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WCCA COURSES

All courses are a maximum of 8 working students at this time | 10 Audit Spots are available.
Deposits are non-refundable & non-transferable.  Balance is due 20 days before course starts.

Courses that are coming soon - Dog Walking/Pet Sitting/Pack Walking, Building your business, Pet CPR, & more
Anyone can attend courses whether pursuing a career in the dog industry or wanting a deeper understanding of dogs.

Foundations

Foundations in Pet Dog Training

Prerequisite Course

Course Length - 8 Weeks
Course Day/Time - Summer Course Schedule TBA
Course Cost - $3500 (early bird $2500)

Audit Seat $1500 ( no certificate, no certification, no hands on learning and no dog participation.  This is a spectator seat.)

In Person Lecture & Hands On Learning
Possessing proper foundational skills is a necessity.  In this course we cover the following:

  • Principles of Learning

  • Breeds & Genetics

  • Proper Fulfillment

  • Basics of Canine Body Language

  • Basics of Safety & Bite Prevention

  • Layers of Stress

  • Forced Packs

  • Aspects of Play

  • Relaxation Foundations

  • Socialization

  • Puppy Raising Basics

  • Methods of Dog Training

  • Marker Training & Multiple use markers

  • Motivation

  • Proper use of pressures

  • Collar Conditioning

  • Leash Handling

  • Manners

  • Basic Obedience

Man with his Dog

Welcome to West Coast Canine Academic, your best choice for dog training courses. Our team of professionals is passionate about helping newcomers learn the necessary skills to effectively train dogs. We offer comprehensive, in-depth courses aimed at those who want to work specifically with pet dogs. The curriculum for our Foundational Course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical experience needed to train dogs and help them grow into confident, well-behaved pets.


WCCA Foundations course comes with a booklet that is non-replaceable.
Your course will have hands on learning, study, homework and tests.


To accomplish an L1 Certification you will be required to pass this course, to have 60 hours of internship with WCCA or an approved trainer (to be completed within 12 months of course completion).  You will be required to turn in video of 3 detailed case studies within 12 months of completing this course, we require you be consistently training for one year.  We will send out review requests randomly to clients you are working with.  We must be able to contact the clients by phone for an interview.
Be sure to read all requirements for maintaining your WCCA Certification - CEU


Course Early Bird Special $2500 - Special ends 30 days prior to class start date
 

Puppy Development WCCA showing confidence building for a puppy

Puppy Development
Raising A Puppy

Prerequisite Foundations in Pet Dog Training

Course Length - 4 Weeks

Summer Course Schedule TBA
Course Day - TBA
Course Time TBA
Course Cost - $1800

In Person Lecture & Hands On Learning

Puppies just aren't as easy as one thinks.  There is an enormous amount of knowledge one should know when training puppies and when teaching a client to train their puppy.  Creating lifelong behavior issues is unfortunately an easy thing to do without proper knowledge in puppy development.  This course will give you confidence to help clients in picking the right dog for their lifestyle, picking a proper breeder or rescue & picking the right puppy.  Students will be given the  knowledge to ensure puppies have the best start at life from critical development and socialization to manners and obedience.  Students will be confident in helping owners set up their home and provide an optimal environment for their new pup.
Course covers:

  • Lifestyle and Breeds

  • Breeder research

  • Critical Development

  • Setting up the owner and home for success with a new puppy

  • Pre-pup Sessions

  • Socialization & Exposure

  • Living with a puppy

  • Manners

  • Aspects of Play for Puppies

  • Train Through Game

  • Obedience without structure

  • Collars and Tools

  • Crate Training

  • Potty Training

  • Puppy Biting and Outlets

Puppy Development

Your course will have hands on learning, study, homework and tests.  To accomplish a WCCA Puppy Certification (PC) you will be required to have your WCCA L1 Certification.  You will also be required to pass this course, turn in video of 3 detailed case studies which should include puppy exposure, puppy socialization and one on one training program within 6 months of completing this course.  You may turn in your PC requirements with your L1 Certification requirements if you have taken both courses.

Be sure to read all requirements for maintaining your WCCA Certification - CEU

Enrollment Opening Soon for 2024 Courses
Tools of The Trade
Dog at the Beach
Dog at the Beach

Tools Of The Trade

Prerequisite Foundations in Pet Dog Training

Course Length - 6  Weeks

Summer Course Schedule
Course Day - TBA
Course Time TBA
Course Cost - $1950

In Person Hands On Learning

Tools of the trade can be the most controversial aspect of dog training.  We understand why! Having diversity in training is essential but flat out abuse - is NOT part of that equation.  Students will learn the proper way to use a variety of tools that will aid them in training that could lead to possibly even saving the life of a dog one day.  Having high quality tools is essential, we will cover brand options as well.  Learning ethical and proper techniques is vital to the wellbeing of our industry, the dog and the owner.

If you choose to use these tools without taking our course we will ask for an in-person demonstration and videos of finished dogs in order to maintain an certification with WCCA.  

We DO NOT condone the improper use of any tools and feel it is a conflict of WCCA rules in ethics.
Tools covered in this course:

  • Clickers for behavior modification

  • Flexi Leash

  • Long Line

  • Slip Leads

  • Harness

  • Nose halters

  • Transitional

  • Slip Chains

  • Prong Collars

  • E-Collars

Our Tools of The Trade Course comes with all of the tools we cover.  Tools are non-replaceable.
Your course will have hands on learning, study, homework and tests.  To accomplish a WCCA Tools Certificate of Completion (T) you will be required to have your WCCA L1 Certification, will be required to intern with WCCA or approved trainer for 20 hours and turn in video of 3 detailed case studies within 6 months of completing this course. We will send out review requests randomly to clients you are working with.  We must be able to contact the clients by phone for an interview.  See instructor for details on what the case studies are to include.
Be sure to read all requirements for maintaining your WCCA Certification - CEU

Enrollment Opening Soon for 2024 Courses
Malinois showing an appropriate outlet for the breed represented for the WCCA Outlets Course

Purpose Outlets for The Pet Dog

Training Through Game

Prerequisite Foundations in Pet Dog Training

Course Length - 6  Weeks

Summer Course Schedule = FULL

Check back for Fall/Winter 2024 Schedule
Course Day
Course Time 
Course Cost - $1400

Certificate of Completion for those that attend all classes and have a full understanding of the course with excellent handling and safety skills.

This course gives students the knowledge and hands on practical training to work with dogs through a variety of different game outlets such as spring pole, wall climb, flirt pole, tug, ball, etc.

TBA
Purpose Outlets For The Pet Dog
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