Advanced Animal Training

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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 let’s face it, 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 topic 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.
I have loved every second of it! This is the first course in a long time that has given me so much value!” (Leslie Best)
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!

“It is not a course for the fainthearted, Karolina warns that it is ‘dense’, and indeed it was – exactly what I was looking for. 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 once course enrollment closes – 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 (most are 5-15 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.
  • There are voluntary self-assessment quizzes for each of the main modules (only compulsory if you require CEUs, see below!).
  • 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 an entire year after the full course has been unlocked.
  • 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 and the PPAB give 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 have done a lot of courses over the years and I don’t think I have learned as many different perspectives as I did with this one.  Thank you again and I will certainly be recommending this course to my colleagues!” (Debra Millikan)
Bonuses!

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)

When you become a student, you’ll be getting weekly emails while the course is being delivered. I’ll also keep you posted on my other free webinars, masterclasses, silly experiments, online courses and blog posts!

“The thing that was so amazing with how Karolina teaches, is that the information sneaks up on you, and suddenly you use your new knowledge, without even realising. This course has changed a lot of my everyday behaviours, and made me a better animal trainer, without me even trying” (Madicken Åkerman)
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?”

Yes, there was; unfortunately it is now closed.

  • “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 of this transformational Advanced Animal Training Course is US$ 397:- plus local taxes. The course is closed for enrollment, but will open again in March 2022.

Enjoying this course so much that it’s hard to move away from. I’ve found it to be extremely thought provoking and exciting at the same time, thank you for taking us to the higher level and allowing us to think beyond. It’s rare to find courses that bring thought and conversation to this level – I’ve been searching for that next level to interact with and finally found it!” (Jan Harkner-Abbs)

40 Replies to “Advanced Animal Training”

  1. I would taje this course if i coukd get veterinary CE credit. Is there any eutopean option lije RACE in USA. i think dvms and vettechs sre a great target audience for you.

    1. Mona, I do give CEU credits for several organizations, but unfortunately not RACE, since it costs several hundred dollars in administrative fees and virtually nobody asks for it…! If the demand were greater I would absolutely consider it, though..!

  2. When are the modules going to be released? I’m trying to judge whether I have time to do this right now, since I’m in Susan Friedman’s LLA at the moment and don’t want to take on too much at once.

    1. Bettina, they’re released weekly from January 29th to March 26th (all prerecorded, so no need to watch live). YOu have access until end March 2022! 🙂

  3. Hi, I just paid via Paypal in installments. one payment of the three was charged at $165 ? How can that be, when it was advertised at $139?
    Could you please explain ?
    Thanks and best regards,
    Beate

    1. Sorry if this was unclear, Beate! The VAT (Value Added Tax) is added on exit and depends on which country you’re buying the course from, so it’s a local tax that we can’t do anything about. I see now that I had written about this on the main course page but not on the split payments page – so sorry about this!

  4. I do want to attempt but haven’t got a paypal account. My husband does so I can pay with his account but will the e-mails you will be sending, go automatically to his e-mail account or can I give my e-mail in one way or another?

    Thanks!

    1. Nathalie, in some countries you can do a Guest Check out when going through Paypal, it may work for you perhaps? If not, we can change to yours (except the very first welcome email, but from then on!) Just email us once you’re in and we’ll set you up! 🙂

  5. Interested to join! But don’t have PayPal…
    Do you have other options for payment?
    Live in Sweden so thought it might work with swish, invoice, or bank account transfer?

  6. Hi Karolina,
    I decided to go ahead and take the course, it is only going to benefit my students and myself, and I can use it as my continuing education. I been trying to go through PayPal but it was not working for some reason.

      1. Hi Tobias,
        It finally went through I don’t know what the problem was but I got it to work and I am all signed up thank you very much😊

  7. Good morning, I would love to take this course again but I can’t seem to find a way to do it without using PayPal. Can it be done through credit card?

    Also, how many CEUs for cpdt-ka and iaabc?

    1. Hi Colleen,
      Glad to hear you are joining us for the course!
      Yes, you can use your card (credit- or debit-) to pay the course via Paypal.

      Both CCPDT and IAABC offer 17 CEU-points for this course.

      All the best, //tobias

  8. Hi, I am interested in joining in on this course, but as someone else were asking, I’m also wondering if there is another way to do the payment? I don’t have PayPal, but I live in Sweden so maybe some other way could work?

    1. Hi Camilla, no need for Paypal account, you can pay with your credit- or debit-card via Paypal. I’ll contact you via email in a minute… //tobias

  9. Thank you for the wonderful Masterclass videos, Dr. Westlund! Your way of explaining these principles and providing examples from training truly helps to bring them to life.

    I am excited to have enrolled in the course and am wondering if it is eligible for CEUs from the International Animal Trainers Certification Board (IATCB)?

    1. Hi Shaune, glad to hear you’ll be joining us! So far the course has been approved for CEU’s from all organizations where we have applied (CCPDT, IAABC, PPG and more). I can see no reason to believe that IATCB would make a different judgement. I’ll send them an application! //tobias

  10. HI I paid for the course in 2020 but didn’t end up getting to do it all due to a whole of work and moving related issues but I didn’t manage to download any of my resources and summaries but the access to my course content seems to have finished – is there any way to get hold of the resources that I’d paid for. Thanks

    1. Jane, I’ll ask my husband to contact you – the 2020 course is still accessible and will be for another couple of months!

  11. Hello! I can’t find how to receive i formation or enroll on the next edition of this course. I’d love to participate. Thanks!!

    1. Marta, great to hear that you wanna join! Right now it looks like the next one will start in March 2022. All you need to do is sign up for one of my mailing lists, and I will keep you posted! 🙂 Go here for instance: https://illis.se/en/
      hopefully I’ll *see* you in the next course!

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