Want to Help More Dogs?

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.

My Purpose

I look at the Separation Anxiety Certification Program as a way to help as many people and dogs as possible by teaching accomplished dog professionals how to solve more SA cases. Every day my team and I receive emails and calls from desperate dog owners around the world. There’s more work than we can do, and it desperately needs doing by experts who earn a CSAT training certification .

Want to learn more about my personal motives and purpose for dedicating my career to separation anxiety? If so, please listen to a podcast interview, hosted by the Animal Training Academy here.

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.

Payment plans 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 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, ABCDT, VSPDT, VSA, PMCT, PCT-A, PCBC-A, CAAB, ACAAB, DACVB, DCBC, CTC, KPA-CTP, Behavior Works LLA

Fill in the online application form here.

"I used to dread taking on separation anxiety cases as a trainer because the success rate was so low. Through Malena’s certification program my confidence level has been significantly boosted along with my success rate. Now, I tackle each case with enthusiasm knowing that long-term success in treating this complex behavior challenge is realistic and attainable."

- Caryn Charlie Liles, CPDT-KA, CSAT, The Toronto Centre for Canine Education

Fixing The Unfixable

Separation anxiety is commonly held by trainers, veterinarians, behaviorists, and owners to be untreatable. In reality, it is one of the most treatable canine disorders. The treatment may not be easy, but it’s simple.

I employ and teach only scientifically-sound, humane training protocols. My training consists of positive reinforcement-based exercises centered around gradual desensitization. I do not use or support aversives of any kind. I rely heavily on technology to guide clients around the world through effective protocols. This allows us to avoid unnecessary and costly training setbacks by carefully setting, monitoring, and adjusting training criteria.

I provide meticulously constructed, ongoing support to clients throughout the training process, while systematically teaching them to read their dogs and to set absence criteria – you will learn this process in the SA Program.

Hands-On Study

You’ll study directly with me, alongside a small number of carefully chosen fellow dog professionals. You’ll review salient pieces of specific cases, learn to write effective training plans, dissect numerous videos, and master the use of simple technologies to guide clients. You’ll learn the ins, outs, and important details as to how to take on new clients, set their expectations, and incorporate the necessary technology. You’ll also learn how to create specific training plans, set criteria, how to handle the good moments as well as the setbacks, and ways to help clients celebrate triumphs and get through moments of doubt. You’ll be preparing training plans based on real-life cases guided by me and supported by your fellow students.

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