Assistance & Service Dogs: The Basics

KPA CEUs: 1.5

Every dog trainer should understand about assistance and services dogs:  what they do, how they’re trained, the special needs of the client, the different organizations, etc.  This is a very specialized and important subset of dog training and — even if we don’t want to be involved in this type of training — we should all know about it.  At some point in our career we will be approached by a client needing these services and we should be able to steer them in the right direction.  This can also be a very fulfilling career choice – helping people fill their needs, and working with a dog to do an important job.  This class is a must for all trainers who would like to know more about this interesting area of dog training.


Debbie Winkler

Debbie Winkler, CABC, CPDT, whose career spans more than 20 years, is well known for her commitment to using operant conditioning, with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement, to train or change problem behaviors in animals.  With an extensive background in training and behavior, Debbie works with many species

As co-founder and training  director of Dog Ears and Paws Inc, Debbie trains assistance and therapy animals for adults and children with special needs. She is also the training director of H.E.A.L., a pilot program for at risk youth.

Dog Ears and Paws is one of the first organizations of its kind to use only motivational training for assistance animals, mandate enrichment for their assistance  animals, and train owner acquired dogs for assistance work.

Debbie served on the APDT Educational Committee, which helped to create the first national certification for pet dog trainers, has also served on Baltimores Viscious Dog Hearing Board, and is an expert witness regarding animal bite cases in the state of Maryland

Debbie is SATS certified and the current vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and teaches interns in animal behavior and training.





Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.