The primary reason for relinquishment of dogs to shelters and rescues is their behavior. Each year the Academy for Dog Trainers offers a limited number of partial scholarships to aspiring trainers who are actively working in animal sheltering and rescue. The Academy looks for applicants who will use their education to keep shelter/rescue dogs in adoptive homes, to prepare dogs to become integrated with new families, and to help owners train, manage, and modify behavior using non-aversive, evidence-based practices.
Each year we accept scholarship applications between June 1 and 15. Interested applicants should stay tuned to updated information on this page in the early part of 2020. For information about last year’s process, please view our 2019 Scholarship Application Guide.
If you have questions about the scholarship program, please contact claudine@