Dogue Academy - School for Professional Dog Trainers
The Dogue Academy is the professional development program division of the Dogue Shop training centre created by Gaby Dufresne-Cyr in 1999. Our mission is to educate, through science-based learning theories, enrichment, behaviour management, and behaviour modification, animals and the people who care for them.
The Dogue Academy has developed and taught students from many Canadian provinces; consequently, all the classes given by Gaby and her team are in English. The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship (ABA) levels 1-3 and the Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs described on this website are for future animal professionals. Registrations are ongoing and qualifying students are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Continued education is vital to Gaby; therefore, new classes are being designed and added to the Dogue Academy as it moves forward. Past and future animal professionals are invited to perfect their skills through Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and practical application of science-based learning theories and concepts. The Dogue Academy also offers mentorship days for its alumni.
The animal profession does not solely revolve around associative learning, aka behaviourism, and luring. There are many animal learning theories, and the Dogue Academy teaches critical thinking through the application of these theories. Students learn, discuss, and apply perceptual, spatial, nonassociative learning, imprinting, and complex problem-solving learning theories.
Gaby's objective is to keep each course content as accurate as possible with the latest scientific discoveries; consequently, all the science-based programs are revised each year and updated as necessary. The program has evolved tremendously since its creation in 2009 and will continue to do so in the years to come.
As a Dogue Academy student, you receive the latest scientific information that teaches you to think outside the box. The programs offer a private social media group where students can exchange job opportunities, science papers, events, and everything else related to dogs.
Each cohort is part of a social messaging group relating to your specific class; therefore, students can talk about homework, due assignments, dog questions, or just goof around when pressure is too high. Finally, you receive lifetime support and access to our mentorship days at no additional cost.
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