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Instructor Training Course (ITC) FAQs

Where is the Instructor Training Course held?

Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption
Nestled in the breathtaking Catskill Mountains, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption in Accord, New York is the perfect location for learning and relaxing. The area has a charming country atmosphere that caters to outdoor enthusiasts, artists and antiquers. Great food and hundreds of miles of hiking trails are only minutes away. Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption is an adoption, training and behavior center and the national model shelter for the Community Animal Shelter Association (CASA). The small, progressive shelter features Real Life Room housing and emotional enrichment for all the dogs. ITC’s primary classroom is a 60’ x 40’ fully matted, and air-conditioned/heated building. We will also utilize the large outdoor fenced agility training field and the consultation room.

Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption
4628 Route 209
Accord, NY 12404

Which is the closest airport?

Area Airports

Stewart Int’l Airport Newburgh, NY
50 minutes from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption.
Flights tend to be slightly higher priced.

Albany Airport Albany, NY
1 hour from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption.

Newark Airport Newark, NJ
1.5 – 2 hours from Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption.

Driving Directions

Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption
4628 Route 209
Accord, NY 12404

  • New York State Thruway (I-87) to exit #19/ Kingston.
  • After toll, go into the rotary and get off at the first exit onto Route 28/Pine Hill.
  • Take second right off Route 28 onto Route 209 South/Ellenville.
  • Go 13 miles on 209 South.
  • The kennel is on the right. Classroom building is at the top of the hill. Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption’s telephone number is 845-687-4406.


Travel Info

You are responsible for making your own travel and lodging arrangements for the Instructor Training Courses. You should also arrange for private transportation to the course location. Lodging can be between 5-20 minutes from the humane societies and requires a car unless otherwise noted.

The Instructor Training Course cannot arrange for or be responsible for finding roommates or shared rides, but we will place your name on a list that is distributed approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the course. Anyone who is on the list will get a copy and can contact other students to discuss options.

We have provided information on the following:

  • When you make your lodging reservations, please consider staying over after the last day if you have a long trip home. The course ends at about 5:00pm the final day.
  • Although commuting is always an option, we suggest that you do not drive excessive distances. If you need someone to share lodging expenses with, please indicate it on the registration slip. We will share your information.
  • Rooms should be reserved EARLY.
  • Please confirm pet policies when making your reservation. At ITC: Teaching and Training we will encourage you to take your shelter dog back to the room to bond and have a break from the shelter if you wish.

Which affordable hotels are nearby?

Updated February 1, 2016

Chelsea Motel, Kerhonkson, NY 845-626-3551
Newly Renovated, WiFi, No Dogs. 10 minutes away

Arbor B&B, High Falls, NY 845/687-9888
Allows dogs. 1 double bed in each room. Small dogs allowed. $25/day pet fee.
$135/night.  5 minutes away

Hampton Inn, Kingston, NY 845-382-2600
$152/night, no pets, good reviews. in safe shopping mall area, 20 minutes away

Courtyard Marriott, Kingston, NY 845-382-2300
$199+/night, no dogs, good reviews, in safe shopping mall area, 20 minutes away

Best Western Plus, Kingston, NY 845-338-0400
$199/night. Allows dogs – $20/night pet fee.  2 dogs per room up to 80lb. 15 minutes away.

Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY 845-626-8888
$125 Not suggested. Very old and in bad need of renovation.

Quality Inn, Kingston, NY 845-339-3900
$115/night. No pets.

Super 8, Kingston, NY 845-338-3078
$97/night.   Allows dogs; $10/night pet fee and $50 cleaning fee.
15 minutes away. Weekly rate. Mixed reviews on cleanliness.

The Sheeley House B & B, High Falls, NY 845-687-4360
$130 – $210/night. No dogs, 5-10 minutes away

Rodeway Inn Skytop, Kingston, NY  845-331-2900
$77+/night.  Allows dogs – MAY be a pet fee.
WiFi, cont. breakfast, good restaurant, 15 minutes away.
Mixed reviews on cleanliness. Older motel.


Rondout Valley RV & Campground Resort, Accord, NY 845-626-5521
Cabins, RVs and tent sites. Lots of amenities. Pets welcome.

So-Hi Campground, Accord, NY 845-687-7377
RVs and tent sites. No pets

Class Size – Updated!

We have made our classes smaller in 2016! More attention for each student. Enrollment is limited to 18 full participation students to maximize personal attention and create a supportive atmosphere with our three instructors. Auditor spots are limited for each course.

Continuing Education Credits

CEU’s available for CCPDTs, IAABC members, and KPA-CTPs!

Taking Your Shelter Dog Overnight

We encourage students to bring their shelter dog back to their hotel at night, if appropriate and with the shelter’s approval. This enhances the connection between you and your dog, often impacts/speeds up training, offers you insight to your dog in a different environment and gives your dog a break from the kennel. The knowledge you glean from the overnight helps the shelter better place your dog in an appropriate home. There are limited pet friendly accommodations in the area so best to arrange housing early.

Making a Difference

During the week you will be modifying your dog’s behavior and educating her/him. By the end of the course, your shelter dog will have new skills that will improve his/her chances for a successful placement. You will take home a feeling of pride and accomplishment knowing that your expertise has made a difference in a homeless dog’s life.

Can I Bring My Own Rescue Dog or a Dog From My Local Shelter?

No, we do not let students bring their own shelter dogs. We need to monitor this aspect of the course carefully to minimize issues so the hosting shelter provides all dogs. All of the dogs participating in the course have been temperament tested for appropriateness.

Can I Bring My Personal Pet With Me to ITC?

The course is designed to be demanding. The schedule is very full and the additional responsibility of your shelter dog’s care and training will limit your free time. Therefore, we suggest that you leave your everyday work and personal responsibilities behind so you can focus on the curriculum. With this in mind, we feel your dogs may be happier at home or lounging at a friend’s house.

If you must bring your personal pet, She/he will have to be kept in your car or possibly crated inside. Your dog MUST not be aggressive, must be quiet and on leash at all times.

Dana Crevling must be informed your pet is coming.


Because food fuels our bodies and has a direct effect on learning and stamina, meals are designed to tickle your palate, keep you healthy and satisfy your sweet tooth. Vegetarian selections are available upon request, however, we cannot cater to individual dietary needs.

You will be served lunch, beverages, and snacks each day.
Auditors Welcome!

If you prefer to learn by listening and observation, we invite you to attend the Instructor Training Courses as an auditor. Auditing allows you to learn even if you are not ready for the hands-on portion of the course or prefer not to participate full-time. Auditing is a great ITC option for those wishing to investigate professional dog training. Although ITC is designed as an interactive educational course you will still get cutting edge information and increase your skills and knowledge with the Auditor Registration.

The Auditor Registration grants students access to the full course for an affordable fee. Auditors are welcome to ask questions during the general lectures and attend all interactive sessions as an observer. Auditors do not participate in any of the dog training, practice teaching, student projects, games or other interactive portions of the course.


ITC graduates range from having over twenty years of experience in the business to dog fanciers that want to become professional. For full registration students, it is best to have experience teaching or assisting classes, or have first-hand experience working with dogs and/or people in a training/behavior role on a professional or volunteer level. However, trainers that have other experience are also excellent candidates for full registration (see below). Students that enroll for full participation must have the ability to teach a dog basic commands including sit, down, come and walking on a loose leash.

Individuals are also welcome if they have one or more of the following:

  • extensive experience training her/his own dogs (beyond household manners)
  • in-depth book and/or seminar knowledge and some practical experience.
  • experience in other dog related professions along with some training/behavior background

If you are just investigating the field of professional dog training and do not fit any of the above criteria the Auditor Registration is a great way to start your education. You will get the all the great information without having to worry about dog handling, homework and presentations.

How Do I Get Started and Gain Experience?

If you don’t meet the criteria above but would like to come to the course here are ways to prepare:

  • Read! This will expose you to the theories and concepts of dog training. Select from different authors and subjects to get a variety of perspectives.
  • If you are not already in dog class, get yourself back in an upper level class. This will sharpen your skills. If you do not have a dog right now, borrow a friend’s dog or put a shelter dog through classes.
  • Find a training school(s) that you like and volunteer in return for observing. Watch and learn. Find out how you can assist in classes. Get your feet wet.
  • Go to your area animal shelter and volunteer to work with the dogs. There is nothing like experience with dogs you don’t know to teach you to be a great trainer.
  • Go to seminars on behavior and training.
  • Subscribe to magazines.
  • Consider joining a dog training club or professional organization.
  • Go to dog trials and shows that feature performance events. Watching dogs compete can teach you about relationship dynamics, training techniques, breed specific behavior, body language and more.

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