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Canine College Volunteer Programs

Teach Group Training Classes

Volunteers in our Canine Classes are trained to assist and instruct reward-based, positive reinforcement classes that help community pet guardians build a better relationship with and understanding of their dogs.

Work with Local Shelter Dogs

Volunteers in our Adopt-A-Shelter program partner with local Animal Control Officers at municipal shelters to provide enrichment and training opportunities to dogs awaiting adoption.

Advance Your Career

Long-term volunteers receive access to free educational programming, certification sponsorship, discounted webinar/conference registration, and additional education and professional opportunities.

Connect With Your Community

Canine College volunteers can participate in various community outreach events throughout the year including farmer's markets, donation events, clinics, educational presentations, and more!

Welcome to Canine College!

Our mission is to provide engaging and comprehensive training designed to strengthen the human-animal bond and increase pet retention within our community. Canine College Volunteers can choose from various programs and pathways based on their previous experience, interests, and desired time commitment.

All Canine College Volunteer Programs Feature:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Community of Animal Lovers
  • Social Meetings & Events
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Network of Pet Professionals

Long-term volunteers also receive FREE access to our Train-the-Trainer Education Program as well as sponsorship for their first CPDT-KA Certification application.

Check Out Our Themed Meeting Nights and Events!

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Review Volunteer Roles & Requirements
  2. Submit the Volunteer Application
  3. Complete Our Initial Phone-Screening
  4. Attend our Canine College Orientation
  5. Choose a Program Pathway

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact our Helpline at 860-242-9999 or [email protected]

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