FAQs

1. Will I be certified after completing your course?

Yes, upon successful completion of the chosen course you will be “certified”.

2. Why should I choose a school that is registered with Ministry of Advanced Education?

The academy is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), which is responsible for:

Ensuring institutions meet the requirements and standards for certification, Maintaining a Private Training Institution Directory of all certified institutions and the programs they provide, along with formerly certified institutions, Providing student protection and overseeing the Student Tuition Protection Fund. Other schools that are not registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education have not had their curriculum approved and cannot offer tuition protection.

3. What is the difference between a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Master Dog Trainer or Canine Behaviorist?

Upon successful completion of Dog Behaviour and Training-Level 1 you will be a  “International Academy of Canine Trainers- Certified Dog Trainer” from the International Academy of Canine Trainers which is a PTIB registered trade school.    A “Master Dog Trainer” requires a Masters Degree in Animal behaviour or 20 years of experience as a professional dog trainer.  A “Canine Behaviourist” is an academically -trained  specialist (usually he or she has completed graduate work in psychology  including learning processes, comparative psychology psycho-neurology,  psycho-biology , zoology or the equivalent) and additional education and  experience in dog training and canine behaviour.  They should possess a Masters degree or higher or should at least be enrolled in such a program. Graduates of our Academy will be professionally trained, but will not mislead the public as to the  qualifications of  graduates training.  Students should be cautioned  about dog training schools offering illegitimate degrees such as “Master Dog Trainer” or  “Canine Behaviourist” without actually fulfilling the academic requirements for such a degree or designation.

4. What are the admission requirements for enrolling in the courses?

  •    Applicants must be 19 years of age.
  • To be considered for acceptance into the Academy, an applicant must submit the enrolment application form to be approved by the Academy. (View Enrolment Application Form).
  • Applicant must be physically able to perform practical exercises as required. An in person interview and assessment may be required.
  • Applicant must read and certify they have read the Academy’s policies and  Student Handbook.
  • Applicant must have a good understanding of English. Students may be required to prove they have a good understanding of english which may include a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 4 is required for speaking and writing.

5. What type of training will I learn?

The International Academy of Canine Trainers teaches copyrighted, professional dog trainer courses developed by Amber Cottle primarily for pet dogs. Forty percent of households in North America own at least one dog, so there is a great need for professional pet dog trainers. The goal of our courses is to teach students about scientific learning theory utilizing positive reinforcement and how to appropriately apply these techniques when teaching dogs proper behavior and obedience. The Academy works closely with the Delta Community Animal Shelter so students will be able to apply what is learned to dogs at the shelter. Students will be taught how to assess, prevent and rehabilitate behaviour problems which, in turn, will strengthen the bond between dog and owner. This will effectively reduce the number of dogs surrendered to animal shelters.  The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar business, and sadly, of the 60 million dogs in North America, over 50% of unfortunate dogs are surrendered every year due to behavioral problems from lack of understanding and proper training.

6. Is your program hands-on?

Yes! More than 75% of the program is hands on working with client dogs, student dogs, and shelter dogs. All of the practical training is supervised by the Instructor.  There are many different personalities of dogs and many different training approaches.  Our goal is to expose the student to as many different scenarios as possible.  We will be working with many different dogs including dogs belonging to the Delta Community Animal Shelter. The courses will be a combination of lecture, audio visual presentations, specific reading material to be completed, written assignments, assigned projects, written and practical exams.

7. Do you offer financial aid?

No, but we are very flexible with payment plans and will do what we can to assist students.

8. What kind of previous education do I need and are there any age requirements?

Your only requirement is a desire to work with dogs.  All students attending the International Academy of Canine Trainers must be at least 19 years of age.

9. Is the duration of the programs long enough for me to learn everything?

Dog training is a continuous education process.  However, during your training at the Academy you will become familiar with many aspects of dog training.  You will develop a broad understanding of dog obedience, dog psychology and more. It will be a foundation for more learning and a launching pad for various directions within the field of  dogs.  It is the responsibility of the student to continue to learn other methods of training in order to have a much broader perspective and understanding of the dog training world.

10. Will I need to purchase any additional books, materials or equipment?

Not necessarily.  We will provide you with written material and give you suggestions on additional books you may want to purchase to enhance your education.

11. Do we learn how to start our own business?

Yes, we will show you different marketing and advertising techniques that have proven successful for us.  We will also show you how to price your services, develop a clientele, and get your business up and running.

12. Will I be qualified to start my own business upon completion of the academy?

Yes, but knowing how to train dogs I only part of running a business.  It is recommended that bookkeeping, advertising, accounting, etc. are aspects of your business that are better left to the professionals.

13. Are dog trainers in demand or is the market over saturated?

Whatever business venture you enter into, there will always be competition.  The same holds true for dog trainers.   With the growing numbers of dogs in our households, there will always be a demand for competent and professionally educated dog trainers.

14. Do you offer job placement?

No, but we will introduce you to the vast world of dogs and professions. There may be opportunities to work at the Amber Cottle Canine Training Center either teaching classes, working in the daycare, or dog walking, depending on positions available at the time.   The courses offered at the academy will give you the knowledge to either start your own dog training business, or be a launching pad for other careers within the Animal Care and Workers Industry.

15. Will I train dogs for the physically handicapped or hearing and seeing impaired?

No, as mentioned before, our courses are designed to train pet dogs and their owners.

16. Do you offer accelerated courses?

Yes. Depending on the student’s needs and the instructor’s schedule, courses can be accelerated. The accelerated pace will be determined by the student’s previous handling and training experience.  Please check with Amber regarding an accelerated program.

17. Do you have lodging available?

The academy does not provide lodging, however, there are several hotels within close proximity of the training facility.  We can help provide you with contact information when needed.

18. Can I bring my own dog?

Yes! If you do not have a dog then we will provide you with shelter dogs and instructor’s dogs in order to expose you to a full range of dog personalities and training levels.

19. Will I get follow up advice after I leave the academy?

Absolutely! We are just a phone call or e-mail away and can gladly answer any questions you might have. It is always comforting for a student to know that we are here to help guide you when you are not sure if you are on the right track.  We will be here for you long after you have left our facility.

20. Why should I choose the International Academy of Canine Trainers over another dog training school?

One of main reasons is that we are a government registered private career training institution that will protect the student as well as ensure quality standards of education are being met.  The other reasons are:

  • Flexible schedule to accommodate the working student
  • Reasonable cost and length of program
  • Hands-on approach with low student to instructor ratio ensuring you get a quality education as well as mentoring.
  • Volunteer work experience available after the student graduates
  • Chief training instructor and founder of the International Academy of Canine Trainers is a working, dog training professional and owns Amber Cottle Canine Behavior Training Center.