Duke Ferguson's Certified Professional Dog Trainer School & Shadow Program
Unleashed Potential K9 Academy® is a registered private training school under the Private Training Schools Act of the Province of Prince Edward Island.
We are a government approved education provider!!
Do you have a passion for working with people and dogs? I Do!
Are you looking for more knowledge and skill as a trainer? Let me take you to higher levels of understanding canine behaviour and training. Let's have a blast along the way!!
Do you want to be the best you can be and provide excellent training service to your clients? Let's make that easy and take the struggle out of things for you!
Do you want some help getting your dog training business to the next level of achieving 6 to 7 figures? If you've answered yes to any of these questions then you're in the right place!
We invite you to book a complimentary strategy session with "Me" Duke Ferguson. On the call I will help you get clear on your goals and vision for the future as well as helping you get an action plan in place that will accelerate your success! Call today 1-844-364-DOGS (3647) OR email email@example.com
Are you looking at starting your dream job of becoming a professional dog trainer and joining a winning, like-minded team of amazing trainers?
Well, maybe you have what it takes! Let's find out on a call. I don't take just anyone, so we can chat. 🙂
Are you a dog owner who needs help training your dog and wants to have an amazing experience and adventure in doing so?
Why not make it a mini vacation / intensive dog training time!!!
If you answered yes to any of my questions then you will be very happy you found this page! I invite you to click the button below to apply for my Unleashed Potential K9 Academy and Certified High-Performance Coaching program with "Me" Duke Ferguson. If you are selected for a call, I will help you get clear on your goals and vision for the future as well as help you get an action plan in place that will accelerate your success and help make your dream a reality!
Do you currently get paid doing what you love? Imagine not having to work a day in your life because you absolutely love what you do and you actually get paid to do it! Do you know what it's like to wake up excited to get to work to see what adventure comes your way every day? I do, and I can help you feel the same way!
I have spent the past 30 plus years of my life obsessively developing my knowledge and skill in working with people and their dogs as well as dog training techniques, program design, behaviour modification, and all aspects of animal behaviour specializing in canines as well as business management, marketing and coaching.
I went from running a dog training business out of the back of my truck in a small town with a low population to successfully growing into an international dog training company with quality, like-minded, successful trainers and coaches who care. I now serve clients worldwide and get paid well for doing what I love to do and now I am going to teach you.
Duke Ferguson's Trainer / Shadow School Info
We have several options available to suit your needs:
One week shadow: One intensive work week and 1 weekend. One short written test.
Two-week shadow: Two intensive work weeks and two weekends. Two short written tests. Two-week shadows are also evaluated as prospects to be eligible to continue to become Unleashed Potential Trainers.
Unleashed Potential Certified Professional Dog Trainer Program: There are currently 2 certified professional dog trainer programs to choose from that include selected Dog Training Genesis pre-study video programs so you can start from home, online classes and group coaching and then hands-on in-person live training intensives with Duke and an Unleashed Potential trainer in pre-designated locations. The training times with Duke are intensive work weeks and TONS of fun! Expect practical and written testing along the way and a large final test. 90% is a pass. All those serious about learning are encouraged to book a strategy session with Duke because not just anyone is accepted into these programs. There is a lot more to these programs and those who pass all assessments and testing can have the opportunity to apply to become part of the Unleashed Potential licensing program and becoming part of the elite UPK9 family of trainers. There is no guarantee the student will pass or be accepted into the Unleashed Potential family. Those who do not pass will get a certificate of attendance. Those who pass will become professionally certified and have the opportunity to join the Unleashed Potential family of trainers and have their own upk9 business and location. Those interested can fill out an application questionnaire and schedule a call with Duke Ferguson to discuss more information.
Unleashed Potential K9 Academy is a registered private training school under the Private Training Schools Act of the Province of Prince Edward Island.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place on PEI, there are new options being planned for 2021. We are still working out the details but we plan to host a training session mid-late August 2021.
The in-person training times are most often 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. There will be lunch breaks and other breaks throughout the day. Times are average and can change.
Although scheduled schooling with the students is scheduled for 9 am to 5 pm, training often continues into the evening with clients so students must be prepared to be working earlier than 9 am and often later than 5 pm. It is possible to see long hours such as 8 am to 9 pm on some days.
Depending on the program you choose, we can customize your training a little bit. You will get to see and learn hands-on many aspects of dog training.
Here is a list of just a few things you'll experience:
- Work hands-on with difficult or aggressive dogs
- Care and work with board and trains
- Sit in on my private training lessons look over my shoulder and see how I do things or teach a private lesson
- Experience group class and or teach a group class
- Experience the Unleashed Potential puppy management program and work with clients and their puppies
- Learn hands-on leash handling like a ninja
- Clicker training and use of verbal marks
- Hands-on e-collar work (become intimate with the tool)
- learn how to run a high-income business with joy and still maintain your freedom
- Experience and understand NePoPo® training
- Understand and master the art of attention in dog training
- Understand drives in dogs and how to use them for training
- Hands-on working and socializing dogs in public places including highly distractive environments
- Working street corners lol! Yup! but it's not what you think!
- Teaching dogs to swim
- Teaching dogs to run on a treadmill
- Trim dogs nails without a fight
- Learn to read body language and do pack socialization
- Experience how I do public and community events
- Learn how to do consults that get high-paying clients
- Learn very important habits that the worlds most successful business owners and CEO's use to increase your performance in life and business and get you to achieve your goals and dreams
- Pack walks on trails, beaches, city streets and in the woods
- Understand personal protection training
- Much more.......
Depending on the program you take, during the in-person sessions some mornings breakfast may be shared with myself and the gang, and who knows, I might even make you a breakfast.. 😉
The dogs need some time off, and you will need some downtime to digest all you have learned. There will not be a lot of scheduled teaching on the weekends. You can have free time and you are also welcome to spend time with my family and friends.
You will be taken to various locations around Prince Edward Island to train dogs and see the sights.
During these intensive training retreats, there will be hands-on work enhancing business and dog training strategies and techniques, lots of accelerated learning, as well as experiencing what Atlantic Canada or where ever we will be located has to offer.
Depending on the training program you enrol in, I have implemented some amazing opportunities for you to experience, learn and grow!
From great Atlantic Canadian sights, foods and culture OR whatever awesome things the location we are it provides.
Besides working with and helping people and dogs we love to play and eat where ever we are and sometimes at the same time! "Oh the life of a great Canadian dog trainer" EH!! ... 🙂
The season and the program you choose will determine what activities we have access to but here's a list of what you may take part in:
- Hiking trails
- Boating, tubing, canoeing
- Skeet shooting
- 4 wheeling
- "Surf and turf" Atlantic lobster and seafood and steak dinners
- Corn boils
- Mackerel fishing
- Working dogs at community events and doing canine shows
- Touring around the PEI with dogs
- Duck hunting and working the gun dog
- MUCH MORE.......
Shadow students earn a Certificate of Attendance for the one and two-week shadow intensive program.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer Students will earn 2 professional certifications. One Professional Dog Trainer Certification and One Professional E-Collar Certification. Upon completion, some trainers who try out can become Certified Professional Unleashed Potential Dog Trainers and join the UPK9 family of dog trainers and license their own Unleashed Potential business.
All students can stay at a nearby hotel, cottage/house, resort, or bed and breakfast depending on the time of year, the program enrolled in and the location we will be at.
Extra things such as shopping, massages or spa time, random nights out on the town on your own, room service are not included in the tuition.
You will be picked up before school and driven back to the hotel every evening.
Students will often be eating with Duke, friends and family where we can have further discussions about training, business and just about anything so the days are much longer than just work hours.
Dinner will always be included for all students although it may not be possible for us to have dinner together every night.
Monday through Friday we will almost always eat lunch together. food for you is provided and included in the tuition.
We often have informal training and socialization on the weekends. Students are welcome to attend and spend extra time but do not have to if they choose not to. Necessary groceries will be provided for the students as needed.
Arriving and Departing PEI
All students and their dogs who fly into Charlottetown, PEI airport will be met at the airport and picked up upon arrival. Upon departure students with their dogs will be taken to the airport from Charlottetown, PEI Airport. If you can't bring a dog we will have dogs and people for you to work with. The same applies where ever we will be training.
A. 1 Week Intensive
B. 2 Week intensive
Apply now so we can determine if are the best fit for you
C. Unleashed Potential Certified Professional Dog Trainer Program
Become an Unleashed Potential Trainer and Join the UPK9 Family of Trainers.
There are currently 2 options for this Professional dog trainer school. You must apply first and if selected for a call we will reach out to you to schedule a call.
2021 Trainer School | Dates to be Determined.
Currently, Prince Edward Island has strict public health measures in place and it is very difficult for us to plan the 2021 in-person portion of our Unleashed Potential Trainer's School. We are accepting students to begin the online and coaching training that is required to attend our program. Apply now!
The year-long certified professional dog training school has a continuing enrolment and is not limited to a start and stop date, but spots are limited and fill fast.
Submit your information below, and we'll review your application. Submitting does not mean you'll be accepted into our trainer's program or that you are guaranteed a one-on-one call. If I feel it's a good fit you will receive an email with the next steps to take.
Unleashed Potential K9 Academy and High-performance Coaching is the most powerful and transformative experience that I've ever offered in my business. I have decided to make a significant commitment of time, effort and energy into the success of a small, and very select, number of people each year.
I look forward to the potential opportunity to be in a professional dog training (and mentoring) relationship with you.
If payment can not be made in full there is a payment schedule that can be utilized.
Payments can be made in 3 equal parts. simply take the total and divide by 3 to get the payments.
1st payment is due within 2 weeks of scheduling or expressing interest to the school. If there is no payment within this time the spot will not be held and be given to someone else.
2nd payment will be paid one month before the scheduled start of training.
3rd payment The balance is due within three days of the start of the school.
Payments can be made earlier and more frequent if desired.
After the 1st deposit you have 30 days to receive a full refund.
After 30 days until 31 days before training only 1/2 of the deposit will be refunded.
Cancelling 30 days before training starts there will be NO refund.
What do you need to Bring?
- You will need to bring an original document showing proof of health insurance in case there is some unforeseen event.
- All students must sign and return a liability waiver.
- Please bring enough medical supplies or things that you require because we cannot guarantee that you can find them here in PEI.
- Appropriate clothing. In the summer months on PEI, it can be very nice weather however we will work dogs in the rain sometimes if there is a group class. If it gets colder than you're used to we can always provide warm clothes as we have lots packed away for the winter months. If you like to swim there may be an opportunity to do so.
- Sunscreen and bug spray…. incase of travel issues with packing you can always get it here.
- We will need to know in advance if you are bringing a dog or if you need one provided. We can provide the crates. If you are bringing a dog you should at least bring a leash, collar and food. Any training gear you need can be purchased here. If the dog has a special diet then you should bring enough for the trip…it may not be accessible here.
While at Duke Ferguson’s Unleashed Potential K9 Academy, if there are any issues with the student's behaviour, Duke Ferguson reserves the right to terminate the program with any student at any time. If this should happen, the student will change travel plans and be driven to the airport.
Behaviours that would warrant termination are:
General disrespect, total neglect of the animals in student's care, vandalism, inability to follow instructions and theft.