Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship Program
THE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL TRAINERS
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER 2023
The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship (ABA) and the Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs are unique opportunities for animal lovers to realize their dream of becoming dog trainers, animal behaviour consultants, or animal-assisted therapists. If you like working with dogs or other species of animals, this program is for you!
The ABA and AAT have merged into one program. Since the AAT contained most of the ABA content, and with our need for more weekends, it was an easy decision. The AAT program has extra internship hours to fulfil at the end; thus, sessions will be scheduled according to the student's program plan, client, or patient. AAT participants must have a human science university degree. If you are currently in university, please register during or after your last school year.
The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship program aims to give future dog trainers and animal behaviour consultants the theoretical and practical knowledge to train and treat animals suffering from mild to severe behaviour problems. The program objectives focus on physical and emotional language, Behaviourism, Social-cognition learning theory, training, behaviour modification protocols, and behaviour management.
This apprenticeship is a hands-on learning opportunity that puts students in direct contact with clients, dogs, and other animal species. The ABA program is open to trainers, health-care professionals, groomers, dog walkers, dog sitters, and animal lovers who want to deepen their knowledge.
Review our summary course outline to discover the program's core content. The program gets a makeover yearly to adjust to the latest scientific discoveries. We also adapt and make changes based on your feedback. The Dogue Academy strives for excellence in its services and products. For our latest content, you can follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Youtube.
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship program is offered on three levels. Levels can be taken together or separately and are offered as part-time options. Each class focuses on deepening your understanding of learning theory and perfecting your clicker training, shaping, and behaviour modification skills while developing effective training plans. All levels are one hundred (100) hour-long programs for 300h. Below is a summary of the course content. Each group has unique supplemental content based on scientific discoveries, relevant topics from social media, and ethical discussions.
If you studied in another establishment and would like to deepen your skills at the Dogue Academy, you can skip level 1 and take level 2; however, you will need to take and pass the level 1 theoretical and practical exams with 80%. A $100+tx fee is applicable for the exam. The amount will be deducted from your tuition if you pass both evaluations. Dogue Academy is a recognized school by Revenue Quebec and Employment and Social Development Canada as an educational establishment which means you can deduct course fees on your income tax reports.
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The ABA and AAT programs are divided into theoretical, practical, and professional courses. Please note we do not give prices over the phone or online. During our interview, we will discuss content, CEUs, price, and payments (see registration below). Registration is ongoing; therefore, we function on a first-come, first-served basis. The following schedules are updated each trimester to announce when the following classes begin. The ABA program is given twice a year at approximately the same time.
|Next Classes Start
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023
Next Classes Start
|Next Classes Start
January 11, 2024
|ABA Level 1 - 100 Hours||ABA Level 2 - 100 Hours||ABA Level 3 - 100 Hours||ABA Level 4 - 100 Hours|
|1. Canine Taxonomy||1. Animal Training 201||1. Animal Training 301||
|2. Deviant Behaviour 101||2. Learning Theory 201||2. Learning Theory 301||
|3. Animal Training 101||3. Behaviour Modification 201||3. Deviant Behaviour 301||
|4. Learning Theory 101||4. Case File Conduct||4. Client Management||
|5. Behaviour Modification 101||5. Deviant Behaviour 101||5. Clicker Training 301||
|6. Clicker Training 101||6. Clicker Training 201||6. FAST Model||
|7. Healthcare & Nutrition||7. Business Management||7. Scientific Method||
Should you travel from outside the province or far enough that you wish to stay in Montreal during classes, please get in touch with Gaby or visit Dogue's Accommodation page. She will explain your options, should you want to stay in the city. Extra charges will apply.