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Canine Training and Management

Program Highlights

Degree Option

Bachelor of Technology (BT)


The Bachelor of Technology Degree in Canine Training and Management is designed to provide students with the opportunity for in-depth study in the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully train and manage dogs, including subjects in biology, anatomy, training, behavior, management, health, genetics, nutrition, and physiology. The program offers the range and depth of course work to enter directly into the field of canine training and management or to pursue graduate studies. 

The Canine Training and Management program is designed to progress students in the development of their skills, beginning with basic handling, obedience, tracking, and scent work. Courses will continue beyond the basics with more advanced nutrition, genetics, and animal behavior. Students can expect hands-on learning with both domestic and working dog populations.

Employment in this industry requires a breadth of skills that are mastered over time, necessitating the completion of four years of study.

Courses include:

  • Canine Training
  • Care and Training of the Working Dog
  • Canine Techniques
  • Canine Aggression  
  • Canine Tracking & Trailing
  • Canine Health
  • Sporting Dogs
  • Animal Science Ethics
  • Behavior Problems of Companion Animals
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Equine & Companion Animal Nutrition
  • Detector Dog Teams
  • Canine Area Search
  • Training the Canine Good Citizen
  • Competition Obedience & Showing
  • Domestic Animal Behavior
  • Equine & Canine Fitness
  • Therapy Dog Teams
  • Principles of Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Psychology

To simplify transfer from other institutions into this degree program, articulation agreements are in place with: 

  • Thompson School of the University of New Hampshire | Students who complete an AAS in Companion Animals
  • Becker College, School of Animal Studies | Students who complete an AAS in Animal Care
  • SUNY Delhi | Students who complete the Veterinary Science Technology AAS

Students can also easily transfer from SUNY Cobleskill’s own AAS in Animal Industry.

Learn more about our articulations agreements >>

Since September 11, 2001, there has been a marked increase in the need for trained therapy, service, detection, and search and rescue dogs. The national estimates for canine handlers demonstrate an increased workforce need, though graduates of this program will not be limited to employment in animal training professions. Graduates will be qualified to pursue employment with border patrol, homeland security, the TSA, private security, and private consulting firms. Self-employment in numerous areas within the canine care and training industry, the ability to successfully operate a pet care businesses, or contract with government agencies are additional professional avenues open to graduates of this program.

This program requires all students to complete a 12-credit, full semester internship to gain real-world experience before graduation. Example internship sites include:

  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center
  • Canine Validation Center
  • Penn Vet Working Dog Center School of Veterinary Medicine
  • American Kennel Club Headquarters
  • Paws to Serve: Rescue & Service Dogs
  • Suffolk County Police Dept
  • Animal Farm Foundation
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Albany County Sheriff's Office
  • Dogcipline
  • Alpha K9 Academy and Lodge
  • Brooklyn's Bow Wow
  • Dean Hill Pet Center
  • Montgomery County SPCA
  • Search Dog Foundation

Our faculty's expertise span the topics of behavior, animal training, animal management, nutrition, genetics, physiology, exercise physiology and conditioning, and veterinary medicine.

Kevin Holohan

  • Certified Explosives K9 Maintenance Trainer for the Department of Criminal Justice Services of New York State
  • Canine Behaviorist Consultant Certification (CBCC-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
  • 19 years as a K9 handler
  • K9 Trainer for the New York State Police
  • Nearly 25 years of service as a trooper with the New York State Police
  • Trainer and handler for the New York State Police Mobile Field Unit
  • Conducted explosive detection after the September 11 attacks
  • Has led searches and performed canine detections for four US presidents
  • Member of the North American Police Work Dog Association


Jennifer Walrath, M.S. in Ed

  • More than 30 years of dog training experience including;
    • Private personal obedience training; individual lessons & board & trains
    • Taught County level 4-H Youth Dog Obedience group classes for 18 years (17 years in Schoharie County, 1 year prior in Sullivan County)
    • Taught group Dog Obedience classes through SUNY Cobleskill office of Adult and Continuing Education for 3 years

  • Successful competitor and trainer for AKC and 4-H competition obedience
    • Earned AKC Obedience Titles on her personal dogs
    • Earned Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes at an AKC Sanctioned Obedience Trial
    • Earned both NYS Champion and Reserve Champion honors in   4-H Obedience Competition with personal dog, and later trained/coached 4-H member students to earning those same honors with their dogs
  • American Kennel Club certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
    • Approved to administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC, Video Home Manners and Trick Dog tests
  • SUNY Cobleskill Master Faculty Advisor

Kyle McCraith

  • Certified Master Trainer of Utility Dogs and Trainer of Explosive Detection Dogs with The North American Police Work Dog Association
  • Certified trainer of explosive detection teams and maintenance trainer with the Department of Criminal Justice Services of New York State
  • Vice President and co-founder of the New York State Canine Association
  • Served with the Albany Police Department for 23 years
  • Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Explosives Canine and Utility Canine Trainer
  • President of the Capital District Police Canine Memorial Cemetery Association
  • Served 18 years as a K9 handler for Albany Police Department (retired).


Dr. Lynn Dunn

  • Dog breeder and trainer


Dr. Lynn Geoffroy

  • Licensed, practicing veterinarian