Professional Bio

James O'Heare: Behaviorologist, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (AABP-CABC), Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CABC) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), author, international speaker, President of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Director of The Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, was Co-founder of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants, member of the No Shock Collar Coalition and of The Pet Professional Guild. Proud Associate Member of The International Behaviorology Institute Association. Contributing Member of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Written 11 books in animal behavior, which have been translated into several languages and are published and sold throughout the world. I am currently working on a book called Non-Coercive Dog Training and upon completion will be working on an undergraduate textbook on Behaviorology and Companion Animal Behavior. James earned his Masters Certificate from  The International Behaviorology Institute and is currently working toward his Doctoral Certificate with his assigned faculty advisor Stephen F. Ledoux


James O'Heare

Curriculum vitae

July 2013


Doctoral Level Behaviorology Certificate (DLBC) Candidate                                                                


The International Behaviorology Institute (, Canton, USA

I am currently working toward a Doctoral Certificate in Behaviorology. The DLBC extends studies beyond the Masters level, emphasizing a natural science of behavior and extensive coverage of principles of behavior and behavior change programming. The DLBC is equivalent to a doctoral degree. I hope to complete my studies by the fall of 2013. Coursework at the graduate level completed thus far covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to behaviorology
  • A natural science of behavior
  • Kinds of behavior: Definitions and classifications
  • Functional relations in the science of behavior
  • Explanatory fictions
  • Behavior in its natural context
  • Concurrent contingencies
  • Analytical fallacies
  • The measurement of behavior
  • Behavior change projects
  • Graphs and graphic techniques
  • Graphing and interpreting behavior-related data
  • Postcedent behavior change processes
  • Theoretical analysis of postcedent behavior change processes
  • Multiple term contingencies of reinforcement
  • Function-altering stimuli: The analysis of context
  • Introduction to stimulus equivalence
  • Schedules of reinforcement
  • Adjunctive behavior aversive control and the alternatives
  • Changes in antecedent behavior-controlling relations
  • Introduction to applied behavior research
  • Behavioral objectives
  • Shaping procedures: refining skills
  • The fading procedure and a review of other motivators
  • Attitudes, values, rights, ethics, morals, and beliefs
  • Verbal behavior

Remaining coursework to achieve DLBC includes one major project to be published. Toward this purpose, I am currently working on a book entitled The Science and Technology of Dog Training as my major project, and in it, I must demonstrate proficiency in the application of principles of behaviorology to the chosen topic.

Masters Level Behaviorology Certificate (MLBC)                                                                              

May 2013

The International Behaviorology Institute (, Canton, USA

The MLBC emphasizes a natural science of behavior and extensive coverage of principles of behavior and behavior change programming. The MLBC is equivalent to a masters degree. The Masters Certificate is the minimal foundation for professional–level activity as a behaviorologist and provides a foundation for more advanced training in the Doctoral Certificate program. Courses:

  • Disciplinary History & Philosophy
  • Disciplinary Origins, Status & Mission
  • Disciplinary Experience in China
  • Disciplinary Terminology & Curricula
  • Disciplinary Research and Therapies
  • History & Philosophy of Behaviorism and the Alternatives
  • Contingencies and Methodologies
  • Antecedents and Postcedents
  • Applications and Interventions
  • Behavior Complexities
  • Cultural Realities

Nonaccredited University Courses                                                                                        

November 2004

  • Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (6cr. Grade A)
  • Separation Anxiety in Companion Dogs (6cr. Grade A)
  • Specialty Symposium: Aggression in Companion Dogs (6cr. Grade A)
  • Animal Behavior (6cr. Grade A)
  • Philosophy of Self (3cr. Grade A)
  • Dissertation Research Proposal (8cr. Grade A)
  • Dissertation: What is Social Dominance? (12cr. Grade A)
  • Learning Theory (4cr. Grade A)
  • Death and Dying (4cr. Grade A)
  • Cognitive Psychology (4cr. Grade A)
  • Psychopathology (4cr. Grade A)
  • Theories of Personality (4cr. Grade A)
  • Tests and Measurements (4cr. Grade A)
  • Ethics for Counselorsand Evaluation (4cr. Grade A)
  • Human Development (4cr. Grade B)
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 1 (4cr. Grade A)
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 2 (4cr. Grade A)
  • Ethics for Psychologists (4cr. Grade A)
  • Crisis Intervention (3cr. Transferred credit)
  • Educational Psychology (3cr. Grade A)
  • General Psychology (3cr. Grade A)
  • Professional Ethics (3cr. Grade A)
  • Diagnostic Techniques (3cr. Grade A)
  • Biological Psychology (3cr. Grade A)
  • Statistics and Research Methods (3cr. Grade A)
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counseling (3cr. Grade A)
  • Comparative Psychology (3cr. Grade A)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3cr. Grade A)

Fully Accredited University Coursework

B.A.  Level Coursework                                                                                                                  

2004 - 2012

Athabasca University, Alberta Canada. Accredited in both Canada and United States. ‘First Year Honors.’ GPA 3.63 Part time.

  • English Writing Composition (3cr. Grade A)
  •  Teaching & Learning for Health Care Professionals (3cr. PLA)
  • Psychology as a Natural Science (3cr. PLA)
  • Basic Critical Thinking (3cr. Grade A)
  • Critical Thinking (3cr. Grade A)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (3cr. Grade B-)
  • Ethics (3cr. Grade A-)
  • Professional Ethics (3cr. Grade A-)
  • Philosophy of the Environment (specializing in human-animal bond) (3cr. Grade B)

College Level Coursework                                                                                                                        


Algonquin College, Ottawa campus, Part time

  • Crisis Intervention Techniques (39hrs. Grade A+)

Diploma of Canine Behavior (Dip.CB)                                                                                                      


Academy of Canine Behavioral Theory, Florida. Administrated and instructed by Angelica Steinker, M.Ed. 1 year program of study in dog behavior, training and resolving complex problem behaviors.

Diploma of Canine Psychology (Dip.CP)                                                                                                  


Animal Care College, England. Courses:

Intermediate Canine Psychology

o       Unit 1. The dog's brain. The physical and mental development of the puppy. How early experiences affect behaviour. How dogs learn.

o       Unit 2. Natural behaviours of the dog.  What owners expect. Why and how owners seek to change some behaviours. The Psychological and physiological effects of neutering

o       Unit 3. Canine senses. How they compare and differ from those of the human. Canine communication - verbal and body language. Learning to read the signals

o       Unit 4. The intelligent dog. How mental stimulation increases the dog's intelligence and ability to learn. The importance of play

o       Special study

Advanced Canine Psychology

o       Unit 1. The Modern Dog/Human relationship - The dog as companion, working partner, support, and procreator of the next generation. Owner attitudes. How lifestyle affects behaviour.

o       Unit 2. Training past and present - Early training methods. How training has changed. Modern methods explained, Shaping, Reward and punishment. Owner influences on training. Using training aids. The role of the instructor.

o       Unit 3. The Psychology of Learning - Normal dog behaviour. The way the dog learns. Schedules of Reinforcement. Stress and how it affects behaviour. Considering sensitivity. How important are breed characteristics? The faces of aggression.

o       Unit 4. Food, Glorious Food - Modern feeding methods compared. What does it means? Additives and preservatives. The process of digestion. Modifying diet and how it may affect behaviour.

o       Unit 5. Health and Behaviour - Common Problems. How health affects behaviour. Veterinary checks. Common behaviour problems - considering physical and environmental causes. The development of drug therapy. Real life Case Histories.

o       Special Study showing independent research and thought on a relevant topic of the student's choice is required for this course.

Certificate in Behaviour Modification for Professionals (Cert.BMP)                                                           


Animal Care College, England. Behavior modification strategies, techniques and application with specific problem behaviors.

  • Unit 1. Understanding the Dog - The natural behaviours of dogs, the effects of socialisation, how dogs learn, modern lifestyle and its effects on behaviour, up to date training methods
  • Unit 2. Diet, Health and Behaviour - The dog's nutritional needs, how diet affects behaviour, different feeding methods, making changes and monitoring effects, health and behavioural changes, neutering and its effects on behaviour
  • Unit 3. Other Influences on Behaviour - Stress and its effects, physiological and temperament changes in dogs in a confined environment, owner misconceptions, breakdowns in communication between owner and dog
  • Unit 4. Behaviour Problems and their Modification - Assessing the problem, common behavioural problems and techniques for modification, monitoring progress, relationships with owners and other professionals, recognizing personal limitations

Dog Nutrition (Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates)                                                                                               


Nutrience Nutritional Extension Education Program, certification levels 1, 2 and 3. Food chemistry; Physiology of digestion and metabolism; Nutrition sciences; Diets; Biological value and digestibility; Carbohydrates; Lipids; Protein; Nucleic acids; Vitamins; Minerals (and chelation); Water; Dog nutrient requirements; Cat nutrient requirements; Fiber; Nutrient sources (ingredients); Fatty acid composition and contents; Amino acid composition and contents; Ash and the cat diet; Urinary calculi and feline lower urinary tract disease; Special issue in protein; Special issues in fiber; Health and disease issues in nutrition; Allergies and hypersensitivity; Protein and allergy; Soybean allergy; Wheat gluten allergy; Bladder stones and cat diets; Diabetes and diet; Renal failure and diet; Heart failure and diet; Liver disease and diet; Pancreatitis; Coprophagia; Diarrhea; Vomiting; Gastric dilation; Eclampsia and the breeding bitch; Hot spots and diet; Breed specific dietary concerns; Bladder stones and Dalmatians; Hip dysplasia; Osteochondrosis; Obesity and weight loss; Ferret diets; Herbs; Probiotics and prebiotics; Mannanoligosaccaride (M.O.S.); Defining ingredients and reading food labels; Fixed versus variable formulation; Ingredient splitting; Large breed dog diets; Puppy/kitten and neonatal nutrition; Athlete dog nutrition; Senior dog/cat nutrition; Clinical nutrition and disease responsive diets; Supplements.

Clinical Nutrition (Companion Animal)                                                                                                     


Hill’s Science Diet and Alta Vista Animal Hospital program in basic and clinical Nutrition for dogs. 3 month course in clinical nutrition and basic nutritional sciences. I carried out this course informally through the hospital and not through Hills.

  • Unit 1. Nutrition and veterinary professionals
  • Unit 2. Nutrients vs. Ingredients, Palatability, Wellness nutrition, Therapeutic nutrition
  • Unit 3. Change insights, Teamwork, Interpersonal communication, Delegation
  • Unit 4. Nutritional Assessment, Prescription diets, Science diet products
  • Unit 5. Understanding pet food labels, Client-pet-veterinary bond, Hospital revenue sources

Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition Certificate                                                                                               


Association of Vegetarian Dietitians and Nutrition Educators. Grade A.

Unit 1. Protein Quality
Unit 2. Protein Quantity
Unit 3. Carbohydrates
Unit 4. Fiber
Unit 5. Lipids
Unit 6. Digestion and Absorption
Unit 7. Weight Control
Unit 8. Fat-Soluable Vitamins
Unit 9. Water-Soluable Vitamins
Unit10. Major Minerals I
Unit 11. Major Minerals II
Unit 12. Trace Minerals
Unit 13. Vegetarian Foods I
Unit 14. Vegetarian Foods II
Unit 15. Diet-Related Chronic Diseases I
Unit 16. Diet-Related Chronic Diseases II
Unit 17. Life Cycle and Vegetarianism
Unit 18. Overview of Vegetarian Diets.

Certified Small Animal Specialist                                                                                                              


Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. On site workshop with exam and take home correspondence course with exam on small animal behavior, care and veterinary medicine. Overview of small animals; Intake exams for mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets; Housing and diet; Sanitation; Small animal disease; Consumer relations; Disease information by species.

Certified Avian Specialist                                                                                                                          


Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. On site workshop with exam and take home correspondence course with exam on bird behavior, care and veterinary medicine. Captive bred versus wild caught birds; Intake examination; Caging; Environment; Perches; Diet (canary, doves and pigeons, finches, toucans and mynahs, small psittacines, large psittacines); Baby birds; Hand feeding; Disease prevention; sanitization; diseases; veterinary medical care; Resources; CITES.

Certified Reptile Specialist                                                                                                                        


Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. On site workshop with exam and take home correspondence course with exam on reptile behavior, care and veterinary medicine. Introduction to reptiles; federal, provincial and municipal regulations; Intake examinations; Species identification; Sexing reptiles; Housing and husbandry, Feeding and diet; Diseases and disorders; CITES WFF; Resources.

Diploma of Animal Sciences (Dip.AS)                                                                                                       


International Correspondence Schools, Canada. Veterinary Assistant program. 98.6%

Diploma of Police Sciences (Dip.PS)                                                                                                          


International Correspondence Schools, Canada. Law enforcement program.

Experience and Projects

Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI)                                                                              

1999 - Present

  • President and primary instructor overseeing all administrative matters of CASI, a distance education school in companion animal behavior, training, and problem behavior resolution as well as fitness and nutrition. Instructing courses in principles of behavior, training technologies, functional assessment, behavior change programming, professional ethics and professional activities. The courses are university level and provided to professionals. Approved or recognized by premier industry professional associations and certifying bodies toward certification or recertification education requirements.

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP)                                                                

2006 - Present

  • Founder and president of AABP. Designed in consultation with Advisory Board: Certification criteria, certification proficiency exam, code of ethics, procedures for resolving ethics complaints. Managing Editor of Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, fully peer-reviewed journal of the AABP. The AABP is founded on the principles of standards of excellence, non-coercive intervention and a behaviorological orientation in animal training and behavior technology.

Animal Behavior Technologist                                                                                                        

1994 - Present

  • Consulting with clients on resolving problem behaviors primarily with dogs but also with parrots and cats. Put practice on hold primarily in order to allow time for teaching and writing.

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)                                            

2005 - Present

  • Review Board member for Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, Peer-reviewed journal of the IAABC, reviewing and making recommendations regarding publishing of manuscripts.

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)                                                          


  • Co-founded (with Lynn Hoover) and served on the Board of Directors as well as served on the certification committee, ethics committee and education committee. Served on the IAABC Professional Relations Committee to establish policy with regards to relations with Veterinarians.

International Dog Symposium                                                                                                                  


  • Delivered two symposium presentations on aggressive behavior in dogs and separation distress problems in dogs. Held in Germany, hosted by Animal Learn.

Super Pet & Little Farm Pet Shops                                                                                                   

1997 - 2001

  • Adoptions Counselor, Performing Humane Society of Ottawa adoptions and counseling services.
  • Advising customers with resolving problems with regards to all species of companion animal.
  • Hand raising various parrot species, socialization, basic training and problem behavior resolution.

Bayview Animal Hospital                                                                                                                         


  • Veterinary Assistant. Pharmacist, receptionist, various duties involving restraint and cleaning in a veterinary hospital environment.

Certifications and Memberships


  • Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (AABP)
  • Certified Animal Behavior Consultant #009 (IAABC)
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant #009 (IAABC)
  • Certified Small Animal Specialist (PIJAC)
  • Certified Avian Specialist (PIJAC)
  • Certified Reptile Specialist (PIJAC)


  • Associate Member, The International Behaviorology Institute Association (TIBIA)
  • Member, Professional Member Pet Professional Guild
  • Member, No Shock Collar Coalition
  • Listed in Animals & Society Institute The Guide to Experts in Animal Issues [2006-2007]

Books Authored

Published by BehaveTech Publishing, Marketed and distributed internationally by Dogwise Publishing and some translated and published by publishers in Germany, Poland and Spain.

  • O'Heare, J. (2013) Separation Distress and My Dog. BehaveTech Publishing. (forthcoming)
  • O’Heare, J. (2013) Science and Technology of Dog Training. BehaveTech Publishing (forthcoming)
  • O’Heare, J. (2013) Aggressive Behavior in Dogs. 1st Edition with revisions. BehaveTech Publishing (forthcoming)
  • O'Heare, J. (2010) Changing Problem Behavior. BehaveTech Publishing.
  • O'Heare, J. (2010) Empowerment Training. BehaveTech Publishing.
  • O'Heare, J. (2009) Separation Distress and Dogs. BehaveTech Publishing.
  • O'Heare, J. (2008) Vegan Dogs: Compassionate Nutrition.
  • O’Heare, J. (2007) The Dog Aggression Workbook. DogPsych Publishing.
  • O’Heare, J. (2007) Aggressive Behavior in Dogs: A Comprehensive Technical Manual for Professionals. DogPsych Publishing.
  • O’Heare, J. (2005) Raw Meat Diets for Cats and Dogs? DogPsych Publishing.
  • O’Heare, J. (2003). Dominance Theory and Dogs. DogPsych Publishing.
  • O’Heare, J. (2001). Canine Neuropsychology for Dog Behavior Counselors and Trainers. DogPsych Publishing.
  • O’Heare, J. (2000). The Canine Aggression Workbook. DogPsych Publishing. (out of print - replaced by Dog Aggression Workbook)
  • O’Heare, J. (2000). The Canine Separation Anxiety Workbook. Gentle Solutions Publishing. (out of print - replaced by Separation Distress in Dogs)

Published Articles and Papers

  • O'Heare, J. (2013). The least intrusive effective behavior intervention (LIEBI) algorithm and levels of intrusiveness table: a proposed best-practices model. Version 5.0, from
  • O'Heare, J. (2012). The least intrusive effective behavior intervention (LIEBI) algorithm and levels of intrusiveness table: a proposed best-practices model. Version 4.0, from
  • O'Heare, J. (2009). The least intrusive effective behavior intervention (LIEBI) algorithm and levels of intrusiveness table: A proposed best practice model. Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 3, 7–25.
  • O’Heare, J. (2008). An analytical evaluation of “differential negative reinforcement of successive approximations to alternative behavior” procedures in changing aggressive behaviors: a contribution to the dialogue. Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 2(1), 33–49. 
  • O'Heare, J. (2007). Social dominance: Useful construct or quagmire? Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 1(1), 56-83.
  • O'Heare, J., and Santos, A. (2007). Why do people use harsh punitive behavior on dogs and how can we modify it? Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 1(1), 15-21.
  • O’Heare, J. (2005). Canine Aggression. Delivered at International Dog Symposium in Germany.
  • O’Heare, J. (2005). Canine Separation Distress. Delivered at International Dog Symposium in Germany.
  • O’Heare, J. (2005) Understanding Emotion in Dogs. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK Newsletter Summer 2005.
  • O’Heare, J. (2004) Real Life Group Dog Training Classes – Association of Pet Dog Trainers Newsletter.
  • O’Heare, J. (2003) Competitive vs. Cooperative relations with Dogs -- Editorial. Published on
  • O’Heare, J. (2003) Event Expectancy and Canine Self-esteem (revised). Published on
  • O’Heare, J. (2002). Event Expectancy and Canine Self-esteem. Journal of The Academy of Canine Behavioral Theory, Vol.1, No.3.
  • O’Heare, J. (2002). Review and Critique of Pack Theory Models and an Introduction to Alternative Models of Domestic Dog Social Behavior. Journal of The Academy of Canine Behavioral Theory, Vol.1, No.1.
  • O’Heare, J. (2002). Mar/Apr. Canine Neuropsychology and Dog Training. Association of Pet Dog Trainers Newsletter.
  • O’Heare, J. (2001). Sep/Oct. The Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Canine Behavior. Off Lead Magazine.
  • O’Heare, J. (2001). Fall. Apart From You (Separation Anxiety in dogs). Canadian Association Of Professional Pet Dog Trainers Forum Magazine.
  • O’Heare, J., and Steinker, A. (2001). Oct. Management and Prevention of Stress in Agility Dogs. Clean Run Magazine.
  • O’Heare, J. (2001). Jul/Aug. Separation Anxiety. Off Lead Magazine.
  • O’Heare, J. (2001). Summer. Mind Over Manners (Chemical Reactions in the Dog’s Brain and Behavior Problem Treatment). Canadian Association Of Professional Pet Dog Trainers Forum Magazine.
  • O’Heare, J. (1999).  Jenny’s Gastrointestinal Challenge. Modern Ferret Magazine. Vol 4 No. 2. 55-57.
  • O’Heare, J. (1998). New Ferret Introduction – Jenny’s Story. Modern Ferret Magazine. Vol. 3 No. 5. 24-28.


(c) 1999 - 2013 James O'Heare