Separation Anxiety

Training Certificate Program

Separation anxiety affects over 15 million dogs and their people in the U.S. alone. As a dog professional, you’re dedicated to helping dogs and humans live better lives together. There’s no way to have a bigger impact than learning to successfully treat SA cases.

We will resume accepting applications again in 2024.
Thank you for your interest in the Separation Anxiety Certification Program.

A Program Unlike Any Other

Unlike many available online, our certification program is exclusively offered to only the most experienced dog professionals in the business.

There is no other certification program available that has as high of admission standards, making CSATs the most respected and successful separation anxiety trainers throughout the world.

The CSAT credential is widely recognized as the most respected and long-standing in the field of separation anxiety – we’re even mentioned by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior who state in their newsletter that “CSATs are one of the best resources because they are truly experts in this behavior issue.” 

The Details

Each participant studies with us for 3 months. The program is designed to work around work schedules and other obligations, but a commitment of 8 hours per week is required. (Students should generally expect 5 interactive hours plus another 3 hours of assignments.) 

You will work from your home office, connected via web seminar, and other online technologies.

The tuition price is $3,950 USD.  Payment plans are available; see application form for details.

The Certification Program for Separation Anxiety is designed for experienced professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. So that you can determine if this program might be right for you, we anticipate applicants will have the following experience:

A solid knowledge of learning theory, both operant conditioning and classical conditioning; and commitment to humane, force-free, positive reinforcement techniques.

A minimum of three years of experience working with clients and their dogs, with solid experience coaching and counseling clients through challenging behavior modification issues, such as fear and anxiety, reactivity and/or aggression.

The achievement of one or multiple organization and/or industry designations, such as: CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, ACDBC, VSPDT, VSA, PMCT, PCT-A, PCBC-A, CAAB, ACAAB, DACVB, DCBC, CTC, KPA-CTP.

We are now accepting applications!

What You Learn

This course includes over 100 hours of intensive, instructor-led learning focusing on:

  • in-depth separation anxiety information
  • training details
  • client support
  • business and marketing
  • technology reviews
  • data collection
  • body language reading
  • up-to-date research information and discussions on findings.

Training is individualized with two 90-minute live discussion groups and open office hours weekly spanning over 14 weeks with significant attention to student questions and interests.

The program has the most extensive material in the industry, including case studies, distributed twice weekly in recorded webinars and video format.

Course material ls updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date data and information to ensure our CSATs have the high success rate possible with their cases.  During the course, we discuss of the nuances of how and when to incorporate all environmental aspects such as pre-departure cues and other salient triggers.  Special attention is paid to adapting successful protocols for special cases and circumstances: puppies, seniors, multi-dog households, and various comorbidities including sound sensitivity and confinement anxiety.  We also provide detailed instruction in collecting and distilling data to drive behavior decisions.

Additionally, we help our students learn how to partner with vets and VBs (including written and verbal approaches) and provide accessible mechanisms for client communication and data tracking to help ensure you help clients and their dogs get the best results possible.

Personalized Instruction

We believe personalization of instruction is key to ensuring our graduates are set up to succeed.   Small class sizes ensure student/teacher interaction is maximized and inter-student relationships can thrive.  Your instruction is delivered by the foremost separation anxiety expert, Malena DeMartini, in addition to co-teaching provided by highly respected specialists.

Course material covered includes written materials, webinars, example dog videos, verbal instructions, and interactive discussions.  You’ll learn the perspective of the leading experts in the SA field. Twice weekly carefully conceived assignments received with individualized feedback designed to increase each student’s competence and confidence in SA cases.

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Exclusive Graduate Benefits

Once you have successfully completed your certification, you’ll continue to receive access to all course materials on our easy-to-use proprietary platform for reviewing all modules.   Graduates become part of an exclusive community of expert trainers who regularly network and collaborate with one another to assist on cases and celebrate wins together.  You’ll also gain access to a private Facebook group where ideas and the latest information is shared.

To further ensure your success we provide additional support and guidance via a mentorship program when working through your very first cases as well as access to powerful, proprietary, CSAT-exclusive software to support clients.

As a graduate, you’ll have future opportunities for continuing education, access to handouts and other materials to support clients, as well the latest research studies surrounding separation anxiety.

This certification process provides everything you need to effectively help dogs impacted
by separation anxiety, as well as the tools to successfully work with and manage client relationships.

Have questions for Malena before you submit your application? Click below to schedule a time for a Zoom chat:

Have questions for Malena before you submit your application?
Click below to schedule a time for a Zoom chat:

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