Advanced Animal Training

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Access to this course is unfortunately closed. Opens for enrollment again sometime early 2020.

Ready to take your animal training to the next level? Here’s how!

  • Do you have a full-blown or at least a semi-developed nerdy interest in animal behaviour, learning and training?
  • Do you feel like you’ve mastered the basics of animal training, and it’s time to move on?
  • Have you heard of terms like  “start buttons behaviours”, “do as I do”, “concept training”, and “loopy training” – but don’t quite know what they’re about?
  • Are you curious about how latent inhibition, blocking, overshadowing, learned irrelevance, keep-going signals, non-reward markers, end-of-session signals, stimulus generalization and stimulus discrimination will impact your animal’s learning and the outcome of your training?

Keep reading.

This is for you.

There are many introductory animal training courses out there, and if you’ve attended some of those, you’ve likely learned about positive reinforcement.

Clicker training, perhaps.

At some point after that initial exposure to animal training, many people get bitten by the training bug. You too, maybe?

Training opened up a new dimension of communication with your animal, and you became obsessed with learning more. 

And at some point you plateaued and became frustrated, because most of the available courses are introductory.

“here’s how to walk your dog on a leash”. 

“here’s how to start clicker training your horse”. 

“here’s how to teach your parrot to step up”. 

Sigh. Where’s the challenge?

I can relate.

I made that journey, too.

I’m an associate professor of ethology with a somewhat obsessive interest in animal behaviour, learning and training.

I had a pressing need to learn more on this topic – I still do. In the last 20 or so years, I’ve attended more than 60 international animal training courses, conferences and seminars, learning from some of the best contemporary animal trainers in the world.

And I created the Advanced Animal Training course so that you don’t have to.

I distilled all that nerdy, sciency stuff related to animal training into one online course.

Advanced Animal Training fills your toolbox to help you understand the intricacies of behaviour even better, and is all about encouraging, communicating and motivating the animal to exhibit desired behaviour.

Advanced Animal Training is not a problem solving course and doesn’t discuss how to address undesired behaviour in any great detail (saving that for another course, that’s why!).

“I honestly think that your courses should be made compulsory for anyone who works with animals , as they are full of valuable information” (Hannah Ruess)
How will the advanced Animal training course change your life- and that of your animal?
  • You’ll become more confident as a trainer.
  • You’ll be able to watch another trainer and analyze what she’s doing in nerdy detail.
  • You’ll rethink how you interact with your spouse and children. And everyone. How everyone interacts with everyone.
  • You’ll find a tribe of equally obsessive – and helpful – training geeks in our online community.
Who is this course for?

This course is for you if:

  • you have a passionate interest in animal behaviour, learning and training. 
  • you are ready to take your training to the next level.

What I’m getting at is that this course is not for beginner trainers. You don’t have to have that much practical experience, but you should have a working knowledge of basic theoretical concepts related to operant learning and classical conditioning. If you feel like maybe you’re not there yet, you may want to check out this foundational course instead!

“I feel that my knowledge and understanding of the processes and procedures of training have increased exponentially during this course. I cannot recommend it highly enough” (Alison Parker Jervis)
How is this online course delivered?
  • Once you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to the introductory review module. The other main 9 modules will become accessible with weekly intervals – so full course access to all the material happens after 9 weeks.
  • This course makes the most out of the online format by using micro-learning: the content videos are short and actionable (10-15 minutes long).
  • The course modules are prerecorded and you can watch the videos anytime.
  • There are 10 modules (100+ videos) in the course, and they require about 17 hours of engagement in total – but many students return again and again to the videos, spending much more time than that revisiting the material.
  • All videos are subtitled in English – this makes it easier for the many non-native English speakers among the students.
  • There are some voluntary practical exercises (each module contains a practical challenge) and thought-provoking questions, but no exams.
  • Many students will take an active part in this course and help shape it! This peer-to-peer learning in the comments’ section is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of this course!
  • There are written summaries and audio files that you can download and keep.
  • You have access to the course for a full year after purchase.
  • You’ll be invited to a secret Facebook Group, where you can connect, share and discuss with other animal lovers – with continued lifetime access!
  • If you have use of Continued Educational Units, the IAABC gives 17 CEUS for this course. Let me know if you need any other organization’s CEUs!
  • After you finish, you get a certificate of completion and a banner that you can display on your website.

    “I recommend this course to everyone I know who works with training animals. It gives so many different, new, important and absolutely necessary aspects, if you want to interact with animals – whether it be living with animals, training or problem solving” (Britt Balle)
Course details.


This course builds on my previous course Getting Behaviour – the foundations of animal training, although it’s not a prerequisite to have attended it.


I’m super excited about the bonus material for this course: I managed to secure short interviews with nine world-leading animal trainers on a specific topic, one for each module:

  • Bob Bailey (know your animal)
  • Jenifer Zeligs (intermediate bridges) 
  • Chirag Patel (the bucket game)
  • Judy Luther (trust-centered training)
  • Jesus Rosalez-Ruiz (poisoned cues)
  • Ken Ramirez (the modern principles of shaping)
  • Kathy Sdao (the Premack principle)
  • Susan Friedman (the cultural fog)
  • Eva Bertilsson (who-does-what-when, and flow charts)
“You always found another interesting study or video to transform theoretical knowledge into something usable in daily life” (Christine Dosdall)
Frequently Asked Questions
  • “How do I get the most out of the course?”

By engaging in discussions and engaging in the practical challenges. Even though the course is delivered over 9 weeks, you have a full year to finish it – there’s no rush! Some of my previous students consider this course almost like an encyclopedia – and they return to some of the different topics several times.

  • “Is it worth it?”

If you’ve been bitten by the training bug, this course should keep you satisfied (and away from expensive international conferences) for years to come.

  • “Is there a scholarship program?”

There will be, yes – when the course opens for enrollment next time.

  • “Will it work for me?”

This is an Advanced Course. If you’re a beginner, probably not. If you’re a nerd, it’s a smorgasbord. Something for everyone!

Don’t gorge.

Pick one topic. Digest. Come back for more.

  • “But I’m interested in dogs/horses/cats/parrots – wouldn’t I be better off taking a dog/horse/cat/parrot training course?”

This may sound counter intuitive, but you’ll actually become a better dog trainer (or horse/cat/parrot trainer) by learning more about how to address and solve the challenges involved in training other animal species. This requires flexibility, which is one of the most important qualities in a great trainer.

  • “What if I change my mind?”

If you sign up and later feel that this course is not for you, there’s a 30-day refund policy. You’ll get your money back – guaranteed! This means that you can actually get free access to half the course content, since 5 modules are released by day 30.

  • “Is there a split payment option?”

Yes, you can pay in three installments of $139:-.

The cost is US$ 397:-. Local VAT (tax) may be added as you check out, depending on where you live.

The course is currently closed for admission – reopens sometime early 2020!

If you want to get notified the next time I open my online courses for registration, just sign up below. I’ll also keep you posted on new blog posts, free webinars or masterclasses.

Course Content

Modules Status

Common Ground


01. Processes - animals and learning


02. Classical conditioning revisited


03. Predictability and control


04. Motivation and Relationships 2.0


05. Negative Reinforcement


06. Shaping up shaping


07. Schedules of Reinforcement


08. Behaviour Analysis


09. Procedures - trainers and teaching

39 Replies to “Advanced Animal Training”

    1. great to hear, Michelle – enrollment is between the 18th and 26th of April, so come back in a few days! 🙂

  1. Can’t wait to enrol. I am in Australia and we are about 8 hours ahead of Sweden so I guess I will need to be patient and wait for it to open at a reasonable time for you. Really looking forward to this

    1. It shouldn’t be any problem. We’ve applied from the CCPDT, but haven’t received a response yet.

  2. Because of my work schedule I doubt I will be able to follow the live modules, is ok if I only watch them after?

    1. None of the modules are live, they’re all prerecorded. I release them weekly in batches so that those who want to can go through them together – but you have a full year to finish! 🙂

    1. It provides 17 CEU points (Continued Educational Units) for the IAABC (and hopefully also some other organizations) but is not a recognized animal training education as such. Students get a certificate of completion and a banner for their webpage.

  3. I would love to follow this.
    Is there any training work that needs to be submitted via video during this course, or is it theoretical work only?
    Reason for this question:
    I have next to no time to practice for such but have lots of time listening to theory wile driving to and from customers and training field.
    Thank you

    1. Bruno, there’s no training work that needs to be submitted. The course is theoretical, but there’s a practical challenge in every module. Not obligatory, though… 🙂

  4. Hi how can I apply for the scholarship? It’s possible even if I had already register?
    Thank you

    1. Hi there, the scholarship is needs-based, for people who could not afford the course without it, so sorry…

  5. I would love to take this course but have just signed up for a Diploma course that will need completion first. Will you be opening the course again and if so an estimate of when?

  6. Fantastic. I will look forward to it and not book anything else in. I’d love to try and do it now but realistically, I have to fit in earning a living!

  7. I would like to pay for two persons, me and my friend. She doesn’t have her own creditcard. Is that possible so she can follow the online course from her own computer although I paid for her.

    1. That’s no trouble. Just buy the course twice and email us, and my husband Tobias will help you – he emailed you about this… 🙂

  8. Do you know when you will be offering this course again? I applied for a scholarship and didn’t get it. Which is quite understandable, since there were many more canidates more worthy than me. And it is not as though I could never afford it, just not now. So I just want to plan ahead for the next one. Thanks!

  9. Hi, I’m French and don’t speak well english. I understood yours free masterclass with the subtitles and a dictionnary. I have some questions:
    1- have you a french version?
    2. At the end, do you send an attestation by learning this course
    3- Is it possible to send money by transfer and not paypal because the tax is very expensive (69usd)
    Thanks a lot…see you

  10. I was going to join the course until the price changed when I pressed UK – $80 more expensive than US, I was very disappointed

    1. VAT is added as you check out, depending on where you live the % is different – sorry if that was unclear!

  11. I find the structure perfect and I am so happy that the files isn’t that time consuming. The Common Ground have given me an update on the subjects and I am looking forward to continue with the rest of the course. If I should mention something that I am missing – it is some examples. This could help me as a student to know that I have understood the text correctly.

    1. thanks! There’ll be examples when we get to the “real” course, trying to keep this section short, that’s why..! 🙂

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