Make a living walking dogs.

Dog Walking Academy


Head shot of a dog.Want to make a living walking dogs?

Dog walking is a booming business, and hey, anyone can pick up a leash, right? Not so fast. It isn’t easy to run a profitable business and keep groups of dogs safe day in and day out. Cars break down. Dogs get into scraps. And yes, lawsuits happen.  If you’re serious about dog walking as a business, we have the answer: Professional Dog Walker training and Certification.  Everything Dog is proud to partner with dogtec to offer the Dog Walking Academy, an intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking business—or advance an existing one.

Why Attend?

  • Make a living doing what you love
  • Stand out as a pro in a crowded market
  • Discover what types of marketing work
  • Protect yourself and your business
  • And much more

What You Get

  • Professional dog walking certification
  • First Aid certification
  • Certification seals for marketing
  • 24 CPDT CEUs
  • Continental breakfast (weekend), afternoon power snacks


Who : Existing and prospective dog walkers
Locations: New York City
Duration: 4 days: Thu & Fri 6–10:00 PM, Sat & Sun 9am–6pm
Class size: Limited to 16 students
Cost: $850



New York City – April 20th – 23rd, 2017


  • Thursday & Friday, April 20th & 21st  6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday April 22ed & 23rd 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Held at Doggedly Devoted
  • 1400 Fifth Ave, Harlem for GPS use this address: 18 West 116th Street. This is the church next door to Doggedly Devoted.



New York City – November 2017 To Be Scheduled
We are currently looking for a new location

  • Thursday & Friday, November 2017  5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday November 2017 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Held at To Be Decided


Click here to sign up for the Dog Walking Academy.

(Note: you will be directed to dog*tec’s site to register. Please look for the DWA in your area.)


A person holding multiple leashesCurriculum

Pack management | dog communication & body language | aggression in all its forms: what it means, how to prevent it, and what to do about it | safety and fight protocols | basic training: build reliable sits, recalls, and polite leash behavior | client and dog screening | public relations | small business practices | liability protection | marketing | increasing profits | legalizing your business


The course is taught through lecture, video analysis, demos, hands-on exercises, and field trips.


Denise Mazzola bio pictureInstructor

Denise Mazzola, CPDT, CAP 2, Rally 3, CDX

Denise has more than 25 years’ experience working with dogs and people. For 10 of those years, she was Head Trainer and Director of Business for the Monadnock Human Society. She holds numerous distinctions and titles in dog training disciplines from clicker training to Rally Obedience.

Read Denise’s full bio.


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 “A great experience”
“The Dog Walking Academy was a great experience. What a terrific way for people to learn to start a dog walking business or, like me, improve the one they already have. I’m proud to be a certified dog walker!”
– Mandy Thompson
white space Woman walking 5 dogs at the Dog Walking Academy.

Women walking dogs. playing dogs

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