Atlas Trainer Academy

There is a huge need for qualified service dog trainers.

Atlas Assistance Dogs is dedicated to expanding the pool of knowledgeable and ethical service dog trainers who will be able to help individuals with disabilities train their dogs to help mitigate their disabilities and thrive every day with their dog at their side.

Atlas’ Trainer Academy gives experienced dog trainers the knowledge and tools needed to support their clients in the training of their service dog.

“I can't say enough about the academy. I loved the ongoing support I received along with the understanding and knowledge I gained on how to work with clients with disabilities. I have totally changed my training methods and adapted all positive reinforcement. I would recommend these courses to anyone who wants to broaden their dog training skills.”
Shelly Phillips

Benefits of Atlas Trainer Certification

Accredited

You can advertise as an Atlas Certified Trainer

Exposure

You are listed on our website and given client referrals

Support

You have access to Atlas’ materials to use with your clients and on your website as well as Atlas' trainer network for ongoing support

Knowledge

Learn from content developed by experts in the field, including Sweet Snoopers® Diabetes and scent training.

Experience

You earn 21 CEUs for KPA and CCPDT

Our courses are a mix of text, videos, case studies, on-line resources and one-on-one support, featuring positive reinforcement for better communication.  Click below to find out more details on our program. Complete Program Syllabi also available here.

 

Proficiency in people skills – understand how to work with someone with a disability, gain excellent communication skills, and learn the value of integrity.

Proficiency in dog skills – learn about comprehensive dog theory, body language, communication, and training approaches.

Proficiency in service dog training – get a deeper understanding of the world of disabilities and learn how to teach and apply a wide range of service dog skills such as mobility, medical, and psychiatric tasks.

Proficiency in many modalities of training – learn how to train based on scent, time of day, state of body, laser, hand, and many other types of cues.

Training Program development – benefit from review of your existing programs and facility as well as and expert advice on development of new service dog program offerings.

More Than Training a Dog

Learn More About Our Program

Read our Trainer Program Documentation to find out how it all works.

Download our full Academy Program Syllabi to get additional details.

Read our Trainer Policies that all Trainers need to follow to ensure our clients and their dogs are treated ethically and with respect.

Ready to Apply?

We encourage you to read the FAQs as well as the above program documents. When you are ready to apply, simply click the link below which will take you to our online application. You can save your progress and resume at any time.

Feel free to contact info@atlasdog.org if you have any questions.

FAQ

You have up to one year to complete the program. If you complete it in 9 months or less, we give you your first renewal for free. That’s a $200 credit!

The time it takes you will depend on how much time you spend each week on the courses. We highly encourage trainers to complete the program within six to nine months, which is easily done if you spent a few hours a week.

Yes. Certification fees for Atlas Certified Trainers can be paid in up to 3 installments. One-third of total payment is due at the time the trainer is accepted by Atlas and begins the Atlas training courses. The remaining parts are due in two-month increments. Trainers may begin courses but will not have access to the service specialty training classes until all fees are paid.

Price range varies from $2,710 to $3,520. We give credits for experience and qualifications, and offer test outs.

Debby Kay’s Sweet Snoopers® Medical Scent Detection Course is integrated in our Service Dog training curriculum. If you wish to take it alone, you can. It is $495. Just contact us.

Atlas Certified Trainers are completely independent of Atlas. They might have their own businesses or be taking the program to increase their knowledge. They are not employees or contractors of Atlas and are not paid by Atlas. They are free to charge their clients and follow their own programs as they see fit.

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