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Dog Bite Prevention Educator - Certification

Learn the Language of Collaboration - Learn To Speak Dog!

Learn to "Speak Dog" - Then Help Educate Others!

This program consists of 17 lessons, each with a quick self check quiz to ensure you have achieved the learning objectives. To certify as a Dog Bite Prevention Educator you will need to complete all 17 lessons, complete a final online open-book test, submit 2 x 30 second videos and complete an observational worksheet regarding your own dogs beahvior. This program as The Speak Dog program was approved for CEUS PPAB- 6 IAABC- 4 CPDT- 6

Dogs don’t whisper nor do they talk, they use a complicated system of communication to express themselves. Learning to talk dog will:

  1. Enhance the relationship you have with your own dog and dogs you come into contact with on a daily basis
  2. Have an immediate impact on the way you meet and greet dogs in public.
  3. Help you effectively communicate with dogs, keeping everyone safe, humans and canines alike.
  4. Help you reliably predict a dogs future behavior given a set of conditions and by understanding its communication you can avoid being bitten and better educate others on bite prevention.
  5. Understand whether the training you are embarking on is reinforcing or punishing to then dog by effectively reading their body languge and better understanding their emotional state.
  6. Help enrich the lives of dogs by making them feel safer and more empowered through the application of consent testing.
  7. Open dogs up to a new world. Speaking Dog helps them feel more empowered, it enriches their lives and can make them feel safer.
  8. Recognise that like people, dogs personalities range from being social butterflies to wallflowers.

Join a program that has proven in the past to be very succesful, hundreds of professionals have partcipated in it and throughly enjoyed it.

Learn from updated material across a broad and deep curriculum.



Course Curriculum


  Lesson One: Communication is Social Behavior
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  Lesson Two: Learning Impact on Behavior
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  Lesson Three: Canine Communication Systems
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  Lesson Four: Distance Decreasing Signals
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  Lesson Five: Distance Increasing Signals
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  Lesson Six: Aggression Catergories
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  Lesson Seven: Ambivalent and Adjunctive Behavior
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  Lesson Eight: Canine Greeting Rituals
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  Lesson Nine Canine Emotions
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  Lesson Ten: Consent Testing
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  Lesson Eleven: Preference Testing
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  Lesson Twelve: Canine Motivational Conflict
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  Lesson Thirteen: Dog Bite Thresholds & Bite Inhibition
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  Lesson Fourteen : Canine - Human Greetings
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  Lesson Fifteen: Dog Bite Hierarchies
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  Lesson Sixteen: Assessing Dog Bites
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  Lesson Seventeen: Canine Vocalization Studies
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  Lesson Eighteen: The Tail End
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  Certification Requirments
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Your Instructor


Niki Tudge
Niki Tudge
Before following her passion into her own pet business in 2002, Niki Tudge enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business. Niki's formal education and over 20 years of practical management, leadership and employee development experience allows her a uniquely effective perspective on the right way to manage a successful business.


Niki’s professional credentials include; AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute. Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager.

As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She is also the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times.
Niki is a published author and has released the following titles People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now! Big Training in a Small Business, A Kids’ Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! , A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and most recently Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People. Click here to review these publications

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now as soon as you register. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start each lesson and when you finish it. However you will be required to take the lessons in a particular order
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us so we can work with you to ensure this program meets your needs
How do I become Certified?
You are required to watch all the webinars and take the lesson quiz. After you have completed the program you will receive an attendance certificate. To become a Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator you will need to take a final open-book 40 question test. Develop 2 x 30 second videos and make some observations of your own dogs or a friends dog
What happens if I fail my final test?
The test can be taken two times. If you fail it more than twice then we will work with you to determine which information you need help with.
How do I join Doggone safe after become certified
If you are a Certified Educator then you are entitled to a discount of a year of Doggone safe membership. Email our office and we can help get you set up

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