The DHK Approved Trainers Programme


Criteria to become a DHK Approved Dog Trainer

The following is a list of criteria that is required before you apply for the DHK Approved Dog Trainers Programme.

1) You must have been teaching force free/positive dog training for a minimum of 5 years. You must also be a clicker based dog trainer.

2) You must be a member of at least one of the following dog training associations (if you are not a member of one of these associations then you must prove that you have been dog training for a minimum of 10 years):-

  • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers – A.P.D.T.
  • The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers – I.M.D.T.
  • Gwen Bailey’s Puppy School
  • Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – V.S.P.D.T.
  • The Animal Behaviour Training Council – A.B.T.C

3) You must run your own successful dog training business

4) You must teach fun trick training at your classes

5) You must attend dog-related courses, workshops, seminars and conferences at least once a year

6) Having a qualification in canine behaviour would be desirable, but is not essential/required

7) You must be happy to help train a School Dog puppy for at least the first year of its life


How do I apply to become a DHK Approved Dog Trainer?

You must fill out the application form in its entirety and return to the DHK HQ with the following:-

1) A copy of your membership certificate of each dog training association you are a full member of.

2) A 5 minute film (please provide in DVD format) showing you teaching the following at your dog training classes:-

  • The Wait
  • The Stay
  • The Recall

3) A list of all the dog courses, workshops, seminars and conferences you have attended since becoming a dog trainer. You may be asked to provide evidence for the last three.

4) If you have a behavioural qualification please provide a copy of the qualification you have gained.

5) A cheque for the full amount of the course – if you pass the assessment, your first year’s membership is included in this price (£50 annual donation to DHK).


What does the DHK Approved Trainers course involve?

The course will be held at the DHK HQ in North Devon, during which time your dog training will be assessed

This course will include the following:-

  • Learning all about Dogs Helping Kids and how we work
  • Learn about how we work in schools and colleges
  • Learn about our Dog Training Programmes – both the puppy and the school dog programmes
  • Meet some of our Certified DHK School Dogs
  • Learn about what is required by you as a dog trainer to gain level one status and level two status, and how you will undertake the DHK puppy welfare assessment as a representative of the charity

The dog training assessment will consist of teaching some dogs and their owners the following:-

  • Explain and teach the sit and down
  • Explain and teach one fun trick of your choice
  • Explain and teach loose lead work and explain why harnesses are best for a dog to walk on
  • Explain and teach one of the following:-

1) Jumping up – or how not to!
2) Settle blanket – why is this important?
3) Leave it – why is this taught?


Why become a DHK Approved Dog Trainer?

You will be part of a unique national charity that is training amazing dogs to help children and teenagers all over the country – your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of these children and teenagers as you will have played a part in the training of our DHK School Dogs. You will also be representing the charity in your part of the country, which is something we really value as a small charity!

Once you are an Approved DHK Dog Trainer we will provide you with the following:-

  • An official DHK Approved Dog Trainers logo, which you can use on any of your dog training correspondence
  • A profile on our DHK Charity website which will also help advertise your dog training business
  • A feature on our DHK Facebook page
  • An annual invitation to our DHK Conference
  • New clients (this cannot be guaranteed) - All School Dog clients in your area will have to come to your training classes – this will be the criteria for them to join this charity with their new puppy.






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