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Extreme Fear in Dogs: A Deep-Dive Distance Learning Course

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Pre-enrollment for the Extreme Fear in Dogs distance learning course is available now.  Professionals and non-pros welcome! Private dog owners  welcome! Including anyone working with or living with one or more fearful dogs:  Canine Behavior Consultants, Dog Trainers, Veterinary Staff, Rescue, Sanctuary, and Shelter Staff, Fosterers, & other Volunteers, Dog Groomers, Dog Daycare Owners, Boarders, or Sitters, Pet Store Staff, Animal Welfare & Protection Organizations, Post Office, UPS, FedEx, & other Delivery Pros, Animal Control Officers, Police Officers, Dog Owners and their Family and Friends.

In addition to the webinar course, we will deep-dive into TFDP-recommended practices together in the private Extreme Fear in Dogs facebook group. This course includes, both in the webinar and in the private Facebook group, specific step-by-step instructions for working with feral and other fearful dogs . The course is based on and presents a strong anti-aversives philosophy of fearful dog work.

The course is self-paced. It will be a limited-time offering, but you work at your own pace and may complete it anytime between January 18 and June 30, 2020. 


All graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

To earn additional distinction and pro "certified" status, participants must also: 1/ Sign a Code of Conduct statement agreeing to maintain the standards of the program; 2/ Be a KPA-CTP, CTC, PCBC, CBCC-KA, CDBC, or equivalent anti-aversives professional; 3/ Pass additional coursework including video submissions and written sample BMPs.

For Behavior Consultants and Dog Trainers, CEUs are available for graduates as follows: KPA, 16 CEUs. CCPDT, 8 CEUs. IAABC, 22 CEUs. For these professionals, homework will be involved.

Price: $299, or $350 if seeking "certified"* designation . 



*If you are a current CBCC, CDBC, KPA CTP, CTC, PDBC, or equivalent you may choose to register for the certification track. (After registering, please email us with your name, facebook user ID, and pertinent certifications information.)


If you have difficulty registering via the options above, you may register manually via PayPal  by sending the fee, along with your name, email address, facebook user ID, and list of any pertinent certifications you have, to 


The Extreme Fear in Dogs course offers a comprehensive approach to helping fearful dogs, including feral dogs in captivity, puppy mill survivors, and others. We’ll cover the anti-aversives philosophy that underlies the program, as well as theory and praxis that comprise  best practices for working or living with this population of dogs.

The Extreme Fear in Dogs course includes:

-A certificate of completion upon graduation.

-A pro certification track option for current certified behavior consultants

-A private facebook group for students to network, share, converse with the instructor, and get help with cases. Also, additional information and instructions not shown in the webinar will be delivered in the facebook group.

-A deep-dive, self-paced distance learning course covering fearful dog work -- philosophy, instruction, and examples.

-For graduates, 16 KPA CEUs are available; 8 CCPDT CEUs are available.  (IAABC CEUs pending)


Who is this course designed for?

Anyone working with or living with one or more fearful dogs:  Canine Behavior Consultants, Dog Trainers, Veterinary Staff, Rescue, Sanctuary, and Shelter Staff, Fosterers, & other Volunteers, Dog Groomers, Dog Daycare Owners, Boarders, or Sitters, Animal Welfare & Protection Organizations, Animal Control Officers, Police Officers, Dog Owners and their Family and Friends.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of successful completion: A Fearful Dog Advocate certificate of completion for non-behavior and training professionals, or a Fearful Dog Scholar certificate of completion for certified behavior and training professionals.


A professional certification track is also available for certified behavior professionals, as follows:

Students who seek The Fearful Dogs Project/Extreme Fear in Dogs Certification 

-should currently be an anti-aversives CBCC-KA, CDBC, CTC, KPA CTP, PCBC, or equivalent in good standing

-will pass additional coursework including video samples of their work, as well as sample BMPs and/or other written materials

-will sign a code of conduct statement after successful completion of the course, agreeing to maintain the standards of the program

-will be added to our referral base upon successful completion of standard course materials and certification track materials

-will receive a TFDP CERTIFIED icon to display on their website and other marketing materials, in addition to the Fearful Dog Professional certificate of completion

When does it start?

The Extreme Fear in Dogs course opens in mid-January, after which you may start any time you like. The course is self-paced, so you can study at your convenience, through June 30, 2020.


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

Yes! Because there are very few opportunities for deep-dive learning about fearful dogs, we feel it is important to include everyone who has contact with a fearful dog.


I’m a trainer but not a certified behavior consultant or equivalent.  Can I still go for the full “Certification” on top of the certificate of completion?

Because we want our graduates to exemplify the very best practices in working with fearful dogs and their humans, and because fearful dogs’ lives are often at risk, we feel it’s important that those on the Certification track already have a good general working knowledge in and experience with dog behavior. However, the Fearful Dogs Scholar certificate of completion is available to you upon graduation!


How long does the course take?

This is a self-paced course, so your learning is on your own schedule. Students have until June 30, 2020 to complete the course. 


Is there a payment plan?

Currently we are not able to offer payment plans.

Is there a course outline?

Yes! Here you go:


Extreme Fear in Dogs,  course outline:


1/   Welcome!

2/   Introduction to Fearful Dogs

3/   Abridged Glossary (Pertinent to Feral and other Fearful Dogs)

4/   Misconceptions & Clarifications

5/   Canine Body Language Specific to Fear

6/   The Spaces between Training. Advocating for Fearful Dogs and their Caretakers

7/   General Rules for Fearful Dog Caretakers

8/   How We Got Here: A Brief History of Domestic/Pet Dogs​

9/   Assessment & Prognosis

10/ Preparing the Fearful Dog for Life as a Pet

11/ Working with Fearful Dogs

12/ Fearful Dogs & Shelters

13/ Equipment Considerations

14/ Increasing the Likelihood of a Fearful Dog’s Survival in the Human World

15/ The Future!

The course is taught by fearful dog specialist Rain Jordan CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, for The Fearful Dogs Project.

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