Hybrid Course Teaches Dog Trainers Evaluation Techniques

This fall, Amber Burckhalter, owner of Smyrna, Georgia’s K-9 Coach, leads a course for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a national professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.

The course, Training Beyond the Technical: the OMIT Program, is a four-week online program beginning Sept. 16 with a required in-person session on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the APDT annual conference in Hartford, CT. After completing the course, participants can expect to have learned:

A four-step approach to evaluating clients and canines to ensure success

How to develop a treatment plan designed for each client to increase success rates

Improved skills as a trainer to read body language in both human and canine clients to understand what is influencing success

Recognizing how to use and design management techniques for each client

Assess interventions outside of training protocols and when to apply them

How to design an intake form that provides great insights into the world of your clients and their dogs

The course is designed for individuals who currently work as an in-home dog trainer or are actively working with their own personal dogs, who posses a rudimentary understanding of learning theory, including +R training and wish to increase success with their clients.

To learn more about the APDT or to register for this course, visit the Education/Courses section at www.apdt.com.