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In-Person Dog Walking Academy

A 3-day immersive experience

In-Person DWA Class Details​

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Classroom Instruction

Enjoy learning from our experienced, talented instructors. Presentations are interspersed with lively discussion and Q&A. Your course binder makes taking notes easy.

What you’ll learn »

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Hands-on Activities

Practice first aid and CPR, engage in activities designed to put classroom concepts to practice, and learn some basic training tips working hands-on with a variety of dogs.

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Group Walking Field Trip

Take the dogs on the road! Show off what you already know or try out new skills guided by your supportive instructor.

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Take-Home Written Exam

Our rigorous take-home exam is open-book and course binder, providing a stress-free way to revisit, apply, and solidify what you’ve learned.

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In-Person DWA Tuition

  • Dog Walking Academy tuition
  • Business of Dog Walking book

U.S. $850 USD

Canada $650 USD

Australia $650 USD

New Zealand $700 USD

Dog Walking Package A

  • Dog Walking Academy tuition
  • Business of Dog Walking book
  • Business Toolkit for Walkers & Sitters

You save: $100

U.S. $1,050 USD

Canada $850 USD

Australia $850 USD

Dog Walking Package B

  • Dog Walking Academy tuition
  • Business of Dog Walking book
  • Business Toolkit for Walkers & Sitters
  • 5 hours of Business Consulting

You save: $150

U.S. $1,750 USD

Canada $1,550 USD

Australia $1,550 USD

New Zealand $1,650 USD

The typical full-time professional dog walker makes between $40K and $150K per year, depending on location, style of service, and size of business. 

We’d love to help you do the same.

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In-Person Dates & Locations

3-day classes run 9am-6pm each day
4-day classes run 5:30pm-9:30pm Thursday & Friday and 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday

Watch for more classes

We hold classes in these cities:

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Arlington, VA
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Chicago, IL
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • NYC, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sydney, Australia
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What DWA grads say

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“The DWA was a life-altering experience for me. You provided me with more ‘ah-ha’ moments in those three days than a lifetime of raising my family dogs. I thank you for the amazing coaching!”

– Glynis Dewing, Lucky Pawz Pet Services, Pacifica, CA

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“Thank you so very much for putting on such an informational and engaging course. I learned so much during my three days with you and had a great time doing it. It was well worth traveling to attend!”

– Jessie Lipman, Bark! San Diego, San Diego, CA

“I have really felt lighter and enjoyed my work days more since taking the DWA class! I highly appreciated the entire presentation and enjoyed myself so much! You are the cutting edge in our industry!”

– Nancy Gabriel, Nancy’s Pet Care, Bay Area Peninsula, CA

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Why Attend the DWA In Person

Enjoy support from our engaging instructors

Learn from highly-qualified, experienced dog trainers with a passion for helping others make their living working with dogs.

Join a community

Looking to make some friends in the field? Our instructors create a friendly, safe environment for learning and networking.

Learn from others & share what you know

Whatever your experience level, you’ll benefit from an interactive curriculum that promotes cross-pollination of great ideas and best practices.

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Ask questions in real time

Fire away! Bring your pressing questions and ask follow-ups as you learn. (Don’t worry—our instructors are adept at staying on topic and keeping things on track!)

Get your certificate fast

Want or need to get going quickly? There’s no better way to elevate your education and add a marketing edge than our jam-packed 3-day course.

Graduate Perks​

dogbiz University Certified Dog Walker seal

Signal your professionalism to potential clients, referral sources, or employers. You receive an electronic certification seal for your website, a version for printed marketing materials, and (upon request) a paper certificate.

Access to our private Facebook page

Join our exclusive, active, supportive community of DWA graduates. Ask questions, offer answers, and keep in touch with fellow dog walking pros around the world. Our instructors hang out there, too.

Discounted dogbiz products & services

Enjoy discounts on business support consulting, dogbiz University courses, and products to help run your dog walking business.

Ready to start a new dog walking career or elevate your current one?

Become a Certified Dog Walker.

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