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Beginning Behavior Consulting Mentorship - Full Student
Speakers: Sarah Filipiak, CDBC, BSJ
Venues:  (Mon Mar 6th, 2017 -to- Sun Apr 30th, 2017)
   (Mon Aug 21st, 2017 -to- Mon Oct 16th, 2017)
   (Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 -to- Thu Apr 19th, 2018)
   (Sun Sep 9th, 2018 -to- Sat Nov 3rd, 2018)
   (Tue Jan 1st, 2019 -to- Tue Dec 31st, 2019)
   (Wed Jan 1st, 2020 -to- Sun Dec 31st, 2023)
Type: Online / Telecourse
Competencies: Assessment
Consulting Skills
Behavioral Science
General Knowledge of Animal Behavior
Species-Specific Knowledge
Biological Scien
Host Name: Beth Brown
Host Email:
Description: •Are you new to behavior consulting or thinking about starting working in behavior? •Are you already consulting and looking for advice regarding more advanced cases? •Are you looking for help with specific cases, or kinds of cases? •Understand how to determine and acknowledge your skill level. •Examine the difference between training and behavior modification. •Understand the basic principles of behavior modification and how they apply to all situations •Understand how to communicate your expectations and clients' options prior to accepting more challenging cases. •Understand how to write behavior plans clients can follow. •Explore how to motivate clients to implement plans requiring a heavy level of commitment and follow-through. Are you ready to tackle behavior cases? What is behavior modification, and how is it different from dog training? What education, tools and resources do you need to start tackling behavior cases? 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. 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. This program will explore evaluating, resolving, and managing problem canine behaviors through guided online discussions, sample case studies, video analysis, useful handouts, and more. In addition to the ongoing course interaction and support, you'll meet weekly for face-to-face live on-line group support. Come prepared with a client behavior case you would like to troubleshoot, or just join us to listen and learn. About Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ Sarah Filipiak CDBC is known for her problem-solving and coaching skills with both clients and trainers. Sarah served a five-year term on the board of and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, where she works as member services coordinator and on the Education Committee. She has seen clients professionally and been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001, and teaches the APDT's popular course, "Dog Training 101: What Every Dog Trainer Should Know." Sarah raised and trained European-line German Shepherd Dogs for more than 12 years, and has competed in disc, agility, AKC and UKC obedience and rally. In 2010, she obtained her first whippet, Fanfare's Crazy Train RA BN RL1 CGC. She holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She has a fierce fondness for starry Wyoming nights, which are difficult to see from her home in beautiful southeastern Ohio.