Canine Training & Behavior
Canine Training & Behavior

ABI 234  R

Canine Training

ABI 271  R

Canine Behavior & Enrichment

ABI 312  R

Canine Health & Nutrition

R = required    E = elective

Canine Training & Behavior

Specialized Certificate (9 credits)

Would you like to start a rewarding new career in dog training? Do you want an education that goes beyond simple obedience training? If so, a Specialized Certificate in Canine Training and Behavior is for you! Our comprehensive program will allow you to:

  • Use fundamental & advanced training techniques
  • Solve common behavioral problems such as barking and leash pulling
  • Create appropriate diets and offer nutritional counseling
  • Work with diverse clients
  • Interview for solutions
  • Build training plans that really work
  • Administer first aid, CPR and handle emergencies
  • Understand behavioral development in puppies and younger dogs
  • Enrich different species of dogs
  • Comprehend canine communication and body language
  • Manage sexual behavior and reproduction
  • Handle aggressive behavior in dogs
  • Treat fears and phobias
  • And much, much more!

The specialized certificate in Canine Training and Behavior requires the completion of three online courses (9 academic credits) and a field requirement, 40 hours of hands-on experience as an employee, intern or volunteer at an approved institution of your choice. The field hours for the Service & Therapy Dog Training program or the Canine Sports Training program can be applied to this field requirement as well. The required courses for this specialized certificate program are:

  1. ABI 234 Canine Training
  2. ABI 271 Canine Behavior and Enrichment
  3. ABI 312 Canine Health and Nutrition

Upon graduation, students may begin using the designation CCTBS, Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. Many of our graduates start their own businesses after obtaining their certificate, working as independent dog trainers and behavioral consultants. Other graduates find work in kennels, animal shelters, veterinary practices, animal control agencies, service dog institutions, sanctuaries or other dog-related organizations. The animal care and service industry, which includes animal trainers, is expected to grow at 15% over the next decade.* Opportunities in training have never been greater!

Our program in Canine Training and Behavior is unlike any other distance education program. Students at the Animal Behavior Institute participate in a highly interactive online classroom, engaging in regular dialog with their professors and student colleagues. Students receive feedback each week, working on collaborative projects while training their own animals. This allows them to achieve a deeper level of understanding than they would develop on their own. This collaboration, coupled with the mentoring each student receives from their instructors, ensures that they receive a very personal education.

Tuition is $1,320 per course; the total tuition for  the certificate program is $3,960 (textbooks are purchased separately). Tuition assistance is available via interest-free financing. If you have questions on the program, or need help getting started, please contact us at (866) 755-0448 or via email at [email protected].

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

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