CDBC: Certified Dog Behavior Consultant

What is Involved in CDBC Certification?

The CDBC designation is not a certification that is “bought.” This certification is for veterinarians and educated behavior consultants.

  • 4 years and 500 hours experience in animal behavior consulting
  • 400 hours minimum of coursework, seminars and mentorships
  • A proven wide range of experience with behavior cases
  • Lengthy application (30+ written pages by the applicant on learning science, case studies, scenarios) that is peer reviewed and graded
  • The application is thorough, comprehensive, and assesses not just what you know, but how you apply what you know. This is not the type of exam you can wing by looking things up or asking a friend. Each application is put through our plagiarism checkers to ensure original answers from all applicants.” – IAABC Applicant Handbook
  • Canidates are examined by their knowledge of and application of: “The 6 core competencies, communication and sensitivity toward client and animal, scientifically based behavior modification, sound critical thinking and sound reasoning in client assessments and behavior modification plans” IAABC Applicant Handbook
  • Letters of reference from veterinarian, dog trainer, and client
  • Read more here.

IF a candidate passes, they then must prove ongoing growth and knowledge in the form of 36 highly specific approved Continuing Education credits every 3 years to maintain their certification. CDBC CEU requirements are very strict.

What is the difference between a behavior consultant, and a dog trainer?

About the IAABC

“The IAABC was founded in 2004, recognizing that the practice of assisting the public with companion animal behavior problems was a growing field encompassing many different professionals: veterinary behaviorists, veterinarians, behavior consultants, animal trainers, animal shelter employees and volunteers, academics, as well as practicing professionals who don’t always fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories.

The goals of the IAABC are to standardize and support the practice of animal behavior consulting, to provide quality, evidence-based education and peer and supervising mentoring, and to provide resources for pet owners needing advice. IAABC certifications are the most rigorous in the field.”



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