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Behavior Internship Program

We are seeking motivated and compassionate individuals interested in pursuing a career in animal behavior and humane dog training. 

The Our Companions Behavior Internship is an educational and hands-on program aimed to give you the necessary skills to become a professional dog trainer and/or behavior consultant in both private and non-profit settings. Due to the nature of our Sanctuary, this program covers a multitude of topics including dog training ethics, animal welfare/husbandry, learning theory, and complex behavioral modification. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work hands-on with a variety of behaviors including fear, reactivity, overarousal, separation anxiety, and more.

Learn from certified, professional dog trainers and behavior consultants with a combined 50+ years of experience and a variety of unique backgrounds, certifications, and more.

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Complete the 300+ hours of training needed to receive your Certified Professional Dog Trainer license in both group class and one-on-one training settings.


Receive a Fear Free education through the Fear Free Shelters program while working with Our Companions Sanctuary dogs.

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Requirements Include

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Completed Application
  • In-Person Interview
  • Registration Cost*
    • $450 standard fee
    • $300 discounted fee for shelter/non-profit employees
    • $0 for Our Companions staff and long-term volunteers

*Financial Aid available to qualifying applicants

Internship Timeline

Our internship offers a flexible and self-guided format that helps you achieve your training goals at your own pace. On average, participants can expect to complete all training modules and hands-on hours within 18 to 24 months with a part-time schedule .

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Get Involved

Our Companions is expanding our community-based behavior programs. Join us today!

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Join our various volunteer programs and make a difference in your community.

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Apply for our behavior internship and work towards your Dog Training certification.


Make a donation that will directly improve the lives of animals in need.