Critical Applications: Ethical Approaches to Behavior Interventions

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  • CEUs & Pricing

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Course Begins: June 4, 2024

Duration: 8 weeks

Instructor: Dr. Erin Jones MSc, PhD, PgDip, CPDT-KA, ADT, CDBC

Course type: Instructed Course


  • Auditors do not attend online meetings
  • Meetings are not recorded
  • Meetings take place on Tuesdays at 6pm (first meeting June 11th)
  • Meetings are 1 hour in duration
  • There are 8 meetings for this course

Are you interested in developing your skills and strengthening your knowledge on how to best handle and interact with animals while focusing on their welfare and well-being?

In this 8-week course, we will take a deep dive into the uses and applications of critical analysis when handling behavior cases. We will discuss the critical questions that allow us to evaluate our own choice of methods and inform us on how we can best approach each case from a competent, skilled and humane perspective. And, importantly, we will explore whether these methods are the most humane options available to help the individual animal learners live their best lives.


What to expect from this course:

  • Immersion into developing critical thinking skills and analysis when working maladaptive behavior cases.
  • Coverage of best practices to address individual cases using a systematic and informed approach.
  • Explanations of more than just how something works but why it works to best navigate the challenging space of current training methods.
  • Consideration of the ethical components behind working with nonhuman animal learners.

Is this course for you?

The course is not species-specific, so anyone working with any companion animal species can join.

A basic understanding of learning science is recommended but not required.

Though the focus is on behavior interventions, industry professionals of all experience levels will be able to gain a deeper understanding of humane practices by participating in the course.


Full Student:

CEUs: (Pending)

Cost: $600


CEUs: (Pending)

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: Dr. Erin Jones MSc, PhD, PgDip, CPDT-KA, ADT, CDBC

Dr. Erin Jones completed her PhD at the University of Canterbury in animal studies with a focus on the human-dog relationship. She works as a researcher/writer at the university as well, and is involved in various dog-related research projects. Erin is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA and IAABC-ADT), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), and accredited dog behaviour consultant with Companion Animals New Zealand. She owns and operates the Merit Dog Project with a primary focus on helping fearful, anxious and reactive dogs. Erin is the Science Content Editor for the IAABC Foundation Journal as well as Education Initiatives Lead for the IAABC Foundation. She is also a committee member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand.