Enrichment enhances the quality of dogs' lives while they are at the shelter. It reduces stress, anxiety, and boredom as well as promoting the human-animal bond. Enrichment should be incorporated into animal care staff duties as well as volunteer duties. Full article
IAABC awards skill-based certifications in animal behavior consulting. To determine whether you meet the standards for Certified or Associate Certified designated, we need evidence that you have the skills you need to sucessfully manage, prevent and modify challenging behavior in your chosen species.
Certification in animal behavior consulting is like other professional certifications: to be certified, an applicant must demonstrate a high level of education and commitment to developing their practice.
IAABC has identified a set of core competencies for animal behavior consulting, which define these foundational skills. If you can demonstrate competency in these core areas, then we believe you’re well equipped for success in this work.
Membership Benefits Guide and Walkthrough
|Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice||27 Renowned Experts in the Field, including Dr. Mary Burch; Dr. Dan Estep; Dr. Susan Friedman; Dr. Lore Haug; Dr. Suzanne Hetts; Dr. Karen Overall; Dr. Chris Pachel; Chirag Patel; Ken Ramirez; Kathy Sdao;Mychelle Blake; Veronica Boutelle; Kristin Buller, LSCW; Brian Burton; Steve Dale; Dr. Sheila D'Arpino; Jessica Dolce; Gail Fisher; Sarah Fraser; Dr. Evon Hekkala; Dr. Jessica Hekman; Dr. Elinor Karlsson; Theresa McKeon; Gina Phairas; Randi Rossman; Dr. Rise VanFleet; Miranda Workman||Jan 15, 2018|
|DNA: The Basic Blueprint of Life||
In this class, you will learn about the structure of DNA, how mutations are introduced into a DNA sequence, how a DNA sequence is translated into a protein, and how proteins work together to make us who we are. We will also discuss the genomic revolution: exactly what has changed in biology and medicine as a result of the sequencing of the human genome in 2003 and our new ability to sequence the genomes of other species. More...
|Fundamentals of Animal Learning and Behavior||The is a four-week course; the first three weeks will explore the scope of the course. There will be no new content in the fourth week, which will be reserved for completing final projects, discussion and synthesizing the course content.||Jan 15, 2018|
Writing Mentorship with Eileen Anderson
What you've got to say is important, and your writing skills can help make—or break—your credibility. Get help with any writing project in IAABC's Writing Mentorship for Trainers and Behavior Consultants. More...
Course opens on Jan 14, 2018
Please note: registration for this course closes on Jan 13 at 5 pm Eastern.
Introduction to Horse Behaviour Consulting Mentorship
Are you already consulting in horse behavior and would like help with more specific cases? Are you new to horse behaviour consulting? The IAABC is pleased to offer a first-ever opportunity in the industry: a horse behavior consulting mentorship. More...
Course opens on Jan 15, 2018
Please note: registration for this course closes on January 14 at 5 pm Eastern.
Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship with Trish McMillan Loehr
Shelter dogs face special challenges and skills both in the shelter and once placed into homes. Trish McMillan Loehr, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, offers a mentorship for people working with those dogs, even in the most challenging cases, both in the shelter and in the home. Trish's extensive experience working for the ASPCA in hoarding and fight busts and as an international consultant to shelters, along with her work in training and behavior as a private consultant will allow you access to one of the most qualified experts in the field to help you with your own work. More...
Course opens on Feb 5, 2018
Please note: registration for this course closes on Feb 4th at 5 pm Eastern.
Beginning Behavior Consulting Mentorship with Sarah Filipiak
If you've thought about taking on, or are new to, cases such as aggression towards strangers, dog-dog reactivity, resource guarding and separation anxiety, or just want to brush up on your behavior chops, this mentorship is for you. More...
Course opens on Feb 22, 2018
Please note: registration for this course closes on Feb 21 at 5 pm Eastern.
Self Study Courses
|Defensive Handling with Aggressive Dogs||Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA|
|DNA: The Basic Blueprint of Life||In this class, you will learn about the structure of DNA, how mutations are introduced into a DNA sequence, how a DNA sequence is translated into a protein, and how proteins work together to make us who we are. We will also discuss the Available Nowgenomic revolution: exactly what has changed in biology and medicine as a result of the sequencing of the human genome in 2003 and our new ability to sequence the genomes of other species.|
|Equine Enrichment Webinar||An engaging presentation on equine enrichment which includes information about the benefits of proving a stimulating environment for your horse. Learn ways to increase forage time and strategies to encourage natural behaviors for all horses, including those on medical rest. Learn about the 5 categories of enrichment and view numerous examples of each. Learn how to provide enrichment for specific behavioral goals and monitor for safety.|
|From Domestication to Inbreeding: Population Genetics and Companion Animals||How does evolution work and what do we know about how domesticated animals evolved, particularly those highly studied dogs? How do we learn about evolutionary changes that happened thousands of years ago, before recorded history? How do new traits, like new coat colors, spread through populations? And what does all this mean for how we breed domesticated animals today?|
|Heredity: Passing Genes from Parent to Child||In this class, you will learn about how genetic material is inherited. We’ll start by learning about how cells mix genes from mom and dad to pass on to the offspring. We’ll study dominant and recessive traits and learn how they interact with each other with sometimes surprising results. We’ll compare the early history of the study of heredity with our perspective today and tackle the question of how much of a complex trait, like behavior, is inherited and how much is due to the individual's upbringing.|