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Starmark Academy

For Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.


2014 Catalog
Catalog Volume 20
Date of Publication 09/04/2013
Effective Date 09/04/2013

Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. is a Private Proprietary


career school operated under the Texas Workforce Commission, Career
Schools Colleges.

Main Campus
200 County Road 197
Hutto, Texas 78634
www.schoolfordogtrainers.com
Phone: 512-759-2275/877-823-7847 Fax: 512-846-2147

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Table of Contents
Item Page
Listing of Officers

03

History of Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.

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Description of Facilities, Space and Equipment

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Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Key Staff

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Admission Procedures

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Pet Obedience Theory and Application

06

Canine Training Specialist Program Outline

07

Canine Training Specialist Program

08-12

Canine Training and Behavior Specialist Outline

13-14

Canine Training and Behavior Specialist

15-22

Academy Policies

23-31

Orientation
Academic standards
Satisfactory progress
Completion of course study
School hours and attendance
Cancellation policy
Refunds
Refund Policy for Students Called to Active Military Service
Method of Payment
Personal dogs
Field trips
Transfer of credits
Student conduct
Suspension or Expulsion from school
Readmission Policy
Appeal procedure, Grievances
Honor code
Personal Expenses
Parking
Internet Access
Personal calls
Personal property
Student records
Accident policy, physical requirement
School Approval and Regulation
Graduation Requirements

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Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Career Placement Assistance

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2013 Class Schedule

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Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Fee listing

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Listing of Officers
Jerry Wolfe CEO
Keith Benson...President/COO
History of Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.
Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. is affiliated with Triple Crown Dog Academy
Inc., which was started by Jerry Wolfe in August of 1994 in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson facility was a
prototype for our now Austin Area Facility. Triple Crown Dog Academy Inc. is the worlds largest
Training, Boarding and Event Center for dogs. Triple Crown Dog Academy has been serving the Austin,
Texas area since 1998. Triple Crown Dog Academys training services include: Pet Obedience,
competition obedience, agility, behavior modification, Schutzhund, police K-9, Search and Rescue and
more. Triple Crown Dog Academy is a recommended facility by ABKA (The American Boarding
Kennel Association). Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. is Approved and Regulated
by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas.

Description of Facilities, Space and Equipment


Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. is the largest training, behavior and event center
complex in the world. Our 80,000 square foot center includes a 200 run state of the art kennel and a
32,000 square foot climate-controlled event center, clubhouse, classroom, and more. Our Facility also
has several specialty ponds for Retriever Trials, hundreds of acres for tracking, two full sets of
regulation Agility equipment, lighted outdoor sport field, a 2 mile adventure trail with obstacles, and
more.

1. Office/Class Room
2. Training Building
3. Grooming

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4. Kennels
5. Special Care Unit
6. Luxury Suites

7. Sports Field
8. Police K9 search
9. Bath House

10. Beach Club


11. RV Parking

Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Key Staff


Keith Benson: Keith is the President/COO of Triple Crown Dog Academy Inc., and an instructor at
Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Keith has a BS in Psychology with an emphasis
on Animal Behavior. He is also a Certified Professional Trainer and has worked with many dogs and
owners to help them reach their goals. Keith has been with Starmark since its inception. Keith shares
his expertise with students and is the instructor for Business Management and behavior management
with pharmaceuticals classes at Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainer, Inc.
Rob Dunn: Rob is Vice President of Training for Triple Crown Dog Academy, Inc., and is a head
instructor for Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. He has been with Triple Crown
Dog Academy since its inception and is a Certified Professional Trainer. Rob has helped literally
thousands of dogs and owners to reach their training goals. He has competed successfully in many areas
of dog sports including AKC Obedience, and he has represented the United States in several World
Championship Schutzhund events. Rob is also the head trainer for the Round Rock Police Department
K-9 team. Rob will instruct students in all areas of training while at Starmark Academy for Professional
Dog Trainers, Inc.
Jessy Gabriel: Jessy is Vice President of Training for Triple Crown Dog Academy, Inc., and is a head
instructor for Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. She has been with Triple Crown
Dog Academy since its inception and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Jessy has trained
thousands of dogs and owners through private lessons, group class and In Kennel Training to reach their
training goals with their dogs. Jessy has successfully competed in many areas of dog sports including
AKC Obedience, Agility and Schutzhund. She has trained and certified several police dogs. She has
shown at Regionals, Nationals and represented the United States in WUSV World Schutzhund
Championships as well as the FCI World Schutzhund Championships. Jessy is a Certified Professional
Animal Care Specialist, she will use her knowledge and teaching skills to instruct students in all areas of
training while at Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.
Jay Wilton: Jay is Operations Manager and Instructor at Starmark Academy for Professional Dog
Trainers, Inc. Jay has been with Triple Crown Dog Academy, Inc. since 2008, as a Canine Training and
Behavior Specialist, Operations Manager, and an Instructor of academy courses. He holds a Canine
Training and Behavior Specialist diploma from Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.

Admission Procedures
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U.S. Citizens:
Each student must be at least 18 years of age, and must be a high school graduate or hold a General Education
Development (GED) certificate. Each prospective student must provide the Academy with either a copy of his or her
high school or college transcript, or an official copy of his or her GED certificate. To ensure the safety of Academy
staff and students and to verify identity, each prospective student must also provide the Academy with an official FBI
Identification Record. The typical cost for this is $18 and can be obtained by acquiring a set of fingerprints at your local
law enforcement agency and submitting them to the FBI. For more information on obtaining your FBI Identification
Record, please visit the FBIs website at http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm.
Each prospective student is required to
(i)
Complete an application on this form or other such form as may from time to time be required by
the Academy,
(ii)
Submit an $50 application fee and $500 refundable tuition deposit,
(iii)
Submit other required information and materials (including his or her high school or college
transcript or GED certificate; entrance essay, FBI Identification Record, two letters of reference
that are work or character related from someone other than a friend or family member), and
(iv)
Participate in a phone interview with a representative of the Academy.
Upon completion of the foregoing a prospective student will be considered for admission. Each prospective student will
be notified as to whether he or she has been accepted for admission to the Academy.
The Academy reserves the right to reject an applicant for any reason.
International Students:
Each student must be at least 18 years of age, and must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education.
Each prospective student must provide the Academy with a copy of his or her high school or equivalent transcript or
diploma. International students must also be able to speak, understand, and read English, and must submit proof of
English language proficiency. This must be in the form of TOEFL or similar test scores. International students must
also submit verification of adequate funds to pay for tuition and related living expenses while in the United States. This
can be in the form a bank letter or loan documents.
Each prospective student is required to
(v)
Complete an application on this form or other such form as may from time to time be required by
the Academy,
(vi)
Submit an $50 application fee and $500 refundable tuition deposit,
(vii)
Submit other required information and materials (including his or her high school or college
transcript or diploma; entrance essay, English test scores, financial verification, two letters of
reference that are work or character related from someone other than a friend or family member),
and
(viii)
Participate in a phone interview with a representative of the Academy.
Upon completion of the foregoing a prospective student will be considered for admission, and an I-20 will be issued.
Each prospective student will be notified as to whether he or she has been accepted for admission to the Academy.
The Academy reserves the right to reject an applicant for any reason.
Former Students:
Former students who wish to re-enter the Academy (including those who have withdrawn, whether for good cause or
no cause, or who have been terminated) must submit an updated application for admission along with a new application
fee and all other required information. All re-entry students must have his or her previous Academy transcript updated
and evaluated to determine which program components have been successfully completed and will apply to his or her
current program of study.
Academy students who have completed a program of study are allowed to continue their Academy education for the
purpose of completing other programs of study upon submission of an updated application, an application fee for the
new program of study, transcripts or certificates evidencing completion of prior programs of study, and all other
required information. An interview may be required, in the discretion of the Director.

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Educational Workshops and Programs


Pet Obedience Theory and Application
(160 Hours)
Admissions Requirements:
Individuals applying for this course are required to:
a. Be at least 18 years of age; and
b. Present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate)
Pet Obedience Theory and Application is designed to enhance the attendees communication with their dog(s) and
to improve the human-canine bond. This course will also introduce attendees to the exciting field of dog training.
Through a combination of lecture and hands-on training attendees will learn training theory and techniques in the
areas of:

Learning Theory (17 hours) Have you ever wanted to get inside your dogs mind? Learn the history
and science of how dogs learn, and why they do the things they do.
Basic Obedience (60 hours) A well-trained dog is a happy dog. Our instructors will show you a variety
of tools and techniques to teach your dog basic obedience exercises.
Clicker Training (25 hours) Want to speed up your dogs learning process by 50 percent? Experience
first hand the importance of timing when using a clicker to teach a dog new behaviors.
Behavior Problems (18 hours) One of the main reasons dogs end up in shelters is because of behavior
problems. Our instructors will teach you techniques for prevention and management of behavior problems
such as digging, jumping up, running away, chewing, house soiling and much more.
Puppy Training (10 hours) Our staff will teach you how to properly socialize, potty train, build
confidence and imprint puppies to make the perfect companion. Because puppies are always learning, we
teach you how to start off on the right paw.
Basic Dog Care (10 hours) Responsible pet ownership means ensuring the health and safety of your
dog. Learn how to properly care for dogs and recognize signs and symptoms of health related problems.
Agility (20 hours) Agility has become the fastest growing dog sport in the world. Learn how this
exciting sport can enhance your relationship with your dog.

This 40-hour/week course runs concurrently with the Canine Training Specialist program. Attendees will receive a
certificate of attendance upon completion of this workshop. Participants who complete this workshop are eligible
to continue on in the Canine Training Specialist Program.

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Canine Training Specialist Program Outline


Subject #

Subject Title

LTH 101

Learning Theory

17 / 00 / 00 / 17

POB 101

Basic Pet Obedience

10 /36 / 00 / 46

CLK 101

Basic Clicker Training

02 / 13 / 00 / 15

BEH 101

Basic Principals in Behavior

08 / 10 / 00 / 18

GPL 101

Group classes, private lessons I

08/ 12 / 00 / 20

PUP 101

Puppy Imprinting & Socialization

06 / 08 / 00 / 14

AGL 101

Agility Training I

02 / 13 / 00 / 15

KNL 101

Kennel Management I

03 / 07 / 00 / 10

BUS 101

Business Techniques I

05 / 00 / 00 / 05

POB 201

Intermediate Pet Obedience

05 / 40 / 00 / 45

CLK 201

Intermediate Clicker Training

00 / 15 / 00 / 15

BEH 201

Behavior Modification Techniques

12 / 08 / 00 / 20

GPL 201

Group Classes, Private Lessons, and InKennel Training II

05 / 17 / 00 / 22

PUP 201

Puppy Selection & Imprinting

05 / 10 / 00 / 15

AGL 201

Agility Training II

00 / 20 / 00 / 20

KNL 201

Kennel Management II

04 / 14 / 00 / 18

BUS 201

Business Techniques II

05 / 00 / 00 / 05

Total Hours

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Clock Hours
Lec/Lab/Ext/Total

97 / 223 / 00 / 320

Canine Training Specialist Program


(320 hours)
Admissions Requirements:
Individuals applying for this course are required to:
a. Be at least 18 years of age; and
b. Present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate)
Program Description:
This 8-week course of instruction prepares students to work with a wide variety of dog temperaments utilizing
numerous training techniques. Graduates may find suitable employment in veterinary clinics, boarding kennels,
training kennels, obedience clubs and private dog training companies. Students will learn to monitor and
maintain dog health, work with agility dogs, manage and maintain a kennel, work with behavior problems. Upon
completion of this program students will receive the certificate of Canine Training Specialist and will be able to
conduct private lessons, group lessons and In-Kennel Training.
LTH 101 Learning Theory
In this course students will be introduced to the science behind how dogs learn. Students will learn:

The science behind how dogs learn.


Evolution of learning theory, i.e. classical and. operant conditioning.
Application of psychological principles in animal training.
How breed characteristics affect behavior.

Lecture: 17 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 17 hrs; Prerequisite: None


POB 101 Basic Pet Obedience
In this course students will be introduced to basic pet obedience theory and practical application. Students will learn:

How to properly approach an unfamiliar dog.


Bite prevention training.
How to build a good relationship with a dog.
Basic obedience exercises (sit, down, heel, walking on a loose leash, recall, stay, place boundary stay).
Proper use and function of different types of training equipment.
Introduction to different tools and methods used to train a dog to perform off-leash obedience exercises.
Benefits and disadvantages of hand signals.

Lecture: 10 hrs, Lab: 36 hrs, Total hours: 46 hrs; Prerequisite: LTH 101
CLK 101 Basic Clicker Training
In this course students will be introduced to clicker training concepts. Students will learn:

Principles of clicker training.


Benefits and disadvantages of a clicker.
How to condition a dog to the clicker.
5 methods to teach a new behavior using a clicker.
Use of a clicker in teaching basic pet tricks.
Desensitization using a clicker.

Lecture: 2 hrs, Lab: 13 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: LTH 101
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BEH 101 Basic principles in Behavior


In this course students will be introduced to Basic canine behavior and behavior modification techniques. Students will
learn:

9 methods of dealing with behavior problems.


Prevention of behavior problems in dogs.
How to use techniques such as counter-conditioning, desensitization, and extinction in dealing with
behavior problems.
How to use a clicker in conjunction with solving behavior problems.
The best approach when dealing with difficult dogs that may be fearful, dominant, or submissive.
How to deal with common behavior problems like pulling, jumping up, barking and more.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 10 hrs, Total hours: 18 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
GPL 101 Group classes, private lessons I
In this course students will be introduced to Group and Private lesson instruction. Students will learn:

The number 1 reason clients drop out of obedience class.


The different types of group classes to offer.
Structures and procedures for group class.
How to perform training evaluations.
How to instruct clients and their dogs in basic obedience training.
The essentials of giving a private lesson.
How to deal with difficult clients.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 12 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
PUP 101 Puppy Imprinting & Socialization
In this course students will be introduced to puppy imprinting and socialization. Students will learn:

Prevention of behavior problems.


Puppy socialization techniques.
House training techniques.
Crate training techniques.
Puppy obedience training techniques.
Puppy proofing your home.

Lecture: 6 hrs, Lab: 8 hrs, Total hours: 14 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
AGL 101 Agility Training I
In this course students will be introduced to the exciting sport of agility. Students will learn:

Benefits of agility training for all dogs.


Rules of AKC competitive agility.
How agility training can boost a dogs confidence.
Explanation of different obstacles in agility.
Performance of basic agility obstacles with dogs.
Using targets in training.

Lecture: 2 hrs, Lab: 13 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101, CLK 101
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KNL 101 Kennel Management I


In this course students will be introduced to basic kennel management theory, practical application, and basic dog care.
Students will learn:

Schedules for inoculations.


What vaccinations are required for a dog when staying at a boarding facility.
The importance of proper health relating to training.
Maintaining a proper kennel environment.
Proper sanitization and disinfecting of kennel runs
The proper way to clip nails, clean ears and give baths.
Stress management for dogs in a kennel environment.
Maintaining a quiet kennel environment.
Importance of daily visual inspections for the well being of a boarding dog.
Basic canine anatomy.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 7 hrs, Total hours: 10 hrs; Prerequisite: None


BUS 101 Business Techniques I
In this course students will be introduced to Basic business techniques. Students will learn:

Different structures of businesses.


Management styles and motivating employees.
Pros and cons of owning your own business
Basics needed for starting your own business
Choosing a location for your business.
Risk management.
Where to turn for help.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 5 hrs; Prerequisite: None


POB 201 Intermediate Pet Obedience
In this course students will be instructed in intermediate pet obedience theory and practical application. Students will
learn:

Train a dog to perform basic off-leash obedience exercises.


Train a dog to complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen exam.
Discuss the use of hand signals.
Proper applications for using a remote training collar.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 40 hrs, Total hours: 45 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101, CLK 101
CLK 201 Intermediate Clicker Training
In this course students will be introduced to clicker training concepts. Students will learn:

How to transition to a variable reinforcement schedule.


How to fade the use of the clicker and when to bring it back in.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 15 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: CLK 101

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BEH 201 Behavior Modification Techniques


In this course students will be instructed in behavior modification techniques. Students will learn:

The appropriate steps in conducting a behavior consultation.


Important factors in determining positive and negative prognosis in behavior problems.
Symptoms, causes and treatment for behavior problems.
The difference between management and reversal of behavior problems.
Different types of aggression.
Prevention and management of aggression.
Reversal and management of the dominance hierarchy.
How to identify the difference between fears and phobias.
How to accurately describe and assess canine body language.
Techniques used in modifying separation anxiety & hyperactivity.

Lecture: 12 hrs, Lab: 8 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: BEH 101
GPL 201 Group classes, private lessons, and In-kennel training II
In this course students will be instructed in both group and private lesson instruction and in-kennel training techniques.
Students will learn:

Give private obedience instruction to others.


Assisting with group obedience classes.
Perform training evaluations for in-kennel training.
Train in-kennel obedience dogs.
Create a lesson plan for private lessons.
Create a lesson plan for group classes.
The proper way to introduce dogs to each other.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 17 hrs, Total hours: 22 hrs; Prerequisite: GPL 101
PUP 201 Puppy Selection and Imprinting
In this course students will be instructed in puppy selection and imprinting. Students will learn:

Psychological development in a puppy.


The effects of genetics and environment on a puppy.
The critical socialization and imprinting period for a puppy.
Necessary drives and temperament needed for various dog sports and service work.
Puppy imprinting for competitive dog sports and service work.
Conduct and interpret puppy temperament evaluations.
Selecting the perfect pet.
Puppy imprinting for a pet dog.
Puppy kindergarten classes.
How to teach puppies to be active learners.
Proper introduction of a young dog into a new environment.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 10 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: PUP 101, CLK 101

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AGL 201 Agility Training II


In this course students will be instructed in advanced Agility training techniques. Students will learn:

Sequence training of obstacles.


Ability to teach basic agility to others.
Setting up course designs.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 20 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: AGL 101
KNL 201 Kennel Management II
In this course students will be in intermediate kennel management theory and practical application, and basic canine
health care. Students will learn:

Basic health issues with dogs (guest lecture by a licensed veterinarian).


How to administer basic canine first aid.
What constitutes a medical emergency.
Maintaining the health & weight of dogs in a kennel environment.
Recognizing problems with dogs in a kennel environment.

Lecture: 4 hrs, Lab: 14 hrs, Total hours: 18 hrs; Prerequisite: KNL 101
BUS 201 Business Techniques II
In this course students will be introduced to advanced business techniques. Students will learn:

Marketing and promotional strategies


Using public relations to promote your business
Cost effective marketing through the internet.
Naming your business and choosing a logo.
Creating your mission statement and philosophy
Setting up your chart of accounts and understanding financial statements.
Closing the sale.
Customer service objectives.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 5 hrs; Prerequisite: BUS 101

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Canine Training & Behavior Specialist Program Outline

Subject #

Subject Title

LTH 101

Learning Theory

17 / 00 / 00 / 17

POB 101

Basic Pet Obedience

10 /36 / 00 / 46

CLK 101

Basic Clicker Training

02 / 13 / 00 / 15

BEH 101

Basic Principals in Behavior

08 / 10 / 00 / 18

GPL 101

Group classes, private lessons I

08/ 12 / 00 / 20

PUP 101

Puppy Imprinting & Socialization

06 / 08 / 00 / 14

AGL 101

Agility Training I

02 / 13 / 00 / 15

KNL 101

Kennel Management I

03 / 07 / 00 / 10

BUS 101

Business Techniques I

05 / 00 / 00 / 05

POB 201

Intermediate Pet Obedience

05 / 40 / 00 / 45

CLK 201

Intermediate Clicker Training

00 / 15 / 00 / 15

BEH 201

Behavior Modification Techniques

12 / 08 / 00 / 20

GPL 201

Group Classes, Private Lessons, and InKennel Training II

05 / 17 / 00 / 22

AGL 201

Agility Training II

00 / 20 / 00 / 20

KNL 201

Kennel Management II

04 / 14 / 00 / 18

BUS 201

Business Techniques II

05 / 00 / 00 / 05

POB 301

Advanced Pet Obedience

00 / 30 / 00 / 30

COB 101

Competitive Obedience Training

06 / 09 / 00 / 15

CLK 301

Advanced Clicker Training

00 / 10 / 00 / 10

BEH 301

Advanced Behavior Modification


Techniques

03 / 09 / 00 / 12

GPL 301

Group Classes, Private Lessons, In-Kennel

05 / 15 / 00 / 20

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Clock Hours
Lec/Lab/Ext/Total

13

Training, and In Home Training III


PUP 201

Puppy Selection and Imprinting

05 / 10 / 00 / 15

KNL 301

Kennel Management III

03 / 05 / 00 / 08

AGL 301

Agility Training III

00 / 12 / 00 / 12

PRT 101

Protection I

03 / 09 / 00 / 12

ICS 101

Introduction to Canine Sports

08 / 04 / 00 / 12

POL 101

Police K-9 I

08 / 04 / 00 / 12

SVC 101

Assistance Dog Training for the


Handicapped

02 / 03 / 00 / 05

SAR 101

Search and Rescue

03 / 09 / 00 / 12

Total Hours

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138 / 342 / 00 / 480

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Canine Training & Behavior Specialist Program


(480 Hours)
Admissions requirements: Individuals applying for this course are required to:
a. be at least 18 years of age;
b. present proof of secondary education (high school diploma or GED certificate)
Program Description:
This 12-week course of instruction prepares students for advanced training principles including behavior,
obedience and behavior. Graduates may find suitable employment in veterinary clinics, boarding kennels,
training kennels, obedience clubs and private dog training companies. Students will learn the skills of working
with basic and advanced obedience dogs, basic and advanced behavior problems, agility, advanced clicker
training, Kennel Management, Police K-9 and Protection, Scent Discrimination, Search and Rescue and
Assistance dogs for the Handicapped. Upon completion of this program, students will receive the certificate of
Canine Behavior and Training Specialist and will be able to conduct private lessons, group lessons and In-Kennel
Training.
LTH 101 Learning Theory
In this course students will be introduced to the science behind how dogs learn. Students will learn:

The science behind how dogs learn.


Evolution of learning theory, i.e. classical and. operant conditioning.
Application of psychological principles in animal training.
How breed characteristics affect behavior.

Lecture: 17 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 17 hrs; Prerequisite: None


POB 101 Basic Pet Obedience
In this course students will be introduced to basic pet obedience theory and practical application. Students will learn:

How to properly approach an unfamiliar dog.


Bite prevention training.
How to build a good relationship with a dog.
Basic obedience exercises (sit, down, heel, walking on a loose leash, recall, stay, place boundary stay).
Proper use and function of different types of training equipment.
Introduction to different tools and methods used to train a dog to perform off-leash obedience exercises.
Benefits and disadvantages of hand signals.

Lecture: 10 hrs, Lab: 36 hrs, Total hours: 46 hrs; Prerequisite: LTH 101
CLK 101 Basic Clicker Training
In this course students will be introduced to clicker training concepts. Students will learn:

Principles of clicker training.


Benefits and disadvantages of a clicker.
How to condition a dog to the clicker.
5 methods to teach a new behavior using a clicker.
Use of a clicker in teaching basic pet tricks.

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Desensitization using a clicker.

Lecture: 2 hrs, Lab: 13 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: LTH 101
BEH 101 Basic principles in Behavior
In this course students will be introduced to Basic canine behavior and behavior modification techniques. Students will
learn:

9 methods of dealing with behavior problems.


Prevention of behavior problems in dogs.
How to use techniques such as counter-conditioning, desensitization, and extinction in dealing with
behavior problems.
How to use a clicker in conjunction with solving behavior problems.
The best approach when dealing with difficult dogs that may be fearful, dominant, or submissive.
How to deal with common behavior problems like pulling, jumping up, barking and more.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 10 hrs, Total hours: 18 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
GPL 101 Group classes, private lessons I
In this course students will be introduced to Group and Private lesson instruction. Students will learn:

The number 1 reason clients drop out of obedience class.


The different types of group classes to offer.
Structures and procedures for group class.
How to perform training evaluations.
How to instruct clients and their dogs in basic obedience training.
The essentials of giving a private lesson.
How to deal with difficult clients.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 12 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
PUP 101 Puppy Imprinting & Socialization
In this course students will be introduced to puppy imprinting and socialization. Students will learn:

Prevention of behavior problems.


Puppy socialization techniques.
House training techniques.
Crate training techniques.
Puppy obedience training techniques.
Puppy proofing your home.

Lecture: 6 hrs, Lab: 8 hrs, Total hours: 14 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101
AGL 101 Agility Training I
In this course students will be introduced to the exciting sport of agility. Students will learn:

Benefits of agility training for all dogs.


Rules of AKC competitive agility.
How agility training can boost a dogs confidence.
Explanation of different obstacles in agility.

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Performance of basic agility obstacles with dogs.


Using targets in training.

Lecture: 2 hrs, Lab: 13 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101, CLK 101
KNL 101 Kennel Management I
In this course students will be introduced to basic kennel management theory, practical application, and basic dog care.
Students will learn:

Schedules for inoculations.


What vaccinations are required for a dog when staying at a boarding facility.
The importance of proper health relating to training.
Maintaining a proper kennel environment.
Proper sanitization and disinfecting of kennel runs
The proper way to clip nails, clean ears and give baths.
Stress management for dogs in a kennel environment.
Maintaining a quiet kennel environment.
Importance of daily visual inspections for the well being of a boarding dog.
Basic canine anatomy.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 7 hrs, Total hours: 10 hrs; Prerequisite: None


BUS 101 Business Techniques I
In this course students will be introduced to Basic business techniques. Students will learn:

Different structures of businesses.


Management styles and motivating employees.
Pros and cons of owning your own business
Basics needed for starting your own business
Choosing a location for your business.
Risk management.
Where to turn for help.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 5 hrs; Prerequisite: None


POB 201 Intermediate Pet Obedience
In this course students will be instructed in intermediate pet obedience theory and practical application. Students will
learn:

Train a dog to perform basic off-leash obedience exercises.


Train a dog to complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen exam.
Discuss the use of hand signals.
Proper applications for using a remote training collar.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 40 hrs, Total hours: 45 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 101, CLK 101
CLK 201 Intermediate Clicker Training
In this course students will be introduced to clicker training concepts. Students will learn:

How to transition to a variable reinforcement schedule.


How to fade the use of the clicker and when to bring it back in.

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Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 15 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: CLK 101
BEH 201 Behavior Modification Techniques
In this course students will be instructed in behavior modification techniques. Students will learn:

The appropriate steps in conducting a behavior consultation.


Important factors in determining positive and negative prognosis in behavior problems.
Symptoms, causes and treatment for behavior problems.
The difference between management and reversal of behavior problems.
Different types of aggression.
Prevention and management of aggression.
Reversal and management of the dominance hierarchy.
How to identify the difference between fears and phobias.
How to accurately describe and assess canine body language.
Techniques used in modifying separation anxiety & hyperactivity.

Lecture: 12 hrs, Lab: 8 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: BEH 101
GPL 201 Group classes, private lessons, and In-kennel training II
In this course students will be instructed in both group and private lesson instruction and in-kennel training techniques.
Students will learn:

Give private obedience instruction to others.


Assisting with group obedience classes.
Perform training evaluations for in-kennel training.
Train in-kennel obedience dogs.
Create a lesson plan for private lessons.
Create a lesson plan for group classes.
The proper way to introduce dogs to each other.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 17 hrs, Total hours: 22 hrs; Prerequisite: GPL 101
PUP 201 Puppy Selection and Imprinting
In this course students will be instructed in puppy selection and imprinting. Students will learn:

Psychological development in a puppy.


The effects of genetics and environment on a puppy.
The critical socialization and imprinting period for a puppy.
Necessary drives and temperament needed for various dog sports and service work.
Puppy imprinting for competitive dog sports and service work.
Conduct and interpret puppy temperament evaluations.
Selecting the perfect pet.
Puppy imprinting for a pet dog.
Puppy kindergarten classes.
How to teach puppies to be active learners.
Proper introduction of a young dog into a new environment.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 10 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: PUP 101, CLK 101
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AGL 201 Agility Training II


In this course students will be instructed in advanced Agility training techniques. Students will learn:

Sequence training of obstacles.


Ability to teach basic agility to others.
Setting up course designs.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 20 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: AGL 101
KNL 201 Kennel Management II
In this course students will be in intermediate kennel management theory and practical application, and basic canine
health care. Students will learn:

Basic health issues with dogs (guest lecture by a licensed veterinarian).


How to administer basic canine first aid.
What constitutes a medical emergency.
Maintaining the health & weight of dogs in a kennel environment.
Recognizing problems with dogs in a kennel environment.

Lecture: 4 hrs, Lab: 14 hrs, Total hours: 18 hrs; Prerequisite: KNL 101
BUS 201 Business Techniques II
In this course students will be introduced to advanced business techniques. Students will learn:

Marketing and promotional strategies


Using public relations to promote your business
Cost effective marketing through the internet.
Naming your business and choosing a logo.
Creating your mission statement and philosophy
Setting up your chart of accounts and understanding financial statements.
Closing the sale.
Customer service objectives.

Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 0 hrs, Total hours: 5 hrs; Prerequisite: BUS 101
POB 301 Advanced Pet Obedience
In this course students will be instructed in advanced pet obedience theory and practical application. Students will
learn:

Generalization of obedience under high levels of distraction.


Off-leash obedience training.
Control of dog at a distance.
Dynamics of multi-dog households.
Working with multiple dogs in a home.
Improving the adoptability of dogs in a shelter.
Problem solving.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 30 hrs, Total hours: 30 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201
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COB 101 Competitive Obedience Training


In this course students will be introduced to competitive obedience training. Students will learn:

Obedience exercises in competitive sports.


AKC, UKC and Schutzhund obedience rules and regulation.
Different levels of competitive obedience.
Hand signals for competitive obedience training.
Preparing for competitions.
Building a good working relationship with a dog.
The steps in a trained retrieve.
Using a dogs natural drive in training.
Attention training to the handler.

Lecture: 6 hrs, Lab: 9 hrs, Total hours: 15 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201
CLK 301 Advanced Clicker Training
In this course students will be instructed in techniques for teaching advanced behaviors. Students will learn:

Operant conditioning principles to teach complex behaviors.


Shaping and chaining animal behaviors for commercials and movies
The use of a clicker in generalizing behaviors.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 10 hrs, Total hours: 10 hrs; Prerequisite: CLK 201
BEH 301 Advanced Behavior Modification Techniques
In this course students will be instructed in advanced behavior modification techniques. Students will learn:

Developing a treatment strategy for severe behavior problems.


How to set up a detailed plan for the dog and owners to help deal with severe behavior problems.
Uses of psychoactive medication to treat acute behavior problems.
Techniques in handling dogs with aggression problems.
Temperament evaluation and selection of adult dogs.
Behavior modification and temperament evaluation of shelter dogs.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 9 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: BEH 201
GPL 301 Group Classes, Private lesson, In Kennel Training, & In Home Training III
In this course students will be instructed in both group and private lesson instruction and in-kennel training techniques.
Students will learn:

Pros and cons of in-kennel training.


Pros and cons of in-home training.
Scheduling of lessons for in home & private training.
How to start a doggy day care.
Conducting a Group class.
Conducting a Private lesson.
Customizing a training plan for a clients dog.
Train a wide variety of temperaments in an in-kennel environment.
The proper way to introduce a new dog into a group environment.
The importance of balanced training techniques.

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Lecture: 5 hrs, Lab: 15 hrs, Total hours: 20 hrs; Prerequisite: GPL 201
KNL 301 Kennel Management III
In this course students will be instructed in kennel management theory, practical application, and canine health care.
Students will learn:

How to maintain lifetime relationships with your clients.


Management of special services for dogs in a boarding environment.
How a dog utilizes the nutrition he takes in.
Proper warm up and cool down techniques for service or sport dogs.
Maintaining a professional relationship with clients.
Management of kennel staff and technicians.
Administration and logging of medication for in-kennel dogs.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 5 hrs, Total hours: 8 hrs; Prerequisite: KNL 201
AGL 301 Agility Training III
In this course students will be instructed in running agility courses. Students will learn:

How to solve problems in agility.


Developing a strategy for running an agility course.
Clean run in agility.
Advanced handling techniques.
Obstacle discrimination.
Rules of NADAC and USDAA competitive agility.
Teaching clients to prepare for trials.
Maintaining control of an agility dog in drive.

Lecture: 0 hrs, Lab: 12 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: AGL 201
PRT 101 Protection I

In this course students will be introduced to the art of protection training. Students will learn:

The misconceptions associated with protection training.


Pros and cons of offering protection training.
Evaluating and selecting a dog for protection training.
Steps in training a protection dog.
Safety and control of a protection dog.
How to recognize and develop a dogs drives.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 9 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201, PUP 201
POL 101 Police K-9 I
In this course students will be introduced to Police K-9 training. Students will learn:

K-9 training theory and techniques.


How to evaluate a police dog candidate.
Steps in training a detector dog.
Basic police dog tracking theories.

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How a dogs nose works to detect different odors.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 4 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201, PUP 201
ICS 101 Introduction to Canine Sports
In this course students will be introduced to various competitive dog sports. Students will learn:

Herding training.
Retriever training.
Flyball training.
Flying disk work training.
Schutzhund training.
KNPV
French Ring
Many other dog sports.

Lecture: 8 hrs, Lab: 4 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201, PUP 201
SVC 101 Assistance Dog Training for the Handicapped
In this course students will be introduced to Assistance dog training for the handicapped. Students will learn:

Different types of assistance dogs.


Evaluation and selection of an assistance dog candidate.
Trained retrieve for assistance dogs.

Lecture: 2 hrs, Lab: 3 hrs, Total hours: 5 hrs; Prerequisite: POB 201, PUP 201, CLK 301
SAR 101 Search and Rescue I
In this course students will be introduced to search and rescue theory and practical application. Students will learn:

Describe what is involved in search and rescue.


The difference between tracking and air scenting.
The SAR dog in cadaver recovery.
Evaluate and select a SAR dog.
Training a dog in disaster work.
SAR area wilderness search.

Lecture: 3 hrs, Lab: 9 hrs, Total hours: 12 hrs; Prerequisite: POL 101

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Academy Policies
The following policies have been developed by the Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. (the
Academy) as part of its program to develop professionals in the area of dog training.
ORIENTATION
An orientation program is held for all new and reentering students. All students are expected to participate in the
orientation program. Orientation acquaints the students with the rules and procedures of the Academy and
provides an opportunity to ask questions regarding the Academy and the program of study.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Programs of study at the Academy consist of a combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications.
Tests to evaluate progress of each student will be administered by individual faculty members at his or her
discretion. Grades are calculated as follows: 80% Practical exams, 10% Written exams, 10% Final exam. Grade
reports are issued to the students upon the completion of each term. Academic standing at the Academy is based
on the following grading system:
Grade
A+, A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CD+
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Numerical Range
93-100
90-92
88-89
83-87
80-82
78-79
73-77
70-72
68-69

Credit Points Earned


4.0
3.7
3.3
3.0
2.7
2.3
2.0
1.7
1.3

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D
DF
Other grade report designations: I
WP
WF

63-67
60-62
below 60
Incomplete
Withdrawn passing
Withdrawn failing

1.0
0.7
0.0
(no numerical grade computed)
(no numerical grade computed)
(numerical grade computed as 0.0)

Recognizing the need for special instruction or tutoring to prevent failing a class is the responsibility of the
student. Should a student receive a failing grade, it becomes part of the student's permanent record. The student
must reapply to retake a class, and must pay additional tuition and fees for any required class recorded as a
failure.
If a student is unable to complete the assigned work for the class due to extended illness, serious accident, or a
death in the students immediate family, a grade of Incomplete may be assigned at the discretion of the
instructor, with the consent of the Director. An Incomplete must be completed before beginning the next class
term. The work and the method of make-up that must be completed are at the discretion of the instructor. If the
Incomplete is not finished by the end of the term, the grade will be converted to an F.
A student may withdraw from a class up to the end of the third week and receive a WP (withdrawn passing) or
WF (withdrawn failing), which will be recorded on the student transcript. A student wishing to withdraw from
any class is responsible for submitting a formal withdrawal request.

SATISFACTORY PROGRESS
Each Academy student has primary responsibility for his or her own academic progress. Students are evaluated
every four weeks. In the Canine Training Specialist program, an Academy student's progress is considered
satisfactory when a 1.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is maintained. A student who fails any written or
practical exam, or whose cumulative GPA is below a 1.7 will be placed on academic probation. A student on
academic probation will be evaluated weekly. If the student does not show sufficient improvement within two
weeks the student will be terminated from the Academy and must reapply for admission. A student will only be

permitted to fail and retest a maximum of 2 written or practical exams. Failure of a third exam will
result in termination of enrollment from the Academy.
COMPLETION OF COURSE OF STUDY
The Academy does not and cannot guarantee that each student will achieve the level of accomplishment and
proficiency during the program to permit issuance of a certificate of completion of any given course of study. The
student further understands that a certificate of completion will not be issued unless the level of accomplishment
and proficiency meet the minimum requirements of the Academy as specified in policies from time to time
adopted by the Academy.
SCHOOL HOURS AND ATTENDANCE
School classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for eight weeks. Class will begin
at 8am with a 10 minute break every hour. A one hour lunch will be given from 12pm 1pm. Class will resume
at 1pm with a 10 minute break every hour until 5:00pm. Students can expect to spend 4-6 hours each day outside
of class completing homework assignments. Homework assignments include training and caring for assigned
dogs, reading required materials, preparing reports and studying for exams. Group classes may also be held by the
instructional staff in the evenings and on Saturdays. On weekends students are encouraged, but not required, to
attend events held on the premises. These events may include agility competitions, lure coursing, flyball
competitions, hunt tests, AKC trials, Schutzhund events, police trials and breed specialty shows.
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Each student is required to maintain regular and punctual attendance at all training sessions and classes. Each
student is required to prearrange with the instructor or the Director, when he or she will be absent, tardy, or will be
required to leave early. A student with more than two absences, or who is tardy for any class on more than four
occasions, or who leaves class early on more than four occasions, in each case during any four week period, will
be contacted by the staff and will be terminated from the Academy, except in cases of documented extenuating
circumstances such as extended illness, serious accident, or death in the immediate family, or other special
circumstances approved in writing by the Director. Termination for violations of the attendance policy does not
circumvent the approved refund policy. Students whose enrollments are terminated for violation of the attendance
policy may not reenter before the start of the next grading period.
CANCELLATION POLICY
A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within 72 hours (until midnight of
the third day excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) after the enrollment contract is signed or within
the students first three scheduled class days (does not apply to Seminars).

REFUND POLICY FOR SEMINAR


1.
Refund computations will be based on the period of enrollment computed on basis of course time (clock
hours).
2.

The effective date of termination for refund purposes will be the earliest of the following:

(a)

the last date of attendance; or

(b)

the date of receipt of written notice from the student.

3.
If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance, and the student does not enter school, not more
than $100 shall be retained by the school.
4.
If the student fails to enter the seminar, withdraws, or is discontinued at any time before completion of the
seminar, the student will be refunded the pro rata portion of tuition, fees, and other charges that the number of
class hours remaining in the seminar after the effective date of termination bears to the total number of class hours
in the seminar.
5.

A full refund of all tuition and fees is due in each of the following cases:

(a)

an enrollee is not accepted by the school;

(b)
if the seminar of instruction is discontinued by the school and thus prevents the student from completing
the seminar; or
(c)
if the student's enrollment was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in advertising, promotional
materials of the school, or misrepresentations by the owner or representatives of the school.
6.

REFUND POLICY FOR STUDENTS CALLED TO ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE.

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A student of the school or college who withdraws from the school or college as a result of the student being called
to active duty in a military service of the United States or the Texas National Guard may elect one of the
following options for each program in which the student is enrolled:
(a)
if tuition and fees are collected in advance of the withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition, fees, or
other charges paid by the student for the program and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition, fees, or other charges
owed by the student for the portion of the program the student does not complete following withdrawal;
(b)
a grade of incomplete with the designation "withdrawn-military" for the courses in the program, other
than courses for which the student has previously received a grade on the student's transcript, and the right to reenroll in the program, or a substantially equivalent program if that program is no longer available, not later than
the first anniversary of the date the student is discharged from active military duty without payment of additional
tuition, fees, or other charges for the program other than any previously unpaid balance of the original tuition,
fees, and charges for books for the program; or
(c)
the assignment of an appropriate final grade or credit for the courses in the program, but only if the
instructor or instructors of the program determine that the student has:
(1)

satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the required coursework for the program; and

(2)

demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program material to receive credit for completing the program.

7.

Refunds will be totally consummated within 60 days after the effective date of termination.

REFUND POLICY FOR RESIDENCE SCHOOLS AND VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS


1.

Refundcomputationswillbebasedonscheduledcoursetimeofclassattendancethroughthelastdateof
attendance.Leavesofabsence,suspensionsandschoolholidayswillnotbecountedaspartofthe
scheduledclassattendance.

2.

The effective date of termination for refund purposes will be the earliest of the following:
(a)
The last day of attendance, if the student is terminated by the school;
(b)
The date of receipt of written notice from the student; or
(c)
Ten school days following the last date of attendance.

3.

If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance, and if after expiration of the 72 hour cancellation
privilege the student does not enter school, not more than $100 in nonrefundable administrative fees shall
be retained by the school for the entire residence program or synchronous distance education course.

4.

If a student enters a residence or synchronous distance education program and withdraws or is otherwise
terminated, the school or college may retain not more than $100 in nonrefundable administrative fees for
the entire program. The minimum refund of the remaining tuition and fees will be the pro rata portion of
tuition, fees, and other charges that the number of hours remaining in the portion of the course or program
for which the student has been charged after the effective date of termination bears to the total number of
hours in the portion of the course or program for which the student has been charged, except that a student
may not collect a refund if the student has completed 75 percent or more of the total number of hours in
the portion of the program for which the student has been charged on the effective date of termination. 1

5.

Refunds for items of extra expense to the student, such as books, tools, or other supplies should be
handled separately from refund of tuition and other academic fees. The student will not be required to
purchase instructional supplies, books and tools until such time as these materials are required. Once
these materials are purchased, no refund will be made. For full refunds, the school can withhold costs for

More simply, the refund is based on the precise number of course time hours the student has paid for, but not yet used, at the
point of termination, up to the 75% completion mark, after which no refund is due. Form PS-1040R provides the precise
calculation.
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6.

these types of items from the refund as long as they were necessary for the portion of the program
attended and separately stated in the enrollment agreement. Any such items not required for the portion of
the program attended must be included in the refund.
A student who withdraws for a reason unrelated to the students academic status after the 75 percent
completion mark and requests a grade at the time of withdrawal shall be given a grade of incomplete
and permitted to re-enroll in the course or program during the 12-month period following the date the
student withdrew without payment of additional tuition for that portion of the course or program.

7.

A full refund of all tuition and fees is due and refundable in each of the following cases:
(a)
An enrollee is not accepted by the school;
(b)
If the course of instruction is discontinued by the school and this prevents the student from
completing the course; or
(c)
If the student's enrollment was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in advertising,
promotional materials of the school, or representations by the owner or representatives of the
school.
A full or partial refund may also be due in other circumstances of program deficiencies or violations of
requirements for career schools and colleges.

8.

REFUND POLICY FOR STUDENTS CALLED TO ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE.


A student of the school or college who withdraws from the school or college as a result of the student
being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or the Texas National Guard may
elect one of the following options for each program in which the student is enrolled:
(a)
if tuition and fees are collected in advance of the withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition,
fees, or other charges paid by the student for the program and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition,
fees, or other charges owed by the student for the portion of the program the student does not
complete following withdrawal;
(b)
a grade of incomplete with the designation "withdrawn-military" for the courses in the program,
other than courses for which the student has previously received a grade on the student's
transcript, and the right to re-enroll in the program, or a substantially equivalent program if that
program is no longer available, not later than the first anniversary of the date the student is
discharged from active military duty without payment of additional tuition, fees, or other charges
for the program other than any previously unpaid balance of the original tuition, fees, and charges
for books for the program; or
(c)
The assignment of an appropriate final grade or credit for the courses in the program, but only if
the instructor or instructors of the program determine that the student has:
(1)
Satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the required coursework for the program;
and
(2)
Demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program material to receive credit for completing
the program.

9.

The payment of refunds will be totally completed such that the refund instrument has been negotiated or
credited into the proper account(s), within 60 days after the effective date of termination.

METHOD OF PAYMENT
Payment in full is due before the start date of each program. Starmark accepts Visa/MasterCard, checks, cash,
money order, cashiers check, personal checks and wire transfer.
PERSONAL DOGS

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One personal dog is welcome for each student attending a 4-week training session, and two personal dogs are
welcome for each student attending the Canine Training Specialist or Canine Training & Behavior Specialist
programs. Additional dogs will be permitted only with written permission of the Director.
All dogs must stay in designated areas provided by the Academy. Students whose dog or dogs are in the kennel
facilities shall observe and comply with the rules and regulations of the Academy related to the use of the kennel
facilities, and shall be responsible for maintaining the facilities in which his or her dog or dogs are located.
Students whose personal dogs stay in student housing must have their own crate for each dog and the dog must be
crated in their bedroom when they are not being supervised. The student will be wholly responsible for all care
and expense related to his or her dog(s). Each students performance in the program will be based in part on
progress of individual dogs. Training performed or provided prior to the program will not be considered. Students
will be required to obtain untrained dogs approved by instructors for training of specific subjects if personal dogs
are not training candidates. The Academy is not responsible for procurement of appropriate training candidates.
FIELD TRIPS
Field trips may be offered as extracurricular events for testing and training purposes. Attendance may be required
in the discretion of the instructor. Travel, food and lodging expenses must be borne and paid for by each student.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
The Academy will evaluate and where appropriate, grant credit in the form of a reduction of course cost and
length for a students previous education and training.

STUDENT CONDUCT
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times, and shall not interfere with the
ability of other students to study, work and learn. Students must dress appropriately as dictated by the instructors
and the needs of their work environment.
The possession of firearms, explosives, weapons, and other similar substances or articles are prohibited on school
premises, and may be considered as grounds for immediate expulsion from school.
No possession or use of drugs on Academy grounds is permitted at any time. Any student whose behavior is
illegal or considered disruptive of normal Academy activities will be subject to immediate termination. Illegal
misconduct will be reported to the police.
Students who are at least 21 years of age are permitted to have and consume alcoholic beverages within
Academy-provided housing, but only if such use is responsible and if the student is at least 21 years of age.
Students shall not, under any circumstances, appear for or participate in a class session in an intoxicated
condition, appear in a public place in an intoxicated condition, consume alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle
(moving or parked), knowingly serve alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated individual, offer or sell alcoholic
beverages to any individual less than 21 years of age, or misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining
alcoholic beverages.
Smoking is prohibited inside all Academy buildings and in Academy housing. Students may smoke outside on
Academy grounds in designated areas. All trash must be placed in appropriate trash containers. Students must
observe all laboratory and classroom practices and safety procedures. Any behavior endangering the safety of the
students, dogs or others is grounds for immediate termination. Students may appeal dismissal for violation of the
conduct policy to the school director. Termination for violations of the conduct policy does not circumvent the
approved refund policy.
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SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL


The School Director reserves the right to terminate or temporarily suspend a student from school for the following
reasons:
Abuse or neglect of any animal
If it should be found that a student does not respond to training
If attendance is poor in violation of the attendance policy
For misbehavior or willful damage to property or person
Interfering with the ability of other students to study, work and learn.
For breach of school rules and regulations
READMISSION POLICY
Former students who wish to re-enter the Academy (including those who have withdrawn, whether for good cause
or no cause, or who have been terminated) must submit an updated application for admission along with a new
application fee and all other required information. All re-entry students must have his or her previous Academy
transcript updated and evaluated to determine which program components have been successfully completed and
will apply to his or her current program of study.
APPEAL PROCEDURE/GRIEVANCES
Each student may appeal, in writing, any academic decision of an instructor or the Director. The appeal and all
relevant documentation should be presented to the instructor in written form within three days from the date of the
incident. The instructor will answer in writing within three days of receipt of the appeal. If the student is not
satisfied with the instructor's decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Director, providing a written
explanation of the incident and all relevant documentation. A decision of the Director may be appealed to the
Board of Directors of the Academy. Board decisions are final and unappealable. Any unresolved grievances must
be directed to:
Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges
101 E. 15th Street , Room 226T, Austin, TX 78778-0001.
512-936-3100
http://csc.twc.state.tx.us
HONOR CODE
If any student presents the work of another as his or her own work, or if a student plagiarizes the work of another
(without appropriate consent and attribution), or if a student exhibits dishonest or unethical behavior in any
manner, such incident is grounds for immediate termination. The assisting of another student in any dishonest act
will be treated as the same offense and will be grounds for immediate termination.
PERSONAL EXPENSES
The student is responsible for food, personal items, laundry and daily care and feeding of his or her own dog(s).
The student is also required to provide, at his or her own cost and expense, any additional supplies, including
training treats for assigned dog(s). From time to time Starmark Academy may host seminars offered by other
organizations. The student is responsible for the registration fee for any seminars he or she may be required to
attend.
PARKING
Parking is only permitted in properly designated areas.
INTERNET ACCESS
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Wireless internet access is available in and around the clubhouse area. There is no internet access inside student
housing.
PERSONAL CALLS
Students are requested not to receive private phone calls at the school except for emergencies. No outgoing calls
will be permitted on Academy phones. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
The Academy assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to a student's personal property; or for any damage to
any car or vehicle; or for loss or damage to the students dog; or for loss by theft of any vehicle or any of its
contents, whether in, on, or adjacent to Academy property or otherwise.
STUDENT RECORDS
The Academy adheres to the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Student
educational records are confidential. Records of each student's grades are kept on permanent file at the Academy.
The student has the right to inspect and review his or her personal records. Educational information will not be
given to third parties unless authorized by law or in writing by the student. Parents of dependent students (as
defined by the Internal Revenue Service code) may obtain grade reports. A student will be informed of any
request for third party information.
ACCIDENT POLICY, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The student recognizes that dog training is demanding and injuries can and do occur and that the Academy is not
responsible for injuries to any student or any students dog resulting from participation in the Academys
programs and course of study. Each student acknowledges that some degree of cardio- vascular exertion is
involved with the program, and student represents that he or she is physically able to perform all aspects of
training.
SCHOOL APPROVAL & REGULATION
Approved and regulated by the Texas workforce commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin,
Texas.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Canine Training Specialist Program: Students are required to successfully complete all program requirements,
and to have a 1.7 GPA to receive the Canine Training Specialist Instructor certification. Students have 8 weeks to
complete this program.
STARMARK ACADEMY FOR PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS, INC. CAREER PLACEMENT
ASSISTANCE
Graduates of our Canine Training Specialist and Canine Training & Behavior Specialist programs are eligible for
career placement assistance. Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. will help assist graduates in
their search for employment in the field of dog training. Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc.
cannot legally guarantee placement or starting salaries, and cannot be held responsible for obtaining employment
for graduates. However, Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. will notify students and graduates
of job opportunities from prospective employers when available. Relocation will usually be necessary in order for
graduates to secure employment.

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True and Correct Statement


The information contained in this catalog is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

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Keith Benson

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Director

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2013 Class Schedule
Pet Obedience Theory and Application
4 weeks: $5,795.00 (includes tuition and application fee)
Training equipment required for the course will need to be purchased for an additional cost of approximately
$250.00 to $500.00. A full list of required items will be provided upon enrollment.
Beginning date
January 20, 2014
May 5, 2014
September 1, 2014

Ending date
February 14, 2014
May 30, 2014
September 26, 2014

Canine Training Specialist Program


8 weeks: $7,795.00 (includes tuition and application fee)
Training equipment required for the course will need to be purchased for an additional cost of approximately
$250.00 to $500.00. A full list of required items will be provided upon enrollment.
Beginning date
January 20, 2014
May 5, 2014
September 1, 2014

Ending date
March 14, 2014
June 27, 2014
October 17, 2014

Canine Training and Behavior Specialist Program


12 weeks: $9,795.00 (includes tuition and application fee)
Training equipment required for the course will need to be purchased for an additional cost of approximately
$250.00 to $500.00. A full list of required items will be provided upon enrollment.
Beginning date
January 20, 2014
May 5, 2014
September 1, 2014

Ending date
April 18, 2014
August 1, 2014
November 21, 2014

Holidays:
National Holidays will be observed. They include: M.L. King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Election Day, and Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day.

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