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Beginning Behavior Consulting Mentorship
with Sarah Filipiak

Mentorship Course

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Course begins: January 17th, 2021
Weekly online meetings begin: January 24th at 1pm Eastern
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Full Students access all benefits and personalized mentoring.
Auditors may observe students' cases and questions, but may not inquire about their own cases or attend online meetings. Meetings are not recorded. (Read more about Auditor benefits.)

About this Mentorship

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ
Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ
  • Are you new to behavior consulting or thinking about starting work in behavior?
  • Are you already consulting and looking for advice regarding more advanced cases?
  • Are you looking for help with specific cases or kinds of cases?
  • Understand how to determine and acknowledge your skill level.
  • Examine the difference between training and behavior modification.
  • Understand the basic principles of behavior modification and how they apply to all situations.
  • Understand how to communicate your expectations and clients' options prior to accepting more challenging cases.
  • Understand how to write behavior plans clients can follow.
  • Explore how to motivate clients to implement plans requiring a heavy level of commitment and follow-through.

Are you ready to tackle behavior cases? What is behavior modification and how is it different from dog training? What education, tools and resources do you need to start tackling behavior cases? If you've thought about taking on, or are new to, cases such as aggression towards strangers, dog-dog reactivity, resource guarding and separation anxiety, or you just want to brush up on your behavior chops, this mentorship is for you.

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Sarah Filipiak will share tips on coaching behavior clients, including case organization and communication, for maximum client compliance. She'll also cover the risks inherent in tackling tricky behaviors and how to keep from getting in over your head while still expanding your training horizons. We'll also take a look at training hierarchies and other tools that can help you solve your current challenging cases.

This program will explore evaluating, resolving, and managing problem canine behaviors through guided online discussions, sample case studies, video analysis, useful handouts, and more. In addition to the ongoing course interaction and support, you'll meet weekly for face-to-face live online group support.

Come prepared with a client behavior case you would like to troubleshoot, or just join us to listen and learn.

Class Schedule

This eight-week mentorship will begin on the specified start date and includes 7 weekly online meetings. Students will have access to the course material for 60 days after the course ends.

Course Completion/CEU Requirements

Auditors must review all course material. This will be verified in the Learning Management System.

Full Mentees must complete the homework assignments. Mentor online weekly meetings are mandatory. Students who miss more than two meetings will not receive credit for the course. Students should expect to spend an average of 4-6 hours per week on course material and viewing, depending on individual speed of learning and the week's materials.

Registration Information

  Auditor Full Mentee
CEUs 8 (CCPDT, IAABC, KPA) 21 (CCPDT); 24 (IAABC, KPA)
Member Cost $279* $439*
Non-Member Cost $339 $549

*IAABC Members - log into your member account for the discount code

Online Course Cancellation Policy

  • Full refunds available more than 30 days before program start.
  • 50% refund available 16 - 30 days before program start.
  • No refunds available 15 or fewer days before program start.

About the Mentor

Sarah Filipiak CDBC, BSJ is known for her problem-solving and coaching skills with both clients and trainers. Sarah served a five-year term on the board of and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has seen clients professionally and been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001, and teaches the APDT's popular course, "Dog Training 101: What Every Dog Trainer Should Know." Sarah raised and trained European-line German Shepherd Dogs for more than 12 years and has competed in disc, agility, AKC and UKC obedience and rally. In 2010, she obtained her first whippet, Fanfare's Crazy Train RA BN RL1 CGC. She holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She has a fierce fondness for starry Wyoming nights, which are difficult to see from her home in beautiful southeastern Ohio.

If you have questions, email us at courses@iaabc.org.

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About this Mentorship

Each 8-week mentorship provides mentees with ongoing online chat, video exchanges, documentation, links, and scheduled weekly live chats via video meeting.

Mentees can discuss their own cases or any others, ask questions about application and theory, ask for tips and advice on overcoming specific challenges, and be guided toward even higher levels of professionalism and effectiveness. The mentors are there for the mentees, and offer all help and discussion that each mentee finds useful.

Auditing is also available Auditors may observe and learn about topics under discussion between the mentor and full mentees. Auditors do not attend the weekly live chats, may not introduce their own cases or ask for specific input on their own work. Auditors may participate in ongoing topics and discussions, and their questions will be answered if time allows. Auditing is simply an opportunity to observe and learn from the mentees' and mentors' experiences.