DTIA Schedule

DTIA Fits Your Life

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The 5-month term translates to approximately 7 hours of classes and about 8 hours of combined study and practice time per week. This allows you to continue working during the program and means that you have time to process and absorb the material as you go along.


Class Meeting Schedule 

Tuesday  (6–8pm)

  • Dog behavior
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Animal learning and motivation
  • Behavior issues
  • Business Basics and career guidance
  • Ethics and best practices

Students meet online for lecture and discussion with visuals (slides, documents and videos).

Alternate Wednesday (6–8pm)

  • Client Consultation Topics

Students observe and discuss real, in-person consultations throughout the course. Alternate Wednesday meetings take place online so that students may devote time they would be traveling to class on their studies (and life!).  

Saturday (4:30–6:30pm) 

  • Cue Training and Classical Conditioning Skill Development
  • Observational Skills
  • Dog Body Language and Communication
  • Client Teaching Practice

Students bring their project dogs to the training center for coaching.

See a Sample Schedule

A Sample Week

From the Grads

"The wonderful trainers in the Dog Training Internship Academy (DTIA) helped make my dreams a reality. Not only do I have a greater understanding about how animals learn best and many hours of practice under my belt, but I also was given the skills to start my own dog training business right after graduation!" --Alyssa Hosbach, Owner of Dancing Tails Dog Training

From the Grads

"DTIA gave me a real understanding of the how and why of science-based, positive reinforcement training. I now come into new training situations with the ability to pinpoint all the necessary information and make a plan with confidence." --Sathid Pankaew, Behavior & Training Coordinator, East Bay SPCA

From the Grads

"Dog industry business consultant Veronica Boutelle recommended the DTIA program to me when I asked about apprenticeship programs. She is familiar with every program in the country and unequivocally pronounced the DTIA the best one available. Well, she didn’t oversell it." --Erik Grendahl, Canine Behavior Consultant

From the Grads

"Attending the DTIA program was a wonderful decision. Not only will it advance my career but it has also opened the door to so many other professional possibilities." --Luba Podolsky, Mutt Manager, Muttville