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The Dog Walking Academy

Where: Multiple Locations
Duration: 3 or 4 days, depending on location (either Th & F evening and all day Sat & Sun OR all day F, Sat, Sun)
Size: Limited to 16 students
Cost: $650

An intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking business—or advance an existing one. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and go through the A-Z of running and marketing a dog walking business.

What You Get
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  • Professional dog walking certification
  • First Aid certification
  • Certification seals for marketing
  • 24 CPDT CEUs
  • Continental breakfast (weekend), afternoon power snacks
  • Copy of The Business of Dog Walking

What You Will Learn
Pack management | dog communication & body language | aggression in all its forms: what it means, how to prevent it, and what to do about it | safety and fight protocols | basic training: build reliable sits, recalls, and polite leash behavior | client and dog screening | public relations | small business practices | liability protection | marketing | increasing profits | legalizing your business

The course is taught through lecture, video analysis, demos, hands-on exercises, and fieldtrips.

This is a professional course for adults 18 years and older.

See Dog Walking Academy photos on Flickr

Is it for you? Read Dog Walking For A Living (article)

  • What a terrific way for people to learn to start a dog walking business or, like me, improve the one they already have. I'm proud to be a certified dog walker!"
    Mandy Thompson
  • I went through the DWA in 2005 and have since put all of my dog walkers through it. I think in large part our great safety record is a result of Veronica's excellent guidance."
    Molly Kenefick
  • This class was brilliant …worth every penny."
    –Paige Tuhey
  • Business is great and so am I! I am so happy with this profession. Thanks for all of your help...couldn't have done it without you!"
    –Michelle Ruth
  • I got so much out of the course. It's changed my whole relationship with walking dogs and even with my dog. I can't thank you enough."
    Mathew Miller, Mutt's Mutts
  • We only hire Dog Walking Academy grads--the best candidates always come out of dogtec!"
    Stephanie MillerSF Puppy Prep Dog Walking

Want to save money on everything you need for a successful dog walking business? Check out our discounted Business Success Packages.

2015 Dates & Locations
Ann Arbor, MI  October 2-4
   
Atlanta, GA 4/10-12
  11/6-8
   
Auckland, New Zealand 5/15-17
   
Austin, TX 11/6-8
   
Calgary, Alberta 4/9-12
  7/16-19
   
Chicago, IL 5/15-17
  8/7-9
  11/13-15
   
Dublin, Ireland  6/6-8
   
Grand Rapids, MI June 5-7
   
New York City, NY  4/9-12
  11/12-15
   
Portland, OR  11/6-8
   
Salt Lake City, UT  9/17-20
   
San Diego, CA  6/4-7
  10/15-18
   
San Francisco, CA  5/21-24
SF Permit Info 6/18-21
  10/8-11
  10/22-25
   
Sao Paulo, Brazil  10/10-12
   
Seattle, WA  6/18-21
  10/15-18
   
Seoul, South Korea  6/20-21 & 6/27-28
   
Swanzey, NH  6/4-7
   
Tasman/Nelson, NZ  10/3-5
   
Toronto, Ontario  6/26-28
  11/6-8
   
Vancouver, B.C.  4/16-19
  8/13-16
The Teachers
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Veronica Boutelle
San Francisco
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Kim Moeller
San Francisco
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Emma Clarke
San Francisco
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Andrea Stone
Seattle
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Linda McVay
Seattle
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Denise Mazzola
NYC, NH, VA
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Lisa Waggoner
North Carolina
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Brad Waggoner
North Carolina
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Nan Arthur
San Diego
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Erin Moore
Vancouver
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Kimberly Burgan
Austin, TX
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Kelly Elvin
Michigan
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Matt Elvin
Michigan
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Beck Rothke
Chicago
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Kim Moeller
Scottsdale, AZ
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Monica Martin
Calgary
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Nicole Corson
Salt Lake City, UT
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Sue Walsh
New Zealand
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Emma Clarke
United Kingdom
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Meredith Duncan
Portland, OR
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Doug Duncan
Portland, OR
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June Kim
Seoul, South Korea