Cat Training Program
Become a cat trainer
by enrolling in Animal Behavior College’s Cat Training Program. Our comprehensive curriculum consists of 11 stages that cover the history of the domesticated cat, basic feline care and behavior modification, just to name a few topics. As part of the curriculum, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with cats as a volunteer at a local shelter, humane society or rescue group near you.
Cat Training Program Curriculum Description By Stage
Stage 1 - A BASIC OVERVIEW OF CATS
In the first cat training stage, you’ll learn about the cat’s evolution from Felis Catus to modern-day pet, cat breeds and coat types, and feline anatomy. In addition, you’ll learn the different feline development and socialization periods as well as the feline reproductive system.
Stage 2 - LEARNING THEORIES AND THE FELINE MIND
Dive into the mind of your favorite feline. In this cat training stage, you’ll learn about cat psychology, behavior and communication. You’ll also learn how to effectively read cat body language and why it’s important to train a cat.
Stage 3 - CAT TRAINING TOOLS, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PRODUCTS & ESSENTIAL CAT CARE ITEMS
In order to train a cat, you need to have the right training tools and cat behavior modification products. You’ll learn all about food treats, lures and cat calming products. A detailed guide on cat care essentials is also included.
Stage 4 - PREVENTING UNWANTED BEHAVIORS
Taking preventive measures is key to kitten training. Here, you’ll learn how to properly socialize kittens and introduce them to new environments. Information in this cat training stage may also be applied to older cats to prevent an unwanted behavior.
Stage 5 - BASIC CAT TRAINING
In this cat training stage, you’ll be given step-by-step instructions on basic cat training cues as well as solutions to challenges encountered during cat training. Topics that will be covered include training a cat to: sit, down, stay, come and off. In addition, instruction on traveling with a cat via leash or stroller will also be provided.
Stage 6 - CAT BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT
Once you learn preventive methods, you’ll then learn how to correct existing bad cat behavior. Common issues will be covered, such as avoiding the litter box, cat spraying and biting. You’ll acquire knowledge on why these common cat behaviors occur and how to resolve them.
Stage 7 - CAT NUTRITION AND BASIC CARE
Caring for a cat goes beyond providing food and shelter. Be prepared to expand your knowledge in areas, such as: common cat health problems, cat vaccinations, cat grooming tips and cat nutrition.
Stage 8 - SAFETY CONCERNS, TECHNIQUES & PRACTICES
Cat safety is an important topic every cat trainer should be well versed in. Here, you’ll learn how to cat-proof homes and how to handle reactive cats safely. Cat safety products and examination methods are also taught.
Stage 9 - BUSINESS BUILDING
Whether you decide to start your own cat training business or work for an established cat training organization, you’ll need a strategy. Included in this cat training stage is step-by-step instruction on how to set up your business, how to market yourself, and how to write a resume and effectively interview.
Stage 10 - SHELTER EXPERIENCE & PET CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION
Apply your new cat behavior knowledge in a professional setting. This portion of our Cat Training Program provides you the opportunity to observe and interact with cats while volunteering a minimum of 25 hours at a local shelter, humane society or rescue group near you.
Pet CPR and First Aid Certification
Being a professional in any animal care career is accompanied by the responsibility of being able to react calmly and safely in the event of an emergency. Animal Behavior College’s Pet CPR and First Aid Certification will give you the knowledge needed to respond safely and effectively to medical emergencies like choking, heat stroke, bleeding injuries and poisonous bites from insects and snakes.
You’ll also learn how to artificially keep a pet’s heart and lungs working until you can seek veterinary help along with many other vital life-saving skills. By learning what can happen and how to respond appropriately, you may prevent many pet emergencies from ever happening and thereby help ensure the safety of not only your own pets, but also any pets in your care.
Stage 11 - GRADUATION
In this last stage, you’ll be tested on your knowledge of cat behavior and training. Upon successful completion, you’ll become an ABC Certified Cat Trainer (ABCCT).
Benefits of the ABC Cat Training Program
Study From the Privacy of Your Own Home
By choosing ABC, you can keep your present job while you enroll in our cat training school. The ABC online portion of the program brings the classroom to your living room, which means no added expenses will be incurred for housing at a remote location and no time will be wasted by driving back and forth to a classroom.
You can study around your current work or school schedule, making this program a custom fit. With this flexibility, completion time is approximately 8 months.
Personal Program Manager
Although the first portion of the program is done in the privacy of your home, you won’t be alone. An ABC Program Manager will be appointed to you upon enrollment. They will be there to guide you through the entire cat trainer program, counsel you, answer your questions and grade your exams. Your personal Program Manager will contact you shortly after enrollment to get acquainted and welcome you into the program. At that time, you’ll be given the Program Manager's contact information for all future interactions as you journey through the program.
Short Term Programs
ABC is also proud to provide Short Term Programs in our ongoing efforts to ensure that our students receive the most comprehensive and well-rounded education possible. Each of our Short Term Programs offers a window into a specific facet of animal career education. Although you may sign up for any of the Short Term Programs upon enrollment, you’ll only be granted access once you have successfully completed stage 9. This is done to ensure you have the knowledge necessary to maximize your learning experience.
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
This program provides detailed information on the proper care of and interaction with a variety of pets—dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, fish and reptiles. Subjects include understanding animal communication, such as body language and vocalization, basic nutrition and hygiene, and first aid and safety. You’ll also learn how to: build relationships with clients and their pets, ensure personal and homeowner safety, create and maintain schedules, build clientele, and much more—everything you need to know to start your own pet sitting and/or dog walking business.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll have a new and highly sought after service to provide to existing and future clients and their pets. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.
Pet Nutrition and Diet
The Pet Nutrition and Diet Short Term Program discusses basic pet nutrition, the regulations governing commercial pet foods, and the nutritional needs for both cats and dogs. In this course, you’ll learn how to read pet food labels, including the importance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and protective nutrients. You’ll also learn about the different types of diets (i.e. dry food, canned food, raw food, supplements, etc.) and how food can play a huge role in a pet's behavior. After the completion of this program, you’ll have the knowledge to educate your clients on how to provide their animals with proper nutrition based on their pet's individual age, weight and health condition.
Pet Nutrition and Diet is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.
Pet Massage (Dog Massage)
The Pet Massage Short Term Program gives pet groomers, dog trainers and veterinary staff the knowledge on how to calm each pet they interact with. The ability to soothe and calm dogs through touch improves the human-animal relationship and promotes trust and bonding. This comprehensive course includes step-by-step instructions that guide you through the details of the choreography of a massage for different sizes and types of pets. Topics include: general anatomy and physiology, principles and concepts for different types of massage, creating your workspace, preparing yourself, details for how to develop a pet massage business, and much more!*
In addition, Pet Massage is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.
*State and federal laws regarding the practice of Pet Massage vary widely and are subject to change. Since ABC has no jurisdiction regarding state and federal laws revolving around the practice of Pet Massage, ABC highly recommends that potential students educate themselves on the state and federal laws and regulations and how that may affect their practice of Pet Massage before purchasing the ABC Pet Massage Short Term Program. It’s the responsibility of potential students to determine what laws and regulations their state has adopted to govern the practice of Pet Massage. ABC doesn’t assume any responsibility for state or federal regulations that prohibit or limit the practice of pet massage by the student.