Dog Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program

         The PAWS Training Group’s Dog Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program offers a comprehensive overview of various training methods through classroom study, observation, and application of hands-on experience.  Scientific principles supporting canine behavior and training are learned and applied, including reinforcement & correction and the importance of both in training.

          This program will give prospective obedience instructors excellent exposure, education, and experience in many aspects of dog (and people) training.  This is perfect for the person having a goal of becoming an obedience instructor, dog trainer, assistant trainer, or a related pet business. 



What is included in the program?


This program is a 250 hour program.  The curriculum and experience is broken down into the following categories:


  • 45 hours of Obedience I class
         -  25 hours observing and participating in 5 full class sessions
         -  5 hours of attending with a dog (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours assisting lead trainer (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours of co-teaching (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours of teaching full classes (a 5-week session)

  • 45 hours of Obedience II class
         -  25 hours observing and participating in 5 full class sessions
         -  5 hours of attending with a dog (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours assisting lead trainer (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours of co-teaching (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours of teaching full classes (a 5-week session)

  • 15 hours of Obedience III classes
         -  5 hours of attending with a dog (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours assisting lead trainer (a 5-week session)
         -  5 hours of teaching full classes (a 5-week session)

  • 25 hours of Canine Socialization class
         -  5 hours of observing socialization between dogs
         -  5 hours of participating with a dog
         -  10 hours of assisting with socialization class
         -  5 hours running socialization class

  • 25 hours of Drop-in Obedience class
         -  5 hours observing class
         -  5 hours participating with a dog
         -  10 hours assisting lead trainer
         -  5 hours teaching full classes

  • 15 hours discussing & reviewing of class observations and assigned required reading/videos
         -  10 hours administrative learning
         -  Enrollment forms & other paperwork
         -  Miscellaneous administrative duties

  • 55 hours classroom study, assignments, & curriculum
         -  25 hours majority of classroom curriculum & study (own time)
         -  15 hours required reading & videos
         -  15 hours classroom study; hands-on discussion and experience with handling dogs

  • 15 hours Field Trips
         -  Learning about grooming
         -  Learning about Veterinarian care
         -  Practicing People skills



Ideal candidates will possess the following characteristics:


  • Ability to talk & work in front of a room full of peers, students, clients, mentors, and other trainers
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Desire to learn about dogs, behavior, communication, and teaching skills
  • Be punctual!
  • Be passionate!
  • Have a clean appearance
  • Have excellent and friendly service-oriented personality with all types of people
  • Be healthy and physically fit to handle large strong dogs
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma
  • Be comfortable around all breeds and sizes of dogs, no breed snobs!
  • Be trainable and open to suggestion.  Just because you saw it on television and read it in a book, doesn’t mean it works!
  • Have good observational skills and good timing
  • The ability to stay calm in a stressful situation (you can fall apart later)
  • Not be frightened easily (remember, dogs feed off of us)
  • Willingness to recognize and quickly handle potentially dangerous situations between dogs and people
  • Be computer savvy with email, Microsoft Word and Excel, & calendar programs
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Committed and dependable!!
  • Bonus points for :

               -  Previous experience training dogs or your own dog,
               -  Video making & editing,
               -  Website management,

               -  Writing ability
               -  Drawing ability


 
     Upon graduation of The PAWS Training Group’s Obedience Instruction Apprenticeship Program, you will receive a certificate for Obedience Instruction allowing you to teach group obedience classes for PAWS.  In compliance with the non-compete that you must sign at the start of your program, you will be contracted to remain employed with The PAWS Training Group for the period of One year.  After a year’s time, in compliance with the non-compete, you may use your experience to continue helping others in any way you would like. 

     The tuition price for The Dog Obedience Instructor Apprenticeship Program is $800.
$400 due on the day of enrollment, followed by a total of 2, $200 consecutive monthly payments starting on the second month of enrollment. We accept cash, check, or credit cards (2.7% fee applied for processing).  These fees are non-refundable. 

If you are not a good fit for our program, (i.e. not being flexible, failing school work, or are rude to our clients/students, etc.) your participation in our program can be terminated at any time for Code of Ethics and Business Conduct infractions.  Please remember that when you sign on to this program, it is a long term situation, not just a summer job. 

The Apprentice Schedule can vary, but here is a general guideline of the hours required:

  • The Apprentice will be required to commit to two nights every week, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-9pm.
  • The Apprentice will be required to commit to Saturdays, from 9am-4pm.
  • The Apprentice will be required to commit to one additional day during the week.Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. These hours are for various learning experiences.This day can change from week to week, due to Shari’s home appointment schedule.These hours will be scheduled around Shari’s calendar.They can be night hours or day hours, which ever she has available.As an Obedience Instructor Apprentice, you are not required to attend home appointments.
  • For this time of the year, we do not work on Wednesdays, or Sundays.This may change though.The ability to remain flexible is important.


Please contact Shari to set up a pre-enrollment interview.