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PACE Knowledge Certificate

A comprehensive program for dog enthusiasts

This one-year program is designed for anyone currently working in or interested in working or volunteering with dogs in various ways including animal rescue, sheltering or fostering, animal health technology, veterinarian or veterinary clinic staff, dog walking/sitting, dog daycare boarding dogs, groomers, or anyone with the interest and drive to learn more about canine handling and behaviour.

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

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Canine handling skills and behaviour knowledge certificate at Cochrane and Area Humane Society

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To register, send your completed PACE Application Form to If you have any questions, please email

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Program requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Complete the CAHS PACE application form, interview, and program acceptance
  • Can attend program orientation session and all monthly Saturday workshops at CAHS
  • Can attend weekly Tuesday evening mentoring sessions
  • Fully complete hours, duties, quizzes, and sessions described in the program outline
  • Achieve at least 70% on all program exams, including final skill and knowledge exams
  • Complete program contract
  • $3900 plus GST program fee (includes books and classroom materials)
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Workshops & course content

Monthly workshops (minimum 41 total hours) will set the stage for group discussions pertaining to learning theory, training techniques, and training challenges.

Workshops 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
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Mentor meets

Students meet weekly with Tracy Keith, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, as their personal mentor to practice, hone, and test skills weekly.

Required practical hours (195+)

  • 12+ hours group class observation
  • 50+ hours working in the CAHS Behaviour Department with dogs with complex behaviour problems
  • 6+ hours training with your own dog
  • 6+ hours observing Reactive Dog Classes
  • 75+ hours working with shelter dogs under the mentorship of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (we provide a variety of breeds & behaviour issues)
  • 4+ hours participating in CAHS’ popular Canine Boot Camp handling and training a shelter dog
  • 30+ hours observation/assistance dog interactions and introductions
  • 8+ hours observing and assisting shelter dog evaluations
  • 4+ hours preparing and delivering canine kennel enrichment
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Program fees & what's included

  • $3900 + GST (non-refundable)
  • Includes all program books, DVDs and materials valued at approximately $1000
  • Payment plans are available as follows with a credit card on file:  
  • $500 + GST at registration, $3400 + GST at class start
  • $500 + GST at registration, $1725.50 + GST at class start and at 6 months
  • $500 + GST at registration, $871.25 + GST at class start and at 3, 6 & 9 months
  • 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
  • 10% discount at Norm’s Nook while enrolled in the program
  • If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Keith, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, at
Tracy Keith
CBCC-KA, CCPDT, Fear Free Certified Professional, CPDT-KSA, Pet First Aid

About Your Trainer

Tracy Keith, co-founder and former Executive Director of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society (CAHS), has been training and rehabilitating dogs in a shelter environment for 25 years. Tracy specializes in fear and aggression in dogs and is committed to using only positive methods with both humans and animals.