TRAINER APPRENCTICE PROGRAM
So You Say You’re a Dog Lover, Prove It!
At Wag ‘N’ Tails our Mission is to reduce the amount of dogs who are given away or euthanized due to treatable and preventable reasons.
1 out of every 10 dogs keep their forever home. Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year. At Wag ‘N’ Tails we’ve been making “Sit Happen” since 1999, although we still have a lot of work to do and we need your help! This decrease in the amount of dogs found in shelters can come from our communities working together to teach people how dogs think, learn and communicate. Join us!
Behavior problems such as house soiling, digging, jumping up and biting are contributing reasons that dogs are given up. Let’s reduce those numbers together.
Here’s where YOU come in.
At Wag ‘N’ Tails we’ve been told that what we do with dogs is “like magic.” We don’t claim to have super powers, the only miracles we’re performing is saving lives by teaching people how to do what we do! When we make the difference in people’s homes with their dogs, that’s the magical part. Seeing less dogs in shelters due to house soiling. Magical. Less dogs given away because of jumping up and digging? A miracle.
When we teach you, you take that education and spread it across the great big world for all to see so that you can help us live by the words of our mission statement. That’s the magic.
Join our Apprentice Program. We would love to have you!
Every student receives a wand, well – it’s a target stick with a clicker, but to us, it’s a wand!
The Trainer Apprentice Program Course (T.A.P.)
12 Week Program
Tuition and Registration
Early Bird Registration
COST: $1499 – 12 Week Program
When: Meets every Sunday
Time: 9AM – 12AM
Studio Location: 53153 Hayes Road Shelby Township, 48315
A $250 deposit is required for registration. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start of the course. ($150 is non-refundable.)
Course size is limited. Only 15 students per session.
You have come to the right place if you are already involved in or wish to be involved in any of the following:
- Dog training
- Behavioral counseling
- Shelter or Rescue Work
- Dog Day Care Provider
- Veterinary Employee
- Pet Sitter
- Dog Walker
At Wag ‘N’ Tails we will prepare you to earn respected educational credentials, representing a high level of competence. In this program you will have hands on experience with four certified Instructors. All of which are certified through Wag ‘N’ Tails and the American Kennel Club. Your Director, Jordan Covington is CPDT, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed. Our founder, Christine Fox has been in business and teaching dogs for twenty years. Her qualifications can found here.
In the world of dog training you will find a variety of different methods that can be used to teach a dog. At Wag ‘N’ Tails we believe in science based methodologies.
Our methods are easy, effective and most importantly we have FUN. Our methods are so much fun that the dogs are having fun too! We teach people how dogs think and how they learn. We believe in the importance of patience and the value of communication and building an irreplaceable bond.
A bond can’t be purchased with a collar or a tool, it’s a gift – a moment. It comes from the learning process!
Upon completion you will know how to:
- Put together a comprehensive puppy and basic obedience program to offer to your clients.
- Work with shelters and rescues with a clear understanding of how dogs think and learn from a decompression standpoint.
- Better identify fear and aggression body language signals.
- Better handle strong willed dogs in a variety of uncomfortable situations where you normally feel out of control.
- The optimal learning time.
- Learning theory.
- Breed characteristics and how it affects behavior.
- The tools necessary to prevent and treat behavior problems related to basic obedience, fear, lack of confidence and aggression.
- How to properly approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Bonding and focus.
- All basic obedience.
- The benefits of luring and hand signals and how to introduce verbal cues.
- How to phase out food rewards.
- Principles of clicker training.
- Target training and bridging.
- Basic tricks.
Every student will receive their handbook and a clicker target stick at orientation. All books can be purchased at a discounted rate on our website.
Books are not required, although strongly suggested.
Here are a few of the questions we get asked most!
Do you use the latest methods of learning?
What are a few examples of what’s been discovered in dog training research recently?
Do you have any other examples?
Will I get a certification when I complete the course?
Here’s a little more info to understand the process of becoming a dog trainer.