University to offer a degree in training dogs

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You will soon be able to get a bachelors degree in dog training at State University of New York.

A four-year program called “canine training and management” officially launches this fall at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Courses are aimed at giving people the right background to train dogs to detect security threats and assist people with special needs.

It’s believed to be the first-degree program of its kind.

The classes were designed by professor Stephen Mackenzie who trained military and police dogs for forty years and he says while training is an important part of the degree students will also take science courses to learn about dog health, nutrition, and growth.

The bureau of labor statistics estimates there were more than fourteen thousand animal trainers in the US in 2016 up from ten thousand three years earlier.

Jobs in this field are expected to increase more than twenty percent by 2026. 

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