"Animal Control: A program that effectively treats the symptoms while seeking to eliminate the causes by compassionately using the tools of education and enforcement." Michael Burgwin

Animal Control Officers are responsible for the enforcement of state laws, county ordinances and city codes that pertain to the care, control, treatment and licensing of domestic animals with a priority to protect public safety and animal welfare.

Training Calendar


The following list of training offers open enrollment. ACTS also offers "in-house" training (closed enrollment). In-house training allows your agency to have a “private” course for your staff only. By offering in-house training, we can more easily customize a course to the specific needs of your agency. Contact ACTS for additional information regarding in-house training.

Marin County Parks - In-House Training
Hosted by Marin County (California) Parks and Open Space

Sonoma County - In-House Training
Hosted by Sonoma County (California) Animal Services


Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by White County Public Safety Department
September 24-26, 2018
Cleveland, Georgia


Download the brochure here: White County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: White County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
October 1-5, 2018
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton October Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton October Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Topeka Police Department
October 8-10, 2018
Topeka, Kansas


Download the brochure here: Topeka Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Topeka Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical and Interpersonal Communication; Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture/Restraint Equipment; Sovereign Citizens; Challenging Encounters in Animal Control

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Lodi Animal Services
October 8-12, 2018
Lodi, California


Download the brochure here: Lodi Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Lodi Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic ACO Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony; Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Livingston County Animal Control
October 10-12, 2018
Pontiac, Illinois


Download the brochure here: Livingston County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Livingston County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
October 16-18, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Maricopa County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Maricopa County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical and Interpersonal Communication; Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture/Restraint Equipment; Sovereign Citizens; Challenging Encounters in Animal Control

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Pueblo of Isleta Animal Control
October 22-26, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Download the brochure here: Pueblo of Isleta Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Pueblo of Isleta Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
October 29-31, 2018
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Shelter Tech Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton Shelter Tech Registration_Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Wexford County Sheriff’s Office
October 29 - November 2, 2018
Cadillac, Michigan


Download the brochure here: Wexford County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Wexford County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
October 31 - November 2, 2018
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Shelter Tech Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton Shelter Tech Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Barrow County Animal Control
November 5-9, 2018
Winder, Georgia


Download the brochure here: Barrow County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Barrow County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Westminster Animal Management
November 29, 2018
Westminster, Colorado


Download the brochure/registration form here: Westminster November Training

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Understanding the “Link” in Animal Abuse

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Animal Control Officer Protective Equipment Training
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
December 3-5, 2018
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Protective Equipment Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser™ Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Yuma Police Department
December 3-7, 2018
Yuma, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Yuma Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Yuma Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Animal Control Officer Protective Equipment Training
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
December 5-7, 2018
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Protective Equipment Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton Certification
Day 3
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser™ Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Cullman County Animal Control
January 14-16, 2019
Cullman, Alabama


Download the brochure here: Cullman Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Cullman Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Animal Control Officer Protective Equipment Training
January 17-18, 2019
Hosted by the Cities of Grain Valley & Oak Grove
Oak Grove, Missour
i

Download the brochure/registration form here: Oak Grove Registration

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
February 4-8, 2019
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Jessamine County Animal Care and Control
February 25-27, 2019
Nicholasville, Kentucky


Download the brochure here: Jessamine County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Jessamine County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


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