All Canine Trade Group dog trainers, regardless of their prior dog training experience, must go through an intense course of study in dog behavior, training and learning theory, and hand’s-on training.

Taught in the Dover, Delaware, the course is designed to give dog trainers the additional skills they need to join the ranks of the most reliable, skilled dog trainers, and behavior consultants in their communities.  This training is only offered to trainers who commit to the standards of Canine Trade Group, and who agree to work with the framework of our trainer network

The course consists of a study period of no less than 4 weeks, followed by an intense hand’s-on training program working primarily with “challenging” dogs (and their owners) who are at risk of surrender, or with rescue dogs experiencing a variety of behavior issues.

Canine Trade Group Trainers are accepted for the course only after an interview to ensure a congruency of both training ideology, training goals, and business ethics.

Canine Trade Group Trainers work closely with pet care professionals within their communities, such as veterinarians, and enjoy a support system that allows them to provide the most superior dog training and support to their clients available anywhere.

Before becoming a part of Canine Trade Group, our trainers complete advanced training in the following areas:

Weeks 1-4: Correspondence Work

Prior to a trainer’s arrival for hand’s on training, they must complete an intense study of dog behavior, training and learning theory, using all three volumes of Steven Lindsay’s, Applied Dog Behavior and Training.

Upon arrival in Delaware, the trainers are paired up with a rescue/foster dog to work with during their stay.

Week 5 – Classroom Training

  • Comparison of dog training methodologies
  • Behavior problem diagnosis and resolution
  • Canine anxiety disorders
  • Canine aggression issues
  • Types of behavior drugs
  • Training equipment selection and use
  •  Case history studies
  • Taking a client’s history
  • Formulating and presenting a training program to new clients
  • Break down of training lessons
  • Training objective setting

Week 6 – Hand’s On Training

  • • Review of training equipment
  • • Basic leash handling
  • • Basic dog handling
  • • Handling green (un‐trained) dogs
  • • Handling aggressive dogs
  • • Instructing a new handler
  • • Working with clients

Week 7 – Classroom & Hand’s-On Training

  • Performing behavior consultations
  • Preparing consultation reports and following up with veterinarians
  • Best business practices
  • Ethics
  • Working with new clients and providing follow-up training