Dog Handler Academy

Online Employee Training Monthly Membership

Automated. Consistent. Cost-Effective.

Training your dog handler employees has never been easier!

Dog Handler Academy is an online comprehensive training program to help educate staff members of dog day cares, boarding facilities, shelters, grooming salons, and vet clinics who work with dogs. 

Click to view our monthly membership course descriptions below:

  • Discharge (stool, urine, vomit, and how to identify potential concerns)
  • Clean-up
  • Handler behavior
  • Handler tools
  • Canine behavior
  • Collars, leashes, and harnesses
  • Kennels and crates
  • Hand-offs and greetings
  • Canine displays (barks, expressions, and posture)
  • Play types and styles (what to observe and when to intervene)
  • Stress warnings (sounds, displays, and remedies)
  • How to control physical aggression (defense tactics and dealing with biters)
  • How to deal with latches
  • Advanced kenneling techniques 
  • Additional situations within the daycare environment (like dealing with mouthing, how to safely retrieve a toy from a dog, and giving affection and attention)
  • Vocabulary, voice, tone, eye contact, and posture
  • Building rapport
  • Leading conversations
  • Gathering your “outs”
  • Settling nervous pet parents
  • Stepping in and stepping up
  • Payment transaction issues
  • Discussing a dog’s behavior at daycare including too much energy, not into daycare, constant barking, and mounting
  • Addressing common questions about a dog’s health regarding injury, Bordetella, stool, appetite and food intake, and first day of daycare questions
  • Policy discussion and reinforcement including vaccination paperwork, client showing up without a reservation, client showing up outside of drop-off hours, and daycare-appropriate collars and leashes
  • Special situations including when the client interviews YOU, uptight pet parents, missing pet items, and canine death 
  • Good habits and routines at work
  • Self-assessment
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-advocacy and integrity
  • Taking initiative and effecting positive change
  • The drama triangle
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Adversity and coping mechanisms
  • Dealing with destructive behaviors


We are continuing to add courses to our membership all the time, so check back for updates often!


Contact us to ask about special rates for ODD members!

PACCC Continuing Education Credits

Our Dog Handler Academy Employee Training Monthly Membership Program (Courses 101–401) is approved by the Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC) for 15 continuing education credits if you are currently certified. The PACCC CEU code will be provided to you at the end of the course.

We love our clients, and they love us!

Wonderful employee training programs to get the basics down without having to keep up with textbooks and DVDs. Easy to use, easy to deal with, very easy to track.
Steven Scott, Camp Scotty
Dog Handler Academy has been an amazing addition to our training program. Our employees receive educational information as soon as they are enrolled and once their training is completed they are knowledgeable in many areas of the canine industry. This is an amazing program and we highly recommend it. Our team comments on how much they love the content vs. other training programs. It used to take months for our team to complete training and now it's less than a week.
Sherry Rogers, Dream A Dream Dachshunds
Very good training for our revolving door of kennel workers. Really makes it easy to have consistent communication.
Curtis Hastings, The Pup Stop LLC
Unlike a lot of other industry programs, DHA keeps your attention. Each module is short and interesting. It goes over the very basics and builds upon those to give your team a solid foundation to grow professionally.
Dani Petty, Camp Happy Tails
Training staff has to be one of the most difficult parts of our business. This program has helped me to finally implement standards for training new hires. DHA makes it so much easier, and even fun! The videos are quick and knowledgeable and it's easy to keep track of how your employees are progressing. I have also learned a lot myself. What a wonderful (and reasonably priced) resource!
Julie Kramer, Canine Cabins
The training videos are excellent. They are short, which keeps the team engaged, and extremely informative. I highly recommend the Dog Handler Academy to anyone in the boarding & daycare industry.
Barbara Noll, Tail Country Pet Resort


Choose the perfect Monthly plan

Choose the monthly plan from Dog Handler Academy below that best fits your business or organization, based on the number of employees you have per month who will be utilizing the training course. You can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel at any time!

With the monthly plans below, you’ll get access to Course 101: Dog Handler Employee Training, Course 201: Social Cues & Safety, Course 301: Client Relations, Course 401: Surviving & Thriving in the Workplace, AND future courses in this series as they become available.

Ask about our SPECIAL PRICING available for businesses with multiple locations!

Dog Handler Academy
1-4 users


Per month

(Regularly $139/month)

Dog Handler Academy
5-29 users


Per month

(regularly $159/month)

Dog Handler Academy
30+ users


Per month

(regularly $179/month)

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