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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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Membership Benefits Guide and Walkthrough

Online Courses

Course Presenter(s) Start Date
Fundamentals of Animal Learning and Behavior

This course will help you:

  • Think Scientifically About Animal Training and Behavior Consulting for all Species
  • Understand and Break Training into Component Principles
  • Understand Environmental Events that Maintain Behavior
  • Increase Your Ability to be Humane and Effective
February 6, 2017
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 March 12, 2017
Understanding and Resolving Common Fear-based Behaviors in Horses

Fear-based behaviors are common in horses and if left untreated they can become problematic. Chronic issues, such as needle and farrier phobias, can impact the horse's health and performance, result in lost revenue and increased expenses for the owner, and creates a risk of serious injury to horses and humans. More...

March 27, 2017


Mentor Mentorship Start Date

Sarah FilipiakSarah Filipiak

Beginning Behavior Consulting Mentorship with Sarah Filipiak

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Sarah Filipiak will share tips on coaching behavior clients, including case organization and communication for maximum client compliance. She'll also cover the risks inherent in tackling tricky behaviors and how to keep from getting in over your head, while still expanding your training horizons. We'll also take a look at training hierarchies and other tools that can help you solve your current challenging cases. More...

Course opens on Mar 6, 2017

Please note: registration for this course closes on March 3rd at 5 pm Eastern.

Michael Shikashio, CDBCMichael Shikashio, CDBC

Aggression in Dogs Mentorship with Michael Shikashio

While there are many wonderful resources available on managing and modifying aggression in dogs, it can often be difficult to find someone who has experience in aggression cases to bounce ideas off of and offer the personalized attention of a mentorship. More...

Course opens on Apr 17, 2017

Please note: registration for this course closes on April 14th at 5 pm Eastern.

Trish McMillan Loehr, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA Trish McMillan Loehr, MS, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA

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 Apr 17, 2017

Please note: registration for this course closes on April 16th at 5 pm Eastern.

Self Study Courses

Course Presenter(s)
Defensive Handling with 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.
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?

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