Canine/Feline Behavior Counseling Presents:


Apprentice Trainer/Behavior Counselor Program

One apprentice's experience

Description of Program:

This program is designed to educate future dog trainers and behavior consultants in various aspects of training and behavior modification. A variety of training techniques and supportive methodologies will be utilized and explained. Upon completion, the student will be familiar with a wide range of techniques, supportive methodologies, and legal/ethical considerations.

Application Requirements

  • Completed written  application including $25 fee (refunded only if application not accepted)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Signed Medical release and copy of medical insurance information
  • Signed Conduct Agreement
  • Payment of $600  (includes $25 application fee)-payment plans are available 

 Program Requirements

Completion of coursework  (22 hours) (correspondence format unless otherwise noted)

  • Learning Theory - 4 hours
  • Speaking Dog (in person class) - 3 hours
  • Dog Breeds-1 hour
  • Therapy and Service Dogs - 1 hour
  • Inter-Dog Relationships - 1 hour
  • Professional Ethics/business -3 hours
  • Aggressive Dog - 3 hours
  • Aggression evaluations-2 hours
  • Fear/Anxiety - 2 hours
  • Animal Restraint (in person class) - 2 hours            

Written test for each class (practical exam for restraint/safety). Each test must be completed with a minimum grade of 75% to continue with program. Grades less than 75% will result in course being retaken at additional cost.                               

Note: Credit will be given for classes taken elsewhere at CF Behavior discretion.                                             

     Satisfactory Completion of Hands-on Experience (48 hours)

  • Therapy Dog -4 hours-  Therapy Dog Acacemy  ( 2 hours),  Therapy dog evaluation (1 hour)  facility visit (1 hour)   
    • Obedience Class -  11 hours, Star Puppy Class (6 hours) CGC/Good Manners (4 hours) CGC test (1 hour)
    • Private Obedience -  4 hours
    • Anxiety, Fears and Phobias – 6 hours (includes separation anxiety)
    • Aggression – (includes fear aggression) 14  hours (1 socialization class, 1 reactive dog class,  8 hours private training, 2 court evaluations.)
    • Office work-3 hours
    • Choice (Students choice or area needs more work in) - 6 hours 
  • Total program hours= 70


Note: all hours must be completed within 1 calendar year of acceptance of application

  • Grade of at least 75% on final written/verbal exam at end of each class, and comprehensive program  written exam.
  • Grade of at least 80% on practical/staff evaluation.

If less than 60% on the practical/staff evaluation, student will be issued a failing grade and NOT be eligible to retake or re-enroll in the program.

  Upon successful completion you will receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Letter of recommendation/reference
  • Option of being added on Canine Behavior Counseling list of approved contractors.

(Note: You must meet state/federal requirements as an Independent contractor.)


For more information, please contact

CF Behavior Counseling
11652 East Ada Place
Aurora CO 80012
[email protected]

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