Dog Training Internship Academy

Become an excellent dog trainer with our live coaching.
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5-Months to certify

Live your passion

Ever dreamt of becoming a dog trainer? Good thinking - it's a fantastic and versatile career!
The Dog Training Internship Academy at SF Puppy Prep will give you the hands on experience and certification you need to launch a thriving new career. Or, use the education simply to work with your own dog like a pro!
experienced Instruction

Master trainers give you a real-world education

Our trainers bring extensive experience from a broad range of animal training careers.

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part-time program

So you can learn and make sure your priorities are taken care of.

LIVE coaching & discussion

You get live, hands-on learning in real time.

Extensive OnLine support

Video library and interactive content to ensure your success.


You're not alone!

Dog Training is all about community - both online and offline. Join our safe-space community of passionate students, talented professionals, and creatives who are looking to share their knowledge and ideas!
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OUR Program

Science based, positive reinforcement training!

  •  5-month program: Spring and Fall Sessions

  • Part-time study

  • LIVE classes run in person and online concurrently (so you can attend in person or virtually)

  • LIVE 1:1 coaching

  • Extensive lecture and webinar content

  • LIVE learning discussion groups

  • Emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis and leveraging the effect of environment on behavior

  • Focused on hands-on dog training and handling skills, behavior modification cases and client consultations
Next Session starts JULY 30, 2024!
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

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