Dogue Shop Academy
The Dogue Academy is the professional development program division of the Dogue Shop training centre created by Gaby Dufresne-Cyr in 1999. Our mission is to educate, through science-based learning theories, enrichment, behaviour management, and behaviour modification, animals and the people who care for them.
The Dogue Academy has developed and taught students from many Canadian provinces; consequently, all the classes given by Gaby and her team are in English. The Animal Behaviour Apprenticeship (ABA) levels one and two and the Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs described below are for future animal professionals.
Continued education is vital to Gaby; therefore, new classes are being designed and added to the Dogue Academy as it moves forward. Past and future animal professionals are invited to perfect their skills through Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and practical application of science-based learning theories and concepts.
The animal profession does not solely revolve around associative learning, aka behaviourism, and luring. There are many animal learning theories, and the Dogue Academy teaches critical thinking through the application of these theories. Students learn, discuss, and apply perceptual, spacial, nonassociative learning, imprinting, and complex problem-solving learning theories.
Gaby's objective is to keep each course content as accurate as possible with the latest scientific discoveries; consequently, all the science-based programs are revised each year and updated as necessary. The program has evolved tremendously since its creation in 2009 and will continue to do so in the years to come.
As a Dogue Academy student, you receive the latest scientific information that complements the knowledge you receive. The programs offer a Facebook private group for students only, where they can exchange job opportunities, science papers, events, and everything else related to dogs. Each program is a part of a Messenger group relating to your class; therefore, students can talk about homework, papers, due, dog questions for their training homework, and just goof around when pressure is too high.
Below are videos presenting some interesting information about dogs and wolves. We like to chat about such topics in class to further your critical thinking. Some time is devoted to ethical discussions and challenges we are faced within our industry. We hope you enjoy the videos.
Graduated Student Survey
Student feedback is also crucial for the development of the Dogue Academy curriculum; consequently, we designed a very short survey to help us attain the highest standards possible within the industry. Please take a few minutes to complete the short seven-question survey. Your answers are anonymous.