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Canine Training & Behavior

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!


​Your training 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.


​Required courses:

  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 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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