Animal Control Basic Training 

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General Interest

All courses in the Professional Dog Walking series may be taken for general interest, or combined towards a certificate. Please view course offerings below. 

NOTE REGARDING: ALTR 1079 - Dog Walking - Practical

Students will visit a local park to interpret and assess interactions between dogs as a group. Students are asked to bring a dog with them to this class only. A signed "Informed Consent" form is also required to participate in this class.

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This one day intensive workshop is designed for those planning to pursue a career in animal control and/or bylaw, and for those with a general interest in animals. On the surface, you may think that Animal Control Officers (ACO) deal mainly with barking dogs or loose animals, but there is so much more to their role. Learn about the training, recommended certification, job skills and experience required for starting a career in animal control. Hear from experts in the field about a day in the life of an ACO, what qualities are needed to be successful, and what you need to know to secure a job in this industry. NOTE: Students who successfully pass this course may apply this as a required pre-requisites for entry into the Animal Control Basic Training Program.

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This course is not offered at this time. Please email for details.


This course provides an introduction to the role of an animal control enforcement official, including a historical perspective, the current role and responsibilities of an Animal Control Officer, and what is required to effectively execute this role.

Students will become familiar with significant animal identifiers to assist in descriptive writing for reports, record keeping, and impoundment. This course will cover the implication of providing incorrect information of animal designations, including those thought to be a dangerous breeds. Learn about the various methods of animal identification currently in use, the pros and cons of each, and how to use these systems to determine pet ownership and to assist you in your work.

This course provides an introduction to understanding and interpreting animal behaviour. Students will learn about typical, difficult and aggressive behaviours demonstrated by both dogs and cats. Topics will cover an examination of animal signals and actions; behavioural identifiers; common stressors; environmental influences; the human/pet relationship; and the assumptions of behaviour based on breed perceptions, living situations, and pet ownership.

This course will review effective animal management not only for public health and safety, but also for the welfare of the animals themselves. Students will hear of the The Five Freedoms; what role the SPCA plays in communities and municipalities; and the importance for collaboration. Topics will include the care and welfare of animals during capture, transport, impoundment, and euthanasia; identifying animal abuse and distress and the ability of community enforcement to intervene; and providing guidance on responsible pet care.

This course will cover the requirements of an officer to prepare for and present information as evidence in public hearings or court trials. Content is woven throughout the program with daily practical work and case studies incorporated into the curriculum. Reinforcement of the skills needed including basic the interview; how to collect, document, catalogue, and analyze evidence; make appropriate case recommendations, decisions, or referrals; record management; the requirement for follow-up; and possible enforcement options. Examples will be provided with reference to common complaints of noisy and dangerous dogs, animal welfare, animal bites, and animals at large.

This course will involve an analysis of legislation that governs animals and animal control in BC. You will interpret legislation and discuss associated issues and evidence. Emphasis will be placed on animal complaints such as noisy and dangerous dogs, and animal abuse and the options you have to enforce within the legal system. Also covered are laws which may impact your dealings with the public including understanding of rights, conducting investigations, entering private property, clarity of law enforcement powers, burden of proof, and dangerous dog legislation.

Animal control enforcement officials face daily challenges and dangers related to this profession including dealing with aggressive and dangerous animals to assertive and hostile people. This course covers the types of activities that may occur and techniques to mitigate these hazards including personal, public, and animal safety.

This practical course will provide procedures and tactics for capturing, handling, and restraining stray and aggressive domestic and feral animals. Students will learn how to apply the theories taught in previous units covering animal behaviour and personal safety, to the capture and restraint of animals. Tactics and tools to protect the individual including the use of protective equipment, self-defence techniques, conflict control, disengagement, and defensive tactics will be incorporated into this training. You will learn about when to seek assistance from other law enforcement groups and what their scope of authority covers.

Officers have a strong presence in the community creating an environment of cooperation and education about responsible pet ownership. This course provides guidance on how to balance your role of enforcement with that of positive public engagement. Students will explore conflict avoidance, and crisis management as well as ethics and public opinion. This course is an online course, to be completed after the in-class component, and will be graded based on a project submission. Students have approximately 6 weeks after in-class program completion to submit.

Students enrolled in the Animal Control Basic Training certificate program must write and successfully complete a two hour exam based on both the in-class training, and the required pre-class preparation. Students must receive a minimum passing grade of 70%. An optional 2 hour study block is included in this course. Students may write the exam in-class, or arrange for an invigilator at their place of employment.


Explore the basic theoretical and practical elements of dog behaviour and their social structure including breed specific behaviours, stages of normal development, dog signals, communication, dominance, and dog pack theories.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60544 1 mng Sa Jun 27, 2020 0900-1230 Rebecca Ledger $113 Main Campus (Map)

Learn why dogs develop difficult-to-control behaviours and discover techniques to manage these. Topics covered include hostility, predatory chase, and other aggressive behaviour. This course builds on theories learned in the Typical Dog Behaviour course. This course may be taken individually for personal interest or as part of the Professional Dog Walker Certificate. Prerequisite: Typical Dog Behaviour ALTR1075

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60545 1 mng Su Jun 28, 2020 0900-1230 Rebecca Ledger $113 Main Campus (Map)

Visit a local park to interpret and assess interactions between dogs as a group. Immediate instructor feedback and suggestions for implementation are provided. Leash practice work is included. Students are asked to bring a dog with them to this class only. A signed "Informed Consent" form, found on the website, is also required. Prerequisites: Typical Dog Behaviour, and Difficult Dog Behaviour.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60546 1 mng Sa Jul 11, 2020 0830-1200 Rebecca Ledger $154 CS-Off Campus (Map)

Dogs can be curious about smells and new things around the home, and their environment. Learn to respond safely and effectively in emergency situations such how to treat pet injuries and most importantly how to prevent them! Important topics covered in the course include: steps to take in an emergency, how to handle bleeding wounds and bone injuries, how to perform Artificial Respiration and CPR, what to do for poisoning and heat/cold injuries, and more. This is a 10 hour course and suitable for pet owners and pet professionals. It is not intended to be a substitute for veterinary care but does teach you the best first response procedures. This course may be taken individually for personal interest or as part of the Professional Dog Walker Certificate.

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60549 1 day Su Jul 05, 2020 0900-1730 Nina Houghton $151 Main Campus (Map)

As a professional dog walker, or a conscientious dog owner, you need to know about your community and how legislation and local bylaws impacts you, your dogs and your business. Course content also includes animal welfare legislation.

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60561 1 day Sa Jun 20, 2020 0930-1300 Sarah Bull $88 Main Campus (Map)

Walking dogs is much more than grabbing a leash and getting some exercise. You need to be a dog-lover who is in-tune with canine ways and ready to run a business. Discover the physical, emotional, and business skills you will need to start a business working with animals. Explore ways to create a niche marketing concept for your business and examine grassroots advertising options to give yourself that initial start to success. This course may be taken individually for personal interest or as part of the Professional Dog Walker Certificate.

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60562 2 eve Mo Jun 22, 2020 1830-2100 Bridget Field $133 Main Campus (Map)

Hear about common sense activities, and the less common things that ensure your clients pets safety and the safety of yourself. Topics to include: unknown threats outdoors and inside your home or working facility; ingestion hazards; avoiding and keeping safe during dog fights; bedding;, transportation; disaster planning; off-leash; escape artists, etc. Students will learn about providing emotional, mental and physical stimulation and environmental enrichment to avoid causing harm to yourself or the animal; and tips for preventing dog bites to yourself. Previously called Keeping Dogs Safe. This course may be taken individually for personal interest or as part of the Professional Dog Walker Certificate.

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60757 1 day Su Jul 12, 2020 0900-1300 Kimberly Marosevich $123 Main Campus (Map)

Once you have completed all seven courses, you may write the Professional Dog Walker Certificate final exam. (ALTR1075,1076,1079, 1077,1086,1079,1103)

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60791 1 aft Su Jul 12, 2020 1345-1545 Kimberly Marosevich $37 CS-Off Campus (Map)