Academy for Dog Trainers

The Top Tier K9 Dog Trainer School is designed using Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy, advanced Internet technologies, and an industry first Affiliate model, to take you step by step from knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis levels of learning allowing the future dog trainer to go as far as they desire with the abililty to "jump off" at strategic points to maximize potential and minimize investment in time, energy and money. 

 

We are the only school that provides our graduates with business, project management, sales and marketing support to help them start and manage their own dog training businesses.  Our affiliate model puts our students on the map and our dog trainer program includes actual project management and business training as part of the curriculum.

You cannot certify as a Top Tier K9 professional trainer by emailing video to us.  We hold our graduates to a higher standard than other schools which is why end users are actively seeking out Certified Top Tier K9 professional dog trainers to entrust for the training and care of their loyal K9 companions.  Ours is the gold standard.

This is the entry level course for all of Top Tier K9s Dog Trainer Programs. All attendees must complete this training and pass the tests associated with this training to move to the next level of training.

 

All about dogs and the dog training industry.  How to read dogs and communicate with them, new techniques and offerings in the world of the dog training business: On-line real-time with Kari, Jeff and Carolyn.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet and we now support smart phones.

 

  • Breed recognition

  • How dogs Communicate: intro to body language

  • Marking and luring

  • Classical and operant conditioning

  • Training equipment

  • The basics of pet training

  • Health and nutrition

  • Developing a business mindset:  How to think like a boss.

  • Introduction to effective project management and prioritizing needs

Level 1 - The Art of Dog Training - On-line

1.  The Art of Dog Training

 

2.  Pet Trainer Program

 

3.  Pet Trainer Certification

 

4.  Working Dog - Puppy Imprinting and Forecasting

 

5.  Working Dog Trainer Program

 

6.  Working Dog Trainer Certification

 

7.  Eligible for Top Tier K9 Affiliate program

 

 

In this course you take what you learned from the "Art of Dog Training" and learn how to effectively and professionally train pets for paying clients. You will need access to a dog(s) for this training (any pet will do) so that you can practice and show your work for instructor review and evaluations.  This is hands on training. On-line and live with Kari and Jeff.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet.  We demonstrate to you and you show us you can apply the training techniques to a pet.

 

  • Advanced Training Equipment

  • Markers, Rewards and Corrections

  • Climb Command

  • Sit Command

  • Down Command

  • Recall

  • Loose Leash Walking

  • Intro to Customer Relationship Management

  • Intro to Business Plan Development 


At the end of this class you will be tested and evaluated on your skills as a pet trainer. If you are successful in that testing and evaluation process, you will go to a TTK9 location for up to 2 weeks where you will train pets under the watchful eye of a certified TTK9 Instructor. (locations and timing are to be determined after completing this course and passing the tests).

The Working Dog - Puppy Imprinting and Forecasting Program (Level 4) can be taken concurrently with this class where you learn how to take a working line puppy and turn it into a super dog; tracking, protection, scent detection, service, therapy, search and rescue and more.

Level 2 - Pet Trainer Program - On-line

Students travel to one of the Top Tier K9 primary locations or to one of our certified affiliate locations to demonstrate their new skills.

 

The student has up to 2 weeks to certify as a Pet trainer.  Requirements are to demonstrate proficiency with the skills learned during the hands on training accomplished in the Pet training Program under the watchful eye and mentoring of some of the industries top dog trainers and entrepreneurs.  This 2 weeks is the test for certification, you must be prepared to pass the certification before you go to Top Tier K9 location.

You cannot certify as a Top Tier K9 Pet Trainer by emailing video to us.  We hold our graduates to a higher standard than other schools which is why end users are actively seeking out Certified Top Tier K9 professional trainers.  Ours is the gold standard.

 

Level 3 - Pet Trainer Certification - At our Facilities

Top Tier K9 has developed a one of a kind puppy imprinting and forecasting system that we teach to our students.  It incorporates effective project management processes and advanced working dog training techniques to teach students how to plan for and predict their training programs based on the desired use of their dogs with the health and welfare of the dogs as the top priority.

 

If the scope of the training is to produce a bomb detection dog, a narcotics dog, a search and rescue dog, a protection dog, a service dog for people with disabilities or a fully polished demo dog the TTK9 system helps our students achieve that goal through a replicable plan and process that they take with them into their own businesses.

 

Plan your work and work your plan.  This requires our students to comprehend working dog training and project management processes before they select their candidate puppy for use in the program.  Something no other training program even tries to accomplish.  Once our students comprehend the working dog program and processes, they then select their candidate puppy from a TTK9 affiliate breeder or a quality breeder of their choice to begin the next phase of training.

On-line and live with Kari, Jeff and Carolyn.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet.

Level 4 - Working Dog - Puppy Imprinting - On-Line (Can be taken concurrently with level 2)

After creating their training plan our students select their candidate puppy based on selection criteria learned from the previous course and begin the formal processes of training their working line puppies based on the Top Tier K9 Imprinting and Forecasting plan developed in the previous class.

 

We assist our students every step of the way using proven learning and teaching techniques that ensure our students comprehend the material before they apply the training to their new puppies.  Our expert staff will analyze and evaluate each students performance and provide any needed adjustments to help our students become certified Top Tier K9 Working Dog Trainers.

 

Once the trainer and his/her puppy are ready to be evaluated for final approval, they go to one of our locations for additional hands on training, mentoring, and advanced training in areas of student specific interests such as search and rescue, bomb or narcotics detection, tracking and protection as well as to learn the ring sports, PSA or IPO as desired by the student.

 

On-line and live with Kari and Jeff.  Face to face right through your computer, laptop. or tablet.

Level 5 - Working Dog Trainer Program - On-Line

Students who pass all requirements to get to this level of training have proven themselves to be strong prospects for the working dog training industry.  

 

We actively recruit the best in the business in protection, detection, search and rescue, pet trainers, working dog trainers, veterinarian and kennel owners/managers.  Men and women who have proven themselves as great managers, trainers, and business people.

 

Students take their freshly trained puppies (now working dogs) to one of the Top Tier K9 certification locations in Greeley Colorado or Madison Florida to show off their skills for evaluation on techniques, quality performance, and capabilities as working dog trainers for mentoring and additional hands on work in their discipline(s) of choice.  Students also create their business and marketing plans at the end of this portion of the training.

You cannot certify as a Top Tier K9 Working Dog Trainer by emailing video to us.  We hold our graduates to a higher standard than other schools which is why end users are actively seeking out Certified Top Tier K9 professional trainers. Ours is the gold standard.

Level 6 - Working Dog Trainer Certification - At Our Facilities

Jeff Minder, founder and CEO of Top Tier K9 is an award winning teacher, entrepreneur and dog trainer.  Top Tier K9 has created a one of a kind project management process used to forecast, imprint and train working dogs.  This process is proven and replicable allowing students to effectively train their working dogs and take the plan and processes out into their communities and use as a foundation for their own working dog training businesses.

 

Jeff has been recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in N. America and he shares his ideas and processes used to start and manage successful businesses through the entire dog training program.  His business analysis and project management courses have been taught at several US colleges and universities as well as at Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Crowley Maritime Services.

Learn more about Jeff at www.JeffMinder.com

 

 

Project Management and Business Training Included at All Levels
Masters Level - Service Dog Trainer Certification

Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainers are eligible to become a Certified Service Dog Trainer.

Our students learn how to select a working dog for use in the service dog industry, how to analyze the future owner of a service dog and effectively match that service dog to the owner.
 

Training also includes:

  • Teaching people how to manage their service dogs

  • Proofing working dogs into the service dog arena

  • Common needs of the service dog industry

  • Health and nutrition of a service dog

  • On-going support in service dog legal requirements

  • Avanced reward systems for service dog development

  • ...and so much more

 

Classes are on-line with an on-site certification.  The process takes the trainer into the Synthesis level of learning relying on the levels of learning achieved within the Pet and Working Dog Certification Programs.

Masters Level- Certified Decoy/Helper

Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainers are eligible to become a Certified Decoy/Helper

Our students learn to create protection dogs at all levels of a dogs life-cycle and development opportunities.  Becoming a Certified Decoy/Helper ensures that our graduates can effectively manage the on-going support necessary to ensure a protection dog continues to grow and improve.
 

Training includes:

  • Teaching people how to manage their protection dogs

  • Proofing working dogs into the protection dog arena

  • Common needs of the protection and sports dog industry

  • Health and nutrition of a protection dog

  • On-going support in protection dog legal requirements

  • Personal injuries common in the the Decoy/Helper arena and how to avoid them

  • ...and so much more

 

Classes are on-line with an on-site certification.  The process takes the trainer into the Synthesis level of learning relying on the levels of learning achieved within the Pet and Working Dog Certification Programs.

Learn how to teach your dog to track. This program is taught by Jeff Minder; Award winning Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialist and Master Dog Trainer. 

Jeff shares his secrets in this program and shows you how to teach any dog to track. 

 

  • Tracking box

  • Straight line tracking

  • Adding turns

  • Extending the track

  • Next levels of advanced tracking


From new puppies to older dogs tracking is the most important thing to teach your

This program is part of our Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainer Program.  Others can purchase our video training program,  We have videos available that will walk you through the steps of teaching a dog to track but assumes you are already a dog trainer, capable of reading dogs body language.  You can purchase these videos through our store

Advanced Tracking Program

Learn how to turn your dog into a protection dog.  Top Tier K9's Advanced protection program shows you how to do it:

 

  • Protection training equipment and how to use it

  • Effective Decoy and helper techniques

  • Drive building

  • Teaching the dog to bite correctly

  • Line bites

  • Targeting

  • Drag ins

  • Send ins

  • Obedience for bites

  • Intro to scenerios

  • ...and more

This program is part of our Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainer Program.  Others can purchase our video training program,  We have videos available that will walk you through the steps of creating a protection dog but assumes you are already a dog trainer, capable of reading dogs body language, managing pressure on the dog and confident in decoy/helper skills.  You can purchase these videos through our store

Advanced Protection Program

Prices are subject to change without notice.  Each class is paid for seperately, allowing students to gain knowledge and select the next level of training only after they pass the previous level.  This allows students to determine if they have what it takes to be a successful dog trainer BEFORE committing to thousands of dollars of training.  Only TTK9 offers this form of certification path.

 

Additional costs are associated with expenses for travel and living costs at student selected affiliate locations for the final tests of Pet, Working Dog, Service Dog and Decoy/Helper Trainer Certifications.  The Pet Training Program requires pets to practice with during the class under the eye of TTK9 certified Instructors via your computer or tablet webcam.  Working Dog Trainer Program requires an investment in one working dog puppy and the care and feeding of that puppy, this puppy can continue to be used in the Masters service dog and deco/heper programs.

 

There are no refunds.  You pay for each class as you determine you are ready for it.  Once the class is completed, provided you pass the class, you will be invited to attend the next phase of training.  There is no guarantee that you will certify .  If you are not motivated, if you do not dedicate the time and effort to accomplish the requirements, you should not sign up for this program.  Top Tier K9 certified dog trainers are the best in the business, not everyone is capable of becoming a Top Tier K9 certified dog trainer.

Pricing

Dogs are capable of recognizing specific odors and alerting us to the presence and source of the odors we train them to find.   Whether you want to teach your dog to find drugs hidden in your house or cars, or to find bombs or explosive devices in a building, a park, or your neighborhood, this DVD will provide you with the training you need to begin the process of training your dog on specific odor detection.

 

  • Scent Detection Training Equipment

  • Setting up the Equipment

  • Dog Selection Process

  • Perseverance Test

  • Shaping Exercises

  • Field Searches

  • Four in One Method

  • Preparing the Scent Box

  • Reward System

  • Introducing the Odor

  • Passive Indication

  • Can Search

  • Wall Search

  • Free Box Search

  • Problem Solving with Boxes

  • Self-Reward During Search

  • Vehicle Search

 

This program is part of our Top Tier K9 Certified Working Dog Trainer Program.  Others can purchase our video training program,  We have videos available that will walk you through the steps of teaching a dog to find specific odors but assumes you are already a dog trainer, capable of reading dogs body language.  You can purchase these videos through our store

Advanced Scent Detection Program

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