Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice

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  • Prerequisites

  • CEU’s & Pricing

  • About Your Instructor

Course Begins: August 31, 2021

Duration: 12 weeks

Instructor: Michelle Mullins CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP

Course type: Instructed Course

Online Weekly Meetings (1 hour) take place on Tuesdays at 1pm Eastern (first meeting is on September 7th). Week 7 is a 2 hour meeting.


The IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice Course is a unique twelve-week, a multi-module course providing a comprehensive overview of the many facets of animal behavior consulting for all species. The course is appropriate for experienced behavior consultants and practitioners as well as those newer to the field with a strong interest in animal behavior. The course features weekly online meetings with a Course Mentor discussing each learning module.


New Registration options:

  • Principles & Practice PLUS includes professional review and direct feedback/recommendations on the Functional Assessment and Intervention Design (FAID) assignment from experts in the field.
  • Our regular Principles & Practice option still includes weekly mentor meetings, but no FAID review is included.

Course Highlights

  • 27 renowned experts in the field
  • a comprehensive overview of Animal Behavior Consulting for all species
  • the only course to cover all facets of Animal Behavior Consulting
  • weekly online Mentor Meetings for ongoing support and further learning



Presenters include:

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


Topics covered include:

Learning Science; Applied Behavior Analysis; Functional Analysis and Intervention Design; Biology; Ethology; Genetics; Marker Training; Case Studies; Desensitization and Counter Conditioning; Program Management; Behavioral Medicine; LIMA Practices; TAGteach; Business Promotion and Social Media Strategies; Interpreting Scientific Studies; the Human Side of the Equation; Sheltering, Fostering and Enrichment; Animal Welfare Science; Compassion Fatigue

• How Dogs Learn by Drs. Burch & Bailey (this is not just for dogs!)
• How 2 Train A ______ by Dr. Patricia Barlow-Irick


Principles & Practice discount code at is IAABC10

This twelve-week course will begin on the specified start date and includes 12 weekly online meetings. All meetings are one hour in length with the exception of Week 7 which is a two hour meeting. Students will have access to the course material for 60 days after the course ends.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Full Student:

CEUS: P&P- 30 (CCPDT); 36 (IAABC, KPA, RACE); P&P PLUS- 30 (CCPDT); 36 (IAABC, KPA); 43 (RACE)

Member Cost: IAABC & KPA Member Cost: P&P- $1870; P&P PLUS- $2125

Non- Member Cost: Non-Member Cost: P&P- $2200; P&P PLUS- $2500



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Instructor: Michelle Mullins CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP

Michelle Mullins is the owner and director of training at Honest To Dog in Richmond, Virginia where she offers private in-home pet training with a focus on clicker training, foundation skills, Fear-Free training of pets for veterinary and grooming procedures, and behavior modification for dogs with fear, aggression and reactivity issues. Michelle loves working closely with veterinary professionals to ensure her clients have a pet care team in their corner.


She is a video content contributor to the Fear Free Animal Trainer Course and both a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer and Level Two Professional as well as TAGTeach Level One Certified. Michelle is a guest lecturer at Ohio State University and the University of Tennessee as well as training and behavior conferences. She is a mentor for the IAABC Principles and Practice course.


Michelle’s animal training and behavior education includes Purdue University’s DOGS Course, University of Richmond’s Canine Logic and Advanced Canine Logic courses, Ken Ramirez’s Professional Animal Training Seminar, and hundreds of hours of seminars and workshops. Michelle believes continuing to seek out advanced education in her field provides her clients, both human and canine, the highest quality services available.


All her work has the goal of developing long, enriching relationships between pets and their people. Michelle wants to teach people to communicate with and train their pets while developing the skills they can apply to all future pets. Working with each animal and pet owner to ensure their environment is enriched with variety including great training and activities is her passion.