International Dog Behavior Specialist IDBS Certification

Dog Behavior Course

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Become a Certified Dog Behavior Specialist

International Dog Behavior Specialist™ | IDBS™

There's never been a better time to become a behavior specialist and help dogs conquer some of their most troubling behaviors! Pet parents are desperate for specialized trainers who can help them overcome specific challenges and concerns with their pups. Whether it's helping a pup with separation anxiety or curbing leash reactivity on walks, you can be the specialist that helps dogs transition into the happy, fun loving family members they were meant to be!

Get your International Dog Behavior Specialist Certification in less than a year with QC's interactive online training. Study at your own pace. Watch instructional videos and complete hands-on assignments to hone your behavior modification skills. Graduate with all the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the pet industry!

Please note, Dog Behavior is an advanced certification program and requires students to have successfully completed QC's Dog Training course or similar training as a prerequisite.

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  • Certification upon graduation
  • 21-day money-back guarantee
  • Lifetime access

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Newest Course Materials

Your course materials are always available online and are always being updated with the latest science-based industry standards. Refer to your updated training guides throughout your career!

Personalized Feedback

Just because you're learning online doesn't mean you're learning alone. You'll receive personalized audio feedback from your tutor on every dog behavior assignment you submit. Use this feedback to improve and succeed!

Lifetime Access

Once you're a member of the QC family you'll have lifetime access to all the tools and resources available to QC students. This includes discounts on industry products and so much more!

Dog Behavior Course Outline

The Dog Behavior Course is divided into seven parts, each containing individual training units. You must complete a unit with a satisfactory grade before you can submit assignments for the next units.

You have to learn about dogs and dog behavior before you can learn how to modify dog behavior. In the introductory units of this course, you'll see how dogs communicate with each other and with humans and the difference between behaviors motivated by logic and behaviors driven by emotions. Once you can identify fear-based behaviors, you'll have a foundation for learning how to change a dog's emotional reactions and behaviors.

What you'll learn about:

  • fundamentals of safe training
  • communication signals
  • fear responses
  • first aid for dogs
  • body language
  • learning theory
  • classical and operant conditioning

Consulting with clients requires you to hone your communication and listening skills. In these lessons, you'll bring your knowledge of dog body language into the context of dog assessment. QC Pet Studies expert Kim Cooper will demonstrate how a real consultation takes place, showing you how to interview clients and identify the cause of a dog's behavior. She will also discuss the basics of delivering treatment plans, so your clients can train their dogs at home.

What you'll learn about:

  • assessing dog behavior
  • working with a dog's threshold
  • delivering a training plan
  • creating a written report
  • identifying alarm barking

You will frequently encounter dogs with behaviors that stem from anxiety. Using the information in these lessons you'll be able to identify the differences between general anxiety, stimulus anxiety and over-stimulation. You'll also learn how to develop treatment strategies for dogs suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders and learned helplessness.

What you'll learn about:

  • dog development and anxiety
  • the difference between fear and anxiety
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders in dogs
  • common phobias
  • strategies for learned helplessness

Separation anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety among dogs. Separation anxiety is also one of the easiest behaviors to identify. This part of the course will help you identify separation anxiety from simply hearing the client's description of the behavior, allowing you to move on to strategize solutions.

What you'll learn about:

  • documenting separation anxiety
  • misconceptions about separation anxiety
  • medical intervention

In this unit, you'll have the opportunity to watch QC Pet Studies expert Kim Cooper interview dog owners and assesses dogs struggling with reactivity and aggression. You'll watch dogs displaying common signs of reactivity, conflict aggression and anxiety. Kim Cooper will show you how to talk with clients and gather information through a consultation.

What you'll learn about:

  • how to identify dogs with
    • dog reactivity
    • conflict aggression
    • anxiety
    • alarm barking
  • How to safely assess dogs that show aggression

Behavior consultants do not modify dog behavior—consultants give their clients the tools to modify the behavior of their dogs at home. This part of the course helps you demonstrate what you've learned about a dog's behavioral issues to potential clients. You'll also have an opportunity to practice the consultation process on your own with a practice client and dog.

What you'll learn about:

  • different learning styles
  • problem-solving
  • how to deal with challenges clients
  • creating a secure consulting environment
  • working safely with dogs
  • assessing dogs at the client's home

You have learned and practiced the skills you need to offer behavior consultations! This optional business unit aims to provide you with a general foundation to launch your own business or work with an established consultant.

What you'll learn about:

  • how to get your business started
  • choosing a name for your business
  • business insurance requirements and recommendations
  • creating a business plan
  • marketing techniques
  • selling your services

Learn from Dog Behavior Experts

QC's dog behavior course was developed with the assistance of Kim Cooper.

With over 30 prestigious accomplishments and accreditations under her belt, Kim Cooper is the owner and senior instructor at Best Friends Dog Training. With 35 years of experience, Kim competes in obedience, agility, tracking, and other sports with her own dogs and specializes in training search-and-rescue dogs. Kim loves to foster the special bond that exists between a dog and its owner. Her goal is to use reward-based techniques and behavior modification strategies to teach owners to help their dogs become happy, well-behaved members of the family.

Your Dog Behavior Tutors

dog-training expert, Shannon Noonan

Shannon Noonan

Certified Dog Trainer (KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA)
10 Years of Experience

Shannon first started working with dogs when she started fostering with Ottawa Dog Rescue. Through this organization, Shannon adopted her first dog, Blue, a Great Dane/pointer mix. Shannon and Blue learned about formal dog training together. This pair went on to found the first official Therapy Dog program at Carleton University, a program that remains popular today. Now, Shannon is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, and owns her own dog training business with her Dalmatian, Elroy. Shannon and Elroy share a passion for teaching other humans and dogs about training, and how to overcome canine behavioral issues. Shannon is excited to ignite this same passion for working with dogs in QC's dog training and behavior students.

dog-training expert, Susan Read

Susan Read

Certified Dog Trainer
35 Years of Experience

Susan has been training dogs for over 35 years. She specializes in Search and Rescue (SAR) work, but Susan's experience extends to consultations, competitive obedience, rally and agility training as well. Susan has been teaching tracking for many years, and conducts workshops across Ontario. She has been involved with K9 SAR since 2000, and is now the head K9 trainer and handler with Georgian Bay SAR. Susan is also the Provincial K9 Coordinator and sits on the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA) Board of Directors. Susan is currently the only OPP/OSARVA certified dog handler in Central Ontario with her live find dog, Zena. She has also worked with Human Remains Detection K9 with her dog, Zappa, since 2014. As a former school teacher and a highly experienced dog training instructor, Susan looks forward to using her significant teaching experience to benefit QC's dog training and behavior students.

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