Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program

Welcome to the Fear Free Animal Trainer Program!

Completing the Fear Free Animal Trainer Course allows trainers to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care. The certification course is designed to give qualified animal trainers the knowledge and tools required to begin implementing Fear Free techniques with their clients’ pets at the veterinary hospital, through in-clinic training classes for puppies and kittens, and in day-to-day training of animals in the home.

Trainers who complete the Fear Free Animal Trainer Course will acquire the skills to manage and handle dogs and cats alongside the veterinary team during veterinary visits and care to ease the pet’s apprehension regarding exams, procedures and other care. The techniques may also be used in a home setting for carrying out or administering specific veterinarian-prescribed care plans or routine care such as grooming. Most important, the Fear Free Animal Trainer is equipped to prepare pets for what to expect at the veterinary clinic so they have an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

By collaborating with and complementing the veterinary team’s efforts, the trainer can better provide preventive services and partner with the veterinary team to address training and behavior concerns, working from a whole health concept and with the oversight of the pet’s vet. In doing so, the pet and pet parents have a higher quality, unified team providing quality, complete care.

The purchase of the Fear Free Animal Trainer Program courses provides you with an annual membership to the program (separate from the Fear Free Certified Veterinary Program) and requires you to complete 2 hours of Fear Free CE which will be made available to you as a member benefit, and 2 hours of CE of your choice in order to keep your membership active in addition to the $39 annual renewal fee.

NOTE: The Fear Free Animal Trainer course is only open to training professionals who meet prerequisites that ensure a specific level of knowledge, education and experience. This includes passing a short test. Please be sure you are familiar with all of the prerequisites (outlined below) prior to registering, as refunds will not be given for misrepresenting or failing to meet the prerequisites.

Six modules, each with three to five lessons, comprise the Fear Free Animal Trainer certification course. Online training includes audio narration of information, videos, and course information in writing.

Module 1

Module 1 lessons address the Fear Free mission and core concepts, the trainer’s role and goals, how to work with the veterinary team to manage a pet’s fear, anxiety and stress, and teachable moments for calmer behavior and care.

Module 2

Module 2 lessons cover ways to take pets safely, comfortably and serenely from the home to the hospital, gentle control techniques as applied to veterinary care, team planning for care, modifying care when needed, preemptively acclimating pets to the veterinary environment, and integrating training and veterinary care.

Module 3

Module 3 lessons deal with trainer services that may be offered. These include socialization classes in the hospital or clinic, integrating veterinary care preparedness into puppy and kitten classes, familiarizing animals with veterinary equipment, conditioning animals for calmer care, and developing communication cues.

Module 4

Module 4 lessons teach cooperative care concepts such as positioning, voluntary interaction with veterinary equipment, and pet participation and permission for care.

Module 5

Module 5 lessons include stationing and active participation behaviors such as pets remaining in place for specific periods of time as needed, developing active pet participation in care, and teaching behaviors that can be useful during care.

Module 6

Module 6 lessons address how to implement and integrate the information acquired in prior lessons for administration of prescribed care as well as calmer home care. It also covers working with the veterinarian and veterinary team and ways to apply Fear Free certification.

The Fear Free Animal Trainer course is open to training professionals who meet prerequisites that ensure a specific level of knowledge, education and experience. Trainers seeking Fear Free certification are highly encouraged to have experience working in a veterinary hospital/practice setting. Eligible trainers will meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Passing score on intake exam testing baseline knowledge (preview the exam below)
  2. Current certification with approved organization and/or proof of completing approved continuing education course
  3. AT LEAST ONE of the following approved Certifications, Licensing and Educational Programs:

To successfully complete the course and attain certification as a Fear Free Animal Trainer, all qualified registrants must:

  • Pass each online module with a score of 80 percent or higher
  • Sign the Fear Free Pledge, a commitment to uphold a humane, emotionally protective code of conduct and ethical standard for pet care, training and professionalism.

This certification course requires an annual renewal fee of $39. In order to keep your certification active, 2 hours of Fear Free CE and 2 hours of CE of your choice need to be completed annually.

A CE tracker will be added to your account profile soon for ease of tracking.

Starting in November 2018, a number of free as well as paid courses will be made available for certified animal trainers to facilitate the CE requirement.

Maintaining Fear Free certification also requires remaining in good standing with the Fear Free organization by upholding ethical standards and codes of conduct.

Skills Learned

  • Reduce or remove anxiety triggers that can cause pets to become fearful at home, in transport, and at the veterinary hospital
  • Help owners deliver calm pets to your hospital
  • Enhance the quality of care your training clients receive
  • Increase compliance with administration of veterinary care
  • Improve safety for the veterinary team

Additional Benefits

  • Downloadable handouts and work sheets specific to the trainer course
  • Downloadable educational material to take home for your clients
  • Fear Free Educational Library
  • Fear Free Toolbox: Downloadable marketing tools, drug charts and more
  • Private Facebook group
  • Fear Free Podcast Series
  • Additional courses offered complimentary or at discounted rates

Continuing Education

  • This course has been approved for 10 CEU’s from CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA as well as 10 RACE approved CE hours

Pricing

  • $99/person for current members, or $199/person for nonmembers

Pricing

Nonmembers

$199 for first year

 ($39/year to renew)

Current Members

$99 for first year

($39/year to renew)

Fear Free Animal Trainer Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I renew my certification?

VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS
It’s the right thing to do.  Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their patients by looking after the physical and emotional well-being of their patients.  For only $99 per person, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients, increase your client compliance and frequency of visits (as per the Fear Free study completed in December 2017).  Your renewal not only provides you with additional levels of Fear Free certification, but also the ability to use the certified professional designation in your marketing, be listed as one in our directory, gain continued access to complimentary courses, toolbox items, our closed Facebook group, preferred products, and more.  It’s your opportunity to be at the forefront of veterinary medicine and to help shape the future of the profession.  To find out more about renewals, please click here.

TRAINERS
It’s the right thing to do. Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their client’s pets by looking after their emotional well-being. For only $39, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients and build lasting relationships with veterinary team members and work alongside them as a respectable referral. Your renewal provides you with the ability to use the certified professionals designation in your marketing, be listed as one in our directory, and gives you access to exceptional trainer specific educational courses as well as continued access to complimentary courses, toolbox items, our closed Facebook group, preferred products, and more. It’s your opportunity to be a leader in the training industry and help shape the future of the profession.

I am a certified professional, and a trainer. What are my options to renew?

As a certified professional and animal trainer, you have two options for renewals:
1) Renew under the veterinary professional course with Level 2, or
2) Renew by registering for the Animal Trainer Certification Course.

Each course is priced at $99 for already certified professionals. And if you would like, you can of course take both courses!

I have not taken any Fear Free courses before. Can I take the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program?

Yes! This course is designed for trainers without any previous Fear Free experience. You do need to, however, be certified/accredited or a diplomate of one of the organizations listed on our website in order to qualify for the course.

I already took the veterinary Fear Free Certification program, can I also complete the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program?

Absolutely! This course is designed for animal trainers and will provide trainers with invaluable education and resources as it relates to working with Fear Free certified veterinary professionals. As an existing member, you will be able to take advantage of preferred pricing for this course of $99.

Can I take this course instead of the Level 2 course?

Yes, animal trainers are encouraged to take the Animal Trainer Certification Course rather than the Level 2 course, as it is written for trainers. To renew, simply purchase this course and email wags@fearfreepets.com so we can set it up as your renewal.

Help! I just renewed and would rather have the animal trainer course than the Level 2 course, can I swap them out?

Yes! Please email wags@fearfreepets.com and we will be happy to assist.

Will the animal trainer program offer a new course every year?

Yes, the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program will offer a variety of courses throughout the year, which are available to our members. Some of those courses will be offered for free, others for a fee.

Who should take the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Course?

The Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Course is written for experienced, and accredited/certified animal trainers. It is not suitable for professionals looking to become animal trainers; rather the Fear Free course is designed to be a way for existing trainers to increase their knowledge and skills. The course is designed to teach animal trainers with the knowledge, tools and skills to work alongside the veterinary team as a Fear Free professional.

What are the requirements for renewing my trainer certification?

1. Fear Free requires two (2) hours of Fear Free specific CEU’s that will be available to you through your membership on the website as well as two (2) hours of additional CEU’s of your choice annually.
2. A renewal fee of $39 is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Animal Trainer Program.

*These guidelines are mandatory to keep your certification active whether your specific credentials, license, or educational background requires it or not.