Student Trainer Apprenticeship Program

The Little Angels Student Trainer Apprenticeship Program is the first dog
training institute of its kind, as we have a tuition-free program available. As
a non-profit organization it is the goal of Little Angels to better the
community through dog training education, and specifically to assist the
disabled through trained assistance dogs. We recognize the lack of
truly-qualified assistance dog trainers throughout the world. As a result this
program was created to empower those with the heart to help others with
the education and skills needed to make our world a better place.


The hands-on experience is another aspect which sets our school apart.
While other certificate programs offer written instruction and video, we
offer you live, in-person instruction to meet your learning pace, and the
opportunity to work directly with hundreds of different dogs going through
training, both at our ranch and on field trips into public locations. Please
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You will also note that our school involves more hours and a higher
commitment than other schools. We do not believe that most other schools
provide the experience, skills, or proper education for true dog training.
This is why there is such a lack of truly qualified service dog trainers and
pet dog trainers. If you truly want to become a training professional, make
certain to enroll in the right school.

There are 3 programs available to approved

Schedule for 1-year Program
Due to the fact that most of our students are working professionals or
attending other college courses, training hours at the school are flexible
and can be accommodated in either day, evening, or weekend hours, other
than the required weekend seminars (dates listed below).

Sessions are usually available twice per year.

Schedule for Accelerated 3-month Program
This program is designed for the student who is able to commit a
40-hour-week to their education. Most of these hours are spent at our
facility with personalized instruction, training observation, and hands-on
experience working with and training a large variety of pet dogs and
service dogs. Students will also go on field-trips to learn to work with dogs
in varying environments. We will accept no more than 2 applicants for this
program in a 3 month period to insure the individual attention needed.

Upon completion of either program students will receive a certificate
verifying them as a graduate from the Little Angels Student Trainer
Apprenticeship Program. Students can use their skills to assist in zoos or
aquariums, work in kennel and boarding facilities, to train pets and their
owners, or to accomplish our greatest goal - to assist the disabled in
training assistance dogs either through our school as a professional
training employee or personally as an individual.

Our school is located in the East County of San Diego, California.
(Jamul, California)
Driving distance from Downtown San Diego is approximately 30 minutes.

Seminar Dates for Apprenticeship

2015 Dates:
January 17th and 18th 2015, 9am-6pm both days (Seminar 1)
April 18th and 19th 2015, 9am-6pm both days (Seminar 2)
July 18th 2015, 9am-6pm (Seminar 3)
September 19th 2015, 9am-6pm (Apprentice Only Seminar)

2015/2016 Dates:
(Applications due by July 31st 2015)
August 8th 2015, 11am-12pm (Group Interview)
August 22nd and 23rd 2015, 9am-6pm both days (Seminar 1)
November 14th and 15th 2015, 9am-6pm both days (Seminar 2)
January 16th 2016, 9am-6pm (Apprentice Only Seminar)
February 20th 2016, 9am-6pm (Seminar 3)

Apprentices must attend seminars in order. Students in our next class must submit
applications by July 31st 2015 to be considered for the class beginning August 8th.

Practice Hours
Apprentices who are currently enrolled in classes may attend practice times at the
kennel, at a total of 3-6 hours per week, during the following times.
Tuesdays 9am-4pm
Saturdays 9am-4pm

Application and Enrollment
Those who are interested in applying to either program should email to
request additional information and an application packet. There is a
one-time application fee of $35.00 to be sent in with your completed
application packet. Please be sure to specify your request for the Student
Trainer Apprenticeship Program application, as we receive multiple
requests for service dog applications on a daily basis.

1-Year Program; Tuition-Free Available

Tuition Free Program - At a Glance
*Attend all of our San Diego based training seminars for one year (total of 3), plus one
additional 1-day seminar specifically for apprentices. Dates listed below.
*Complete reading assignments at home, usually one book per month.
*3 hours of hands-on experience and training with dogs-in-training at the school, per
*Foster a service dog in training within your home to provide socialization and
training, under the guidance of Little Angels' Instructors.
(In order to qualify for this program you must pass a home inspection for the safety of
the foster dogs.)

Paid Tuition Program - $25.00 Per Week (paid monthly throughout the year)
*Attend all of our San Diego based training seminars for one year (total of 3), plus one
additional 1-day seminar specifically for apprentices. Dates listed below.
*Complete reading assignments at home, usually one book per month.
*6 hours of hands-on experience and training with dogs-in-training at the school, per
*No fostering required. (There will not be a fee for any of the weeks you are able to

Accelerated 3-month Program: $2,000.00 per month tuition
*40 hours of weekly instruction, observation and handling experience. This includes
reading assignments. The curriculum is the same as the year-long program, but your
experience is concentrated into a shorter period of time. No fostering is required.
*Study of the Dog (Includes the study of dog behavior, how animals learn and view the
world, proper socialization, health care and grooming, various dog breeds and traits,
animal husbandry, and maintenance.)

Teaching Good House Manners (Includes different ways of potty training, how to
handle chewing, barking, jumping, digging, lunging, and rowdy behavior inside the

Obedience Training (Includes various training methods for heel, sit, down, stay, wait,
no, good, come, watch me, and place.)

Service Dog Etiquette, Regulations, and Laws (An understanding of proper
behavior for a service dog in public, service dog advocacy,  the handler's practices and
maintenance for elevators, restaurants, etc., and the laws that protect the rights of the
disabled.) Regular field trips are available for handler experience, with instructor
direction. Please see the following page by clicking here
Field Trips

*Service Dog Training Tasks (Includes instruction on various methods for teaching
touch, under, brace, forward, tug, get it, paws up, pulling wheelchairs, opening doors
and cabinets, searching for the phone or specific objects, search and rescue for
individual disabled recipients, tether training for autism,  turning on lights, dialing
assistance dog telephones, retrieving dropped items, boundary control for crowds, and
teaching to recognize and alert to panic attacks, drops in blood sugar, seizures, and
food allergies.)

*Handler Training (Includes instruction on how to train pet owners and disabled
recipients to work with their dogs as a team, group instruction, and private lessons.)

Approved Apprentices can use the below
button for a one-time tuition payment.

Applicants have a right to be considered regardless of sex,
race, religion or creed.