Dog Training Seminars, Continuing Education Dog Nosework Camps

Instructor Training Courses

Think critically.
Teach effectively.

"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 between three and a half to five full days of instruction depending on the course. We welcome auditors as well as full participants. 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 , discussion and homework assignments. Class hours run between 8 - 9 hours per day. Classes are limited in size to insure individual attention.

NEW for 2016 - We updated curriculum and made our classes smaller to better serve our participants while still including lots of shelter dog training!

Courses Offered:

  • The ITC: Teaching & Training focuses on classroom teaching, evaluating and exploring different training techniques and hands-on dog training skills. You get assigned a shelter dog for the week! The goal is to better understand how to teach the individual dog and owner, increase effectiveness, improve skills and bring fun and enthusiasm to classes and private lessons.
  • The ITC: Modifying Behavior places the emphasis on increasing your ability to transform problem behaviors, train the skills needed to build a behaviorally healthy dog and work with clients to produce positive results. This course will be offered in 2016.
  • 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. We are not offering any ITC Weekends in 2016.

Why ITC: History and Philosophy

The Instructor Training Course: Teaching and Training (also 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. In 2015, we updated the course, made the class smaller and renamed it as ITC: Modifying Behavior.

All courses have an interactive format with limited enrollment for lots of individual attention in a supportive environment. Courses are limited to between 12 and 18 full time 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 Available!!!

CEUs approved for the 2016 Teaching and Training Course: 

Full registration - 36
Auditors - 33

Full registration – 30
Auditors - 30

CEUs approved for the 2016 Modifying Behavior Course: 

Full registration -25
Auditors - 21

Full registration – 26
Auditors - 21


If you have any questions please contact the Course Director, Dana Crevling.