Diploma of Professional Dog Training Science and Technology (Dip.PDTST)

The Diploma of Professional Dog Training Science and Technology program is a rigorous and advanced program of study intended to help dog trainers or other animal field related professionals upgrade and develop important skills for their careers in dog training and attain a valuable credential. It involves an intensive distance course on the principles of behavior and the technology of dog training with both academic coursework and hands-on skill practice and involves hands on assignments in shaping and chaining techniques. This program does not get into assessing and resolving problem behaviors. The Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology program would include both training and problem behavior resolution.

This is not a cursory and basic program of study but rather an in-depth and challenging educational experience for professionals. Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing as well as actually working with their own dog, hands-on, in this program, exploring the various topics in depth. CASI uses a shaping model of education, setting the student up for success and provides support/guidance and multiple opportunities to refine and resubmit assignments rather than just slapping a grade on them and moving on. This results in greater conditioning and minimal stress for the student.

The graduate would be awarded a Diploma of Professional Dog Training Science and Technology and allowed the letters Dip.PDTST after their name.

Tuition: $1600.00 Canadian Dollars. (Currency converter)

Required program wide text: Running Out of Time by Stephen Ledoux. Click here.

This program requires approximately 300 work-hours.


Elective Options

Students who wish to include further coursework in their studies may add electives to their program from the list below. The tuition for electives is in addition to the program tuition and found on each respective course page. Students may choose electives when enrolling or at any time during their studies or even after graduation. 10% discount on electives selected when enrolling. The elective choices include:


The tuition is identified at the top of this page with the payment button. Tuition is in Canadian funds (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. They may be purchased through http://www.dogwise.comhttp://www.amazon.comhttp://www.abebooks.com or http://www.half.com in most cases. Also check the Student Library. Canadian Residents pay applicable HST.


This program is self-paced within a 1 year time limit.

CEUs: Continuing Education Credits Available. See Course Approvals page for credits available for each course.

Entrance Requirements (click here for details and elaboration)

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