Course Description

The shelter environment is a very stressful place that affects the psychological well-being of the animals. Comprehensive behavior programs are essential to keep the animals behaviorally and emotionally healthy during their stay. This eight-week course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop an effective behavior program aimed at improving the welfare of the animals in your care.


09/18/2023 -  11/12/2023 - Course is currently full.

01/22/2024 - 3/17/2024 - Registration coming soon.

Who will benefit from this program?

· Anyone currently affiliated with an animal shelter or rescue organization who wants to learn more about animal behavior as it relates to the shelter/foster environment.

· Anyone who wants to improve the emotional wellbeing of the animals in your care.

· Anyone seeking a behavior specialist position with an animal shelter or rescue organization.

What You Will Learn

· Gain knowledge on how to read dog and cat animal body language and signaling

· Learn techniques for safe, humane handling of the animals

· Understand how the shelter environment effects the emotional wellbeing of the animals and how to use stress reduction techniques to improve welfare

· Gain knowledge on how to keep the animals physically, mentally, and socially stimulated through shelter-wide enrichment programs

· Understand the value of effective canine and feline behavior assessments

· Obtain the knowledge and skills needed to implement training and behavior modification techniques to improve the behavior and emotional state of the shelter animals

· Obtain skills needed to ensure quality customer service for adoption counseling and follow-up.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 4.8 CEUs

Course Code: UNSM 050

Course Price: $399

*The following organizations recognize CEUs associated with the program (may be subject to change):

IAABC - 16 CEUs (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)

CCPDT - 4 CEUs for trainers; 12 CEUs for behavior consultants (The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers)

CAWA - 4.8 (The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement)

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Section Title
Shelter Behavior
Jan 22, 2024 to Mar 17, 2024
Course Fee(s)
TP0003 non-credit $399.00
Reading List / Textbook
Animal Shelter Behavioral Management
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