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, to provide not just information, but transformation.

Beginning & Intermediate Levels of the program are for anyone not seeking certification, including private dog owners in need of training / behavior modification guidance. The Advanced Level of the program is for those seeking certification, including professional trainers and behavior consultants, shelter staff and volunteers, and more.

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.

Intermediate Program 

CANINE FEAR ABATEMENT - online course (Provided through a partnership with Canine Fear Solutions)

The most crucial elements and step by step instructions necessary for humane work with fearful dogs.

Investment: varies. 

Beginner's Program (for dog guardians)

Private, one to one lessons via live video conference

Investment: Varies.  Contact us to inquire.

You may also wish to inquire with our preferred

fear experts (see link at top of website)

 
 

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

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

and to becoming one of the select canine fear abatement professionals recommended/referred to by TFDP:

 

Advanced Program - Professional Certification Track

For behavior/training pros including shelter workers)

 

Purpose: Elevation of your expertise, thus enabling an increase in positive handling and outcomes for fearful dogs.

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

-Comprehensive coverage of anti-aversives work with fearful /anxious dogs

-Written application is required, followed by a 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 the FAM program) demonstrating  fluency in FAM/FACT practices, written homework and/or oral confirmation to ensure expert level comprehension.

-Each assignment must be passed with minimum 90% score, or minimum 95% if a second attempt is assigned,  but every student must also demonstrate clear proficiency in all elements.  (Those who graduate with 98% or higher evaluations are eligible for honors classification.)

-Certification is awarded upon formal commitment to and proven mastery of all program requirements.

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

Principles & practices covered in the intermediate program are also covered in-depth in the advanced professional program, along with application of principles/ practices via a minimum of 12 hours one to one coaching, observation, evaluation, & feedback including review of & feedback on 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 individual candidate for success, while still ensuring every certificant achieves mastery in the program's principles and practices.

Expectation: Certified Fearful Dog Professionals and Certified Canine Fear Abatement Experts shall have achieved expert-level comprehension and skills pertaining to anti-aversives work with fearful dogs, enabling them to offer a high degree of positive outcomes.

Investment: $ 2600 per person, paid  nlt 30 days before start date.

Advanced Program - Advocate Certification Track

(For shelter volunteers and other non-behavior pros)

Purpose: Elevation of your ability to work anti-aversively with fearful and similarly marginalized dogs, which improvies the services of your shelter / rescue to its canine residents.

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

-Comprehensive coverage of anti-aversives work with fearful/anxious dogs.

-Written application is required, followed by a 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 the FAM program) 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 every student must demonstrate clear proficiency in all elements of the program.

-Certification is awarded upon formal commitment to and proven skills in all program requirements.

Program includes 6 hours of one to one coaching, observation, evaluation, and feedback including review of and feedback on submitted session videos.

Expectation: Certified Fearful Dog Advocates shall have developed the skills for and commitment to anti-aversives services that help dogs feel safe as well as improve their ability to navigate the human world.

Investment: $ 1500 per person, paid  nlt 30 days before start date.

Certification opportunities currently offered:

PROFESSIONAL:

Behavior & Training Professionals:  2020: CFDP (Certified Fearful Dogs Professional). 2021 and beyond: CCFAE (Certified Canine Fear Abatement Expert)

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

ADVOCATE (Non-Behavior & Training Professionals):

Law Enforcement:  FDA-LE (Fearful Dog Advocate - Law Enforcement) 

Animal Control:  FDA-ACO (Fearful Dog Advocate - Animal Control Officer) 

Sheltering & Rescue:  FDA-SP (Fearful Dog Advocate - Shelter Personnel; FDA-SV (Fearful Dog Advocate - Shelter Volunteer); FDA-RR (Fearful Dog Advocate - Rescue Representative)

Certification program prerequisites:

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

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.

FDA-ACO prerequisites: Anti-aversives animal control officers who at minimum enjoy admiration and good standing in the pet community, prove proficiency in positive animal handling or are willing to take add-on coursework to achieve proficiency, 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).

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

FDA-SP prerequisites: Anti-aversives shelter employee who has a record of/commitment to anti-aversives sheltering and care, and three references including from shelter directors/managers and training/behavior managers. (If not R+ proficient, add-on coursework may be required.)

FDA-SV prerequisites: Anti-aversives shelter volunteer who has a record of/commitment to anti-aversives shelter volunteering, and three references from shelter directors/managers and training/behavior managers. (Add-on coursework may be required.)

FDA-RR prerequisites: Anti-aversives rescue organization representative who has a record of/commitment to anti-aversives rescue and protection work, and three references from people who can personally attest to same. (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 complete 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 certification track program’s official end-date shall be six months from your start date but TFDP may extend, at its discretion on a case by case basis, the end date to one year from start. Candidate must have been regularly working at the program weekly/monthly before requesting an extension.

CEUs as appropriate are available for advanced level graduates (2020-21: KPA, 16 CEUs. CCPDT, 8 CEUs. IAABC, 22 CEUs, PPAB, 18 CEUs; 2022 CEUs tba)

The advanced certification program enrolls on an as-accepted basis. Space is limited.

Apply here

FAQ:

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 courses start?

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 program and certification/advanced programs), are currently available and are scheduled at times suitable for all.

Are there in-person options?

Pre-COVID, physical in-person programs were available. As of March 2020, physical in-person has been 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 canine fear abatement expert Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, for The Fearful Dogs Project.

Have a question?  Email us or her.