2021 Cohort Dates
--Experiential Laboratory (virtually for 2021): January 21 - 22, 2021
--Canines 1 Course: January 30 - March 20, 2021
--Canines 2 Course: April 10 - May 29, 2021
--Canines 3 Course: June 12 - July 3, 2021
2020 Cohort Dates
--Experiential Laboratory: January 27 - 28, 2020 in Denver, Colorado
--Canines 1 Course: February 1, 2020 - March 20, 2020
--Canines 2 Course: March 28, 2020 - May 22, 2020
--Canines 3 Course: June 13, 2020 - July 3, 2020
2018 Cohort Dates
--Experiential Laboratory: October 6 - 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado
--Canines 1 Course: October 20, 2018 - December 14, 2018
--Canines 2 Course: January 12, 2019 - March 1, 2019
--Canines 3 Course: March 23, 2019 - April 12, 2019
2 days in Denver, Colorado
In order to appreciate the breadth of canine behavior and temperament, it is essential that students have experience with multiple dogs from households other than their own rather than one dog in their household. In the Experiential Laboratory (which takes place in Denver), students are introduced to observation skills necessary for accurate interpretation of canine communication. Students observe shelter dogs, pet dogs, and video footage of dogs and together discuss their observations. Behaviors are discussed both in relation to understanding canines generally and specifically in relation to AAI.
7-week online class; 9 CEUs
This course focuses on knowledge, skill, and professionalism competencies within the topics of canine communication, canine intelligence, learning theory, training methods, training plans, and relationships between canines and humans. This course exposes participants to resources for continuing education regarding canines. To satisfy experiential requirements and demonstrate competencies, students work with multiple dogs throughout the course.
7-week online class; 8 CEUs
This course focuses on knowledge, skill, and professionalism competencies within the topics of canine assessment (both in general and specific to AAI), canine selection, canine types and abilities, canine health, canine stress and retirement, risk management and liability, and integrating canines into practice environments. This course exposes participants to resources for continuing education regarding canines. To satisfy experiential requirements and demonstrate competencies, students work with multiple dogs throughout the course.
3-week online class; 4 CEUs
After completing coursework from the prior courses, learners are asked to synthesize their learning and apply it to their professional or volunteer practice. Individual cohort members apply their learning not only to themselves by presenting their project, but also to external situations by providing written competency-based peer review to other cohort members about their projects. Learners finalize their certificate in real-time online with other cohort members by presenting their three-part certificate culmination project to the cohort. Projects include video as well as written/visual documentation. The certificate culmination projects are comprehensive and individualized to each participant (both human and canine). One part is addressed each week of the course: canine training experience, canine suitability assessment, and canine participation strategy.