Atlas Academy Details

Service Dog Trainer Program

Want to answer YES when clients ask you if you can help train their service dog?

Our courses are designed for the experienced dog trainer wishing to expand their knowledge, skill set and grow their business.

All courses are self-paced and online through a mixed-media platform.

Common learning styles and teaching skills

Ethical principles and behaviors when training

Communication, listening, interpersonal skills

Planning and setting up training sessions

Confidentiality and professionalism

People Modules

Communication, leadership, instruction, compassion, and professionalism

Teach and adapt based on your client’s individual needs, desires, and abilities. Understand non-verbal communication and stress signals in clients.  Learn the best approaches to teaching clients with disabilities.


Teach a dog how to ground and calm their person down during a panic attack.  

Animal learning theory

Dog development and physiology

Puppy socialization and rearing

Dog body language & communication

Problem solving of common behavior issues

Dog health, maintenance, and preventative care

Methods and use of training equipment

Dog training approaches including planning and carrying out training sessions

Dog Modules

Dog behavior, development, health, communication, learning theory and training.

Gain further knowledge about dogs, especially as it pertains to service dogs

Teach a dog how to help their person hike safely and independently.


Choice of dog appropriate for service work

The Americans with Disabilities Act and relevant laws

Understanding disabilities

How to be a successful trainer when working with clients with disabilities

Developing your service dog program

Atlas’ Public Access Test

Foundational disability tasks

Balance and mobility tasks

Medical alert and response tasks

Psychiatric and cognitive tasks

Sweet Snoopers® scent detection training by Debby Kay

Becoming a working team

Service Work Modules

Disability law, people with disabilities, service dog specialties

Understand the world of disability and service dogs.  Learn about medical and psychiatric conditions and how to train a dog to help mitigate those conditions.  Appreciate that training a service dog is more than just working with the dog.

When you click on the link below a zip file will be downloaded that contains our application package. Please start with the document titled “Trainers- READ ME FIRST,” which is our helpful Getting Started Guide.

Feel free to contact if you have any questions.