Beginning Behavior Consulting Mentorship

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  • Prerequisites

  • CEUs & Pricing

  • About Your Instructor

Course Begins: September 1, 2024

Duration: 8 weeks

Instructor: Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ

Course type: Mentorship


  • Auditors do not attend online meetings
  • Meetings are not recorded
  • Meetings take place on Sundays at 12:00 pm Eastern (first meeting September 8th)
  • Meetings are 1 hour in duration
  • There are 7 meetings for this mentorship


Are you new to behavior consulting or thinking about starting work 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? 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 you just want to brush up on your behavior chops, this mentorship is for you.


This mentorship will help you:

  • 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

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 online group support.


Come prepared with a client behavior case you would like to troubleshoot, or just join us to listen and learn.

To receive CEUs and/or a certificate of completion, Full Mentees must:

  • Review the recorded lectures prior to the live discussion calls
  • Attend and participate in at least 5 of the 7 online meetings
  • Complete homework

Full Students should expect to spend an average of 2 – 4 hours per week on course material and viewing, depending on individual speed of learning and the week’s materials.


To receive CEUs and/or a certificate of achievement, Auditors must:

  • Review the recorded lectures
  • Successfully complete the course quizzes

This will be verified in the learning platform.

This eight-week mentorship will begin on the specified start date and includes 7 weekly online meetings.

Students will have access to the course material for 1 year from the date of their most recent IAABC Foundation purchase.

Week 1 - ABA Terms; LIMA and Humane Hierarchies

Week 2 - Functional Analysis and ABCs

Week 3 - Behavioral Interventions

Week 4 - How to Expand Your Behavior Consulting Horizons

Week 5 - Managing Intake; Working with Clients to Develop a Behavior Plan

Week 6 - Client Feedback and Communication; Tracking Progress

Week 7 - Sales & Marketing

Week 8 - Tools, Tips, and Certification

There are no prerequisites for this mentorship.

Full Student:

CEUs: 21 (CCPDT); 24 (IAABC, KPA)

Cost: $600



Cost: $360 **

Cancellation Policy: We will refund 90% up to 30 days pre-event. A 50% refund will be available up to 15 days pre-event. After these deadlines, no refunds will be issued.

Instructor: Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ 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. She has seen clients professionally and been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001.


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.


Sarah has a fierce fondness for starry Wyoming nights, which are difficult to see from her home in beautiful southeastern Ohio.