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Feline Training & Behavior

Do you dream of starting a rewarding new career in cat training? Would you like to understand their behavior, drives, and emotions? If so, a Specialized Certificate in Feline Training and Behavior is for you! Our comprehensive program goes beyond simple problem solving.


​Your training will allow you to:

  • Use fundamental & advanced training techniques

  • 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

  • Solve common behavioral issues, such as scratching and improper elimination

  • Understand behavioral development in kittens and younger cats

  • Comprehend feline communication and body language

  • Manage sexual behavior and reproduction

  • Handle aggressive behavior in cats

  • Treat fears and phobias

  • And much, much more!


The specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior requires the completion of three online courses (9 academic credits) and a requirement, 40 hours of hands-on experience as an employee, intern or volunteer at an approved institution of your choice.


​Required courses:

  1. ABI 235 Feline Training

  2. ABI 272 Feline Behavior and Enrichment

  3. ABI 313 Feline Health and Nutrition


Upon graduation, students will earn their certificate and may begin using the designation CFTBS, Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. Many of our graduates start their own businesses after obtaining their certificate, working as independent cat trainers and behavioral consultants. Other graduates find work in kennels, animal shelters, veterinary practices, animal control agencies, sanctuaries or other cat-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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