Est. time in this position: About 6 months.
Begin your apprenticeship by mastering essential dog care techniques as a Kennel Tech. Learn how to maintain dogs’ general health, grooming, and proper procedures for medications and inoculations.
Training Assistant (TA)
Est. time in this position: Minimum 3 months.
Progress to the Training Assistant level by honing your training skills, utilizing positive reinforcement dog training methods. Participate in dog evaluation and learn how to identify potential Assistance Dogs. TA’s will continue Kennel Tech duties for about 6 hours per day, while expanding their skills 2 hours daily.
Apprentice Trainer 1
Est. time in this position: 6 months.
In this role, you’ll delve deeper into training methods and obedience skills, with a focus on preparing Assistance Dogs for their essential roles. You’ll learn to communicate with clients who may be Deaf or hard of hearing and continue to assist in the maintenance of the training facility through regular cleaning and feeding.
Apprentice Trainer 2
Est. time in position: About 18 months.
Build on your experience and expertise by assisting Certified Assistance Dog Trainers and working with clients in placements and follow-ups, learning how to provide training to clients. You’ll learn how to professionally demonstrate Assistance Dog techniques in public settings.
Apprentice Trainer 3
Est. time in position: About Est 12 months.
Refine your skills as you gain more independence in training and working with clients and their Assistance Dogs. You’ll learn how DBL places dogs with clients by traveling along with another trainer to participate in placements. In this role, you may assist TA’s, Apprentice Trainers 1-2, with training techniques. You’ll also learn how to effectively work with the media to present a positive DBL image.