Instructor Training Courses
"It (the Instructor Training Course) was undoubtedly one of the most incredible dog events I have ever attended…I will never forget it." JS
The Instructor Training Courses (ITC) are five full days of instruction whether you sign up as a full participant or an auditor. Full registration students will also be assigned homework and group projects to work on after hours. ITC include lunch, snacks, and a completion celebration where we honor students with attendance certificates, trophies and awards. Each course is carefully designed to maximize your learning through a combination of workshops, dog training sessions, presentations, activities, games, lecture and homework assignments. Class hours run between 8 - 9 hours per day.
- The ITC: Teaching & Training focuses on classroom teaching, evaluating and exploring different training techniques and hands-on training skills. You get assigned a shelter dog for the week! The goal is to increase effectiveness, improve skills and bring fun and enthusiasm to classes and private lessons.
- The ITC: Consulting & Problem Solving curriculum concentrates on problem solving, consultations, and advanced training techniques. This course is particularly helpful for instructors who advise on behavior modification and serious training issues. (This course will be offered in 2015)
- ITC Weekends are intended to enhance the ITC education. Topics focus on a particular facet of professional training. Subjects tend to be at an intermediate to advanced level.
Why ITC: History and Philosophy
The Instructor Training Course: Teaching and Training (known as the Original course) was conceived in 1997 out of a dream to create a special educational experience for canine professionals. The course would go beyond the two-day lecture series, or rigid programs that taught only a specific methodology. It would provide a traditional small classroom environment with innovative teachers to combine proven theory, empirical evidence, and common sense. The course needed to cultivate critical thinking through watching, listening, and doing. It would be hard work with high expectations but encourage fun, camaraderie and sharing. The environment needed to be safe and allow for personal choices, accepting each person’s journey as a teacher and dog trainer. And lastly, the course had to enrich the lives of homeless dogs.
The first course ran in 1999. Since then, the original course has run each year. In 2001, a consultation level course, ITC: Consultations and Problem Solving (previously named the Advanced Course ) was added based on encouragement from the course alumni and staff.
All courses have an interactive format with limited enrollment for lots of individual attention in a supportive environment. Courses are limited to between 24 to 30 students depending on the staffing and location. The format includes: practice instructing, presentations, group projects, video analysis, games, and lecture. Our courses are always located at an animal shelter and include training shelter dogs.
CEUs for the 2015 Teaching and Training Course:
Full registration - 36
Auditors - 35.5
CPDT-KA and KSA
Full registration – 30
Auditors - 30
Full registration - 11.75
Auditors - 6.5
Full registration – 6.5
Auditors - 6.5
Full registration – 5.25
Auditors - N/A
If you have any questions please contact the Course Director, Dana Crevling.