Skills, education and certification for professional dog walkers. Courses in simple dog walking and basic obedience, all the way up to advanced handling for tough dogs. Start with a single dog and work up to managing a whole pack off-leash. This is what your clients have been asking for.

Dog Walker Pro

Developing your professional dog handling skills starts with focusing on one dog at a time. This course sets the foundation for all your professional work with dogs, and is a prerequisite for other courses in this curriculum.
Prerequisite: None, apply here.

Contents:
– polite loose-leash walking
– basic obedience
– relationship and motivation
– learning theory: lures, cues, rewards, markers, timing, corrections, distractions
– introduction to dog psychology and body language
– defensive walking

Off-Leash Dog Pro

Learn how to introduce safe and reliable off-leash freedom to one dog at a time, in a public space. Contains foundational skills for off-leash pack hiking.
Prerequisite: Dog Walker Pro

Contents:
– off-leash obedience in a higher-distraction environment
– advanced dog psychology and body language
– courtesy and safety considerations
– defensive walking on the trails

Group Walker Pro

Whether you do group neighborhood walks, or want to use group leash walking to enhance your off-leash hikes, this course builds on the content in Dog Walker Pro to get great leash manners and obedience from more than one dog, at the same time.
Prerequisite: Dog Walker Pro

Contents:
– safe transportation
– introducing dogs to each other
– loose-leash walking in a group
– pack management

Pack Hiker Pro

This course is for people who take multiple dogs off-leash in public space. It is essential information and skills development for pack hikers.
Prerequisites: Dog Walker Pro, Off-Leash Dog Pro, and Pack Walker Pro

Contents:
– pack management for off-leash dogs
– fight prevention and intervention
– “strange” dogs and your pack
– trail manners and courtesy
– reducing arousal, decreasing stress, increasing reliability
– being a solid pack leader
– client selection and screening
– preparing a new dog for pack hikes

E-Collar Distinction

Remote training collars can offer more freedom and safety to dogs in our care. This course teaches you how to introduce the language of the e-collar to a dog in a positive manner, and use it to reinforce obedience on the trail. Valuable for single- or multi-dog professionals.
Prerequisites: Dog Walker Pro, Off-Leash Dog Pro

Contents:
– assessing when to use e-collar versus other methods
– introducing a dog to e-collar in a positive and motivational manner
– reinforcing obedience
– avoiding superstition and troubleshooting

Tough Dog Distinction

>Safe and effective handling for dogs with reactivity, fight/bite/kill histories, high drive and arousal, etc.
Prerequisite: Dog Walker Pro, and consult with Esra directly regarding your interest in this course

Contents:
– client selection, enrollment, and support
– advanced body language
– effective communication
– trust and confidence-building

In-home Boarding and Daycare

Prerequisite: Dog Walker Pro
Contents:
– client selection and defining your services
– reducing anxiety and stress, increasing reliability and fun
– safety protocol
– multi-dog boarding
– your personal dogs

Ready to get started? Apply here.