Flexible learning opportunities, accommodating the specific interests of individual students
Contact with the Instructor-Team: Barbara Handelman, Christina de Juan, Martha Hoffman
Upon completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Upon completion of the full Standard course (Phases 1-3), students will receive a Certificate of Completion suitable for framing. The Certificate delineates the student’s required accomplishments. If a student completes Phase 4, the Certificate will be “with Honors.”
For Experienced Professional Pet Dog Trainers - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Tier 1 is a comprehensive, self-paced course, composed of four Phases. It is an intensive course, with lectures, related reading assignments, quizzes, writing assignments and short training projects. Phases 1 - 3 comprise the Standard Tier 1 BHSDT course. Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement for each individual Phase accomplished and a Certificate of Completion for the Standard Three-Phase Course. Phase 4, with its multi-stage task training challenge, is optional. Students who complete all four Phases receive a Certificate of Achievement with Honors.
You are assured access to and interaction with your instructor-team throughout each of the Phases. There will be monthly, online, live group meetings with your instructor-team and fellow students. You will receive written critiques of your projects. Brief emails related to curriculum questions will also receive responses.
Tier 1 is for experienced professional pet dog trainers who want to become service dog trainers. Professional pet dog trainers need to apply to take this course and meet criteria for acceptance per the application process. The completion of Phases 1 - 3 will prepare you to help owner-trainers select and train their own service dogs. The focus is on handlers and their dogs, not training theory or business practices. The Standard and Honors Tier 1 BHSDT courses will provide knowledge essential for developing a service dog training program. The courses will also prepare students who wish to train for established programs.
Students must complete assigned readings, projects, and quizzes in each Phase prior to moving forward into the next Phase. All Tier 1 students who have not previously taken the Understanding Canine Behavior (UCB) course, must do so to fulfill the Standard BHSDT requirements (Phases 1-3). Students may register to take the auditors' version of the UCB course.
IAABC – 25 for completion of Phases 1 - 4
CCPDT – 21 for completion of Phases 1 - 4
NADOI – Approved for completion of Phases 1 - 4
PPAB/PPG – 25 for completion of Phases 1 - 4
CEUs also available for each Phase completed individually: TBD.