The DTIA Difference

A Thorough Education in Theory Combined with Hands-On Coaching in a Supportive Group Setting



Clicker with white dog1Over the course of the 5 month program, students meet once-per-week, on-site or remotely to work with project dogs. This regular, frequent, and focused training allows you to fine-tune your mechanical skills and improve your timing. 

As your skill set develops, you will begin coaching and receiving feedback from your peers in addition to support from your instructor. The observational skills you learn are invaluable to a professional trainer. You need the tools and experience to help clients troubleshoot their own training problems. Confidence in your professional capabilities are facilitated through the type of purposeful practice you engage in at DTIA.

Small Group Learning

Group discussion1Learn alongside your peers in a supportive and personal environment. At DTIA, you build relationships with your future colleagues as you help one another with your assignments and share resources. Graduates have gone on to start businesses with fellow classmates, share job leads, and support one another with training projects.

Have questions? Because of the small cohort size, your instructor has time to respond promptly, personally, and in-depth.

Real, Live, Consult Prep

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Experience what it feels like to conduct a behavior consultation through direct observation and debriefing as a group. See the concepts you study throughout the course put into action as you watch and participate in real counseling sessions.

As you progress through your studies, you will take what you’ve learned and put it into practice in the safety of the class environment before carrying out your own consult assignment.

At DTIA, you receive guidance and support all along the way.

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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