Delta Institute and Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA) have come together to offer students professional experience in positive reinforcement dog training.

Students enrolled in Delta Institute’s newly developed nationally accredited Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training will have the opportunity to connect with professional dog trainers in the field of positive reinforcement dog training.

Melinda Farrell, CEO Delta Institute, said the course has been developed in close consultation with industry and by members of the Delta Institute Expert Advisory Committee.

“It is robust and steeped in evidence-based theory alongside real world experiences that set students up for success. Key to this is experiencing the industry first-hand. Our collaboration with PPGA enables the next generation of positive reinforcement dog trainers to engage with and learn from like-minded professionals from the start of their careers.”

The partnership between PPGA and the Delta Institute will see students shadow a positive reinforcement trainer for a minimum of three group sessions, giving the student valuable exposure to the training in practice, and the real life needs of dogs and their families.

Barbara Hodel, President PPGA, said the collaboration is an exciting step in building a community of dog trainers who are committed to positive reinforcement training of the highest standards.

“Both the Delta Institute and PPGA share values and mission in supporting and encouraging a bond between people and their family pets that is both mutually beneficial and improves the quality of life they share.”