The Science of Fear


The Science of Fear

What we’ll geek out about

In this course, you’ll learn the science behind the development and effective treatment of canine fears, phobias, and fear-based aggression. We’ll cover the basics of classical conditioning, methods for decreasing fear, the roles biology and emotion play in behavioral issues stemming from fear, the role of stress, and more.

We’ll cover all kinds of fear-related topics including:
  • The basics of classical conditioning*
  • Distinguishing between classical and instrumental conditioning
  • Factors influencing the strength of fear learning
  • Biological factors influencing learning
  • The science of various techniques for reducing fear including extinction and counter-conditioning
  • The influence of stress on fear and treatment of fear
  • The neurobiology of fear


This course covers scientific research and theory with many applications to working directly with dogs. It is not a hands-on course designed to take you through every step of the process for behavior modification. Rather it provides you with a strong understanding of how fear works and how it applies to dogs to enhance your existing approach or lay the groundwork for moving into behavior modification of fear and fear-related behaviors.

Course features & tuition

How long we’ll hang out

4 weeks

What we’ll do
  • Weekly live sessions
  • Lecture, discussion, interactive application activities & short in-class assignments
  • Quizzes to cement your knowledge & gain your CEUs

CCPDT – 8 for full students, 4 for auditors; IAABC – 10 for full students, 4 for auditors

Your tuition

$330 for students
(Includes 4 hours of instruction, 4 hours of discussion and application activities, course quizzes)

Monthly payment plans are available (for full students only) – 3 payments of $110/month 

$200 for auditors
(Includes 4 hours of instruction)


This course is not currently being offered. Much of the information from this course  is covered in the new, in-depth Unlocking Resiliency course.


Download the syllabus here.

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