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Train-the-Trainer Program

Are you a motivated and compassionate individual interested in pursuing a career in animal behavior and humane dog training?

The Our Companions Train-the-Trainer Program is an educational and hands-on program aimed to give you the necessary skills to become a professional dog trainer in both private and non-profit settings. Due to the nature of our Sanctuary, this program covers a multitude of topics including learning theory, animal welfare, common behavioral concerns, and designing training plans for both home and rescue/shelter environments. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work hands-on with dogs and pet guardians in group class settings, private training, and various shelters.

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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Work towards the 300+ hands-on hours needed to apply for your Certified Professional Dog Trainer license.


Receive a Fear Free education through the Fear Free Shelters program while working with Our Companions Sanctuary dogs and our Adopt-A-Shelter partners.

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Requirements Include

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Completed Application
  • In-Person Interview
  • Registration Cost*
    • $650 standard fee
    • $375 discounted fee for shelter/non-profit employees
    • $0 for Our Companions staff and long-term volunteers

*Financial Aid available to qualifying applicants

Program Timeline

The Train-the-Trainer Program offers a flexible 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 .

View the complete program overview here. 

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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 Train-the-Trainer Program and work towards your Dog Training certification.



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