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November 18, 2017
Carterville, IL | John A. Logan College  |  Main Building, First Floor, F wing
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We hear you! We’ve heard from a whole lot of professional and experienced dog trainers who want to help our veterans, especially those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). So, we created a trainers academy just for them. Our Dog Behavioral Psychology Academy is taught at the same level of instruction as our advanced PTSD Service Dog Trainer Academy.

We designed this academy to help professional dog trainers advance their current skill sets, and to help build a solid foundation for those who want to become dog trainers. The Dog Behavioral Psychology Academy is focused on helping trainers learn why dogs do what they do, how to understand their signals, behaviors and expressions to create an environment that promotes rapid, conflict-free learning in the dog/handler relationship.

This academy is one of the most behavior-based trainer schools in the United States. We recommend this course for those who want to enroll in our PTSD Service Dog Trainer Academy, but really, it’s valuable for any dog trainer seeking additional training experience. If you want to be a dog trainer, or if you need the credentials showing your accomplishments, you’ll find that completion of this academy will demonstrate your ability to work and communicate with working dogs

Learn to:

  • Recognize and read communication in dog posture, facial expression, body language, movement and tonal inflection.
  • Identify the numerous and diverse sources of canine behavior. Understanding the root of dog behavior is critical for effective dog training.
  • Understand how the dog brain processes and stores information, and how to make associations between stimuli and reward to ensure long-term memory and performance under stress.

What trainers can expect:

  • Personal, hands-on interactive work with untrained dogs.
  • Examples of dog communication in video footage.
  • Large field pack socialization.
  • Personal coaching.
  • Assigned “project dogs.”
  • A greater understanding of how to use with dogs’ instincts to achieve results

There are many different approaches to dog training. But there is no substitute for learning to view the world through a dog’s eyes. Understanding how a dog sees things will cut years off your learning curve as a trainer. 

Class space is limited.

Apply now.


Class

We have not selected the dates for our 2018 class yet. Want to be notified when our next class is scheduled? Send a note now and we will add you to our mailing list.

Minimum of 6, Maximum of 10 students

Tuition

Early bird registration ($250 discount) $3,250 (U.S. currency) Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable* deposit of $750 (25%) is due.
Balance due in full (additional $2,500).
After early bird: $3500
Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable* deposit of $875 (25%) is due.
Balance due in full (additional $2625)

Scholarships

Many veterans want to help serve their fellow brothers and sisters in meaningful ways. To help make this possible, we are proudly offering two, $1,000 scholarships (available to veterans only). Upon notification of being admitted to the academy, the veteran must be able to present their DD214. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lodging

We recommend Comfort Inn in Marion. Please note, they do not accept pets – only service dogs. Phone:  618-993-0183

Travel

Our campus is centrally located in beautiful southern Illinois – just a few miles from Interstate 57. An airport is also conveniently located for easy travel. Fly into St. Louis’ Lambert Airport, then catch the shuttle flight to Marion, Illinois.

Cape Air: St. Louis Airport to Marion via Cape Air www.flycapeair.com
Enterprise Rental Car: www.enterprise.com

* If we do not meet the class minimum, your deposit will either be refunded or applied to the next Academy.

Apply now.

Want to be notified when our next class is scheduled? Send a note now and we will add you to our mailing list.

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PTSD SERVICE DOG TRAINER ACADEMY

We have not selected dates for our 2018 academy.

If you would like to be added to our notification list, please drop us a note.

Learn to train Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dogs for veterans. This work requires specialized knowledge and skills, both for the trainer and the dog. Successful trainers will learn to identify appropriate dogs and identify their potential to learn to evaluate human behavior, to recognize anxiety alerts, to think independently and to recognize crisis behavior. Successful trainers will learn to maximize the canine instinct to help build reliable partnerships between working dogs meant to assist and veterans suffering from PTSD.

Understanding PTSD is essential to understanding what the veteran needs and feels, and how a service dog can benefit them. In addition to hands-on dog training, you’ll have classroom work that covers PTSD, the struggles and behaviors associated with psychological injuries, and how service dogs fit into the recovery picture.

Apply online now.

This Able Veteran’s PTSD Service Dog Trainer Academy includes both classroom and hands-on education. Trainers learn:

Understanding PTSD is essential to understanding what the veteran needs and feels, and how a service dog can benefit them. In addition to hands-on dog training, you’ll have classroom work that covers PTSD, the struggles and behaviors associated with psychological injuries, and how service dogs fit into the recovery picture.

Dog Selection and Screening

Some dogs are meant for it, some dogs are meant for something else. Our students learn to identify ideal breeding, temperament, behavior and physical traits that lead to the best PTSD service dog candidates.

Veteran Selection and Screening

As wonderful as our dogs are, they aren’t the answer for every veteran. Our students learn to recognize and select veterans most likely to benefit and recover long term. We have developed an in-depth application and screening process. Students will learn to evaluate the veteran’s needs, support system and desire to heal. This process will enable you to determine if a service dog can be a key to a veteran’s recovery.

Pairing the Team

Matching the right dog to the right veteran is both an art and a skill. While dogs can make just about anyone feel better, a properly selected, expertly trained and skillfully matched service dog can be an incredibly transformative agent in the life of the injured. We know the right match can help veterans cultivate the independence and confidence to reclaim their lives.

  • To announce the early onset of anxiety or panic attacks in both private and public environments
  • Gain a solid understanding of what PTSD dogs actually do, and an awareness of what they should not do.
  • Develop the skills to teach dogs:
    • to announce the early onset of anxiety/panic attacks in both private and public environments
    • to ‘embrace’ (hugging action) for times of emotional crises
    • to ignore other animal/human solicitation for attention
    • to interrupt nightmares
  • Learn how to teach the veteran:
    • to utilize the dog through crises
    • to integrate the dog into the family
  • Learn about myths and misunderstandings regarding PTSD dogs.
  • Learn to understand military culture.
  • Learn how therapists can integrate dog therapy.
  • Learn to understand and recognize the symptoms of PTSD and how to properly train a dog to assist in recovery.
  • Learn how to use your skill to earn income for your business through training for This Able Veteran.

Student Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years training experience or equivalent through internships.
  • Must submit documentation of training qualifications (include certificates, diplomas, etc. Referrals if work done as internships under another professional trainer will be considered).
  • Must submit application detailing training skills, experience and communication skills.
  • Must have good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and show attention to detail.

Class

Minimum of 6, Maximum of 10 students

Tuition

Early bird registration ($250 discount) $2,750 (U.S. currency). Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable* deposit of $750 is due.
Balance due in full (additional $2,000).
After early bird: $3000
Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable* deposit of $875 is due. Balance due in full (additional $2125)

Lodging

We recommend Comfort Inn in Marion. Please note, they do not accept pets – only service dogs. Phone:  618-993-0183

Travel

Our campus is centrally located in beautiful southern Illinois – just a few miles from Interstate 57. An airport is also conveniently located for easy travel. Fly into St. Louis’ Lambert Airport, then catch the shuttle flight to Marion, Illinois.

Cape Air: St. Louis Airport to Marion via Cape Air www.flycapeair.com
Enterprise Rental Car: www.enterprise.com

* If we do not meet the class minimum, your deposit will either be refunded or applied to the next Academy.

Apply online now.

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We have new merchandise available including hoodies for the dog and veteran lover in your life. Shop for yourself or the favorite person on your list and support us at the same time! Visit our store now!

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