International Academy of Canine Trainers
The only hands-on school for Dog Trainers registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education.
The International Academy of Canine Trainers is dedicated to providing quality education based on current scientific knowledge of learning and behaviour to students wanting to become pet dog trainers or to work within the pet groomers and animal care industry.
All course curricula are derived from over 14,000 hours of experience working with all different types of dogs in various aspects of obedience and behaviour training. The Academy follows positive reinforcement principles, as well as desensitizing, counter conditioning, classical conditioning, luring and extinction to achieve and teach appropriate behaviours in dogs.
The Academy's goal is to provide the most comprehensive education for our students and to enhance the lives of dogs and their owners. Students will work with client dogs and shelter dogs, teaching basic obedience and proper behaviour. This practice gives the student a broad exposure to different training challenges and scenarios.
The owner, director and chief training instructor, Amber Cottle, has been in business for over 17 years and has over 15,000 hours experience in dog behavior and training.
In 2002, after completing her certification, Amber started her business giving puppy classes in the local tennis courts. She had a shoestring marketing budget, no website or Facebook. Today, Amber operates in a 3500 square foot facility with several part-time employees. The training center offers classes 6 days a week ranging from puppy socializing and obedience, recreational agility, intermediate and advanced obedience, and behavior consultations. Additionally, there are workshops and seminars always taking place. Recently, Amber sold her dog daycare so she could focus on her Academy.
Amber has extensive experience dealing with challenging behavior issues from her countless hours spent rehabilitating shelter dogs. She continues to consult for the Delta Community Animal Shelter
offering behavior modification training and temperament assessments. Amber has fostered excellent relationships with many of the local veterinarians and runs training clinics for Shelter and vet hospital staff. She has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours training and rehabilitating canine behavior problems at the BCSPCA and the Delta Community Animal Shelter. She served as an elected member of the Community Advisory Committee and as Regional Councilor for the BCSPCA. In 2004, Amber founded the Delta Humane Society where she served as Director of Training and Rehabilitation, Executive Director and then as President for the Board of Directors. In 2005, Amber founded the International Academy of Canine Trainers, which is a government-registered school for professional pet dog trainers and professional dog walkers.
Amber continues her community work by helping to assess and rehabilitate behavior problems for dogs at DCAS.
Kate is the Lead Instructor for practical training at the Academy and is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behaviour Specialist from the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Kate has been working along side Amber for the past 4 years in all aspects of training. She is responsible for teaching students practical handling in the areas of basic obedience, intermediate obedience, reactive dog rehabilitation, proper equipment, practical applications of positive reinforcement, and behavioural consultations.
Kate has always had a passion for animals. In her early adulthood she started working at a local animal shelter and discovered her interest in dog behaviour and training. After working for the SPCA for 3 years, Kate began to pursue her dream of starting a dog rescue and in 2014 Loveabull Rescue Society was born. Kate is the Founder and President of Loveabull and she is also in charge of training and rehabilitation for the society. Kate brings to the Academy a tremendous amount of hands on experience working with rescue dogs especially bully breeds. Kate is also the lead trainer at the Canine Behavior Training Center where she conducts behaviour consultations, beginner agility classes, intermediate obedience classes, and reactive dog rehabilitation.
Kate combines her experience and knowledge with positive reinforcement and behaviour modification techniques to enhance the lives of client dogs and rescue dogs. Kate is a valuable member of the Academy.