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Animal Behavior Consulting 101 Part 7: Hours of Experience

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.

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Animal Behavior Consulting 101 Part 6: Continuing Education

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.

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Animal Behavior Consulting 101 Part 5: The Core Competencies

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.

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Animal Behavior Consulting 101 Part 4: Certification through IAABC

Understanding the theory behind what we do gives you flexibility in practice. Having good intuitions can get you quite far, but learning the concepts that underpin them is a whole different depth of understanding. That’s why we require than an applicant demonstrate a thorough education in the core competencies of animal behavior consulting.

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Animal Behavior Consulting 101 Part 3: Why is Certification Important?

Professional certification is a marker of confidence; specifically confidence that the work the consultant will do will live up to the standards of the certifying organization. If the public trusts that organization, they will trust the individuals they certify.

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Online Courses

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


Mentor Mentorship Start Date
Michael Shikashio, CDBCMichael Shikashio

Aggression in Dogs Mentorship with Michael Shikashio

Mike will be available to discuss any and all things related to dog aggression in a relaxed atmosphere via weekly live video chat and an online forum where cases, videos, and photos can be shared. Questions regarding behavior modification, client coaching, techniques, tools, protocols, safety/management recommendations, and anything else you wish to discuss about aggression are all welcomed! More...

Sept 19, 2016
Katenna JonesKatenna Jones

Cat Behavior Consulting Mentorship with Katenna Jones

Wherever you are in your cat behavior consulting career, IAABC is pleased to offer a first-ever opportunity in the industry: a cat behavior consulting mentorship. This program will explore evaluating, resolving, and managing problem feline behaviors through guided online discussions, sample case studies, video analysis, usefl handouts, and more. More...

Sept 19, 2016
Trish McMillan LoehrTrish McMillan Loehr

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. More...

Sept 19, 2016
Justine HarrisonJustine Harrison

Horse Behavior Consulting Mentorship with Justine Harrison

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. This program will focus on the consultation process and help you manage and resolve equine behaviour problems through guided online discussions, sample case studies, useful handouts, and more.  More...

Oct 25, 2016

Self Study Courses

Defensive Handling for Aggressive Dogs

Michael Shikashio, CDBC and Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CDBC, CPDT-KA
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.
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.

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