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Elective Courses Pet Professionals

Welcome, Fear Free pet professionals! This is your brand new Elective Courses page, where you can earn additional Fear Free CE hours by taking our complimentary and credit courses. Right now, we are hard at work developing some amazing new courses, which will launch in regular intervals and will be available exclusively to you as a benefit of your active membership.

With every annual membership renewal, you will be awarded 3 credits, which can be used to purchase additional CE courses throughout the year. To redeem your credits, simply click on Pet Professional Credit Courses and select the course you would like to purchase. Once purchased, the course will pop up under My Courses and you’ll be ready to start learning.

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Proactive and Preventive Training

Learn ways in which the Fear Free Animal Trainer can partner in Fear Free efforts to keep animals calm during veterinary care, procedures, and even beyond. This module has been approved for 1.5 CEUs from CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA & 1 RACE approved CE hour.

1 Credit Needed

Infectious Conditions: What Trainers Need to Know

In this module, we will review the signs and risk factors associated with infectious diseases in dogs and cats. We will cover how to minimize disease risk when training pets as well as how to properly disinfect the training environment.

1 Credit Needed

Feline Destructive Scratching Solutions

  • Natural functions scratching serves for cats
  • Common owner responses & the problems with them
  • Safe, effective alternatives to declawing
Complimentary Course

Developing the Fear Free Plan of Action for Patient Care

  • Body language knowledge
  • Touch Gradient, Considerate Approach & Gentle Control
  • Fear Free procedures
Complimentary Course

Fear Free Scheduling | Marketing Your Certification Online

  • Importance of scheduling in creating a Fear Free visit
  • What successful scheduling looks like
  • How to market your certification
Complimentary Course

The Role of Technicians, Treats and More in Fear Free

  • How technicians play a role in the Fear Free process
  • The right use of treats
  • The treat ladder’s role in creating a Fear Free visit
Complimentary Course

Proactive and Preventive Training

Learn ways in which the Fear Free Animal Trainer can partner in Fear Free efforts to keep animals calm during veterinary care, procedures, and even beyond. This module has been approved for 1.5 CEUs from CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA & 1 RACE approved CE hour.

1 Credit Needed

Infectious Conditions: What Trainers Need to Know

In this module, we will review the signs and risk factors associated with infectious diseases in dogs and cats. We will cover how to minimize disease risk when training pets as well as how to properly disinfect the training environment.

1 Credit Needed

Feline Destructive Scratching Solutions

  • Natural functions scratching serves for cats
  • Common owner responses & the problems with them
  • Safe, effective alternatives to declawing
Complimentary Course

Developing the Fear Free Plan of Action for Patient Care

  • Body language knowledge
  • Touch Gradient, Considerate Approach & Gentle Control
  • Fear Free procedures
Complimentary Course

Fear Free Scheduling | Marketing Your Certification Online

  • Importance of scheduling in creating a Fear Free visit
  • What successful scheduling looks like
  • How to market your certification
Complimentary Course

The Role of Technicians, Treats and More in Fear Free

  • How technicians play a role in the Fear Free process
  • The right use of treats
  • The treat ladder’s role in creating a Fear Free visit
Complimentary Course

Upcoming Courses

Non-Infectious Conditions, Pain & Stress

Although animal trainers can typically recognize the external signs of an animal in serious pain or distress, they are not necessarily aware of what’s going on inside the animal’s body and how it can affect their behavior. This module will discuss common conditions as well as take an in-depth look at pain management strategies and the effects of pain and stress on an animal.
Trainer Courses | Launching Spring 2019

Client Communication

As a Fear Free groomer, you refuse to hold down a highly stressed pet and “just get it done.” This sometimes means it’s in the pet’s best interest to stop a grooming procedure and send him home for the day, and that can be difficult for some clients to understand. We’ll give you tips, simple phrases, and go-to wording you can use to explain to your clients what Fear Free grooming is and why it is better for their pet.
Groomer Courses | Launching Early Fall 2019

Simple Behaviors to Help Groomers

We’ll give you some simple, incredibly useful, easy-to-teach behaviors you can use with the pets you’re grooming to help make your job easier. The concepts of targeting and stationing can be invaluable for grooming, and we promise that taking a small amount of time to teach them up front will pay you dividends in the long run!
Groomer Courses | Launching Fall 2019

Fear Free Nail Trims

Many pets dislike having their feet handled at all—let alone having a foot held in place long enough to trim nails. We will show you how to break the process of nail trims down to make it less stressful for the pets you are grooming.
Groomer Courses | Launching Fall 2019

The Path to a Great Bath

This module will take an in-depth look at how to bathe a pet in a Fear Free manner. We will break it down each step of the way—from introducing the tub to drying the pet. Some pets will just need a little tasty treat distraction and a slightly modified environment, while more serious cases might require a full desensitization plan. We can help!
Groomer Courses | Launching Fall 2019

Business & Marketing

This module will teach you how to capitalize on your Fear Free Certified Groomer status. How do you increase revenue? How should you market yourself as a Fear Free groomer?
Groomer Courses | Launching Fall 2019

Partnering with Veterinary Professionals

Many trainers are interested in partnering with veterinary practices but are unsure where to begin. This module will provide resource for trainers who wish to either introduce the concept of Fear Free to a veterinary practice or collaborate with a Fear Free veterinary practice.
Trainer Courses | Launching Fall 2019