The Academy for Dog Trainers
The Academy for Dog Trainers was formed by Jean Donaldson in 1999 to address the crushing need for more comprehensive dog trainer education. Since its formation The Academy has trained and certified more than 700 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training, and private behavior counseling.
The Academy is a virtual university for dog trainers. It’s a two-year, part-time online program that offers a comprehensive education in all aspects of dog training, dog behavior, behavior modification, client counseling, teaching classes and thriving in your work. If you are accepted into the Academy, you will become part of our renowned lifelong, supportive and sophisticated community. You will have access to guest experts via webinars, and Academy staff will hone your practical technique through our detailed, personalized, pioneering method of video coaching.
The Academy has a higher entrance bar than other programs, as well as a broader, more in-depth and more difficult curriculum. It is not for everyone. Please study the curriculum , requirements and code of conduct before applying. Most students complete the course in two years. Our program is divided into four levels, each to be completed in six months and you’ll be tested for knowledge and technique at the end of each level. At the end of the two years, you’ll take a final exam to become a fully-qualified graduate CTC.
I’ve had the opportunity to review Jean Donaldson’s new Academy For Dog Trainers and was very impressed with its quality, breadth, detail, and organization, but mostly with Jean’s fierce commitment to sound science. This is particularly needed in the field of dog training and behavior, where fads abound, sometimes with dangerous results. Thank you, Jean, and I highly recommend your new Academy.
Educational opportunities for dog trainers abound. Few, though, are on par with Jean Donaldson’s Academy. Jean is an undisputed leader in our profession, and has a rare combination of academic smarts, hands-on training “chops,” eloquence and incisive wit. I’m certainly indebted to Jean for the heaps of dog-training know-how I’ve learned from her. Students of her Academy are lucky indeed.
The Academy for Dog Trainers was perhaps the single best educational experience I have had, that perfect mix of interesting and entertaining material, lecture and hands-on assignments, and a challenging yet supportive learning environment. Even now, 9 years later, I can say with certainty that the Academy did more to make me into a successful dog trainer and teacher-of-dog-trainers than anything else I did before or have done since. Jean is brilliant and funny and I could listen to her endlessly. What impressed me the most though was the extent to which she stopped talking and got us (the students) to start doing so. I found my teaching voice and my timing and my training chops at The Academy and for that I will be forever grateful.