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Whether you love the idea of spending a week helping shelter dogs while you gain skills with the pros, or if you are thinking about going pro yourself – you can’t go wrong with diving into dog training. The U.S. Department of Labor projects growth for Animal Trainer jobs from 2016 to 2026 and reports it will be faster than the average for all occupations. The American Kennel Club also states that “pet industry spending will nearly triple to $275 billion by 2030.” Join the booming Pet Services industry and get paid to do something you love.
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Get ready to eat, sleep, and breathe dogs.
If you are looking for an in-depth learning experience alongside world-class trainers, then the Austin hands-on workshop is for you. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a frameable certificate highlighting your studies and accomplishments.
Every day we will be practicing training skills with a wide variety of dogs.
You will learn directly from Diana Smith, certified professional dog trainer and owner of Hearts and Paws, with over 25 years of training experience. Diana and our team are known for teaching modern, science-based training methods that quickly build reliable behaviors from basic to advanced obedience. We will cover a wide range of skills that professional trainers have in their toolbox, from controlling challenging dogs to understanding the essential techniques of our trade: luring, prompting, shaping, capturing, and targeting. Expect to gain practice in creating your own training plans and thinking fast “on your feet” during sessions with the dogs. You will learn how to make good decisions that keep the dogs focused and progressing quickly.
“I would score it a 10 out of 10 and would highly recommend this workshop! It taught me so much and really gave me the exposure and experience with so many different breeds and personalities. The whole process was friendly and went very smoothly. The teachers are so helpful and give a great description of each task!” – Megan S., 2017 Graduate
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