The Academy

Academy: Becoming a dog trainer

Professional and public program of education. Private, dynamic, flexible and practical training which offers a learning experience based on understanding and improving the Human-Canine relationship. Is a job that involves working with dogs of interest to you? If so, then this is the training program for you!

GUIDES CANINS Academy is :

  • A vocational training program aimed at people who are interested in a career in the dog world; particularly as educators or canine interventionists.
  • A program for breeders, groomers, animal health technicians, coaches and all others that are involved in the dog world who wish to improve their skills or open up to new horizons
  • A dynamic training program that is flexible, practical and offered in private through one-on-one sessions
  • The expertise of Professional Trainers
  • Experience of GUIDES CANINS; a reputable school that has provided dog owners a range of personalized services for over 20 years
  • Access to unique facilities in Quebec, allowing hundreds of human-canine teams to practice various disciplines each week, open 12 months a year, inside and outside

The program and progress of each participant is assessed during the first meeting. A detailed plan is then developed based on the needs, experience and budget of each candidate. The program includes theoretical courses and practical training. The practical section of the training is divided into periods of observation, working with dogs and if necessary, periods of assistance and/or instruction.

Examples of courses and theoretical content:

Universe of dogs

  • History and philosophy of the different approaches to canine training
  • Domestication
  • Diversification and breed characteristics
  • Breeds and groups
  • Myths of the hierarchy: Why not wolves?
  • Presentation of professionals and organizations related to the field of canine behaviour

Health & Prevention

  • Choosing a veterinarian
  • Immunology & Parasitology
  • Basic care & contention
  • Sterilization
  • Need for exercise: Too much is often not enough!
  • Geriatrics
  • Euthanasia & mourning
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Illness’ that influence behavior

Canine Behaviour

  • General concepts
    • Ethogram
    • Canine Language
    • Behavioural sequences
  • The social world of a dog
  • Learning process
  • Educational or behavioural problems
  • Toolbox
  • When to refer clients
  • Educational challenges: Biting, walking on leash, excessive barking
  • Management of behavioural problems
    • Identification
    • Comprehension
    • Mediation
  • Therapeutic approach: working as a team with the veterinary behaviourist

Canine Citizen

  • Be a good canine citizen
  • Children and dogs living together; bite prevention, new baby or new dog
  • Zootherapy: definition, for whom? By whom? The right dog
  • Zoonoses: diseases shared by dogs and humans
  • Identification methods
  • Regulations: Municipal, Civil Code, Criminal Code
  • Dog park etiquette
  • Canine trades

Hygiene and Care

  • Coat care
  • Basic Care
  • Products and equipment
  • Hair/Fur problems: chewing gum, skunk, paint, tar
  • Skin problems
  • Confinement techniques
  • Desensitization program

Canine Sports

  • Why participate in sports and which to chose based on the abilities of the team
  • Physical conditioning of the canine athlete
  • Equipment and organizations
  • How to chose an excellent performing candidate
  • Becoming an official or judge of competitions
  • How to organize canine sporting events
  • Warm-ups and stretching


  • Choosing a diet: nutrients, concept of balanced diets and balanced labelling options
  • Energy requirements
  • Estimation of portions
  • Nutritional problems
  • Behavioural problems in regards to nutrition: copraophagia, pica
  • Food supplements

First aid for dogs

  • The normal dog
  • Recognizing signs of pain and discomfort
  • Is there an emergency? Vomiting, diarrhea, injuries, heat stroke etc.
  • First aid kit
  • Demystifiying medical tests: analysis, sampling, screening


  • What is a breeder
  • The role and responsibilities
  • Choosing a breeder
  • Mating: The cycle, progress, complications
  • Pregnancy and parturition
  • Neonatal and Pediatric care

Acquiring a dog

  • Have a dog?
  • Where to get a dog?
  • Choice of dog
    • Puppy or adult
    • Male or female
    • Pure breed or cross breed
  • Evaluation and selection
  • Arriving at home
  • Basic education


  • Starting a business in the dog world
  • Establishment of a dog class
  • The instructors mission
  • Class organization
  • Customer service
  • Kennel management
  • Legal aspects and insurance

Cost & Schedule

The cost of training is charged by hour simply because the progress, needs, experience and budget of candidates vary. The cost for the theoretical section is $ 70/hour. The cost of observation sessions is $16/hour. The schedule is determined by the availability of the participant and the trainers. It is very flexible and adaptable. It can be full-time, part-time or sporadic depending on what works best for you- Contact us for more information and to schedule your first meeting!

Certification & Diploma

There is no government agency that manages the content of canine behavioural courses or schooling, nor is there any training that is recognized by any associations. The value of the diploma is therefore measured by how renowned the school is where you apprentice along with the number of hours given to this subject who demonstrates your willingness and commitment to learning… At the end of your training, you will receive a certificate from G UIDES CANINS confirming the number of hours and the subjects of training received.