of instruction will include:

Basic Dog Obedience

Students will be introduced to Basic Dog Obedience theory and practical application. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theory behind how dogs learn
  • Demonstrate the proper use of training equipment
  • Instruct clients and their dogs in Basic Obedience training

Dog Behavior Problems

Students will be introduced to basic dog psychology and behavior modification techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the “Top 10” most asked behavioral questions
  • Describe how to use behavior modification techniques
  • Describe how best to approach fearful, dominant or submissive dogs

Board and Train Programs

Students will be introduced to Board and Train techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate our 4 week Board and Train Program
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Describe the difference between 4 week Board and Train program and the 5 week Top Dog Program

Group and Private Lesson Programs

Students will be introduced to group and private lesson instruction. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Design and instruct group and private lessons
  • Perform training evaluations
  • Demonstrate public speaking skills

Advanced Pet Obedience

Students will be introduced to Advanced Pet Obedience theory and practical application. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Train a dog to perform off-leash exercises
  • Maintain control of the dog at a distance
  • Train a dog to demonstrate the AKC Canine Good Citizen’s exam

Health and First Aid

Students will be introduced to basic health care and first aid. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe what inoculation should be given and when
  • Describe common illnesses and treatment
  • Discuss nutritional requirements and weight management programs

>Kennel Management

Students will be introduced to Basic Kennel Management techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Maintain a proper kennel environment
  • Sanitize and disinfect kennel runs
  • Describe proper management of kennel facilities

Business Techniques

Students will be introduced to basic business techniques. Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Plan sales and marketing activities
  • Design basic website
  • Understand basic accounting principles
  • Create business model

Service Dog Training

Students will be introduced to various methods of training dogs to assist disabled persons in a variety of ways. Students will learn:

  • selection criteria for an assistance canine
  • positive training methods for assistance dogs
  • proper introduction of public spaces to the working dog
  • current laws regarding the service dog