Many daycares and boarding facilities are witnessing their clients struggling to meet their puppy’s training and socialization needs. With long waiting lists for obedience classes, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could be the one to help them?

The good news is that there is a HUGE demand for qualified trainers who adhere to the LIMA principal (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) and sadly, such trainers are in short supply.  Canine Foundations’ Board & Train Level 1 Certification is a 6-day course that prepares your team to offer Basic Manners and Obedience Training to your clients.

Best of all, this program qualifies for the Ontario Job Grant, which is accessible to most private businesses, and covers up to 5/6th of the cost of your staff training. This means you could have your very own in-house trainer for a fraction of the cost.   

Learned Outcomes

This 6-day course provides flexible delivery options to meet each individual company’s needs. The program is available through private bookings and is offered in both a virtual format with a live Instructor, as well as in-person at your location. To accommodate your busy schedule, bookings can be arranged to take place over a 6-day period or broken up into individual days and spread out over time.

With completion of this course, your team will be qualified to teach your furry clientele the following behaviours: Sit Attentively for Attention, Sit & Stay with Distractions, Down & Stay with Distractions, Leave it cue, Drop cue, Recall corner stones, Healthy play, Bed cue, Skill building games, Leash manners, Door manners, Greeting manners, and how to facilitate Client Transfer sessions.

Program Outline

Day One – Learning Theory Part One

This full day, industry specific course is designed to teach participants the basics of the learning theory as it applies to dog training. By the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the individual components of the learning theory and how those components work together to complete the learning experience.   

Day Two – Learning Theory Part Two

Learning Theory Two provides participants with more advanced concepts within the learning theory as they apply to dog training. Participants will learn the application of the Graded Errorless Approach, as well as shaping and behaviour chaining techniques, to support a stress-free training philosophy.    

Day Three – Proficiency Testing & Goal Setting

This day is broken down into two components including a morning lecture and afternoon practical. The morning focuses on the technical aspects of completing a proficiency test for potential board and train clients, breaking the process down into a step-by-step format. During the afternoon participants will work, under the guidance of a Behaviour Consultant, to sharpen their skills in implementing the board and train proficiency test. 

Day Four – Program Development & Homework Writing

Program development and homework writing builds on the Proficiency Testing & Goal Setting course by walking participants through the process of developing individualized training plans for board and train clients.  Participants will learn how to identify target behaviours, modify protocols to improve learning, track progress, and prepare client homework.

Day Five – Training Technique Implementation Part 1

This full day practical course teaches participants how to promote healthy dog to human play skills using fun, command and boundary building play in addition to building the dog’s command repertoire. The practical allows participants the opportunity to put the knowledge gained in theory portion into practice, by working with the dogs in care. Participants will work, under the guidance of a Behaviour Consultant, to sharpen their skills in implementing the first portion of the board and train program.

Day Six – Training Technique Implementation Part 2

This full day practical teaches participants how to increase a dog’s verbal cue repertoire using fun, confidence building games. Participants will learn how to gradually increase the difficultly level each task, proofing against each of the 3-D’s, while promoting generalization and discrimination. The practical allows participants the opportunity to put the knowledge gained into practice, by working with the dogs in care. Participants will work, under the guidance of a Behaviour Consultant, to sharpen their skills in implementing the second portion of the board and train program.


For information on ordering a private course, please contact our Office Manager at

(705) 835-3177 or email us at info@caninefoundations.com