Dog Training

Licenses and Special Education

Licenses for special skills

At Martha & Friends we work with a team who are uniquely qualified to help you and your dog through various licensing processes and special education. Our team is also experienced in working with dogs from unique and difficult backgrounds.

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Licenses for Professional Training

Detection Dog Handler Course (Basics)

With Tanja Karpela

Who for: Current and Future Professional Detective Dog Handlers Date: Saturday, 14 September 2024 Location: Martha & Friends

Become a professional detective dog handler by joining the most exclusive detection dog handler course in Europe. Training, lectures and practice with leading international experts in the field, instructors with decades of experience! The course is led by Tanja Karpela, Head Trainer of Martha & Friends, a pioneer in Europe in developing professional detective dogs, especially in nature conservation.
The program is divided into two sections, this is the first section and will continue for seven months. Students will achieve a comprehensive know-how on both practical work and the theory behind the training methods. Scent work requires expertise in terms of dog handling as well as odor storage and handling, and legislation. A skilled handler can motivate their dog and carry out efficient handling without sacrificing accuracy, reliability or ethicality. They are able to deal with the necessary training tools and equipment as well as write clear reports on the results of their work to the client. They understand the framework and obligations brought by legislation and environmental requirements.

Part 1) Basics Course (7 months): We use training aids to build up a strong motivation for the dog while taking care of the accuracy and tactics in carrying out versatile scent work.
Price: €4,000 (possibility to pay in installments). 

Part 2) Specialization Course:  After completing the basics course, this part focuses on the training of a chosen target odor(s) by the handler with the associated potential varieties, terrain work, reporting, license, and legislation. 
Price: €4,000 (possibility to pay in installments). 

Final exam: both sections end with a final exam and certification.

Email us at to book your space.

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Professional Dog Training Program

wtih Tanja Karpela

Who for: Current and Future Dog Trainers Date: Sunday, 15 September 2024 Location: Martha & Friends

Are you passionate about dogs and eager to become a certified dog trainer? Our comprehensive Professional Dog Training Program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this rewarding field. Our course is based on the latest scientific findings on canine behaviour and psychology and positive reenforcement rewards.

Course Overview:
Our program spans six months, and it will cover a wide range of topics and practical exercises to ensure you become a proficient dog trainer.

Final Certification Exam:
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be required to pass a final certification exam, which is divided into two parts:

- Theory Exam: This segment assesses your understanding of dog behavior, training techniques, and related concepts.
- Practical Exam: The practical portion evaluates your hands-on skills in training dogs effectively.

Why Choose Our Program?
- Expert Instructors: Learn from experienced professionals in the field.
- Comprehensive Curriculum: Gain in-depth knowledge of dog behavior, training methods, and problem-solving.
- Hands-On Training: Apply what you learn in real-life scenarios.
- Certification: Obtain a diploma upon passing the final exam.

Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a fulfilling career as a certified dog trainer. Join us in this journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate professional in the world of dog training.

For enrollment and inquiries, please contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you to our Professional Training Program!

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Dog Walker Certification Program

with Tanja Karpela

Who for: Aspiring Dog Walkers Date: Currently ongoing. New dates to be announced soon Location: Martha & Friends

Unleash Your Potential: Become a Certified Dog Walker with Martha & Friends! Are you a dog lover eager to turn your passion into a rewarding profession? Our comprehensive course trains future dog walkers to provide top-notch care, fun-filled walks, and safe adventures for your furry friends. Join us to embark on a journey of wagging tails, happy paws, and a fulfilling career. Enrol today and take the first step towards becoming a trusted companion to man’s best friend!

After receiving the diploma, you have the opportunity to work as a Dog Walker at Martha & Friends for dogs that are not suitable for daycare at the facility.

NOTE: All applicants will be required to introduce themselves to our trainers in a 30 minute introductory lesson before being formally accepted into the course.

Week 1: Lecture
Week 2: Leash and collar/harness training
Week 3: Reward marker/release marker - how to reward to maintain motivation - contact/maintaining contact
Week 4: Attention mark and the use of attention mark on walks
Week 5: Where to hold the leash to avoid hand injuries - How to handle leash tangles - how to use the attention mark with many dogs at the same time
Week 6: Manoeuvring stairs
Week 7: Safe enter/exit a vehicle or house
Week 8: How to avoid conflicts among the dogs you’r walking with - What to do when encountering a loose or leashed dog (when you are walking a group of dogs)
Week 9: Heat and Cold precautions, poo management/responsibility.
Week 10: Canine First Aid
Week 11: Exam (The exam consists of 2 sections: theory and practice. Obtaining the diploma requires passing the test.)

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License Course for Luxembourg-Listed Dog Breeds

Tanja Karpela

Who for: Date: 26.01.24, Fridays (5:15pm-7:15pm) and Saturdays (8am-10am), 12 sessions Location: Martha & Friends

Under Luxembourg law, certain dog breeds are considered potentially dangerous, and specific laws apply to their training and ownership.

The import and the purchase of these breeds require a special authorisation from the Ministry of Agriculture, and a person may not own a dog considered dangerous until they have successfully completed a specifically targeted training course and test.

Dogs which are considered potentially dangerous must follow a minimum of 24 hours of behavioural training lessons at a centre authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture. Upon successful completion of the training course the owner of the dog receives a certificate, valid for three years. After three years the certificate must be renewed at an authorised training centre.

Martha & Friends Dog Wellness and its certified trainers has been designated as an authorized dog training center, and we are now offering a course specifically in compliance with the requirements of Law of May 9, 2008, as specified in Article 16(3), and to prepare you and your dog for the requisite test in front of a panel.

Welcome to a useful and high-quality course where all education and dog handling is based on the latest researched knowledge, and it is ethical and reward-based training that supports the well-being of your dog.

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