We’re here to help, and we’re excited to work with you!

So You want to be a Dog Trainer?

This field needs more people like you working towards accreditation, improving their dog training skills, dedicated to working with people, and focused on science-based ways to help dogs.



June 21, 2022 – August 11, 2022

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Introductory Dog Training Internship

An open mind, and a will to learn! Must pass a back round check, and drug test.

Who can Apply: Ages 16+, Driver’s License Required.

About The Internship

We have a strict application process.
We’ll help you pass the accreditation to become a Certified Dog Trainer through the IAABC or CPDT. You can become a Dog Trainer, and work for yourself, consulting with clients on your schedule. However, we expect our interns to work just as hard as we do. We take excellent care of our client pets, and our facility is video monitored with full transparency to the client 24/7.

Do you breathe dogs?
Do you just LOVE the idea of starting your own business?
Does training dogs all day sound like the dream job?
Are you un-phased in stimulating situations, and able to “keep your head”?
Does the thought of leaving your current job to do something that makes your heart sing just EXCITE you?
Did you know we need more excellent dog trainers, utilizing science-based methods, “people people”, and upbeat/friendly attitudes?



Not made for Entrepreneurship? No problem!

Through our internship, we are hoping to find the perfect fit (or two!) for a full time dog training instructor at the Canine Academy of Berwick.
This position is an exciting career path, and salary starts at $50,000 per year, with PTO, sick days, and Full Benefits

This internship will qualify you for dog training in general circumstances (puppy training, manners, concerns around excitability). Following this internship, we’ll be hosting a canine behavior internship. This is where the fun begins in handling behavior cases. Pre-requisite for the Canine Behavior Internship is a Dog Training Certification, which we will help you achieve at the end of the first internship.


Starting – Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (10am-1pm)

Classroom Schedule: Mondays and Fridays from 10am-1pm. Please bring a note-taking supplies, a laptop, and an eagerness to learn in class. Cell phones are prohibited during class hours.

Week One

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Introduction to a “Work Ethic” Integrity, Work Skills, and Showing your Genius!
Getting to know one another – This is an exciting journey to start!
Reviewing Expectations. Employee Skills in the workplace.
Workplace Performance.
What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?
Scholarship/Working Folks – Prepare to stay 4-6pm to set schedules/training.

Week Four

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What is a clicker or Marker word?
Sophia Yin – “Sit to Say Please”
Let’s train a few actual dogs… 🙂 Bring on the Puppies!

Week Seven

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Competing with the environment – What is Pre-mack?
Continue: Client Communication, Puppy Training.

Week Two

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Continue – Reviewing Communication Expectations
Safe Handling
Defensive Handling in all scenarios
Leash Skills

Week Five

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Canine Learning Theory, and it’s meaning
Continue: Sit to Say Please
Desensitization/Counterconditioning Meaning.

Week Eight

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Excitability & Arousal.
How – As Pets?
How – For Work?
How – For Sport? (Featuring Guest Trainer).

Week Three

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Breeds and Origins
Breed Drives – Bred to work?
Canine Body Language and it’s meaning
Reading Material to be assigned this week.

Week Six

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Training an assigned dog.
Desensitization Skills
Review – How to: communicate with clients (or, really, anyone for that matter!)
How to: Puppy Training.

Week Nine

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Relaxation Protocol – What is it and why do we do it?

Schedule may change to suit the needs of the class
*Note: Full syllabus is available upon acceptance to the program.

Additional Details

  • We offer full scholarships (**No Fee**) to those who work for Kara’s Pet Care LLC (our dog walking company) for the entire duration of the program.
  • The Pet Care Extraordinaire position is available Monday to Friday during business hours (7am to 5pm), evenings only (4-10pm), transporting dogs morning and evening (6am-10am, 4pm-8pm), or weekend shifts available.
  • The minimum requirement for internship scholarships is 15 assigned hours per week (Paid $18-20 per hour). However, we also have full time positions open that we can schedule around your internship.

You’ll Learn


Learning Theory


Clicker Training

Handling Skills

Basic Obedience Skills

Head Halter Acclimation

Handling Training

Dog Playgroup Skill Management

Introductory Entrepreneurship

We’ll finish the internship by assigning you a mentor project, where you’ll be training an actual client’s dog over 2-4 weeks. We are focused on Science Based Behavior Consulting i.e less of sit-stay-down, and more on counseling families.

Please Apply If

  • You “love dogs” but are also equally willing to change and learn about how your behavior needs to change to work with them.
  • You love learning about science, and the reason why things happen.
  • You love working with people just as much as you do dogs! In fact, you’d consider yourself a “people person”.
  • You know how to set clear boundaries for yourself. You feel you communicate well in almost any situation.
  • -You currently work at a dog daycare, and you feel you’d love to learn about how better to manage interactions between dogs.

Whom we are looking For!

  • Ideal candidate is patient with people and empathetic.
  • Ideal candidate is reliable and loves to drive. We compensate mileage to client’s homes at IRS reimbursement rate ($0.57).
  • Interested in pursuing dog training certification through CPDT or IAABC if hired. This involves a test, and studying test prep materials.
  • Willing to photograph clients pups with 100% effort.
  • Capable of learning new handling skills, is willing to learn, and not set in ways. 
  • You love to read, and are willing to read/do light homework in order to learn new things!
  • You love the idea of learning a new skill, that truly helps people around you.
  • You’re excited for us to hold you accountable for basic job skills; such as communication, reliability, and having an excellent work ethic.


  • You hate driving – Often, our clients are at varying locations within 45 miles of our facility (Mileage – Compensated).
  • An unexpected stressful situation will stress you out! Dogs are certainly full of unpredictability and a stressful situation will need a level-headed person to figure out the best solution.
  • You feel you cannot actively engage with people or you have extreme anxiety over minor situations. We understand anxiety happens, but if you like your work extra-predictable, this internship and the field is likely not for you.
  • You are not stable emotionally, and feel an animal should pick up emotional labor for you. Our job is to help dogs with what they are feeling- not dump our emotions, wants, needs, and feelings onto them. We have to have patience to change their problem behaviors!
  • You cannot lift up to 50 lbs, or a dog jumping on you is going to stress you out!
  • You are not interested in maintaining a commitment to the Pet Care Extraordinaire position** or sending in tuition for the internship.
  • You’re unable to take direction. You must be willing to admit what you don’t know or understand yet, and be willing to take direction.
  • You’re unlikely to show up at specified times. Your commitment is required if you are accepted into the internship program.

Please provide!

  1. Your Resumé (via email) – [email protected] SUBJECT: Training Internship ATTN: KARA 
  2. Indicate if you’d like to work for a scholarship to the program

Deadline to Apply - November 22, 2021NEW

Phone Interview scheduled by- November 15th, 2021New