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 help these dogs become better integrated with new families, and to help owners train, manage, and modify behavior using non-aversive, evidence-based practices.
If you are interested in applying for a shelter/rescue scholarship, please view our information sheet here.
The two-part scholarship application process requires a Student Application Form as well as an Endorsement Form from the applicant's shelter or rescue organization. Both forms will become available here on June 1, 2017.