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2014 Creating and Teaching Successful Group Dog Training Classes

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Start Date: June 18, 2014
End Date: July 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): Animal Learning, Business, Health and Nutrition, Human Learning, Laws and Legislation
Instructor(s): Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Registration: Purchase Online

Course Details

Course Schedule & Details

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Description: This certificate course will cover how to set up, promote and teach group classes. Attendees will learn about various location options; business plans; class management; curricula; handouts; safety considerations; working with different student populations (adults, seniors, children); marketing; business issues (licenses, liability insurance, etc.); hiring and managing assistants; how to handle challenging clients and situations; and more. Once we have established a foundation group class, we will also discuss expansion to include other group classes. Please note: this five-week comprehensive course requires online discussion, participation and on-time submission of ALL assignments.

View recorded lectures, participate in online discussion, & submit homework assignments at your convenience, regardless of schedule or time zone. Full Students must complete assignments by weekly deadlines. Auditing students do not have deadlines.

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:

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

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

  1. Ability to successfully train dogs to perform basic family manners behaviors.
  2. Experience in successfully instructing people how to train their dogs (ex: teaching private lessons, working as an assistant/apprentice in group classes, training shelter volunteers, etc.)
  3.  Ability to communicate effectively with people.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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

Instructor Biography

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA
Teoti Anderson

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, is the owner of Pawsitive Results, L.L.C., which offers reward-based training for the family dog in the South Carolina Midlands. A professional dog trainer for more than 19 years, she is the author of Your Outta Control Puppy, The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, Quick & Easy Crate Training and Puppy Care and Training. She also is a regular columnist for Modern Dog magazine and has appeared in Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, Whole Dog Journal and other national publications. A popular conference speaker, she has given presentations to pet owners and fellow trainers across the United States and in Japan.

Teoti served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) for six years, serving as President for three years and earning the Dr. Ian Dunbar Member of the Year Award. The APDT, founded by renowned veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar, is the largest organization of dog trainers in the world. She is a founding member of the Carolinas Trainers Forum, a networking group of APDT trainers in North and South Carolina. She serves as a consultant on canine training and behavior for local and national dog rescue groups.

Teoti is actively involved in animal-assisted activities and therapy with Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society), an international nonprofit organization that promotes the human-animal bond. Teoti is a nationally award-winning Pet Partner and has served with two wonderful Labrador Retrievers, Cody and Logan, and a tabby cat Sebastian, who have since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Now Papillon Finian continues the tradition as a Pet Partner, enjoying visits to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities across the Midlands. When she's not training her clients' dogs, she trains her Belgian Tervuren, Sawyer, for agility and other adventures.

Additional Information

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