Innovative K9 Training Academy

Have you ever considered being a dog trainer?

There are approximately 90 million dogs in America, and only 4% of them are trained. This is a rapidly growing industry, and it’s recession proof; in hard times we look to our pets for support and comfort. We want every dog to be trained, happy, and off leash reliable. Through our academy, we will teach you to train dogs that are confident and well behaved. We will save you thousands of dollars and years of trial and error by teaching you everything we’ve learned from our last 20 years of experience. We have helped many trainers successfully start their journey into the dog industry.

About the Class:

  • The class will begin on July 19th, 2021 and end on Sep 10th, 2021. It will be a total of 8 weeks.
  • The class will cost $1,000 a week (total of $8,000).
  • The class will be from Monday to Friday 9:30AM-4:30PM (Approx)

What You Will Get Out of It:

  • Top of the line experience in professional dog training.
  • How to train a dog and get the best results to then attract the highest quality clients.
  • Hands on experience, as well as continued support from us as well as our sister companies.

Two Month Training “Left seat, right seat”

The first month we do all the training. You will shadow us, and watch how we train. You will have plenty of opportunities to practice training with us at this time. The second month you will be assigned one pet dog, one puppy, and one protection dog for obedience. We will watch how you train, and will give tips on what improvements could be made. You will get hands-on experience with working with clients. You will get one-on-one training sessions with us. You will have a checklist of items that needs to be signed-off by our trainers before the end of the month. Training will take place on regular business days (Mon-Fri). The following is a the itinerary from week to week.

Handler Instructions

  • Be very fun and animated
  • Energy management – be confident and controlled, not frustrated or angry
  • Firm, fair, and consistent
  • Focus on one task at a time
  • Be the leader
  • Be patient, do not move too quickly

Food Work

  • Confidence building
  • Engagement building
  • Luring
  • Obstacles
  • Dealing with dogs that will not take food
  • Yes marker
  • Recall: Thrown, call off, restrained, hiding treats
  • Sit command
  • Free shaping/combining the lure with free shaping
  • Down command
  • Come to heel command
  • Heeling
  • Bed
  • Crate
  • The 3D’s
    • Duration, Distraction, and Distance.

Leash Pressure

  • Getting them to walk backward
  • Using food positioning
  • Using the wall
  • Heeling in the open
  • On-leash sit command
  • On-leash down command
  • On-leash come to heel with flex lead

E-Collar

  • Proper use and management
  • Communication not correction
  • Off-leash heel
  • Off-leash come command
  • Off-leash sit command
  • Off-leash down command
  • Off-leash bed command
  • Off-leash come to heel

Outings

  • Benefits of taking dogs to public places to socialize, desensitize, and build confidence.
  • Taking dogs to parks, stores, and other public areas where dogs are permitted.

Public Access Service Dogs

  • Requirements, standards, and expected behavior of service dogs

Therapy Dogs

  • Requirements, standards and expected behavior of therapy dogs

The following is a break-down of expected classes, events, food breaks, and recreational breaks with their corresponding time estimates.

Day 1

  • 9:30 – In processing (Waivers, Payment, name tags) as a group
  • 10:00 – Demo of our dogs
  • 10:30 – Orientation: Rules, regulations, expectations, curriculum overview (have thick skin you
    will be evaluated by instructors and fellow students)
  • 11:30 – Overview of the dog industry
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Introductions and evaluations of each student
  • 2:30 – Handler class (Breaking the ice, group activities, looking like idiots together)
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 2

  • 9:30 – Class Feeding: Kibble vs raw, free feeding, tracking weight, overall nutrition, choosing
    the right dog food
  • 10:30 – Confidence building, engagement, luring, obstacles, dealing with a dog that will not take
    food
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Practicing engagement, luring and obstacles
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 3

  • 9:30 – Health/weight: tracking weight, food consumption, bowel movement, activity level,
    checking the body for injuries. How to deal with them and communicate with the owners. Dealing with
    veterinarians.
  • 10:30 – Yes marker, recall: thrown, restrained, call off
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Recall continued, sit, overview of free shaping, down command
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 4

  • 9:30 – The importance of structure, managing breaks and play time throughout the day, crates,
    runs and schedule
  • 10:30 – Come to heel, shaping the heel with the lure, getting used to the wall and walking
    backwards
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Crate command, bed, good marker start duration
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 5

  • 9:30 – Using an online management system
  • 10:30 – The three D’s
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Three D’s continued.
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 6

  • 9:30 – Class: Selling/closing the deal, sign up process, drop off process, updating/answering
    questions (give the students some tough texts to go over for homework)
  • 10:30 – Review (back brief)
  • 11:00 – Three D’s continued
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Beginning leash pressure against the wall
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 7

  • 9:30 – Updating answering questions continued (go over homework responses) Go over all
    automated contracts, paperwork and contracts
  • 10:30 – Leash pressure continued up against the wall then adding directional corrections to
    heeling and reset
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Leash pressure heeling continued
  • 4:00 – Q&A (Homework, watch the go home videos)

Day 8

  • 9:30 – Go over the go home videos, follow up classes and sessions
  • 10:30 – Leash pressure automatic sit and down
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Adding corrections to the three D’s
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 9

  • 9:30 – Website tips, Google ads, SEO
  • 10:30 – Putting leash pressure and food rewards together, working together around a group of
    other dogs. One student will be the coach the other the handler, then switch.
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Continue putting leash pressure and food work together working as coach and handler
    teams with different partners. Adding more distractions
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 10

  • 9:30 – Social Media: content (funny, educational, inspirational, cute)
  • 10:30 – Adding more distractions (bikes, skate boards, balls, atv’s, streamers, noisemakers)
  • 12:30 – BBQ, students take bites, and overview of protection sports, protection dogs’, police K9

Day 11

  • 9:30 – Social media influencer program, using social media for credibility. How to use different
    platforms
  • 10:30 – Overview of the E collar, different types, how to use, benefits and limitations. Finding the working level.
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Going back to the foundation of leash pressure up against the wall paring the E collar, then paring with the rest of the skills.
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 12

  • 9:30 – Setting up the business sole proprietor vs LLC, rates, programs: B&T, in home, day
    training. What dogs to take or not take aggressive, reactive, anxious
  • 10:30 – Coach and handler teams working through everything around distractions and other dogs.
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Coach and handler teams work the dogs
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 13

  • 9:30 – Group discussion positive only, correction only and balanced training
  • 10:30 – Work the dogs in coach and handler teams
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Work dogs in coach and handler teams adding more distractions

Day 14

  • 9:30 – Group discussion nurture vs nature breed and genetic characteristics and how that
    affects our job.
  • 10:30 – Bomb proof recall using the E collar with flex lead, long line and fenced areas
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Work in coach and handler teams on E collar recall
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 15

  • 9:30 – Group discussion balancing drive and motivation for different temperaments
  • 10:30 – Class: Working off leash, relying solely on the E collar. Work through each student, then
    work in handler/ coach teams.
  • 12:30 – BBQ adding toys, tugging, dog games 2 ball, nose work with food, obedience contest
    with everyone’s own dog

Day 16

  • 9:30 – Class considerations for going on outings with dogs: location, transport, temperature,
    when is the dog ready
  • 10:30 – Go out on first outing (outdoors)
  • 12:30 – Lunch (maybe away?)
  • 1:30 – Outing different location
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 17

  • 9:30 – Class: Service dog/ Therapy dog/ Emotional Support differences and legal issues
  • 10:30 – Outings 2 different locations
  • 12:00 – Lunch (away)
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 18

  • 9:30 – Class: the process of training public access
  • 10:30 – Outings all day, 2 locations
  • 12:00 – Lunch (away)
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 19

  • 9:30 – Group discussion review of the first part of the course, likes dislikes, what would you
    change?
  • 10:30 – Go home videos with students to add to their videos
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Class: how to do a go home session, practice with each other
  • 4:00 – Q&A

Day 20

  • 9:30 – Observing go home sessions (Doing interviews for their video)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Afternoon hike with personal dogs

The last four weeks won’t have a set itinerary. You will be given the opportunity to practice everything you have learned from the first 4 weeks, while our professional trainers shadow you to give pointers on how to improve your results.

Are you ready to take your training to the next level?