Dog Walking Certification Course

January 25 & 26, 2016

Location: #102-7562 Delta, BC

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“The Dog Walking Certification course is a must have for anyone considering starting a dog walking business. Amber thoroughly, tells you how to start the business, the do’s and don’ts, proper equipment to use to handle dogs well, ensure safety for dogs and humans, how to handle reactive dogs, theory and practical. I now have a better understanding of a reactive dog and how to deal with it, and have been able to put it in practice in the practical part of the course.  Thank you Amber, I learned so much!”

Debbie Zurowski

Four Dogs at Once

Four Dogs at Once


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Dog Walking Certification: California

May 16 & 17, 2015

Location: Wyndham Garden, San Diego

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Dog Walking Certification Course

Dog Walking Grads

Dog Walking Grads


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Dog Behavior & Training Level 1

January 12 – March 8, 2015

Part-Time Course
Location: #102-7562 Progress Way, Delta, BC

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Dog Behavior and Training Level 1 Course Schedule

 Everyone has the one mentor they look up to in any career they choose and you will always be mine. Your way with dogs and people is amazing! Hopefully one day I will be as good and knowledgeable as you. Thank you so much for all that you do. You are an amazing teacher.”

Bonnie McDonald


Obedience Training With Shelter Dogs

Obedience Training With Shelter Dogs

Why choose the International Academy of Canine Trainers?

We’d like to tell you about our programs….

The International Academy of Canine Trainers (IACT) is one of only four Private Career Training Institutions Agency(PCTIA) registered schools in British Columbia. The PCTIA was created to carry out the important role of student protection in the private career training sector. An institution registered with PCTIA guarantees tuition protection, curriculum and quality standards and educator-training. IACT must annually report to and complywiththe PCTIA bylaws. For more information about the PCTIA and how they protect students, please go to

All the courses are based on requirements outlined by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers ( to ensure students get the training they need based on todays standards of positive reinforcement training and scientific learning theory. Our courses contain several different learning modalities including lecture, video presentation, hands-on practicum at the academy and the Delta Community Animal Shelter. Students will be required to attend group training classes and one-on-one behavioural consultations with clients in order to gain real life experience. Our Academy encourages the students to participate in Amber Cottle Canine Training Centre’s activities as frequently as possible to get maximum exposure to every angle of the Dog Training business.

IACT believes business planning and coaching are a crucial part of the curriculum. When you leave the Academy, you will be prepared to launch your new business or career. You will have access to our resources in marketing and design plus classes in business setup, social media savvy and a business coach to help you along the way.

The owner, director, and chief training instructor Amber Cottle, has been in business for 12 years and has over 12,000 hours of experience in dog behaviour and training. Amber started her business in 2002conducting puppy classes in the local tennis courts training 2-5 clients per week. She had only a few hundred dollars for marketing. Today Amber operates in a 3500 square foot facility, has 4 part-time employees, has expanded into daycare, and runs classes 6 days a week ranging from puppy socializing and obedience classes, recreational agility, workshops and seminars, intermediate and advanced obedience, and behaviour consultations. Amber continues to consult for the Delta Community Animal Shelter offering behaviour modification training and temperament assessments on shelter dogs. Amber has fostered excellent relationships with many of the local veterinarians and runs training clinics for Shelter staff and vet hospital staff.

The International Academy of Canine Trainers currently offers 3 different courses to provide an in depth educational experience for training pet dogs and for starting a business as a dog trainer or professional dog walker. To learn more about the programs, click here.

If you want to learn more, please fill out the contact form and we will get back to you right away.

Dog Walking Certification Course: California

Where: Wyndham Garden San Diego
3737 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92110

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 16 & 17 May, 2015

Times: 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Class Size: Maximum 6 students

Cost: $550 USD

Instructor: Amber Cottle, Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist

PLEASE NOTE: You are required to bring a dog on the second day of class

This is an intensive 2-day workshop where upon graduation you will be a Certified Dog Walker.

What you get:

  • 2 full days of instruction including what services to offer, where to walk dogs, how to start a business as a professional dog walker, how to market yourself, how to temperament assess dog clients plus learn about all the necessary forms including intake and liability release. As well, you will learn how to create dog-walking policies and how to price your services.
  • 1 full day of practical handling which will teach you how to handle and walk up to 6 dogs on a leash. The focus is on understanding dog body language and behavior, how to walk reactive dogs and how to prevent behavior problems, basic obedience, safety equipment and more.

This course is a MUST for anyone wanting to become a professional dog walker. Amber Cottle has over 10,000 hours of experience handling dogs of all breeds and temperaments.

If you are interested, please fill out an application to start your registration process.

Once you are accepted, you can pay here.