Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice

  • Overview

  • Required

  • Schedule

  • Prerequisites

  • CEUs & Pricing

Course Begins: September 13, 2023

Duration: 12 weeks

Instructor: Renée Hall

Course type: Instructed Course


  • Meetings are not recorded
  • Meetings take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm Eastern (first meeting September 20th)
  • Meetings are 1 hour in duration with the exception of Week 7 (November 1st) which is 2 hours in duration
  • There are 12 meetings for this course


The IAABC Animal Behavior Consulting Principles & Practice Course is a unique twelve-week 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.


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

Required Materials/Reading:

• 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


Successful completion of the course, including receiving CEUs, requires the following:

  • You must attend all of the weekly online mentor meetings. Students who miss more than 2 meetings will not pass the course.
  • You must complete on time the FAID assignment, which is introduced during the week 4 module. Due dates will be provided to you at the start of the course.
  • Participation in the online meetings is an important aspect of the course and being active in the chat forum also provides better learning and sharing of information. This is a safe, community-based learning model. Please come prepared with questions and topics you would like to discuss. Our mentors are here to help guide you through the course and facilitate your learning process.

Students should expect to spend an average of 5-7 hours per week on course material and viewing, depending on individual speed of learning and the week’s materials.


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 for 1 year from the date of their most recent IAABC Foundation purchase.

Week 1 -

Introduction to Behavior Consulting The Basics of Learning Science and Technology - Dr. Mary Burch Ethology: What It Means and Why It Matters - Dr. Evon Hekkala

Week 2 -

Marker Training - Gail Fisher Interpreting Scientific Studies and Understanding Their Findings Applied Behavior Analysis – Adria Karlsson

Week 3 -

Biology: Why It Matters and How It Applies to Behavior Consulting - Dr. Jessica Hekman Genetics: What it Means and Why It Matters - Dr. Elinor Karlsson Program Management and Evaluating Case Progress - Kristin Buller, MA, LCSW

Week 4 -

Problem Solving Using ABA - Dr. Susan Friedman Homework Assignment: 6-week ongoing assignment. First stage due 2 weeks after launch of module. A study subject for the assignment is needed that will be available to the student for the entire 6 weeks. This subject can be an animal or a human or even the student himself/herself.

Week 5 -

LIMA Case Studies and Working with LIMA - Dr. Christopher Pachel

Week 6 -

Overview and Implications of Behavioral Medicine - Dr. Karen Overall Behavioral Medicine in Practice - Dr. Lore Haug

Week 7 -

TAGteach: Successful Strategies for Teaching Humans - Theresa McKeon The Human Side of the Equation - Dr. Risë VanFleet

Week 8 -

Animal Welfare Science - Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser Behavior and Enrichment for Dogs in Shelters and Rescues - Dr. Sheila D’Arpino Behavior and Enrichment for Cats in Shelters and Rescues - Miranda Workman

Week 9 -

The Effectiveness of Marker Training in a Behavior Change Program with Case Review and Examples – Chirag Patel

Week 10 -

Making the Sale: Strategies for Business and Promotion - Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas Social and Traditional Media - Steve Dale and Mychelle Blake

Week 11 -

Application of Respondent (Classical) Conditioning - Kathy Sdao

Week 12 -

Selecting the Right Learning Tools, and What to Do When You’re Stuck - Ken Ramirez Compassion Fatigue: Understanding It, Recognizing It and Strategies for Self-Care - Jessica Dolce

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Full Student:

CEUs: CCPDT, KPA (30); IAABC (36)

Member Cost: $2250 * (incl. KPA)

Non- Member Cost: $2500


CEUs: CCPDT, KPA (30); IAABC (36)

Member Cost: $1980 * (incl. KPA)

Non- Member Cost: $2200

Registration options:

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

* IAABC Members: Click HERE to get your IAABC Member discount code from your account.

Refund Policy:
90% refund more than 30 days pre-event.
50% refund 15-30 days pre-event.
No refunds or credits issued 0-14 days pre-event or once the event has begun.