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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: $850 USD - United States Locations
$650 USD - Canadian Locations
$650 USD - Australian Locations
$1000 NZD - New Zealand Locations

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
Group 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? Download Walking Dogs For A Living (PDF)

Is dog walking for you?

 

  • 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.

The Teachers
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Veronica Boutelle
San Francisco
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Mik Moeller
Phoenix
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Denise Mazzola
NYC & Boston
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Nan Arthur
San Diego
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Erin Taylor
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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June Kim
Seoul, South Korea
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Meredith Duncan
Portland, OR
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Doug Duncan
Portland, OR
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Pat Blocker
Denver, CO
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Alexis Davison
Australia


Sign up now! You can choose:

Class only

Class + Dog Walking Toolkit (save $100)
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Class + Dog Walking Toolkit + Business Consulting (save $150)
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Dates & Locations

Your city's dates not up yet? Email us and we'll let you know them as soon as we have them.

   
United States  
   
California  
  Oakland Mar 10-12, 2017
  San Diego Apr 6-9, 2017
  San Diego Oct. 19-22, 2017
  SF Permit Info  
  San Francisco Oct 28-30, 2016
  San Francisco May 18-21, 2017
  Ventura Feb 2-5, 2017
     
  Email to be put on our notification list as soon as classes are available.
     
Colorado  
  Aurora Apr 28-30, 2017
  Aurora Oct 13-15, 2017
   
Illinois  
  Chicago 2017 dates TBA
   
Massachusetts  
  Boston 2017 dates TBA
   
Michigan  
  Ann Arbor Oct 13-15, 2017
  Grand Rapids May 19-21, 2017
   
New York  
  NYC Nov 10-13, 2016
  NYC Apr 20-23, 2017
     
   
Oregon  
  Portland Jan 13-15, 2017
  Portland Jul 21-23, 2017
  Portland Oct 20-22, 2017
   
Texas  
  Austin Jan 20-22, 2017
  Austin May 5-7, 2017
  Austin Nov 3-5, 2017
   
Washington  
  Seattle 2017 dates TBA
   
Outside U.S.  
   
Australia  
  Adelaide 2017 dates TBA
  Sydney Jun 23-25, 2017
   
Brazil  
  Sao Paulo Apr 20-23, 2017
  Sao Paulo Sep 7-10, 2017
     
Inscrições do Brasil:
http://goo.gl/forms/tY0Sw4M5IH
Infos: dwa@petanjo.com
   
Canada  
  Richmond, B.C. Mar 17-19, 2017
  Richmond, B.C. Sep. 15-17, 2017
  Toronto, Ont. TBA
   
Korea  
  Seoul 2017 dates TBA
   
New Zealand  
Email to be put on our notification list as soon as classes are available.
   
UK 2017 dates TBA
  Email to be put on our notification list as soon as classes are available.
   
   

Save money on a full business support package of class, products and/or consulting. Check out our discounted Business Success Packages.

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