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Image: Bluetooth and Smartphone-controlled Training Devices

The IAABC concludes that devices like this pose an unacceptable risk of creating unintended welfare and behavioral consequences.


Image: Breed-Specific Legislation

The IAABC strongly opposes any legislation specifically designed to target or discriminate against dogs based solely on their breed or appearance.


Image: Dominance Theory

The IAABC strongly warns against the acceptance and use of dominance theory when working with behavior and training with animals.


Image: Regulation in Animal Training and Behavior

The IAABC supports the regulation of animal training and behavior consulting based on the Joint Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics established in 2018 by the leading training and behavior organizations in the United States.


Image: Referring to Veterinarians

Trainers and behavior consultants must maintain professional boundaries. IAABC’s Ethics Committee created the following outline of best practices for behavior consultants and trainers navigating such health-related conversations.


Image: War in Ukraine

The IAABC opposes the Russian Federation’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and stands with our Ukrainian members in support. In compliance with U.S. sanctions IAABC is not accepting memberships from persons in Russia.


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The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) strongly opposes the use of flooding in animal training and behavior modification.


Member Testimonials

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  • Here I get support, information and training on current, evidence-based knowledge. A great community of international consultants offers great exchange on each relevant topic to support each other helping animals, their owners or even organizations that take care of animals of different species.

    By Sylvia Czarnecki, Certified Horse Behavior Consultant

  • I am proud and honored to be certified by, a member of, and educator for the IAABC. I consider the organization to be the industry standard for well-rounded, quality, ethical animal behavior information that is disseminated in a supportive, effective, collaborative environment. The IAABC works very hard to produce not only quantity of educational resources, but also quality.

    By Katenna Jones, Certified Dog & Cat Behavior Consultant

  • As a member, I get to network with experts in my field all over the world. This allows me to expand my knowledge in cat behavior as well as shelter behavior. As the feline behavior manager in an open intake shelter, this opportunity to learn from the best has allowed me to ensure the mental health and behavior needs are met for the cats in our care. The IAABC is the "go to" place for people all over the world to find experts in animal behavior. As a certified member my profile is available for the public to view. Since I earned my certification, I've seen my private business almost triple.

    By Lisa Stemcosky, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant

  • IAABC has been an invaluable learning tool for both myself and staff. As a shelter professional, the webinars provide relevant and up to date information to be used in multiple formats. The online convenience allows for continuing education, minus the travel.The mentorship programs are nothing short of amazing, including the pricing . This organization is always looking forward and growing.

    By Amy Schindler, Shelter Behavior Affiliate

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