SDC Certification Program Application Tuition Prerequisites Policies FAQs Application Process Applications being accepted now for the August 27, 2019 session of the Service Dog Coach Certificate Program. Last day to apply: July 27, 2019. SDC Program Application Important: Before you apply, make sure you take the time to carefully read our policies, tuition and FAQs (see links above). The online application below takes about 45 min. to complete and cannot be saved mid-process. 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Best times to reach you by phone are:*Email* Enter Email Confirm Email Business Website Facebook Business Page Work ExperienceCurrent Employer*PositionHow long have you held this position?Details of duties and responsibilities in this positionPrior Employment History DetailsPlease list prior positions relevant to your goals of providing service dog training including name of employer, duration of employment, job duties.Describe your prior dog training experience in detail include the name(s) of the business/animal shelter/organizations, your title and duties and number of years working there. Include unpaid work:Describe the training services you currently offer. Do you work with families? Dogs with behavior problems? Training? Competition? Please describe in detail.Education and CredentialsList your professional credentials and certifications in dog training.Refer to prerequisites for details on accepted certifications. Please note if your name or address on this application is different from the name/address on file with the CCPDT, KPA or other certifying organization. We verify credentials online through the certifying organization's website listing.List prior formal education in dog training and in other fields (i.e. university degrees, trade schools)List Continuing Education seminars, workshops or webinars you have attended the past 2 years and found valuable:Online Learning Experience*Which of the following best describes your experience with online learning: I have taken many courses online I have taken a few courses online I have never taken an online course Service Dog Related ExperienceHave you trained therapy dogs, raised puppies for service work or trained service dogs? If yes please describe your experience in detail. Include names of therapy and service dog programs.Please describe any prior experience you have working with people with disabilities, it can be in a context such as human resources, education, healthcare:Describe work experience you have doing behavior evaluations for dogs. This can include shelter dogs, rescue groups, service dog candidates, therapy dogs. Describe the evaluations you are familiar with and have used (i.e. Assess-a-Pet, Pet Partners):List training accomplishments you have with your own dogs such as obedience titles, CGC, trick titles, rally, agility or nosework:Any other experience that is relevant to this program that you would like to share?ReferencesPlease provide contact emails and phone numbers for 3 references, two professional and one client. One professional reference must from be a credentialed dog trainer, the other may be from a credentialed dog trainer, veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist.*Training QuestionsWhat training tools do you use in your work with pet dogs, what types of collars, leashes and harness do you recommend?Describe, step by step, the process you would use to shape “go to your place” using clicker training. The end goal is for the dog to go to a mat 5 feet away from the owner and lay down and stay there.Describe a complex advanced behavior you have trained a dog to do and briefly describe how you trained the behavior.Is there ever a situation where you would use or recommend a pet correction tool or device such as: an electronic (shock) collar (training collar or fence), a prong collar or a choke chain?*Are electronic collars (training collar and/or electronic fence), choke chains or prong collars ever permitted in the training business you own or work for?*What do you hope to gain or learn from the SDC program?*Is there any other information you would like to share?SDC Program PoliciesCoursework and Deadline Policy*The SDC program is challenging and is designed for trainers who already have an advanced skill set, including experience training behavior chains. The program's coursework is described online. As part of the course requirements, students submit videos of their work training a dog behaviors. Students need to be able to independently adapt and modify techniques shown in the course to meet specific training objectives including back chaining a retrieve with a controlled hold. All coursework must be completed and submitted according to Cooperative Paws' standards before the 3 month deadline in order for students to pass, earn the SDC credential and receive CEUs. While we empathize with students who have emergencies or difficult personal situations, the course deadline is firm and cannot be extended for any reason. There are no refunds given if a student does not pass because they miss the deadline, are not able to complete coursework according to Cooperative Paws' standards, have an issue with the dog they selected for the course, or for any other reason. I have read and understood all of the policies described above. I understand that the deadline cannot be extended for any reason, that there are no refunds and I agree to abide by these policies. Appropriate Dog*Students are fully responsible for choosing an appropriate dog that they have daily access to for the duration of the course. Only one dog is required, however, we recommend that students have an additional dog in mind as a "back up" for the course. I understand and agree that I am responsible for choosing an appropriate dog for the course. I am prepared and have an appropriate dog for the course. Student Conduct and Code of Ethics Agreement*Students are required to fully abide by the Code of Ethics in their work as well as demonstrate professionalism and courtesy when communicating with the course instructor and fellow students. I understand and agree. Offer CodeElectronic Signature Agreement* I have reviewed and agree to the electronic signature policy . I have the authority to enter into this contract and affirmatively consent to using an electronic signature for this contract and any renewals of this contract. Data Collection Agreement* I consent to my submitted information being collected and stored. Application Submission Agreement*A $50 application fee is required. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an invoice for a $400 deposit to reserve your place in the class. This deposit is applied to your tuition. The remainder of the $2250 tuition is due 3 weeks before the course begins. Students receive full access to the entire course on the start date. The application fee, deposit and tuition are not refundable. All of the materials including online articles, lectures, downloaded files, videos and photos that you are given access to in the Service Dog Coaching Program are the property of Cooperative Paws LLC. They are protected by copyright and other US intellectual property right laws. Unauthorized copying, republishing, or transmitting of program materials in any form is expressly forbidden. Sharing of links to the videos, lessons or other materials in the course, sharing of passwords, or otherwise giving non-enrolled individuals access to the program content or materials will result in immediate dis-enrollment from the program and no refund will be given. You will be given 3 months after the program start date to complete the lessons and submit finished projects to Cooperative Paws LLC. Cooperative Paws LLC determines standards for projects. If projects and lessons are not completed on time or not completed to Cooperative Paws LLC’s standards, you will not receive the “Service Dog Coach” certification or earn CEUs. No refunds will be given should this occur. Cooperative Paws LLC will grant you the right to use the SDC logo and the Service Dog Coach Certificate on your website and in your marketing materials if you meet standards for successfully completing the program. Should you use training tools including choke chains, prong collars, electronic (shock) collars, or another aversive tool or technique or should you be accused of animal abuse, criminal activity or any behavior that Cooperative Paws LLC believes will reflect poorly or misrepresent the SDC program, your certificate will be terminated and no refund will be given. You agree to discontinue using the Cooperative Paws SDC™ Logo and Service Dog Coach Certificate in your website and other marketing materials if your certificate is terminated. I have represented myself accurately in submitting this application. I read and agree to all of the policies. EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.