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PACE - Positive Approach Canine Education

Cochrane and Area Humane Society dog trainer certification

New session starts September 28, 2024. Application deadline is September 09, 2024.

If you are interested in becoming a well-rounded and certified dog trainer our PACE program may be right for you. Anyone interested in working in the animal field would benefit from PACE whether you want to start your own rescue organization, dog walking, boarding, or sitting business, or become a professional groomer, veterinarian, or animal health technician. Our program is fun, flexible, and in-depth. What else makes us different from others out there? More practical, hands-on experience with a wide variety of dogs!

More information below.

Cochrane and Area Humane Society dog trainer certification
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What is PACE?

PACE is a program designed to give participants a solid knowledge of learning theory and the practical abilities needed to communicate with and handle dogs effectively. Our training style is based on humane training practices, mutual respect between dog and handler, and proven methods using positive reinforcement techniques.

PACE combines classroom learning with the power of hands-on teaching and skill development through monthly workshops and weekly meets with your personal mentor, Tracy Keith, CBCC-KA, to practice, hone and test participants’ skills. Students learn how to effectively apply theory and classroom learning to real-life situations where dogs of various breeds and ages need training and behaviour modification to either successfully stay in their homes or be re-homed.

Learn more in this: PACE Video

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PACE Student testimonials

“Before starting here at the shelter, I investigated other programs and checked them out, but I was impressed with the credibility and reputation that the shelter had here. Really liked the component that I could work with the shelter dogs as well as the mentoring program.” —Deb M

"I would recommend PACE for anyone who works with dogs in any capacity. I learned so much about how dogs learn, how they communicate, and how to handle dogs of all sorts in a way that is enjoyable for both the dog and me! The course was full of hands-on learning and theory, and the way it’s set up gives you the opportunity for as much or as little support as you want. I wish I had done this years ago!!" - Karen P.

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PACE Program Features

  • Flexible scheduling: Complete practical hours on a variety of days and times to fit your schedule.
  • Canine participants: Work with your own dog and with a variety of dog breeds, sizes, and behaviour issues.
  • In-house experts: Sessions are designed and delivered by certified experts in the relevant fields.
  • Mentorship: Mentor with Tracy Keith and the CAHS Animal Behaviour Counsellors to hone and test your dog handling skills.
  • Workshops: Monthly workshops include demonstrations, video examples, and student participation and discussion.
  • Small class sizes: We offer an intimate learning environment with a maximum of twenty total participants in each course.
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PACE Program Benefits

  • Range of specialties: Focus on your interests, like the CAHS Animal Hospital, Animal Care or Adoption, Public Dog Training Classes, and Private Consult Program.
  • Hands-on experience: Students earn all hours required for the “working with shelter dogs” portion of the CCPD  CPDT-KA designation qualifying process.
  • Head teach hours: Get 90% in the course and apply to the CAHS to earn head teach hours required by the  Certification Council for Professional Trainers.
  • Free resources: Access the CAHS’s extensive library of books on dog and cat training and behaviour, including body language, pet health, and much more.
  • Service discounts: Enrol free in a CAHS obedience class with your own dog and get 10%  off purchases at Norm’s Nook while enrolled in the program.