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FetchFind Academy

Become a dog trainer, make a career change, or just learn more about dogs! Our in-person programs will get you there.

FetchFind Academy (formerly CanineLink) has been the industry-leading training academy since 2008. Our graduates are highly sought after for professional positions throughout the pet industry. Classes are held in-person at our fabulous space in Chicago!

Essential Training Skills

If becoming a professional dog trainer has always been your passion, our Essential Training Skills course is the perfect place to start! With an enriching classroom learning environment and extensive hands-on experience, our students develop necessary training skills and the knowledge of how to apply those skills in real world settings.

  • Prerequisite:
 Behavior Fundamentals and placement exam
  • Program length:
 4 months

  • Hours to complete: 
120 hours

  • Time spent:
 50% classroom
, 50% hands on
  • CEUs: 20

  • Price:
 $3000

2017 Dates: Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm, April 18 to August 8

Interested? Complete Behavior Fundamentals Online and click “Apply Now” above!

Questions? Contact us!


Advanced Training Skills

As the next step for Essential Training Skills graduates and for professional dog trainers who would like to advance their careers and skill set, we offer an Advanced Training Skills course. This program is a very hands-on. We create many simulated situations that face dog trainers today and work through them together. You will learn how to create treatment plans, speak with clients easily and how to identify all types of behavioral issues, including fear, anxiety and aggression.

  • Prerequisite:
 Essential Training Skills
  • Program length:
 4 months

  • Hours to complete: 
65 hours

  • Time spent:
 25% classroom
, 75% hands on
  • CEUs: 21

  • Price:
 $5000


2017 Dates: Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm, August 15 to December 5

Interested? Click “Apply Now” above!

Questions? Contact us!


dog*tec Dog Walking Academy

Whether you're a seasoned dog walking entrepreneur or someone trying to break into the business, then dog*tec Dog Walking Academy is just the thing! This 3-day weekend seminar covers everything you need to know on how to start and successfully run your own dog walking business, as well as take your dog walking skills to the next level. Learn more here!

  • Prerequisite:
 None
  • Program length:
 3 days, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • CEUs: 24
  • Price:
 $850

Upcoming seminars: Coming soon.


Contact us!

1428 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 - 872-802-4114 - hello@fetchfind.com


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FetchFind Instructors
FetchFind Instructors

Our instructors are respected and experienced professionals in our community who are committed to ongoing education of their own. You receive only the best, most updated and accurate information available. Learn more about our instructors and staff on the Our Team page!


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


Where are classes held?
Classes are held in our classroom at 1428 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. We are located on the border of the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park neighborhoods at North/Western Avenues, close to public transportation, restaurants, shopping, and community services. Easy on-street parking too!
Who teaches Academy courses?
Our instructors are respected and experienced professionals in our community who are committed to ongoing education of their own. You receive only the best, most updated and accurate information available. Learn more about our instructors and staff here!
When does the course start and finish?
Each course works a bit differently. Classes meet once per week on a weekday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Behavior Fundamentals is an 8-week class, while Essential Training Skills and Advanced Training Skills are each 16 weeks. The entire dog trainer program takes about 9 months to complete. Contact us at hello@fetchfind.com for more info!
What is required of me during a FetchFind Academy course?
Each course involves class attendance, participation in classroom activities, and completion of quizzes, externships, and assignments.
What reading do I have to do?
Each course has a required reader, compiled by us from the best texts out there. This way, you don't have to spend hundreds of additional dollars on textbooks. You will receive ordering instructions when you sign up for each course.
Are payment plans available?
Yes! We can work with you to figure out the best plan for your situation.
What are the benefits of attending FetchFind Academy?
In addition to receiving the very best education in dog training and behavior, you gain access to our vast network of professionals. We pride ourselves in being very community-oriented and supportive. You will be added to our private internal Facebook page, receive invitations to alumni events, and more! We help with job placement too. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers!
Do I need to complete all 3 courses to graduate?
Not necessarily. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of each course. So if you complete all 3 courses, you'll have 3 certificates.
Do I earn any type of certification by taking FetchFind Academy courses?
You will receive a certificate of completion for each course. The only true professional certification for dog trainers is available via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), which requires training hours and an exam. Our program will prepare you to acquire those hours and take the test.

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