“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: Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Division Chair, Dog Division
Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC, owner of BADDogsInc Family Dog Training & Behavior and the Southern California School For Dogs, is a certified dog behavior consultant. Barbara specializes in working with families to resolve behavior problems with their companion dogs; she also works extensively in rescue dog rehabilitation and integration with fosters and permanent placements. Her company also offers a wide range of individual and group training programs.
Barbara has been a contributing columnist for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog’s “On Behavior” column, which featured several of her challenging case studies. She also posts regularly on her blog “A Doggone Minute” and is preparing to publish a trainer’s workbook detailing an aversive-free hazard avoidance training program.
Barbara’s been actively involved in Golden Retriever rescue since 2001, and supports many canine rescue organizations in her region. Barbara serves on the board of directors of the ASK Foundation, which supports the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, where she also volunteers as a consulting behaviorist for the shelter. Barbara is also proud to represent Pets For Vets, an organization that matches returned and retired US veterans with shelter dogs, providing training and ongoing support to our wounded warriors and their rescued pets.
Barbara’s been with IAABC since 2005, motivated to join by her desire to contribute to an organization poised to promote standards and professionalism in the field of animal behavior consulting. Barbara has served in a number of volunteer roles, including Regional Coordinator, Exam Committee, RPC/ARC, and most enjoys her service as “booth babe” at APDT conference exhibit halls, where she enthusiastically sells the benefits of IAABC membership to prospective members.
Barbara lives in Corona, CA with her husband, Wayne, kids Chris and Kate, and the family’s three golden retrievers.