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How to Finally Train Your Dog Daycare and Boarding Employees... in Less Than a Month!

Put an End to the Guesswork and Get Confident in Your Employee Training Once and for All!

It used to take months for our team to complete training and now it’s less than a week.

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

Don't waste MORE TIME OR MONEY on employee training programs that DON'T WORK!

Training for your dog daycare employees without proper, consistent training materials and resources may cost you $3,500+ a month

Does that figure take your breath away? It should! 

That is your hard-earned money walking out the door every time an employee quits.

Our online training video-based courses and quizzes will fast-track your staff into understanding the basics of dog handling in less than a month and SAVE YOU MONEY.

This program has helped me to finally implement standards for training new hires.

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 Luxury Dog Retreat

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Keeps the team engaged, and extremely informative.

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

Benefits of the Monthly Membership

Automated. Consistent. Cost-Effective.


Your employees are trained on industry best practice standards using real-life scenarios.

No more waiting for a situation to come up so you can train your new employees on how to handle it!


Your team will watch our real-life scenario videos and take quizzes on proper dog handling techniques and safety measures for a dog daycare and boarding environment. You get exclusive content for owners/managers.


Our member site is completely mobile friendly! Whether on a desktop computer, tablet, or mobile device, your team members can access our members-only learning platform. You can manage your team, view the courses, and access our Facility Resources from your device of choice as well.


View your employees’ progress any time on your Facility Dashboard. You’ll receive email progress notifications when an employee completes a course or if they’re falling behind on their coursework 1, 2, or 3 weeks after gaining access to a course.


Your employees must watch all videos and pass a quiz at the end of each topic module page with a score of 80% or higher in order to gain access to the next module or course. Quizzes are graded automatically in our system, so it’s no extra work for you!


Your employees can save and/or print their certificates of completion for your personnel records, serving as proof of training (and to aid you in any potential workman’s comp or unemployment issues).

Give your team a solid foundation to grow professionally.

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

Dog Handler Academy Monthly Membership

Online Comprehensive Employee Training for Dog Daycare and Boarding Business Employees

Training your dog daycare and boarding staff has never been easier!

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

  • 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!

Makes it easy to have consistent communication.

Very good training for our revolving door of kennel workers. Really makes it easy to have consistent communication.

Curtis Hastings

The Pup Stop LLC

I'm almost ready... I just have a few more questions!

No problem! Check out the FAQs below.

Your subscription is based on the number of active users (employees) on your account. You’ll want to have enough users to correspond with the average number of new employees you hire each month.

Courses vary in length. Our Course 101 takes approximately 4 hours to complete.   Course 201 will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Course 301 takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete. Course 401 takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Our Dog Handler to Day Trainer standalone course takes approximately 3 hours to complete plus the time to record and submit the training videos required to pass the course.

Plans are paid monthly via credit card or PayPal. You can upgrade or cancel your membership at any time.

We have discounts for organizations with multiple locations. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance!

Yes, you are welcome to cancel at any time. You can also upgrade your plan selection as your business grows. Contact us if you need assistance or need to change your plan.

Yes, you can add an employee to your team on your Facility Dashboard and then choose to “Assign as Team Leader.” This will allow them to access the Facility Dashboard, view employees’ progress, and add/remove employees from the team. Team leaders cannot cancel or change your membership account.

Dog Handler Academy sends you automated emails whenever an employee completes a course. You’ll also receive automated emails you if an employee has not completed a course within 1, 2, or 3 weeks of receiving access to the course. 

You also view track your employees’ progress at any time on your Facility Dashboard. This shows the percentage they have completed as well as their individual quiz scores.

No! All of the quizzes are online and graded for you, so there’s no printing quizzes or grading quizzes. (The only thing you may wish to print out would be your employees’ course completion certificates for your records—or simply save the PDF instead of printing.)

Yes! They can rotate their phone and choose to maximize the video to view it full-screen on a mobile device. They can also view our courses on a tablet or computer.

We find it is best to have employees start at the beginning. It never hurts for employees to get a refresher course and this ensures consistent training and communication among your employees and supervisors.

We will send out an email whenever content is updated, so you can determine if existing staff needs to watch new or updated content modules. This is a great opportunity for you to use incentives for continuing education for your staff.

Check your junk/spam folder. If you still have not received your login within an hour, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Yes! Please read more about our referral program here.

Yes! Please reach out to Dog Handler Academy for pricing and all of our customized content options. We can help create a learning experience to best fit your team as well as your organization’s needs, ranging from a single custom content page to a full custom course.

Yes! Our founder can assist with consulting regarding your business structure and engineering, design and layout, building and construction (the do’s, the don’ts, and the wish-I-wouldn’t-haves), adding training to your existing daycare program, and understanding your finances. Fill out our consulting request form and we can help you. 

Yes! We are constantly working to expand our course offerings, and we will notify all members as new courses and products are released.

Dog Handler Academy is an online academy, so there is no in-person training included in our membership program. We do, however, occasionally offer in-person seminars.

Please email us or call us at 608.406.4624 and we will be happy to help!

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Easy to use, easy to deal with, very easy to track.

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

Monthly Membership

What's included?

Employee Course 101……….$199 Value

Employee Course 201……….$199 Value

Employee Course 301……….$199 Value

Employee Course 401……….$199 Value

Facility Resources…………….$499 Value

Efficiency & Flow Videos…..$499 Value

Total Value: $1,794/month

Our Price: $109/month (for 5–29 users)

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