“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.” — Franz Kafka
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” — Will Rogers
“The most effective training is to teach the dog how to behave rather than to tell it to behave.” — Jonathan Klein
The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants is dedicated to helping dog owners get the most out of their relationship with their dog. We provide cutting-edge, science-based education for dog behaviorists, dog trainers, and dog behavior consultants. We also give dog owners comprehensive resources to prevent and manage behavior problems at home, as well as providing an online locator tool to find a certified expert to help them with everything from separation anxiety to aggression; leash walking to house training.
If you have a behavior problem with your dog, you can be assured that our consultants will dedicate themselves to working with you and your dog’s veterinary care team. Our Certified Dog Behavior Consultants and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultants have passed a rigorous examination that tests their knowledge of dog training, biology, and species-specific behavior, as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies, not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in dog training and behavior.
All our consultants are bound by the IAABC Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to using the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive effective intervention when working with your dog.
So you want to be a dog behavior consultant?
A dog behavior consultant is someone who specializes in preventing, managing, and modifying challenging behaviors in dogs. IAABC offers online education for all stages of your career journey; we have classes in learning theory and mentorships for new students, specialized courses in aggression, shelter behavior, genetics, and more, as well as our unique and comprehensive Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice syllabus. Joining IAABC at any level—Supporting, Affiliate, Associate Certified or Certified—gives you discounts on these and other courses, as well as access to our online communities and library of high-quality resources.
If you’re working or volunteering with dog rescues or shelters, consider joining our IAABC Shelter Division. We offer a Shelter Behavior Affiliate designation as well as a wealth of resources and a supportive community of volunteers, behavior professionals, and foster parents for all species.
To learn more about what a dog behavior consultant does and how IAABC can help you develop your career and achieve your goals, read our Behavior Consulting 101 series.
I need help!
Use our Consultant Locator to find someone in your area. Our Certified and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultants work with dogs and puppies of all breeds and from all walks of life—whether you have a shelter mutt or a pedigree working dog, we can help you identify behavior problems and develop effective and kind solutions that work for you and your pet’s unique relationship and lifestyle.
If you can’t find an IAABC Certified or Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant covering your area, read this article on how to find a qualified expert to work with you and your dog, and what questions you should ask them.
About the Division Chair: Tom Candy
Division Chair, Dog Division
Tom Candy is a Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor for
DogsTrust In the United Kingdom. Tom is responsible for overseeing
the training and Behaviour at multiply rehoming centres across the
uk including: assessment, management and behavior
A passion for animal welfare and training, lead Tom to
undertake a BSc (Hons) in Bio-veterinary science and a MSc in
Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln
Having started volunteering in rescue at the age of 15,
Tom has been involved in a variety of aspects of rescue including
fundraising, home checking, transporting and general day to day
activities. Since graduating from University, Tom has been working
as a training and behaviour advisor at a centre before locuming
across 7 centers and then moving to the senior Training and
Tom is an accredited animal behaviourist with the Animal
Behaviour and Training Council and a Certified Dog Behaviour
Consultant and Chair of the dog division with the International
Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.