Service Dog Handler

100 In Classroom Hours

Course Description:

The course is delivered in two sections.  Section one teaches procedures for canine feeding, grooming, daily health checks, common zoonotic diseases and life cycle of parasitic invasion, treatment and prevention and the daily cleaning and sanitation of the kennel runs and facility.  Students are instructed on characteristics of common canine injuries and first aid treatments, kennel safety and canine transportation methods and requirements.

Section two is the foundation of animal training and focuses primarily on Principles of Operant and Classical Conditioning.  This section teaches the student the main principles and key concepts of operant and classical conditioning, pairing of unconditioned and conditioned stimuli, positive and negative reinforcements, behavior modification and shaping, reward schedules, extinction, discrimination and generalization.  Students will apply and demonstrate these principles and concepts in the training and certification of their canine companions.

Recommended Prerequisites: High School Graduate or GED holder

Enabling Objectives:

There are multiple enabling objectives; however, the primary enabling objectives are as follows:

Without the aid of references, students will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Perform daily grooming and physical evaluations/health check of the K-9.
  • Perform feeding and watering or the K-9.
  • Describe the characteristics and treat common K-9 injuries.
  • Understand and treat parasitic invasions.
  • Understand and describe daily care and sanitation of the kennel area.
  • Maintain K-9 handling equipment. 
  • Condition their assigned canine companion by verbal and hand commands to sit, stay, down, heel and come to handler. 
Terminal Objective:

Giving the canine verbal and hand commands without instructor assistance, each team of students will apply and demonstrate the principles of conditioning by properly executing the commands of sit, stay, down, heel and come to handler.  Each canine companion must comply with each command without assistance.

Modules (NEED):


Instructional Strategies (CHECK THESE):

  • Lecture
  • Skills Demonstration
  • Group Activities
  • Individual Activities

Methods of Evaluation (CHECK THESE):

  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Written Assignments
  • Skills Demonstration

Instructor Biography:

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Grading System:

Student must pass all quizzes, exams, and national exam (if applicable) at a passing rate to be eligible for a Certificate of Training Completion. If an internship is included in your course you will be required to complete the internship prior to receiving a Certificate of Training Completion.


Students are expected to arrive on time and participate in course discussions. Successful completion of the course of study recommends 100% attendance. If during the course period the student’s attendance level drops below 80%, they will be encouraged and given the opportunity to attend the next scheduled class for the course they enrolled in. Should materials change, student is responsible for all additional cost.

Payment Plan Policy:

Students may withdraw from the program for any reason up to 1 week prior to the start of program. In this case, the student’s payment plan agreement shall be rescinded. If the payment plan has begun a non-refundable administrative fee of $25.00 will be assessed and remaining funds will be returned to payer in check form by mail.

No Refund Policy:

No refund for course, once the first class has been concluded. If extenuating circumstances exist, case by case situations will be reviewed by ProTrain. If refund is issued, refunded amount will be dependent upon books being returned in excellent condition (i.e. no writing, missing pages; ripped or damage to pages and/or binding).

Re-Admission Policy:

Any student who has dropped out of the program, or has been suspended from the program for nonattendance may be readmitted within one year by completing a personal interview with the director of education and paying any applicable fees at the time of readmission. Students who were terminated due to conduct issues are not eligible to be readmitted.

Policy on Student Conduct:

Appropriate Conduct: All students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and professional manner. Any student not conducting themselves in an orderly and professional manner, which includes use of drugs and alcohol during school hours, dishonesty, disrupting classes, use of profanity, excessive tardiness, insubordination, violation of safety rules, improper usage of lab or classroom computers, or not abiding by the school rules will lead to either probation or dismissal from classes.

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