AZ Dog Sports launches Paradise Valley dog academy

AZ Dog Smart Academy (submitted photo)

AZ Dog Smart Academy (submitted photo)

If you are a dog lover, now is a great time to follow a career as a dog trainer—whether it’s your first occupation or a second career after retirement.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of animal care and service workers, and specifically animal trainers, will continue to grow at an 11 percent rate until at least 2022, faster than many other occupations, according to a press release.

To meet the need of this growing occupation, AZ Dog Sports of Paradise Valley recently launched its AZ Dog Smart Academy. This new dog training academy program offers hands-on, small class training for anyone who wishes to delve into the world of working with dogs.

“After successfully training thousands of dog owners to work with their pets over the past eight years, we launched our dog academy,” stated Layne Kizler, owner of AZ Dog Sports, in the release. “We have a year-round, 4,000-square foot, air conditioned facility in Paradise Valley as well as three outdoor locations around the Valley used October through May.”

“Our Learning Academy for dog professionals is unique because our instructors and participants are using a multitude of teaching techniques. Most programs for dog training are now online only. We offer hands-on experience, which we believe makes all the difference in a complete learning experience for the students.”

The program consists of learning modules with a four- or eight-week curriculum that includes lectures, guest speakers and multi-media learning, as well as field trips and hands-on training with rescue dogs.

“In addition to teaching individuals the skills to be professionals in the world of dogs, our instruction provides a solid foundation for trainers, pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare providers, shelter and rescue staff, people who want to foster dogs, and those who just want to be able to better communicate with dogs,” Ms. Kizler stated in the release.

“We can customize a training program for a group of staff members or they can participate in scheduled programs,” she stated. “Our classes start at $500 for 12 hours of training and go up to eight sessions of three hours each. We can help people choose the right class based on their goals.”

Classes and seminars at Kizler’s Arizona Dog Smart Academy are taught by trainers who have the nationally-known Certified Council of Professional Dog Trainer designation, holistic and traditional veterinary personnel, and animal behavior specialists. Academy coursework prepares candidates for their CCPDT certification.

The pet industry is the seventh largest retail industry in the U.S. and pet services like training is one of the fastest-growing sectors in that industry.

“Top dog trainers can earn $100 an hour or more so it can be a well-paying profession,” stated Ms. Kizler in the release.

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