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Certificate Course: 2019 Aggression and the Law: What Trainers Need to Know (CEU=12)

This is a multi-week course- This course starts March 20,2019 and ends April 9, 2019. You may purchase it now, but content will not start until March 20, 2019 
This three-week online Certificate Course is geared to trainers who handle aggression cases. We will talk about what can go wrong, what kind of legal liability that brings on you as the trainer, and what you can do to limit your liability and insure your business. We will also cover other ways to protect yourself, including setting up a separate and appropriate legal entity for your business, creating solid policies and procedures, and bullet proofing your contracts and intake forms.

Level of Knowledge:Attendees are expected to:
1.Currently work as or plan to work as a professional dog trainer.
2.Currently take or plan to start taking aggression cases.
3.Have no or some basic understanding of legal ramifications of working as a dog trainer.
4.Want to ensure their current business activities are legally sound.

Learning Outcomes:
Attendees of this course can expect to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the liability issues involved in handling aggression cases and how to protect themselves from that liability;
  2. Understand the need for and components of a solid client contract, intake form and other documentation; and
  3. Understand the need for and components of solid company policies and procedures.
Heidi Meinzer has been practicing as an attorney since 2000. Having handled both litigation and business matters, she is equally comfortable in the courtroom or in the office handling your business needs. In 2013, Heidi set up the Law Office of Heidi Meinzer, PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia to focus her practice on animal law and the pet care industry. Heidi’s clients include successful dog trainer, dog walking, pet sitting and dog daycare companies, and individuals facing dangerous dog allegations, ownership disputes, or other animal law issues.

Heidi is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Washington State. Heidi devotes countless hours to animal welfare and state and local legislative efforts, and serves as a board member for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Heidi is a trainer with Fur-Get Me Not and Canine Copilots. In 2013, she became a CPDT-KA and CNWI, and she is a member of both the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She shares the company of a beautiful German Shepherd mix, Sophie, who has made great strides with reactivity and confidence issues. Heidi lives in Alexandria, Virginia with Sophie, her boyfriend Bill, and Bill’s adorable black lab, Boomer. Heidi competes with Boomer in K9 Nose Work, and Boomer earned his NW3 Elite title in 2017.

Reading Material to Purchase:
Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, by Fred S. Steingold (most recent edition at the time of this syllabus is 15th Edition, published in 2017)


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Full Course Option Below, $220.00 for Members $280.00 for Non-Members
Audit Course Option $100.00 Members, $115.00 Non-Members click here to purchase