CAHS Canine Handling Skills and Behaviour Knowledge Certificate

Program Requirements: 

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Completion of the CAHS PACE application form, interview, and program acceptance
  • Ability to attend the program orientation session and monthly Saturday workshops at the CAHS for duration of the program
  • Applicants must be prepared to fully complete the hours, duties, quizzes and sessions as described in the Program Outline
  • Achieve a minimum of 70% on all program exams including final skill and knowledge exams
  • Complete program contract
  • $3500 plus gst Program Fee (includes books and classroom materials)

Workshops (minimum total 44 hours) & Course Content: 

Monthly workshops will set the stage for group discussions pertaining to learning theory, training techniques and training challenges. Workshops will include live demonstrations, examples, and participation opportunities in various program topics including, but not limited to;

  • Breed Development Stages
  • Canine Body Language & Calming Signals
  • Dog Evaluations and Assessments
  • Dog Training Tools and Equipment Demonstrations
  • The Power of Clicker Training & Brain Games
  • Modifying Food Aggression & Resource Guarding Behaviours
  • Canine Handling Sensitivities
  • Dog to Dog Introductions
  • Training a Species Other Than a Dog
  • Canine First Aid
  • Tellington Touch Techniques

Course Content Includes:

  • Breeds, Development Stages & Canine History & Evolution
  • Canine Body Language
  • Learning Theory
  • Dog Training
  • Dogs in the Shelter Environment & Dog Assessments
  • Dog to Dog Interactions
  • Common Behaviour Problems
  • Complex Behaviour Problems
  • Fear & Anxiety
  • Reactivity & Aggression
  • Canine Health & Nutrition
  • Canine First Aid

Mentor Meets

Students are paired with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer as their personal mentor to practice, hone and test skills weekly! Click to Learn About Our Instructors.

Practical Experience (minimum total of 171 hours):

  • Minimum 24 hours group class observation
  • Minimum of 6 hours training with your own dog
  • Minimum 6 hours observing Reactive Dog Classes
  • Minimum 75 hours working with shelter dogs under the mentorship of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (we provide a variety of breeds & behaviour issues)
  • Minimum 4 hours participating in CAHS’s popular Canine Boot Camp handling and training a shelter dog
  • Minimum 30 hours observation/assistance dog interactions and introductions
  • Minimum 6 hours observing and assisting shelter dog evaluations
  • Minimum 20 hours in specialized area of your choice:
    • CAHS Animal Hospital
    • CAHS Animal Behaviour Department; includes assisting with the rehabilitation of dogs with a variety of behaviour issues and may include prevention and socialization work as well.
    • CAHS Animal Care Department (observing & caring for incoming dogs that are typically in a more stressful state)
    • CAHS Adoption Department (preparing & showing dogs for adoption purposes)
    • Combination of above Departments for those interested in learning more about starting or operating a rescue or shelter (includes 5 hours with the CAHS Co- founder & Executive Director geared at starting your own rescue group)

Program Fees and What’s Included: 

  • $3500 + gst, includes all program books, dvd’s and materials valued at approximately $1000. Program fees are non – refundable.
  • Payment plans are available as follows;
    • $3500 + gst at registration
    • $1776 + gst at registration and at 6 months
    • $897 + gst at registration and at 3, 6 & 9 months
  • A credit card is required with payment plans to be kept on file
  • Free – access to the CAHS extensive library of books on Dog and Cat Training and Behaviour, Dog Body Language and Communication, Pet Health and Nutrition, Rally O, Agility, Starting a Daycare, Humane Education, working with Blind, Deaf or Amputee Dogs, and much more.
  • Free – enrollment in one of the CAHS Obedience Classes with your own dog.
  • Discount – of 10% at Norm’s Nook – Saving Lives Pet Supplies while you are enrolled in the program.

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