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Wouldn’t it be great if there were a college degree that could be earned solely focusing on dog training, dog behaviors, and the many ways that we are incorporating dogs into our society these days?
In contemporary America, dog training has grown to be a huge and booming business, with thousands of books, pamphlets and guides for “dummies”, instructional videos and DVDs, classes, seminars, camps… I await the first degree-granting canine college any day.
I second that.
It’s obviously a great idea!…
Such a great idea that over 17,000 businesses (according to Google) have chosen “Canine College” as the name for their obedience training classes and other dog-friendly services they provide.
The Basics Of A Full-Fledged Canine College
Can you just imagine… a full-fledged, degree-granting institution for ALL forms of dog behavior and training methods?
All of the various training methods & theories would be included — from voice command, to positive reinforcement, to clicker training.
Dog behaviors — everything from digging, to eating poo, to aggressive dog behavior.
The proper ways to socialize dogs — with other dogs, with down owners, with children & babies, with strangers, with cats & other pets — would all be covered.
Course Offerings At A Canine College Or University
I could see Canine College being structured something like the typical family-counseling degree programs seen at major universities. (That’s the field I’m most familiar with, as I pursued my Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Tech and saw firsthand a number of things that would transfer nicely into the dog training world.)
Ideally, a Canine College would combine that hands-on practical and applied behavior training angle with a fair share of business-minded courses, as well.
In my mind, the purpose of Canine College would be simple: to effectively train dog lovers to be responsible dog owners, trainers, rescuers, rehabilitators, behaviorists, even dog therapists (…or, would that be “dog whisperers”?).
Included would be programs and ideas for structuring your own small-business plans, hiring employees, and other skills pertinent to running dog-friendly establishments such as shelters, kennels, spas, day care facilities, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, pet sitting companies, dog walking businesses, dog shoppes and supply stores.
In effect, there would be an endless number of dog-friendly careers that degree-holders from a Canine College would ultimately be qualified to pursue.
And, in a perfect world, a degree from a Canine College would become a prerequisite for licensure in order to professionally train or work with dogs in any capacity.
Ah well, I guess it’s just the dreamer in me speaking…
I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I've always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what's 'normal' and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I'm not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've written over 500 articles for dog owners on this site!