The Association of Professional Dog Trainers


2014 Are You Ready for a “Brick & Mortar” Facility? Taking Your Dog Training Business to the Next Level

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Start Date: March 19, 2014
End Date: April 22, 2014
Cost: $300.00 for APDT Members
$399.00 for Non-APDT Members
$150.00 for APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
$200.00 for Non-APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
Subject(s): Business
Instructor(s): Amber Burckhalter, CNWI, CDBC
Registration: Purchase Online

Course Details

Course Schedule & Details

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Description: This course is designed for dog trainers who are looking to grow their business. Are you ready for the next level? Thinking of leasing or purchasing a "brick and motor" facility? This course will cover all aspects of this possible period of growth including: knowing your business' current financial  health, what type of facility suits your needs now and into the future, outfitting your new location, offering ancillary services, marketing tactics when on a budget, designing internal procedures for success and more. Each attendant will finish with a plan for growth in their business and with a mini-business plan that can be used as the starting point to apply to for private loans, leases and more.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees of this course can expect to:

  1. Identify their best options for the physical facility for their business.
  2. Analyze the various components that should be considered before expanding to a physical facility, including staffing, equipping, and procedures.
  3. Develop a business plan for expanding their current business and moving into a physical training facility.

Course Evaluation & Completion: will be determined based on but not limited to:

  • On-time completion of all required homework assignments.
  • Participation, attitude, enthusiasm, and productivity.
  • Grammar, punctuation, clarity, and efficacy of written discussions and assignments.
  • Meeting assignment guidelines or criteria provided by instructor.

Level of Knowledge: It is expected that attendees of this course:

  1. Already know the current financial picture of their business, including longevity, cash flow and overhead.
  2. Already how to read a profit and loss statement as well as your current business model.
  3.  Are seeking to expand into a "Brick and Mortar" facility.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • CCPDT: 20 CEUs
  • IAABC: 20 CEUs
  • IACP: 20 CEUs
  • KPA: 20 CEUs

Instructor Biography

Amber Burckhalter, CNWI, CDBC

Certified Trainer and Animal Behavior Consultant, Amber Burckhalter has spent 20 years working with all types of dogs on pack mentality, behavior modification, sport training and all levels of obedience. Amber owns and operates K-9 Coach, a 25,000 sq foot full service dog facility with 32 employees, including 4 full time trainers and 4 part time trainers that was started in 2000 with only a $1500 cash investment. First classes were held in a parking lot at a local animal hospital with only a chalk board for advertisement. K-9 Coach has seen enormous growth and currently is operating with gross profits exceeding seven figures. K-9 Coach and Amber Burckhalter have received numerous awards including Small Business of the Year and Small Business Person by the SBDC.

Currently, Amber serves on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and carries several certifications. Sought out by local business owners and business development groups as well as other trainers and rescue groups for her expertise, Amber has been featured on CNN as a small business success story, as well as on NPR, Animal Planet, Women's Daily and has been published in multiple print features. She is pleased to begin offering her experience in business to other trainers.

In her personal life, Amber is a mom and wife and lives with own three rescue dogs who compete in dog sports and obedience.

Additional Information

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