Dog Trainer Apprentice Program (DogTAP)

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DogTAP is the answer for you!

If you’ve ever thought you’d want to become a dog trainer, DogTAP (Dog Trainer Apprentice Program) is the answer for you! DogTAP is the premier southern California dog trainer apprentice program, where you can learn all you need to know to assist at or lead basic dog training classes, or even continue on to teaching advanced and specialty dog training classes. Almost anyone who loves dogs and is willing to work hard can find their first steps to a new career right here!

Program Overview

The BADDogs Inc Dog Trainer Apprentice Program (DogTAP) has been designed for the individual who has the talent, drive and desire to become a professional dog trainer. Our staff is led by Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC, IAABC-ADT; she is the only trainer in the Inland Empire to hold both training and behavior credentials from internationally recognized, independent credentialing bodies (CCPDT and IAABC). The program includes academic study, observation and participation in actual classes in session, practical dog training projects and a significant amount of practice teaching people how to successfully handle, train and relate to dogs.

The curriculum for DogTAP (Dog Trainer Apprentice Program) is designed to provide the apprentice with a complete foundation of knowledge and skills in the most modern and efficacious methods of companion dog training available today. Although we recognize there still exists a wide variety of styles and approaches to dog training, our training philosophy is firmly grounded in “LIMA” (least invasive, minimally aversive) methods, and we do not teach training using any type of force, coercion or physical corrections. Choke collars, prong/pinch collars and “shock” collars are not used, although the apprentices will receive sufficient information about these devices to be able to discuss them intelligently.

Graduates from the Apprentice program will have sufficient skills and knowledge to assist at classes taught at BADDogs Inc, possibly in a paid capacity. Apprentice grads may be invited to move on to the Assistant program; graduates of the Assistant level will have demonstrated sufficient skills, ability and knowledge to begin instructing basic classes as a paid instructor. Assistant graduates are also eligible to enroll in the Instructor program, upon completion of which, they will be able to teach classes at Basic, Intermediate and Specialty class levels and will also have enough academic knowledge to successfully pass the CPDT exam or the IAABC Accredited Dog Trainer application. DogTAP (Dog Trainer Apprentice Program)is the only dog trainer program in Southern California that can provide you with this kind of knowledge, experience and preparation!


To be admitted to the DogTAP program, a candidate must meet the following pre-requisites:
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Apprentice (140 hours)

Cost $1750 (books, materials and equipment are extra) This program is expected to take a minimum of 3-4 months to complete.

Assistant (150 hours)

Cost $1750 (books, materials and equipment are extra) This program is expected to take a minimum of 4-5 months to complete.

Instructor (160 Hours)

Cost $2500 (books, materials and equipment extra)
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Ready to get started? Write us at [email protected] today! Receive 10% off your tuition when you sign up for the entire curriculum!


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