The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship School in Montreal

The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship (ABA) program is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to realize their dream of becoming a dog trainer or animal behaviour consultant. If you like working with dogs or other species of animals, this program is for you! 

The goal of the Dogue's Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship program is to give future dog trainers and animal behaviour consultants the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to train and/or treat animals suffering from mild to severe behaviour problems. The program objectives designed by Gaby Dufresne-Cyr focus on physical and emotional language, learning theories, training, and behaviour modification protocols.

This hands-on learning opportunity puts students in direct contact with clients, dogs, and other animal species. The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship program is open to trainers, health-care professionals, groomers, dog walkers, dog sitters, and animal lovers who want to deepen their knowledge. If you want to get an idea of what you will learn, scroll down and take a look at our student photos and

Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00

Program Details: 
In spring 2015, the Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship program will be offered on two levels. Level 1 and 2 programs can be taken together or separately and will be offered as part-time options. Level 2 will focus on deepening your understanding of learning theory, perfecting clicker training skills, and much, much more. Both levels are one hundred hour-long programs.

If you studied in another establishment and would like to deepen your skills at the Dogue Shop, you can skip level 1 and take level 2; however, you will need to take and pass the level 1 theoretical and practical exams with 80%. A 100$+tx fee is applicable for the exam. Should you pass both evaluations, the amount will be deducted from your tuition. Dogue Shop is a recognized school by Revenue Quebec and Employment and Social Development Canada which means you can deduct course fees on your income tax reports.

The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship is divided into three parts: theoretical, practical, and professional. For more information click here and we will get back to you shortly. Please note, we do not give prices over the phone or the internet. We will discuss content, price, and payments in person during our interview (see registration below). Registration is ongoing; therefore, we function on a first come, first served basis. 


Next Classes Start
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Next Classes Start
APRIL 18, 2019

ABA Level 1 - 100 Hours ABA Level 2 - 100 Hours
1. Animal Training 101 1. Animal Training 201
2.  Learning Theory 101 2. Learning Theory 201
3. Behaviour Modification 101 3. Behaviour Modification 201
4.  Canine Functionality 4. Conduct Case Files
5. Program Planning 101 5. Program Planning 201
6. Health Care 6. Advanced Clicker Training
7. Behaviour Management 7. Business Management
8. Nutrition 8. Fear & Aggression 

Send a one-page letter of intent (why you want to work with animals) and your curriculum vitae or other achievements demonstrating your interest in dog training or animal behaviour. After the reception, will we will contact you to set up a meeting for a short interview during which we will present the program, price, and payments. For more information, you can email us or call in. 

Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship Students - Learning to Train Exotic Animal Videos