Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program

Education is a must for any entrepreneur.  This is especially true when it comes to looking after living animals - our beloved pets, our best friends, our ‘other’ kids, our granddogs, our family.  Taking your education seriously is required if you want to succeed in your own business in the pet dog industry.  Be respected by your clients and earn repeat business.  Good Dog Academy has the knowledge, the passion and the means of helping you get your business off the ground.  We are raising the standard of care in the dog industry through education and want you to succeed by learning what we know.  You can rely on us to help you achieve your goals.  We have been collectively working in the industry for over 40 years and have something to say about dogs in a commercial setting.

The Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program has a total of 18 courses and will take you approximately 75 - 85 hours to complete.  You will have unlimited online access to your program for 12 months. 

To earn your Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate, complete ALL of the courses listed here. You will have challenges and take quizzes.  Complete the courses in the order they are presented.  Once you successfully complete one course, the next one will unlock. 

The Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program is meant to challenge you and provide you with the level of knowledge you need to provide outstanding care, have the ability to train your staff and enjoy success.  You will be glad that you chose Good Dog Academy for your education.

For complete program details and school policies, please review our Student Handbook.

Our Canine First Aid course is provided by Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid.  Once you start this course, you will have two months unlimited access to complete your Canine First Aid Certificate.


Steps to Your Success

  • Make the decision to start your business in the dog industry.
  • Be ready to work hard and learn a lot.
  • Review Good Dog Academy’s admission requirements
  • Review the Student Handbook.
  • Review the waivers at the bottom of this page.
  • Phone or email the Administrator with any questions.
  • Review the cost of the program.  Tuition is $699 + GST/HST
  • All fees and tuition are payable in Canadian funds only
  • Decide your Payment Method - either credit card or eTransfer.
  • Click on the Apply Now button.
  • Select the Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program application form from the drop down menu.
  • Fill in the application form. This is where you will select your program Payment Method.
  • Click Submit.
  • Submit your application fee of $25 online. 
  • Receive your welcome email and invoice which is followed by your log in credentials once paid.  

After receiving your log in credentials, there are no refunds.

Get busy on your program.  You will have 12 months from registration to complete all of your courses.  You will be challenged, inspired and happy you are following your dream of helping pet dogs.  The dogs you work with will have a better life because the business YOU build!

GDA’s programs are all online so that you can start anytime, anywhere! 


Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older to graduate
  • Fluent in English
  • Access to a computer and internet connection
  • You enjoy working with people and dogs
  • Click APPLY NOW to complete your application form and submit a non-refundable $25 + GST/HST application fee

For complete program details and school policies, please review our Student Handbook.


Pricing

The Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program cost is $699 + GST/HST.  This includes all fees for all courses.  We will send you an invoice for your program once we receive your application form.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $25 + GST/HST, payable online with your application form.


Dog Industry Entrepreneur Certificate Program

Courses

Principles of Training
Why do we train dogs the way we do?  This course touches on popular training methods and poses some interesting questions.  Training principles are a common topic of debate and this module will help you come to your own decisions about dog training methods.  Although you won’t be responsible for training dogs in your care, this course will help you recognize some of the methods that your clients might be using.

Training Equipment
This course has been designed to provide information on the many pieces of training equipment that are available.  Learn how to properly fit the most common and popular pieces of training equipment and some pros and cons of each.

Evolution of the Dog
This course will educate you about the origins of the domestic dog and why there is so much diversification in this species.  This will help you to determine the traits that are going to be most prominent in the various breeds of dogs you work with, depending on how they evolved.

Dog Breeds
This course has been designed to help you familiarize yourself with many of the popular, and some of the less popular, dog breeds and their traits as recognized by popular kennel clubs.

Selecting a Dog
During this course we discuss the many questions and facts that will help you to determine what might be an appropriate fit as a canine companion.

Today’s Canine
The start a dog gets in life plays a big role in the outcome of the adult dog.  As well, the genetic make up of a dog and whether two or more breeds are mixed, will add information about how you will consider your approach to that dog’s overall well being.   The more you know, the better you will be able to understand the needs of a specific dog.

The Physical Dog
This course teaches you about the dog's brain and senses, life cycle, general health and you will become familiar with general conformation terms.  It is surprising how much information is packed into this course!

Canine Language
The world of Canine Language is both complex and fascinating.   In any given dog interaction, a dog may be telling a very detailed story about how they feel or what they want or need.  Understanding what dogs are trying to communicate is crucial to your safety and the safety of others.  This course helps you to better understand how dogs communicate and what it all means.

Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid 101 eLearning
Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid 101 eLearning is designed to teach you the knowledge and skills you need to deal with a sick or injured dog until veterinary care is available. The topics are covered in-depth so that students have a thorough understanding of the principles of canine first aid. After successfully completing this course, and its test, you will receive a Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid 101 eLearning Certificate.

Behaviour Problem Solving
Problem Behaviour - what is it?  Problem behaviour is any behaviour that results in unwanted consequences for the owner or the dog.   During this course, we will teach you how to tackle common problem behaviours that you will see and offer a problem solving flow chart of solutions for each.

Fear and Anxiety
During this course we will be discussing the definitions and relationships between fear and anxiety.  Another fascinating and important topic in the world of dogs!

Euthanasia
If you work in the pet dog industry, this sensitive topic will come up in your career.  This course offers basic facts about euthanasia and discusses ways to support your clients during this difficult decision making process.

Nutrition
As a well-rounded dog professional, you should have general knowledge about nutrition and dietary options.  This course will provide you with valuable knowledge about canine nutrition and what to look for when making choices about a dog's diet.

Daycare Management
Our Daycare Management course includes important information on topics such as safety, dog assessment guidelines, location selection, facility construction and policy and procedure considerations.

Boarding Management
Managing a boarding facility requires knowledge about many different topics.  This course includes information about housing options for overnight care, cleaning procedures, basic guidelines about care for boarding dogs and other facility considerations.

Bylaws
What information do you need about your particular municipality in order to comply with its bylaws?  What questions should you ask when you are considering opening a business at home or in a dedicated location?

Business
In this course we will discuss some of the basics you will need to know when setting up your own business including the business structures types, the importance of business and marketing plans, ambassador dogs and more!

Good Dog Academy’s comprehensive Basic Obedience course is included in your program.  This six lesson course will open the door for you to learn about what is possible with the dogs in your care.  It is part of our commitment to raise the standard of education in the dog industry.  

These lessons are the same lessons that we teach in our Professional Dog Trainer Certificate program.  Our professional dog trainer students, however, are expected to train their canine companions to be successful in each exercise, get tested by submitting video recordings, then move on to Intermediate Obedience.  You will not be submitting any recordings nor will you be marked or graded.  Basic Obedience, in the case of your program, is information only.  Please take your time and enjoy this feature with your dog.  Remember that a well behaved dog is welcome in more places and has a better life.

Basic Obedience
Our Basic Obedience course provides information about mental and physical stimulation for dogs and is a wonderful way to improve your relationship with the dogs in your care.  

Obedience brings freedom to a dog’s life.  An obedient and well-adjusted dog is welcome in more places and Basic Obedience allows for a fuller life for them. 

This course lays out many useful foundation exercises to practice with dogs.  We provide you with helpful handouts, easy to follow step by step videos and slides that will help you to succeed at the Basic Obedience level using positive reinforcement techniques.

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