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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?


Train-the-Trainer is an educational program designed to introduce aspiring dog trainers to a multitude of topics including learning theory, animal welfare, common behavioral concerns, and training plan design for both home and rescue/shelter environments.

Local participants have the option to work alongside our staff and volunteers to gain hands-on experience 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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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 within 18 to 24 months with a part-time schedule.

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

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View our programs and make a difference in your community.

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Learn more about our educational programs and become a dog trainer. 



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