Sign Up for TLCAD’s Trainer Training Course

What is the Trainer Training Course?

Your TLCAD volunteer trainer training begins with a course, called the Trainer Training Course, which will give you all of the initial foundation information you will need to successfully work with a TLCAD Service Dog in training. The course is eight weeks in length and you can start the class any week, due to the class not being cumulative, rather each week is a different module, eight in total. These modules will cover topics such as Service Dog laws, training methods, clicker skills, preventing behavior problems and more.

The weekly module schedule is as follows:

  • July 1st, 2014 - Introduction to Assistance Dogs
  • July 8th, 2014 - Basic Dog Care
  • July 15th, 2014 - Advanced Dog Care/ Body Language
  • July 22nd, 2014 - Operant Conditioning
  • July 29th, 2014 - Beginning Training Concepts
  • August 5th, 2014 - Advanced Training Concepts
  • August 12th, 2014 - Volunteer Training & Leash-On-Life Program
  • August 19th, 2014 - Outreach Training & At Ease Program

Dependent on skill and dedication, you may start training a dog midway through the course, or you will be able to have private, hands-on training with a TLCAD Service Dog in training with our Training Department staff members, so as to practice skills prior to receiving a dog full time. After completion of the Trainer Training Course, you are assigned a Training Mentor to guide you in teaching your pup behaviors with positive training techniques.

We do not have puppy raisers – only full time volunteer trainers. If you have one of our dogs, then you are training it from the start. The first year of the puppy's life you will establish and build on its learning foundation, moving on to advanced training the second year. It is both fun and rewarding!

When: Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Classes are held at The Spirit training center, home of TLCAD, located at
1250 Activity Dr., Suite A,
Vista, CA 92081.

How: To sign up to attend TLCAD’s Trainer Training Course, please fill out this form.

Trainer Training Course