Professional Dog Training: Science & Application

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  • About Your Instructor

Course Begins: (TBD)

Duration: 20 weeks

Instructor: Camille Asmer CDBC, IAABC-ADT, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Course type: Instructed Course


  • Meetings are a safe space to ask questions, share your experiences, and learn from peers. They are not recorded.
  • Meetings take place on Mondays at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. The first meeting is May 27th.
  • Meetings are 60 minutes in duration 
  • There are 20 meetings for this program


Training is simple, but it’s not easy! There’s canine learning to understand, practical skills and timing to master, and of course, the human part of the equation to consider. Professional Dog Training: Science & Application is a comprehensive 20-week program designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to succeed as a dog trainer.


Program Highlights:

  • Each module features lectures and materials packed full of information and designed by a practicing dog training and behavior professional.
  • You won’t just be watching videos – throughout the program you will engage in weekly online meetings, projects, assignments, and topic-based discussions.
  • We learn better together! The program is designed using a community learning model; your active participation contributes to everyone’s educational experience and the success of the program.
  • Assessment of your work is iterative; you are always given an opportunity to improve!

Presenters include:

Lauren Novack; Renee Hall; Kathrine Christ; Tabitha Kucera; Michelle Mullins; Erin Jones; Dante Camacho; Allie Bender; Emily Strong; Alicia Harantschuk; Jackie Laubacher


Module topics include:

Principles of Learning Science; Practical Learning Applications; Body Language & Communication; Training & Management Tools; Puppy Fundamentals; Enhancing Animal Welfare & Management Through Enrichment; Husbandry & Cooperative Care Strategies; Client Communication; Client Instruction; Teaching Group Classes; Practical Ethics for Dog Trainers

Reading Materials:

All reading materials are provided as part of the program


Successful completion of the Professional Dog Training Program requires the following:

  • Weekly participation in the group forum discussions
  • Participation in a minimum of 18 of the 20 online meetings
  • Weekly contributions to the learning community in the form of questions, discussion points, shared resources, or peer feedback
  • Demonstration of respectful and supportive dialogue
  • Completion of each module assignment 
  • Completion of all quizzes 
  • Completion of a Capstone Project*
  1. A capstone project is designed to help learners reflect on all modules of the Professional Dog Training Program, and begin to apply new knowledge and skills. You begin thinking about and working on your capstone project early in the course. Reflection
    Throughout the program we encourage reflective practice. The process of identifying the themes, concepts, key insights, and points of learning from each module is very individual. You might choose to maintain a journal, a series of blog posts, a concept map, annotated documents, a whiteboard or even a wall covered in sticky notes. It’s completely up to you! Your reflection notes are private, but will be extremely useful when engaging in group discussions throughout the program, and in applying your knowledge. Application
    Throughout your dog training career you will be creating, borrowing, evaluating, and repurposing learning materials. There are endless possibilities in terms of content ideas, audiences, and media. The capstone project is an authentic way to contribute to this resource pool; you will develop something practical that you and others can use.There are 4 parts:1. Develop a resource that will benefit you in your practice.
    2. Provide constructive feedback to your peers on their creations.
    3. Refine your resource based on feedback you received.
    4. Share your resource so that others can benefit as well!

This twenty-week program will begin on the specified start date and includes 20 online meetings. All meetings are 60 minutes in length.

Week 1 -

Welcome and Orientation

Week 2 -

Principles of Learning Science- Dr. Erin Jones

Week 3 -

Principles of Learning Science- Dr. Erin Jones

Week 4 -

Practical Learning Applications- Michelle Mullins

Week 5 -

Practical Learning Applications- Michelle Mullins

Week 6 -

Body Language & Communication- Dante Camacho

Week 7 -

Body Language & Communication- Dante Camacho

Week 8 -

Training & Management Tools- Jackie Laubacher

Week 9 -

Puppy Fundamentals- Renee Hall

Week 10 -

Enhancing Animal Welfare & Management Through Enrichment- Allie Bender & Emily Strong

Week 11 -

Enhancing Animal Welfare & Management Through Enrichment- Allie Bender & Emily Strong

Week 12 -

Husbandry & Cooperative Care Strategies- Tabitha Kucera

Week 13 -

Client Communication- Lauren Novak

Week 14 -

Client Instruction- Lauren Novak

Week 15 -

Client Instruction- Lauren Novak

Week 16 -

Teaching Group Classes- Alicia Harantschuk

Week 17 -

Practical Ethics for Dog Trainers- Kathrine Christ

Week 18 -

Practical Ethics for Dog Trainers- Kathrine Christ

Week 19 -

Capstone Project & Wrap-Up

Week 20 -

Capstone Project & Wrap-Up

There are no prerequisites for this program. Varying backgrounds, experiences, and levels of expertise are expected and contribute in a positive way to the group learning environment.

Full Student:

CEUs: CCPDT, KPA (30); IAABC (36)

Cost: $3,800




At this time, there is no Auditing option for the Professional Dog Training Program.
* IAABC Members: Click HERE to get your IAABC Member discount code from your account.

Refund Policy:
90% refund more than 30 days pre-event.
50% refund 15-30 days pre-event.
No refunds or credits issued 0-14 days pre-event or once the event has begun.

Instructor: Camille Asmer CDBC, IAABC-ADT, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Camille Asmer is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
Camille started her dog training career volunteering and then working for a non-profit that breeds, raises, and trains English Labradors to become service dogs for veterans and persons with disabilities. Very soon after becoming a full-time trainer, fascinated with animal behavior, Camille studied to become certified in behavior too.
Through her own business, Sit, Stay, Play Animal Training & Behavior, Camille specializes in canine aggression and fear-based behaviors, working closely with veterinarians in the Charlotte, North Carolina area to help clients understand, train, and live happily with their dogs. A big focus of her work is also mentoring others studying to become dog trainers.
When not working with canine clients, Camille loves to spend time with her husband, three children, and two Labrador Retrievers. She also volunteers as a parrot trainer with Companion Parrots Re-homed.