Level 1 - Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) - Certificate

Certified Dog Obedience
and Trainer Instructor
Classroom300Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
• Identify the senses of a canine and know how they function and define the learning theory and classical and
operant conditioning.
• Describe common behaviour problems and strategies for prevention and treatment, identify the pros and
cons of punishment versus reinforcement, as well as the signals and displays that dogs use to communicate
with each other and with humans.
• Apply knowledge of behaviour problems by recommending behaviour modification plans for the dogs in the
three given scenarios.
• Define dog testing, state the functions of the American Kennel Club, and list its seven major groups of dog
• Apply knowledge of dog selection by selecting an appropriate breed for the persons in the case studies as
well as selecting an inappropriate breed.
• Identify the various types of canine training, know the commands to teach dogs basic obedience, and
recognize types of dog-training equipment.
• Apply knowledge of agility training by examining agility course diagrams and indicating correct and incorrect
sequences and identifying handling techniques.
• Identify dog tricks are and know how to use them, describe what play is an why it's important for a
domesticated dog, as well as name recreational activities involving dogs.
• Name the exercises required for classes of competition and describe the ways dogs are used to assist
• Describe basic nutrition, reproductive function, and caring for a dog in old age, as well as know first-aid
procedures for shock and wounds.
• Outline a dog training business plan, describe effective advertising and marketing strategies, and describe
how canine day care centers are run.
• Apply knowledge of the dog training business by writing an evaluation of the demographics as they pertain to
starting a dog training business and providing information necessary to develop a business plan.

Level 2 - Certified Service Dog Trainer (CSDT) - Diploma

Certified Canine Reactive
Classroom50On successful completion of the course, the student will understand.
• The Dog's Brain Under Stress
• The Physical Effect of Stress
• Canine Aggression
• Desensitisation & Counter Conditioning
• The Body Language of Fear
• Canine Reactive Behaviour
Canine AnxietyClassroom50The Canine Anxiety course covers all the critical topics of canine anxiety including the dog's mental and physical
response to stress, types of canine anxiety, and understanding sound sensitivity. As such it digs deep into the problem
and delves into the latest science behind the phenomenon of worried and anxious dogs. On successful completion of
the course, the student will understand.
• The Dog's Stress System
• The Dog's Brain
• Symptoms Of Anxiety
• Anxiety Types
• Aggressive Behaviour
• Anxiety Treatments
• Coaching For Anxiety
• Working With Separation Anxiety
Canine First AidClassroom50This course is written by a qualified veterinary surgeon and carefully presented so it's easy for students to understand.
Detailed descriptions and step-by step guides for dog first aid, tested with quizzes and written assessments. On
successful completion of the course, the student will understand.
• Dog Health Checks
• Health & Safety
• Pain in Dogs
• Dressing Wounds
• Allergic Reactions & Seizures
• High Trauma Incidents
• Broken Bones & Internal Bleeding
• Electrocution & Drowning
• Dehydration
• Specific Bodily Issues
• Canine CPR
• Poisoning
Canine Nutrition and
Classroom50This course will teach the student the nutritional needs of a dog along with the physiology and anatomy of canine wellbeing.
The course includes a new module covering recent findings and practices in canine health. On successful
completion of the course, the student will understand.
• A Dog's Physical Health
• The Biological Systems of Good Health
• Common Causes of Ill-Health
• The Evolution of A Dog's Food
• What Makes Good Dog Food
• Essential Canine Nutrition
• Nutrigenomics
• Zoo pharmacognosy & Self Selection
• Common Natural Remedies
• Mental & Physical Exercise
Puppy Care, Health and
Classroom10This extensive course covers topics like choosing the right puppy, detailed veterinary care, successful socialization,
and careful kind puppy coaching. It considers puppy self-esteem, self-awareness, and all the early learning that a
puppy needs, to grow into a healthy and confident older dog. On successful completion of the course, you will
• The Puppy Development Timeline
• Breeder Considerations
• Puppy Vet Care
• Puppy Health Checks
• Canine Individuality
• How Puppies Learn
• Canine Coaching
• Reward & Reinforcement
• Puppy Communication
• Practical Puppy Lessons
• Puppy House Training
• Puppy Behaviour Management
Pet GroomingClassroom140Pet Grooming training program includes an introduction to basic health care for cats and dogs, dog breeds, preparation
for grooming, equipment selection, bathing and drying, and more. Upon completion of the program, students will be
able to:
• Describe the duties of a pet groomer and how to establish a grooming business.
• Discuss the historical background of the dog and cat and identify the anatomy of the dog and cat.
• Identify grooming hand tools and describe their uses as well as know how to prepare a dog for grooming and
bath and dry the dog.
• Describe how to groom dogs from the Terrier group, non-sporting group, and toy group.
• Describe how to groom dogs from the sporting group, herding group, hound group, and working group.
• Describe how to groom poodles, mixed breeds and drop-coat styles, and puppies.
• Recognize this basic personalities of different dogs and describe how to groom dogs who have behaviour
• Identify the characteristics common to cats' personality types and describe how to properly handle each type
of cat.
• Discuss the basics of bookkeeping, advertising customer service as well as pricing and fees to start a pet
grooming business.
Business developmentClassroom40• How to build and maintain a dog training business
• Understanding demographics
• Building a business plan
• Small Business Administration
Obedience trainingClassroom40• Understanding the principles of basic and advanced obedience delivery.
• Confirmation of practice of Level 1 obedience
• Teaching Group and Private Obedience Classes
Kennel Operations – Pets/
Service Dogs
Classroom40• Animal Environment (Housing and Handling Facilities)
• Food and Water
• Animal Well-being
• Husbandry Practices
• Transporting dogs
• End of Life Considerations and Euthanasia
Marketing/ social media/
Classroom40• What is Social Media Marketing?
• the use of social media platforms to connect with your audience.
• Building your brand
• Increasing sales
• Driving website traffic.
• Publishing great content on your social media profiles.
• Listening to and engaging your followers.
• Analyzing your results
Service Dog Business
Classroom40• Human rights
• What is a service dog?
• Standards of training
• Forms
• Testing procedures
Puppy Manual - CompleteClassroom120• Service Dog Related Background Info
• Client Info and Training Related Data
• Service Dog Tasks Training Check List
• Veterinary Checklist Form
• Emergency List for Dog Care
• Dog on a Rope - Tether Tying
• Training In What you want
• Bonding with the service dog
• Care / Feeding and Appropriate Behaviour of Dog
• Crate Training
• Place Training
• Vehicle Training
• Support for training for handler
• Dog General Health and what to look for
• Weight and growth schedule
• K9 Emergency Kit and Emergency Plan
• Service Dog Appropriate Play and Exercise
• Most Important Things to Remember
• Socializing the Dog
• Training Schedule and Timetables
• Grooming and Working Equipment
• Training methodology
• Training Class Material
• Public Access Class Material
• Obedience List
• Disability Task Lists
• Invasion of Face and Space
• Behaviour with cats and other dogs
• Dealing with the Public
• Service Dog Rights
• Travelling with a Service Dog
• Additional food / treats and play options
Service Dog – PTSDClassroom40• Selecting the right breed for the job.
• Puppy imprinting
• Task training
Service Dog – AutismClassroom40• Selecting the right breed for the job.
• Puppy imprinting
• Task training

Level 3 - Certified Search and Rescue Dog Trainer (CSARDT) - Diploma

Search Dog HandlerClassroom150The Search Dog Handler course is a comprehensive and fascinating exploration of canine scent work training and the
many roles that professional handlers and their dogs hold today. On successful completion of this course, the student
will understand how to work alongside the dog’s flawless sense of smell in roles such as tracking, item search, people
search and even cadaver detection.;
• Scenting & Cognition
• Canine Coaching
• How Scent Behaves
• How to Train A Dog To Search
• Canine Search and Rescue
• Tracking & Trailing
• Cadaver Detection
• Medical Detection
• Welfare Management of Your Search Dog
Introduction to SAR DogsClassroom10• Introduction to Search and Rescue
• Breed selection
• Workability assessment
• Puppy raising
• Types of K9 SAR jobs
• Off duty maintenance
• Training logs
Tactical First AidClassroom100• What is a first aider?
• How to prepare yourself
• Protection from infection
• Dealing with a casualty
• Requesting help
• The use of medication
• Remember your own needs
• Action at an emergency
• Assessing the sick or injured
• Mechanisms of injury
• Primary survey
• Secondary survey
• Head-to-toe examination
• Monitoring vital signs
• Traffic accidents
• Fires
• Electrical incidents
• Water incidents
• Major incident/Mass casualties
• Breathing and circulation
• Life-saving priorities
• Unconscious adult
• Unconscious child
• Unconscious infant
• How to use an AED
• The respiratory system
• Hypoxia
• Airway obstruction
• Choking adult
• Choking child
• Choking infant
• Hanging and strangulation
• Inhalation of fumes
• Drowning
• Hyperventilation
• Asthma
• Croup
• Penetrating chest
• Crush injury
• Cuts and scrapes
• Bruising
• Blisters
• Infected wound
• Foreign object in a wound
• Scalp and head wounds
• Eye wound
• Bleeding from the ear
• Nosebleed
• Knocked-out adult tooth
• Bleeding from the mouth
• Finger wound
• Wound to the palm
• Wound at a joint crease
• Abdominal wound
• Vaginal bleeding
• Bleeding varicose vein
• The skeleton
• Bones, muscles, and joints
• Fractures
• Dislocated joint
• Strains and Sprains
• The nervous system
• Head injury
• Lower jaw injury
• Cheekbone and nose injury
• Collarbone injury
• Shoulder injury
• Upper arm injury
• Elbow injury
• Forearm and wrist injuries
• Hand and finger injuries
• Rib injury
• Fractured pelvis
• Back pain
• Spinal injury
• Hip and thigh injuries
• Lower leg injuries
• Knee injury
• Ankle injury
• Foot and toe injuries
• Cramps
• Foreign object in the
• How poisons affect the body
• Types of poisons
• Swallowed poisons
• Drug poisoning
• Alcohol poisoning
• Animal and human bites
• Insect sting
• Tick bite
• Other bites and stings
• Snake bite
• Stings from sea creatures
• Marine puncture wound
• The skin
• Assessing a burn
• Severe burns and scalds
• Minor burns and scalds
• Burns to the airway
• Electrical burn
• Chemical burn
• Chemical burn to the eye
• Flash burn to the eye
• Incapacitant spray exposure
• Dehydration
• Sunburn
• Heat exhaustion
• Heatstroke
• Hypothermia
• Frostbite
• Angina
• Heart attack
• Stroke
• Diabetes mellitus
• Hyperglycemia
• Hypoglycemia
• Seizures in adults
• Seizures in children
• Fever
• Meningitis
• The sensory organs
• Splinter
• Embedded fishhook
• Swallowed foreign object
• Fainting
• Allergy
• Migraine
• Sore throat
• Earache and toothache
• Abdominal pain
• Vomiting and diarrhea
• Childbirth
• Emergency childbirth
• Removing clothing
• Removing headgear
• Casualty handling
• First aid materials
• Dressings
• Cold compresses
• Principles of bandaging
• Roller bandages
• Tubular gauze bandages
• Triangular bandages
• Square knots
• Hand and foot cover
• Arm sling
• Elevation sling
• Improvised slings
• Action in an emergency
• CPR for an adult
• Chest-compression-only CPR
• CPR for a child
• CPR for an infant
• Heart attack
• Stroke
• Choking adult
• Choking child
• Choking infant
• Meningitis
• Asthma
• Anaphylactic shock
• Severe external bleeding
• Shock
• Head injury
• Spinal injury
• Broken bones
• Burns and scalds
• Seizures in adults
• Seizures in children
• Swallowed poisons
• Hypoglycemia
• First aid regulation
Search and Rescue K9Classroom450• K9 Operations
• Ground SAR
• SAR Team Leader
• Incident Command / Search Commander
• Survival
• Navigation / GPS / Communications
Cadaver K9Classroom80• Equipment
• Imprinting Scent
• External Search
• Recovery
• Relic Search / Fossil

Level 4 - Certified Working Dog Trainer (CWDT) – Diploma

Introduction to Working
Classroom10• Introduction to working
• Breed selection
• Workability assessment
• Puppy raising
• Types of K9 jobs
• Protection Commands
• Off duty maintenance
• Training logs
K9 Working Dog Handler
Care Manual
Classroom40Section 1 – Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Care/ Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and Safety Considerations
Section 2 – Non-Tactical Emergency Care
Section 3 – Routine Preventive Medical Care
Section 4 – WD Handler Medical Care Tasks
• Routine Preventive Medical Care
• Taking the Vital Signs
• Physical Exam
• Primary Survey Using the M3ARCH2 Acronym to Prioritize Care
• Bleeding Wound
• Basic Cardiac Life Support
• Upper Airway Obstruction
• Open Chest Wound
• Open Abdominal Wound
• Circulation/Shock Therapy
• Hyperthermia/Heat Injury
• Hypothermia/Cold Injury
• Aeromedical Evacuation
• Splint or Soft Padded Bandage to a Fracture of the Limb
• Eye Irritation or Trauma
• Burn Injury
• Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)
• Pad or Paw Injury
• Allergic Reaction to Insect Bite or Sting
• Allergic Reaction to Arthropod or Reptile Envenomation
• Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
• Dehydration
• Toxic Ingestion Exposure
• Opioid/Fentanyl Occupational Exposure
• CBRNE Exposure
• Head, Neck, or Trunk Injury
• Animal Bite Prevention, Local Animal Control, and Rabies Awareness
Section 5 – WD IFAK and the Medical Care-First Aid Kit
Attack / Protection K9Classroom80• Equipment
• Building Drive /. Distraction Training
• Bite Work Beginner to Advanced
• Muzzle Work
Detection Training
(Narcotics / Explosives)
Classroom80• Equipment
• Imprinting Scent Detection
• Popper, Boxes, Scent Room and External Environmental
Kennel Operations –
Working Dogs
Classroom40• Code of Practices for Canadian Kennel Club
• Animal Environment (Housing and Handling Facilities)
• Facility
• Construction
• Temperature
• Roofs
• Ceilings
• Floors
• Ventilation
• Humidity
• Light
• Noise
• Enclosures and Activity Areas
• General Housing Principles
• Primary Outdoor Enclosure
• Isolation Area
• Whelping Area
• Sanitation
• Waste Disposal
• Wildlife Control
• Building Safety and Emergencies
• Food and Water
• Food Feeding Guidelines
• Regulations and Guidelines Governing Commercial Pet Food
• Homemade Diets and Raw Food
• Homemade Diets
• Raw Food Diets
• Additions to Diets
• Water
• Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
• Animal Well-being
• Principles of Health Management
• Monitoring Record keeping and Identification
• Health Care
• Parasites and Infectious Diseases
• Ticks
• Intestinal Parasites
• Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis)
• Lungworm
• Parvovirus Dermatophytes (Ringworm)
• Vaccinations
• Caregiver
• Training and Duties Behaviour, Socialization, Training, and Enrichment Behaviour Socialization
• Training Enrichment Husbandry Practices
• Responsible Breeding
• Genetics, Conformation, and Temperament Genetics Conformation Temperament and Breed Traits
• Soundness Reproductive History
• Physical Examination
• Reproductive Career
Tracking K9Classroom80• Equipment
• Article Search
• Assessing and Testing Methods
• Scent Detection
• Tracking Fundamentals
SAS TrackingClassroom40• What is Tracking?
• How is it Used?
• Understanding Tracking
• Basic Training Skills
• Border Patrol Tracking
• Military Tracking
• Tracking Using Dogs
• Animal Tracking
• Urban Tracking
• Additional Tracking Skills
• Advanced Tracking
Tactical TrackingClassroom40• The main purpose of a tracker
• Tracking Techniques
• Conducting Follow Up
• Team attacking and tactics
• Alternative Tracking
• Counter Tracking
• Command and Control of a Tracking Team
• High-Tech Tracking
• Development of a Tracking Team
• Training the Tracker
• Weapons and Equipment

Level 5 - Certified Anti Poaching Trainer (CAPT) - Diploma

K9 Tactical Emergency
Casualty Care
Classroom20• Accomplish the mission with minimal casualties.
• Maintain tactical superiority.
• Expect to keep the canine (K9) team (handler and/or K9) maximally engaged in neutralizing the existing
threat (e.g., active shooter, structural collapse, con- fined space, hazardous materials).
• Maintain team safety by ensuring, when feasible, that the K9 handler is always involved when handling an
injured K9.
• Move the downed K9 team to a safe position and prevent any human or K9 casualty from sustaining additional
• Treat immediately life-threatening hemorrhage.
• Minimize public harm.
K9 Handler Training
Manual African
Classroom80• Equipment
• Anti poaching - tracking
• Scat detection
• Animal tracking
• Safety procedures
• Basic dog care & welfare
• Emergency medical care
• Principles of conditioning
• Obedience
• Scent
• Basic dog behaviour
• How to be the pack leader
• Dominant Behaviour in dogs
• Top 10 Behavioural Problems
• Compulsive behaviour in dogs
• Reading your dog’s body language
• Obedience Log
• Tracking Log
• Explosive Detection Log
• Dog Anatomy
• Tryps
• Belgium Malinois
• Desert Operations
Anti - Poaching CourseClassroom200• Training anti-poaching rangers: increasing job effectiveness
• Pre-training
• Identifying training needs
• Training providers
• Pre-selection
• Selection
• Funding
• Logistics
• Training
• Policy, principles and philosophy
• Values and ethics
• Concepts and principles of conservation and ecology
• Criminal threats to natural resources in and around protected areas
• Roles and responsibilities
• Teamwork
• Operational security
• Human rights
• Use of force
• Community collaboration
• Protecting and maintaining area security
• Mental and physical fitness
• Drill and discipline
• Weapon handling (elective)
• Physical training
• First aid
• Field craft
• Survival skills
• Equipment use and maintenance
• Camouflage and concealment
• Radio communications
• Hand signals
• Orienteering and navigation
• Tracking 4
• Legal
• Wildlife protection legislation and court procedure
• Evidence
• Immediate action drills
• Patrols
• Surveillance (elective)
• Searching and raids
• Vehicle checkpoints
• Temporary bases
• Ambush
• Night operations
• Snaring and de-snaring
• Witnesses
• Arresting procedures
• Operational enforcement skills
• Mission planning and orders
• Marksmanship
• Unexploded ordnance, land mines and booby traps
• Combatives
• Standard operating procedures
• Wildlife crime information gathering
• Basic crime scene response and photography
• Basic identification of wildlife products
• Interview and interrogate
• Joint operations and cooperating with other law enforcement agencies
• Waterborne operations
• Aerial support
• Pesticide crime and wildlife poisoning investigations
• Monitoring and record-keeping
• Data collection
• Debriefing and reports
• Post-training
• Post-training evaluations and review
• Post-operation review for training requirements
• Annual review of operations and potential training needs
• Training standards in relation to Global Register of PA Competences
• Example of Field Ranger Training Needs Assessment Form
• United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Example of the use of force continuum
• Example of stages of weapon readiness
• Example of first aid kit 89
• Example of equipment lists
• Key conservation principles
• Examples of threats to Protected Areas
• Case study 1 African Parks Network, Poachers to
Protectors program
• Case study 2 Community collaboration facilitates more poacher arrests than patrols
• Case study 3 Community police program, Sabie, Mozambique
• Case study 4 Court procedure training improves conviction rate in southern Tanzania
• Case study 5 Nam Puoy National Protected Area, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
• Case study 6 Understanding the responsibilities at a crime scene
Setting up an Anti-
Poaching Program
Classroom100• Purpose and Scope
• Develop APU Capability
• Governance
• Staffing
• Facilities and Technical Systems
• Organization
• Animals
• Sustainment
• Surveillance Technologies and Related Generic Procurement Specifications
• Perimeter Surveillance Sensors Technology
• Area Surveillance Technologies
• Connectivity Guidelines
• High-Speed Data Backbone.
• “Last Mile” Links
• Internet Links
• Specialised Sensor Links
• Wi-fi Routers and Ethernet Switches
• Communication Towers
• Electronic Gate Security System Procurement Specification
• Generic Specifications for Ranger Mobility Systems
• 4x4 Vehicle Customization
• Light Weight Off-road Vehicles
• Generic Specification for a Canine System
• Establishment of a Joint Operations Centre (JOC)
• Facility and Layout
• Equipment and Material
• Staff
• Functioning
• Standard Operating Procedure
• Closure
• Ranger Training Curriculum
• APU Equipment list
• Ranger Personal Equipment
• Specialised Equipment (per group of 4)
• Camping Equipment
• Night Vision Monocular Procurement Specification
• APU Costing
• South African National Strategy for Prevention of Rhino Poaching
• Routine Activity Theory
• Layered Defence
• Movement Access, Location and Airspace (MALA) Process
• Alliances Concept
• KNP Zoning Approach
• Ezemvelo Zoning Approach
• Threat Management Framework
• Process to Establish an APU Capability
• Anti-Poaching Operating Concept
• Typical Elements of an APU Capability
• Gate Infrastructure
• Electronic Gate Security Capability
• Reaction Timeline
• Vertical and Horizontal Integration
• Data Connectivity Capability
• Access Control into the JOC
• Planning Cell
• Main working map – different scales.
• Maps covered in plastic/ Perspex
• Charts that show chains of command, radio network as well as incident flow chart.
• Screen for presentations, with boards for planning
• Vehicle and K9 stats
• Staff stats and qualifications
• Daily statsRadio station, basic map, radio battery charging and computer for basic admin
• Second working station to monitor cameras.
• Notice board in Radio room.
• Threat Categories
• Examples of Scenarios, as Managed through the MALA Process
• High Speed Data Backbone Links
• “Last Mile”