Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice

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  • Prerequisites

  • CEUs & Pricing

  • About Your Instructor

Course Begins: May 8, 2024

Duration: 12 weeks

Instructor: Erin Jones PhD, MSc, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA

Course type: Instructed Course


  • Meetings are not recorded
  • Meetings take place on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern (first meeting May 15th)
  • Meetings are 1 hour in duration with the exception of Week 7 (June 26th) 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 -


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

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)

Cost: $2500


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

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.

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.

Instructor: Erin Jones PhD, MSc, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA

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.