TFDP's Fear Abatement Mastery (FAM) program is the most humane, comprehensive program for fearful dogs.

Begun in 2014, the program is continually expanded & refined. Available nationally & in some countries.

The FAM program offers powerful opportunities for those who are serious about achieving the most humane & effective trust-building, behavior modification,

and training skills to help fearful and other disadvantaged dogs. 

FAM's process is the Fear Abatement Cumulative Training (FACT) approach, created by TFDP's founder.

If you seek transformation, not just information, you're in the right place at The Fearful Dogs Project.

Beginning & Intermediate Levels of the program are for anyone not seeking certification.

Advanced Level of the program is for professionals seeking certification.


What We Do

The Fearful Dogs Project offers a comprehensive program of learning in order to equip you to best help fearful dogs, including feral dogs, puppy mill survivors, and others. We’ll cover the anti-aversives philosophy that underlies the program, as well as theory and activities that comprise the best practices for working or living with this population of dogs.

Who the Program is For

Professionals and non-pros welcome, including anyone living with or working around one or more fearful dogs.  Canine behavior consultants, dog trainers, veterinary staff, rescue, sanctuary, & shelter staff, fosterers & other volunteers, groomers, dog daycare owners, boarders or sitters, pet store staff, animal welfare & protection organizations, delivery workers, animal control officers, police officers, and of course pet parents.

Beginning Program

Private, one on one instruction via video conference

Investment: $100/hour (three session minimum) 

Behavior Consultation also available. Email to inquire.

You may also wish to inquire with our recommended fearful dogs professionals

Intermediate Program (for shelters, rescues, etc)

Live, lecture based instruction via video conference

8 hours includes Q&A

Crucial elements necessary for humane work with fearful dogs

Investment: $750 per person, due nlt 30 days before start date


Anti-aversives practitioners may apply here for the FAM advanced, certification-track program.

The advanced FAM program is the path to expertise in fearful/anxious dog work,

and to becoming one of the select few fearful dogs professionals recommended/referred to by TFDP:

Advanced Program - Professional Certification Track

Purpose: Elevation of the student's expertise, thus enabling an increase in positive outcomes for fearful dogs

-Private, one to one observation, instruction, coaching, evaluation, feedback

-Comprehensive coverage of anti-aversives work with fearful and other marginalized dogs

-Written application is required, followed by a short phone conversation to ascertain good fit

-Number of certification-track applicants accepted at one time is limited.

-Flexible start dates and scheduling. Coaching focus may be adjusted based on each student's needs, at TFDP's discretion

-TFDP Code of Conduct & Ethics agreements are to be ratified upon enrollment.

-Homework, to be completed successfully per TFDP criteria, includes Videos (created new for FAM) demonstrating  fluency in FAM/FACT

  practices, written homework and/or oral confirmation to ensure comprehension.

-Each assignment must be passed with minimum 90% score (instructor's determination) but must demonstrate clear

  proficiency in all elements.  (Those who graduate with 97% or higher evaluations are eligible for honors classification.)

-Certifications are awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.

-CFDPs and CFDAs are added to the TFDP referral base and appear on the approved Behavior Consultant/Trainer section of the website.

Investment: $ 2300 per person, paid  nlt 30 days before start date.

Expectation: Certificants shall have achieved expert-level comprehension and skills, enabling them to offer a high degree

of positive outcomes for fearful dogs.

Principles & practices covered in the intermediate program are also covered in the advanced program, along with application of principles/practices via a minimum of 12 hours one to one coaching, observation, evaluation, & feedback as well as review & feedback of submitted session videos (recorded) from each candidate.  The certification program maintains a measure of fluidity to provide focus on the specifics needed to best prepare each candidate for success, while still ensuring every certificant's mastery in the Fear Abatement Mastery program's principles and practices.


Certification titles currently offered:

Behavior & Training:  CFDP (Certified Fearful Dogs Professional) or CFDA (Certified Fearful Dogs Associate*)

Veterinary: CFDDVM or CFDVMD (Certified Fearful Dogs Veterinarian); CFDVT (Certified Fearful Dogs Vet Technician or Vet Technologist)

Law Enforcement:  CFDF-LEO (Certified Fearful Dog Friendly - Law Enforcement Officer)

Animal Control:  CFDF-ACO (Certified Fearful Dog Friendly - Animal Control Officer)

Sheltering:  CFDSS (Certified Fearful Dog Shelter Staff); CFDSV (Certified Fearful Dog Shelter Volunteer)

Prerequisites for the advanced program:

CFDP prerequisites: Anti-aversives behavior/training professionals holding the CBCC-KA, CDBC, CTC, KPA CTP, or equivalent.

CFDA* prerequisites: Anti-aversives behavior/training professionals holding the CPDT-KA or equivalent, with proof of passing exams at 85% or more

CFDDVM or CFDVMD prerequisites: Anti-aversives, licensed veterinarian who obtained the veterinary doctor degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 or better GPA and has a history free from legitimate complaints of abuse, neglect, or other inhumane treatment of animals.

CFDVT prerequisites: Anti-aversives veterinary technicians and veterinary technologists who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better and have a history free from legitimate complaints of abuse, neglect, or other inhumane treatment of animals.

CFDF-ACO prerequisites: Anti-aversives animal control officers who at minimum enjoy admiration and good standing in the pet-owning community, prove competency in positive animal handling or are willing to take add-on coursework to achieve that competency, have a record of prioritizing anti-aversives treatment of animals, and provide three references, typically from the community (details will be specified prior to acceptance).

CFDF-LEO prerequisites: At minimum, a police officer who enjoys consistent admiration & good standing in the pet-owning community, who is committed to becoming an anti-aversives officer, and who demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing positive handling and solutions for animals. 

CFDSS prerequisites: Anti-aversives shelter staff who has a record of/commitment to anti-aversives sheltering, and three references from shelter directors or managers. (If not R+ principles/practices proficient, additional coursework may be required.)

CFDSV prerequisites: Anti-aversives shelter volunteer who has record of/commitment to anti-aversives shelter volunteering, and three references from shelter directors or managers. (Additional coursework may be required.)

We will consider prerequisite equivalents. If none is mentioned in your category, please inquire. 

General prerequisites for all candidates include approval of application and ratification of TFDP agreements.

At TFDP’s discretion, any/all candidates may be asked to submit additional work  in order to confirm program competencies if not evidenced in initial attempts. Certification is at the sole discretion of TFDP.

Time to complete: The 2021 certification track program’s official end-date shall be six months from start date but TFDP may extend, at its discretion on a case by case basis, the end date to one year from start, to allow sufficient time for successful completion. 

CEUs as appropriate are available for advanced level graduates (2020: KPA, 16 CEUs. CCPDT, 8 CEUs. IAABC, 22 CEUs, PPAB, 18 CEUs; 2021 CEUs tba)

The advanced, certification program for professionals enrolls on an as-accepted basis.

Apply here


I’m not a professional trainer or animal worker. Is there a program appropriate for me?

Yes! Because there are very few opportunities for serious, comprehensive learning about fearful dogs, we feel it is important to include everyone who has or might someday have contact with a disadvantaged dog. The beginning and/or intermediate programs are open to all.

When do classes run?

UPDATE: Due to COVID era challenges for the public, the group program has been postponed. However, if your group would like to schedule the program for its own staff and volunteers, contact us to discuss options. The private options (beginning, or certification/advanced levels), are currently available.

Are there in-person options?

Pre-COVID, physical in-person programs were available. As of March 2020, physical in-person has been temporarily paused. Instead, in-person live video-conference options are in place. We will begin physical in-person options again once there is no pandemic threat. 


Is there a payment plan?

Currently we are not able to offer payment plans.

TFDP programs are taught by fearful dog expert Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, for The Fearful Dogs Project.

Have a question?  Email us or her.

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The Fearful Dogs Project  is a program licensed to the 501c3 charity, Protect Them All


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