We’ve reached the middle of June in this most unusual of years. Remember January? It seems like it was a decade ago. The crispness of those short winter days is far, far behind us. The heat of the North Carolina sun is now beginning to feel ever warmer on our skins. The days are longer. Cornfields are growing taller. The increasing need for water, or any other refreshing beverage for that matter, is becoming greater. There’s something about the summer that brings us all together (as much as you can be brought together in this socially-distanced world we currently live in).
Of course, mid-June also marks a very important time of the year here at the School for Dog Trainers – it signals the graduation for a class of Master Dog Trainer students.
This week, Class 53 becomes the latest group to graduate from our Master Dog Trainer program. This challenging six-month course puts students to the ultimate dog training test. It offers them hands-on experience of working with dogs of all breeds, sizes and temperaments, in addition to providing them with the understanding and theory they require to become well-rounded dog trainers after completing the course.
This semester, students – and instructors – have faced additional challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic led to several procedural changes at the School, with classroom lectures and practical demonstrations giving way to Zoom sessions. These unique challenges have truly made Class 53 one to remember.
As graduation approaches, we’ll take a look at the thoughts of some students as they prepare to finish their studies at the School for Dog Trainers.
Students from all walks of life
As we often see at the School for Dog Trainers, Class 53 comprises a group of people with different backstories, arriving from across the country and beyond. Every student has their own reasons for enrolling in the Master Dog Trainer program and their own ambitions to fulfill after completing the course.
There is truly no barrier when it comes to entering the world of dog training – but to be successful, you do need an open mind, a willingness to learn, and an enthusiasm for working with man’s best friend. This class saw students both young and old, all with a variety of experience of working with dogs. Some students left behind their previous career to embark on a new one; Amee, a student in Class 53, left her corporate job after almost two decades to pursue her passion of working with dogs and their owners.