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

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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 discuss best 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. You work at your own pace and may complete it anytime before June 30, 2020. 

To earn additional distinction and pro "certified" status, participants must also: 1/ Be a KPA-CTP, CTC, PCBC, CBCC-KA, CDBC, or equivalent anti-aversives professional; 2/ Pass additional coursework including video submissions and written work at 80% minimum. Due to increased demand, we now selectively offer an Associate certification track.*Click here to read the update on these  opportunities)  

For Behavior Consultants and Dog Trainers, CEUs are available for graduates as follows: KPA, 16 CEUs. CCPDT, 8 CEUs. IAABC, 22 CEUs, PPAB, 18 CEUs. For these professionals, homework will be required.


All graduates will receive a certificate of completion, but all training or behavior pros whether certified track or not will sign a Code of Conduct statement agreeing to uphold the standards of the program in order to receive and retain certification or certificate of completion recognition.

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


choose "certified track" or "non-certified track" below.




(After registering, please email us with your name and pertinent certifications / qualifying 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, and list of any pertinent certifications you have, to 


The Extreme Fear in Dogs course offers a comprehensive program for 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 professional certification track option for current certified behavior consultants or equivalent

-An associate certification track option for pro trainers not yet certified as BCs (admittance is at our discretion).

-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.

-CEUs for graduates


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.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of successful completion: A Fearful Dog Advocate certificate of completion for non-behavior/training professionals, or a Fearful Dog Scholar certificate of completion for training professionals. A professional certification track is also available for qualified behavior professionals. Certified track graduates receive a Fearful Dogs Professional or Fearful Dogs Associate certificate of completion and the right to market themselves as a Certified Fearful Dogs Professional (CFDP) or Certified Fearful Dogs Associate (CFDA). These certificants also are added to our referral list.

A successful certification-track student:

-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 all course requirements 

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

When does it start?

The course is self-paced; you may start any time you like. The current version of the course closes on 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, and we know it will help you!


I’m a trainer but not a certified behavior consultant or equivalent.  Can I still go for the full Professional “Certification”?

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 Pro Certification track already have a behavior certification or equivalent, as well as a good general working knowledge in and experience with dog behavior.


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.

Have a question?  Email

*UPDATE regarding certification:

Due to increasing demand, The Fearful Dogs Project will now include the opportunity to earn Associate certification for those who do not have the prerequisites to apply for full Professional certification. 

Qualifications to pursue the associate track:

-Current CPDT-KA certification or PCT-2 certification, having passed the exam at 80% or higher (please email copy of your exam scores when registering) 

-Those who do not have the above prerequisites may be considered case-by-case by submitting a brief resume or essay outlining their professional  training experience: how learned, with whom, how long working, in what capacity, specialties if any, and all methods used to date.

-Be an anti-aversives professional

(Note: Aversives used in the past will not automatically disqualify an applicant if the applicant is committed to an anti-aversives practice now and moving forward. Decisions are at the sole discretion of TFDP.  Any questions about this should be emailed to us before registering.)

Qualifications to pursue the full certification track: 

Hold a current CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA-CTP, CTC, or PCBC and be an anti-aversives professional.

Requirements for certification:

-Pass all elements of the course with 80% or better on first attempt; 90% or better if a second attempt is needed.

-Associate-track student work requirements are the same as full certification track, but at TFDP’s discretion, students may be asked to fulfill additional homework during the course in order to confirm competencies. Certification will be at the sole discretion of TFDP.

Certification titles:

Records will show Professional certificants as fully certified: Certified Fearful Dogs Professional (CFDP)

Records will show Associate certificants as contingently certified: Certified Fearful Dogs Associate (CFDA)

CFDAs may reapply to CFDP status upon completion of additional TFDP-accepted behavior coursework and/or TFDP-accepted behavior certification, so long as the TFDP code of conduct is upheld.

Certificates of Completion:

These are awarded to all graduates, regardless of certification.  The “Advocate” CoC is for laypersons/non-trainers. The “Scholar” CoC is for training professionals not on a certification track.  “Associate” and “Professional” CoCs are for certification track, training or behavior professionals. 


All graduates are expected to maintain an anti-aversives practice. All certification-qualifed graduates and all graduating trainers will sign an anti-aversives code of conduct agreement before certification or certificate of completion is awarded. Adherence to the code of conduct is required to retain the award.  We reserve the right to revoke certification and/or remove graduate status from anyone breaking the TFDP code of conduct, which is an anti-aversives, honesty in practices agreement. Although laypersons are not required to sign an agreement, they are welcomed and encouraged to do so!