Sit. Study. Fetch a bachelor’s degree in dog training.
In this May 7, 2019 photo, student Jessie Show works with Luna, a springer spaniel whom she has trained to sniff out a fungus sample placed in a scent box at the State University of New York, Cobleskill, in Cobleskill, N.Y. Cobleskill’s canine program was a major deciding factor in choosing a college, said Show, who grew up near Scranton, Pennsylvania. She said she plans to train service dogs for people with physical handicaps. (AP Photo/Mary Esch
From Mary Esch, Associated Press via FoxNews.
COBLESKILL, N.Y. – The State University of New York at Cobleskill is launching a new four-year program in “canine training and management” amid a surge in demand for specially trained dogs to detect threats and assist veterans in the wake of 9/11.
While several institutions hand out training certificates and at least one small private college awards a bachelor’s in dog handling, the program at Cobleskill is more ambitious in its scope.
Professor Stephen Mackenzie says he developed Cobleskill’s Bachelor of Technology degree partly in response to a heightened demand for dogs capable of sniffing out explosives in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
The need for service dogs trained to assist those with post-traumatic stress disorder or reduced mobility has also expanded as veterans started returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only combined, comprehensive canine training and management curriculum in SUNY.
Learn to design effective canine training programs, interpret program results, and make necessary adjustments based on practice and theory.
Train domestic and working dogs using practical, hands-on applications of behavioral theory taught in courses including Therapy Dog Teams, Detector Dog Teams, and Sporting Dogs.
Cross-collaboration with academic program and departments including Animal Science, Wildlife Management, and Early Childhood.
Earn certifications and accelerate student-learning to acquire professional credentials throughout the course of undergraduate study.
Instruction from expert faculty with specialization in areas including canine training, therapy, law, behavior, tracking and handling, nutrition, and veterinary medicine.
Learn to work collaboratively with owners, trainers, kennel managers, nutritionists and veterinarians.
Open doors to a broad range of professional opportunities in animal industry and K9 security in a job market nationally seeking an increased number of trained professionals.