June 22 - 25 and August 24 -27, 2020

Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

If you're looking to take your Volunteer dog walkers to the next level with more advanced handling training, this class is for you! This hands-on course will focus on training your volunteers on how to get in and out of kennels safely, improving leash skills, and mastering a baseline training plan for all dogs in the shelter. This course is taught by the people who run the dog behavior program at APA and you will receive expert instruction on how to improve your dog walking program within the challenges of a kennel environment. Whether you have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training program already in place or feel that your organization is ready for one, you will also learn how to successfully implement this valuable training program into your shelter.

Stipends vary based on distance from Austin and length of apprenticeship. Applicants who are accepted into an apprenticeship program will receive detailed stipend information in their acceptance email. Please reach out to education@americanpetsalive.org with any questions.

All of the apprenticeships and master classes offered at Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy are pre-approved for continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement - Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

The following Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship courses offered by American Pets Alive! have been approved for continuing education credits by IAABC.

  • January 27 - 30, 2020 (35 CEU's)

Upon completion of the course students will need to request their certificate from the instructor.

Before you apply, please review our grant requirements. To apply to attend a Maddie's® Apprenticeship Program, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization, and you must submit a completed application. The grant requirements about sharing your annual animal statistics and lifesaving percentage on your website, participating in Shelter Animals Count and Million Cat Challenge and being current on your grant reporting are all highly encouraged but not required.

Applications March 2 - 9, 2020 - Application Closed

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