How To Apply

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How To Apply

Spring 2023 –  Begins January 10th  Open for Enrollment 

How To Apply


Minimum 100 hours experience from one or more of the following:

  • Owning or fostering dogs.
  • Attending or assisting dog training classes.
  • Hands-on experience with other animals (volunteer/work at a zoo, aquarium, wildlife rescue, etc.)
  • Volunteer dog walking for a shelter.
  • Professional dog walking.
  • Employment as a vet tech.
  • Employment as a kennel attendant.
  • Pet sitting.
  • Participation in dog sports.

Application Tips

Everyone at DTIA wants each student to succeed and get the most out of the course. The review committee is looking for three main criteria to determine your fit for the program:

  1. Experience with dogs
  2. Experience communicating with people
  3. Demonstrated motivation to commit to the process of learning about how dogs learn

Fill out the form as thoroughly as possible and contact us with any questions about the application, the process, or the program!

The Application Process

  1. Apply by the deadline for your desired session
  2. Pay the application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  3. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your application 
  4. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified within 1 week if you have been accepted to your desired session
  5. If accepted, your position will be held for 5 business days to give you time to consider your decision
  6. If you choose to enroll, you may secure your position by completing the program contract and submitting your deposit (payment plans available)


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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