Certified Canine Fear Abatement Experts (CCFAE) & Certified Fearful Dogs Professionals (CFDP) Behavior Consultants & Trainers
Contact these professionals for fee-based, specialized assistance.
In addition to providing programs to the general public and organizations, The Fearful Dogs Project trains qualified behavior consultants and trainers in effective, anti-aversive services designed specifically for fearful dogs and their caregivers. Upon graduating the rigorous Fear Abatement Mastery program at a 95% to 100% level and before being awarded certification, every CCFAE and CFDP also signs an anti-aversives code of conduct & ethics agreement. The public is also welcome to share its experiences with us privately regarding working with our consultants.
(Note: With the exception of the instructor, these professionals are private service providers, not employees or volunteers of The Fearful Dogs Project.)
7 Important Qualities to Seek in Finding a Fearful Dogs Expert
1. The provider should be a confirmed anti-aversives professional.
2. The practitioner should work at the dog’s own pace, valuing the dog's comfort rather than speedy (often suppression-based) results.
3. The provider should be mainly a canine fear abatement and avoidance expert whose main focus is anti-aversive interventions. (The provider should not be
mainly an "obedience" or "manners" trainer.)
4. The practitioner should be an expert on extremely fearful dogs. For example:
-Has a lengthy, successful working history with myriad extremely fearful dogs, including feral dogs in captivity and other human-avoidant (e.g.,
unapproachable and untouchable) dogs.
-Has great depth & breadth of formal education in resolving extreme fear in dogs anti-aversively. (Not just attending prerecorded webinars and self-paced,
-Has great depth & breadth of direct experience living with as well as working with extremely fearful dogs and their guardians (including a large number of
large dogs rather than exclusively or mostly small dogs).
-Understands the nuances of fear-based behavior in dogs rather than relying on labels such as “fear aggression."
5. The practitioner should be justifiably confident in the possibility of anti-aversively abating a variety of behaviors based in extreme fear, and of teaching you to avoid the development of new fears and fear-based behaviors in your dog.
6. If the provider/practitioner suggests medication, it is to make the dog's experience more comfortable and safe-feeling, not simply to make the provider's
7. The practitioner’s certification should be rare, extraordinary, and hard-earned rather than common and easily obtained. (See Certification versus Certificate
"Certified"? True certification should require serious study & practice, individual mentorship, in-depth exams, detailed proofing.
In less rigorous programs, the title "certified" is misleading to the public. Here are the big differences: