Dog Trainer Apprentice Program (DogTAP)
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If you’ve ever thought you’d want to become a dog trainer, DogTAP 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!
The BADDogsInc 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 at 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 BADDogsInc, 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 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:
Be at least 18 years of age
Be approved through a faculty interview with BADDogs staff
Have your own driver’s license and transportation
Have your own health insurance
Have no felony convictions (be able to pass a criminal background check)
Have the physical capability to handle any dog of any size, even large, unruly dogs
Have excellent people skills
Have a genuine love and respect for dogs