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Can I enroll in National K-9 ’s on-going educational opportunities if I did not complete the Professional Obedience/ Behavior (4-week) Course?

No. Students must complete the Professional Obedience/Behavior (4-week) Course or the previously offered 3-week Professional Obedience/Behavior Course (offered in 2023 or earlier) before enrolling in on-going educational opportunities offered by National K-9.

Is student counseling available?

National K-9 realizes that some students may need additional help due to a variety of reasons. These students may request additional counseling while in attendance. Our low pupil-teacher ratio allows close monitoring of student progress. Because of this, National K-9 enjoys a near-perfect graduation record. Once a student graduates, he or she may call or email our instructors to have questions answered or for additional advice.

How does the grading system work?

Students are evaluated individually and informed of their progress by our instructors. Student strengths and weaknesses are discussed and the student receives suggestions for improvement of skills. Written tests are given during the third and sixth weeks on subject matter covered in the classroom and workshops. Students are provided with pre-test reviews with our instructors prior to all test dates. Students will also be evaluated during practical workshops and a series of practical (hands-on) tests. To graduate, a student must pass these written tests and a series of hands-on handling tests in each area of study to receive certification.

What is the age of students that attend National K-9?

National K-9 graduates range in age from 18 to 79.

How many students are enrolled in each class?

We take no more than 12 students so we can maintain quality instruction. The average student to instructor ratio is 1 instructor for every 4 or 5 students (depending on the overall class size).

When does instruction take place?

Students will participate in classroom instruction, practical workshops, and observations; Monday through Saturday throughout their course. National K-9’s classroom instruction and practical workshops take place Monday through Friday from approximately 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for four full weeks.

Students will have a daily lunch break and several short breaks daily. Students are required to attend observations of our client lessons, new client evaluations, training follow-up lessons, and our puppy preschool program on Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday is an off day with no required instruction. Students must continue independent study in the evenings and on Sundays to keep pace with the course content.

Do you offer night or weekend classes?

No. Our curriculum is extremely concentrated, and we can provide full time instruction only (Monday through Saturday for four weeks).

Do you offer a correspondence or online course?

No. If you are serious about dog training as a career, we recommend hands-on instruction from experienced trainers who are qualified as instructors. No internet/correspondence course, video, or book can replace the immediate feedback an experienced instructor/trainer can provide. Our graduates find easier it to determine if information provided by internet, other courses/seminars, videos, books, and other sources are useful and helpful after completing the course.

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