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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
  • 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
Veronica Boutelle
San Francisco
Mik Moeller
Denise Mazzola
NYC & Boston
Nan Arthur
San Diego
Erin Taylor
Kimberly Burgan
Austin, TX
Kelly Elvin
Matt Elvin
Josh Boutelle
San Francisco
June Kim
Seoul, South Korea
Meredith Duncan
Portland, OR
Doug Duncan
Portland, OR
Pat Blocker
Denver, CO
Alexis Davison
Stacy Braslau-Schneck
Silicon Valley
Barbara Walmer
Ruth LaRoque

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  
  Oakland Mar 10-12, 2017
  Oakland Dec 1-3, 2017
  San Diego Apr 6-9, 2017
  San Diego Oct. 19-22, 2017
  SF Permit Info  
  San Francisco Aug 25-27, 2017
  Silicon Valley, Milpitas Jul 27-30, 2017
  Email to be put on our notification list as soon as classes are available.
  Aurora Apr 28-30, 2017
  Aurora Oct 13-15, 2017
  Chicago 2017 dates TBA
  Ann Arbor Oct 13-15, 2017
  Grand Rapids Apr 28-30, 2017
New York  
  NYC Apr 20-23, 2017
  Portland Jul 21-23, 2017
  Portland Oct 20-22, 2017
  Arlington Aug 25-27, 2017
  Seattle June 22-25, 2017
Outside U.S.  
  Adelaide 2017 dates TBA
  Sao Paulo Apr 20-23, 2017
  Sao Paulo Sep 7-10, 2017
Inscrições do Brasil:
  Toronto, Ont. TBA
  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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