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Advanced Canine Training

(15 credits)

This program offers an innovative, in-depth study of canine training, building upon the fundamental skills learned in the Canine Training & Behavior program. You'll  learn how to incorporate principles of behavioral science to identify training goals, develop treatment plans, and assess their progress. You'll learn by analyzing case studies while you learn to apply specialized techniques in training and behavioral management.


​Your training will allow you to:

  • Effectively treat persistent behavioral problems and and create extended treatment plans.

  • Develop comprehensive training goals in a variety of situations.

  • Incorporate behavioral science into training and problem solving.

  • Accurately read canine body language.

  • Incorporate cognitive challenges, enrichment, and choice into your training plan.

  • And much, much more!


The Advanced Canine Training certificate requires the completion of the three required classes for the specialized certificate program in Canine Training & Behavior plus two additional classes, for a total of five online courses (15 academic credits).

Students in the canine programs must also complete a field requirement of 40 hours. Please note that students in the Advanced Canine Training program do not need to complete the field requirement more than once; the field hours used for either the Canine Training & Behavior specialized certificate , the Service & Therapy Dog Training program, or the Canine Sports Training program can also be used to satisfy the field requirement for the Advanced Canine Training certificate.

Choose one elective:​

  1. ABI 126 Animal Minds & Emotions

  2. ABI 238 Therapy Dog Training

  3. ABI 254 Canine Aggression 

  4. ABI 284 Building Your Dog Training Business


​Required courses:

  1. ABI 234 Canine Training

  2. ABI 271 Canine Behavior & Enrichment

  3. ABI 312 Canine Health & Nutrition

  4. ABI 334 Advanced Canine Training (prerequisite is ABI 234 Canine Training)


Upon graduation, students may begin using the designation CACTP, Certified Advanced Canine Training Professional. 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 Approach

Students at the Animal Behavior Institute participate in a highly interactive online classroom, engaging in regular dialog with their professors and student colleagues. You'll receive feedback each week, completing collaborative projects while working with your own animals. This collaboration, coupled with the weekly mentoring each student receives from their instructors, ensures that you will receive a very personal education.

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