Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology (Dip.ABST)

The Animal Behavior Science and Technology program is our flagship program. It is a rigorous/intensive 600–hour / 1–year completely distance-oriented program of study intended to help animal trainers, animal behavior technologists, or other animal field professionals upgrade and expand important skills beyond current industry standards for their careers in training dogs, cats, and/or parrots, and helping clients resolve problem behaviors in the species of choice.

The program addresses key topics in behavior change project management in great depth including the principles of behavior; tactics, strategies and procedures in non-coercive animal training; functional assessment; contingency management planning; professional activities; and professional ethics. Students will have the opportunity to carry out hands-on training with their own companion animal and to engage in a problem behavior resolution project. 

The program begins with a brief introduction to the discipline and then gets into a number of foundational natural science of behavior courses. The program then gradually encompasses more practical and hands on work, finishing with species specific and specialized coursework.

Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing as well as actually working with their own dog, cat, horse, or parrot, hands-on, in this program, exploring the various topics in depth. CASI uses a shaping model of education, setting the student up for success and provides support/guidance and multiple opportunities to refine and resubmit assignments rather than just slapping a grade on them and moving on. This results in greater conditioning and minimal stress for the student. It also means that incorrect answers do not result in failure or low grades but rather an opportunity, with guidance, to condition the correct response.

Graduates may use the credential letters Dip.ABST.

Species choice: The student may choose 2, 3, or 4 species from the following options: dogs; cats; parrots, horses.

Tuition: 2 species: $2800.00;  3 species: $3000.00; 4 species: $3200.00. Canadian Dollars. (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. Canadian Residents pay applicable sales tax.

Recommended supporting textWhat Causes Human Behavior—Stars, Selves, or Contingencies? by Stephen Ledoux. Available through www.dogwise.om. This book is a challenging read but supportive of the course content, and reading it results in higher grades and greater confidence with the program content. This book is not required.

Courses (Click here for course details):

  • Introduction to Behaviorology – 101 (Optional)

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations I – 105

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations II – 106

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning I – 108

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning II – 109

  • Respondent Conditioning – 111

  • Schedules of Reinforcement – 115

  • Differential Reinforcement – 116

  • Aversive Stimulation and its Problems – 117

  • Errorless Training Strategy – 121

  • Non-Coercive Behavior Engineering – 189   

  • Animal Training Technology I - 122

  • Animal Training Technology II – 123

  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Shaping) – 140

  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Chaining and Sequencing) – 141

  • Shaping Workshop* – 160

  • Chaining Workshop* – 161

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment I – 170

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment II – 171

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment III – 172

  • Functional Diagnostics – 173

  • Strategies in Constructional Behavior Engineering – 180

  • Behavior Objectives – 181

  • Antecedent Behavior Engineering Procedures – 182

  • Postcedent Behavior Engineering Procedures – 183

  • Behavior Engineering Strategies by Functional Diagnostic Code – 184

  • Maintenance of Behavior Changes – 185

  • Training Humans – 124

  • Contingency Management Planning Workshop* – 188

 

Core Optional

The following courses are included but optional:

  • Introduction to Behavioral Complexity – 110

  • Basic Training Skills Workshop* – 103

  • Case Management – 190

  • Professional Ethics – 191

 

Species Options

Select between 2 and 4 species tracts:

 

Canine

  • Training Dogs I – 150

  • Training Dogs II – 151

  • Dog Behavior I – 192

  • Dog Behavior II – 193

  • Dog Behavior Problems I – 194    

 

Feline

  • Training Cats – 154

  • Cat Behavior – 195    

 

Parrot

  • Training Parrots – 156

  • Parrot Behavior – 196    

 

Equine

  • Training Horses I – 158

  • Training Horses II – 159

  • Horse Behavior – 197

 

Electives:

 

The following courses are available as advanced electives ($40):

  • Behaviorology 201

  • Behavior and Relations 202

  • Explanatory Fictions 203

  • Concurrent Contingencies and Analytical Fallacies 204

  • Postcedent Behavior Change Processes 205

  • Aggressive Behaviors in Dogs – Introduction and Case Management 300

  • Aggressive Behaviors in Dogs – Prevention 301

 

Schedule: This program is self-paced within a 1 year time limit. Extensions are available at a fee if required.

 

CEUsContinuing Education Credits Available. See Course Approvals page for credits available for each course.

 

Entrance Requirements (click here for details and elaboration)

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