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Student Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement

The School for Dog Trainers at Highland Canine Training strives to recognize the hard work and achievements of our graduating classes.  As such, we have a number of programs and awards that are bestowed to students upon graduation to recognize their accomplishments during their program.

Student Excellence Program

student excellence award

Our Student Excellence Program is designed to challenge students in our Master Dog Trainer Program and recognize their desire to participate in professional development opportunities that go above and beyond the standard curriculum. Recipients of our Student Excellence Award demonstrate a number of qualities throughout the program to include:

Staying on task
Assisting in setting up/breaking down activities
Maintaining a positive attitude
Is timely and prepared for class
Communicates well with staff and other classmates

In addition to consistently demonstrating these qualities throughout the course, Recipients of the Student Excellence Program will also:

Complete the program with a 3.5 GPA or higher
Participates in a Research & Development program
Volunteers for off-site training opportunities
Participates in various predetermined Advanced Learning Objectives (former H.A.L.O. Program) and completes them with and overall 2.7 GPA

Presidential Leadership Award

Presidential Leadership Award

The Presidential Leadership Award is presented to the graduate who has not only excelled academically but has also assumed a leadership role with their classmates by helping them be successful as well.  This graduate has also worked to improve campus life for their fellow classmates.

Citizenship Award

citizenship award

The Citizenship Award is presented to the graduate who has volunteered and contributed his or her knowledge in service to the community and who has significantly advanced awareness of the benefits of working with dogs and their impact on humans.

Outstanding Achievement Award

outstanding achievement award

The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to the graduate who has participated in all of the Student Excellence Program and has attained the highest average grade after completing all of the Advanced Learning Objectives.

Honors Graduates

The School for Dog Trainers at Highland Canine Training, LLC offers the most intensive training programs available today.  During graduation we recognize our Honor Graduates with a special award.  These graduates have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their academic assignments and practical examinations throughout their program.  Honor graduates are those students who complete their program of study with a 3.8 GPA or higher.

Academic Distinction

Awards for Academic Distinction are earned by individuals attending our 24-week Master Dog Trainer Program.  This program covers training in the areas of Obedience & Behavior Modification, Detection, Protection, Search and Rescue and Police K9 Training.  Students in this course are exposed to each of these training disciplines and are graded on their abilities to apply what they have learned.  The student with the highest score in each category receives an award for their achievement in that field of training.

Veteran Graduates

veteran graduate

Our School for Dog Trainers regularly hosts students who are  US military veterans.  We are proud to be able to consistently work with this special group of people who have worked to serve the United States.  During our programs and at each graduation, we take an opportunity to recognize the work and sacrifices that these individuals have made in the service of their country.  In addition, we have a special medal that veteran graduates receive and wear during graduation.

If you have questions about any of our awards programs, please contact us by email or speak directly with an instructor at our school.