Academy of Dog Behavior Courses

We have just two more Advanced Modules coming up at Humane Society Silicon Valley.   In August, we'll begin teaching at Lily's Legacy, a lovely sanctuary for older dogs. 

The format of these classes will be similar to that of our current Advanced Modules, but will encompass more topics. 

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"Trish has an amazing way of sharing years of experience and knowledge on canine behavior; by serving as a translator of sorts between dog speak and human speak, her teachings are not only incredibly fun and entertaining, but have an enormous educational value that is helping bridge the gap between people and their dogs, improving relationships, quality of life and giving an insight into a wildly fascinating subject."


~Natalia Martinez

2011 Grad


Advanced Courses

Intensive 12 Hour Behavior Modules

Join us in these stand-alone modules, which provide the ideal format for taking a "deep dive" into the topics of your choice.  With a maximum of 15 students per three week session, Level 3 modules create the perfect environment to refine and expand on skills you've gained through the Academy of Dog Behavior.


Intensive Modules:  Click here to get more information

Bully Breeds

Shelter Evaluations

Working with Fearful Dogs

Teaching Reactive Dog Classes

Working with Individual Clients and their Dogs (consultations)

Working with Reactive dogs


Certification Requirements

Certified Canine Behavior Specialist (CCBS)

Certification is granted by ADB and Humane Society Silicon Valley

  • Graduation from Level II or Completion of three modules
  • Passing grade in the final exam
  • Appropriate approved project with progress reports (written and electronic)   

Academy of Dog Behavior

Foundation Course in Behavior & Training

Teaching People, Teaching Dogs


Begin with Level 1, our fundamentals course. This is a 40-hour series that meets from noon to 5 Sunday afternoons and is perfect for those with a busy schedule!

You will learn practical information delivered in a relaxed but engaging atmosphere. Classes include lecture, video, and demonstrations with dogs. Student’s dogs are welcome to attend most classes. The syllabus includes the basics of:


Canine Ethology, Body Language and Social Structure 

   Theories on the origin of the species and its progression to the variety of dog breeds of today. 

   Body language and communication - how to interpret dog behavior and communicate as clearly as possible.   Discussion of the senses, capabilities and emotions of dogs.

   The natural social structure of the dog, and how it can be used in the human/dog relationship.    

Safe handling and evaluation basics

   Development of observational skills in order to predict canine behavior.  

   Fundamental development of skills to maximize safety while handling dogs.  

   Process of assessing dogs in order to maximize appropriate placement with potential owners

Learning theory 

   Fundamentals of the various ways dogs learn, from social facilitation to the four quadrants.  

   Begin the process of judging which learning process is appropriate in the modification process

   Equipment usage, from collars to halters to harnesses, their efficacy and usefulness 


   Utilizing various methods of teaching basic skills to dogs and assessing the effectiveness of the methodologies – clicker training, modeling, luring, shaping

Solving Behavior Problems 

   Development of practical strategies to solve a variety of behavior problems, utilizing management, relationship adjustment and training 


The cost is $850.00 for the class. A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve a spot.


21 CPDT CEU's are available for this class


Academy dates are February 5 to April 28 with two skip dates -   2/19 and 4/16


Enroll now!   Click here:   Academy of Dog Behavior Enrollment