Oregon Humane Society
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Dog Trainer Prep School


Does your love of dogs and working with people find you considering a career in dog training? Let us help. Our program will not only give you a well-rounded basic knowledge of dog behavior and learning theory, but practical application, working with students and dogs alike, ensuring you have the skills to make it in the industry. You will work directly with our Behavior & Training Department, composed of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, and will be given opportunities to observe, assist with, and eventually teach classes for our volunteers and members of the public. What makes our program unique is that from the very beginning you will be working with dogs, applying and practicing your new knowledge and skill base.


Successful completion of our program will give you the knowledge base you need for the CPDT exam, all you’ll need to take the exam is continued experience in a class setting. You will also receive a certificate of completion.



When & Where


Applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer 2014 session. Let us know if you would to be notified when the 2015 schedule is announced.


The program requires approximately 200 hours, and can be scheduled at your convenience. Most of the coursework will be done on site, at OHS. Flexibility on evenings and weekends will be necessary.



Program Requirements


  1. Must be 18 or older
  2. Ability to handle large (60+ lb) strong dogs
  3. GED or High School Diploma
  4. Ability to make a 6 month commitment to the program, and commit to being here weekly.
  5. Prior experience with dogs is HIGHLY recommended
  6. Strong written and communication skills
  7. Must have flexibility on evenings and weekends
  8. Must be a people person



Characteristics Necessary for Success


  • Ability to maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times
  • Proactive and self-starting
  • Comfortable communicating with all kinds of people
  • A love of all dog breeds
  • High threshold for frustration
  • A creative team player, who takes a cooperative approach to learning and working with the dogs
  • Able to take direction well, absorb it, and apply it quickly



Tuition and Fees


Regular Price: $4000

Volunteer Price: $3200


Price includes a $500 non-refundable deposit that is due upon acceptance to the program. The balance is due at the start of the course. Total cost includes tuition, all books and materials needed for the program and a one-year membership with APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers).


Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!



To Enroll


Applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer 2014 session.


Please email us if you would to be notified when the 2015 schedule is announced.


To apply for admission, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested and your goals for the program, and a copy of your resume highlighting relevant experience in animal care, customer service, training, etc.


Apply in person by bringing your resume and cover letter to one of our Informational Sessions. Applications may also be submitted via email.


Due to the limited number of students accepted in the program, a phone, email or in person interview may be done prior to acceptance.



For More Information


Please email us with questions or if you would like to be notified when the 2015 schedule is announced.




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