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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? 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.

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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Kellyann Payne
Tampa, FL
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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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2016 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 Oct 20-23, 2016
  San Diego Sept 29-Oct 2, 2016
  SF Permit Info  
  San Francisco Jan 28-31, 2016
  San Francisco Apr 28-May 1, 2016
  San Francisco Oct 27-30, 2016
  San Francisco May 12-15, 2016
  San Francisco Nov 17-20, 2016
     
Colorado  
  Aurora Sep 22-25, 2016
     
Illinois  
  Chicago May 20-22, 2016
  Chicago Sept. 16-18, 2016
   
Massachusetts  
  Boston Jun 2-5, 2016
   
Michigan  
  Ann Arbor Oct 7-9, 2016
   
New York  
  NYC Apr 14-17, 2016
  NYC Nov 10-13, 2016
   
Oregon  
  Portland Oct 21-23, 2016
   
Texas  
  Austin Jan 8-10, 2016
  Austin Apr 22-24, 2016
  Austin Nov 11-13, 2016
   
Washington  
  Seattle 2017 dates TBA
   
Outside U.S.  
   
Australia  
  Adelaide Aug 19-21, 2016
  Sydney Sep 8-11, 2016
   
Brazil  
  Sao Paulo May 27-29, 2016
  Sao Paulo Oct 14-16, 2016
Inscrições do Brasil:
http://goo.gl/forms/tY0Sw4M5IH
Infos: dwa@petanjo.com
   
Canada  
  Richmond, B.C. Apr 8-10, 2016
  Richmond, B.C. Sep 30-Oct 2, 2016
  Toronto, Ont. Apr 8-10, 2016
     
   
Korea  
  Seoul 2016 dates TBA
   
New Zealand  
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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