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This course will launch on June 21, 2021.  

Giving an adult dog a new forever home can be such a rewarding experience, whether you get the dog from a shelter, a rescue, online ads or someone you know.  A key challenge is that there are so many unknowns about their behaviors that may not rear its head until they live with you for a while.  This course will discuss some of the unique challenges of adopting an adult dog, how to work towards preventing problems, what to do when problem behavior appears, and how to help your rescue adjust to their new home successfully.

Online Course: Bringing a new adult dog (rescue) into your home

$ 14.95$ 95.99


All courses offer three options of increasing price with increasing participation so you can choose the approach that best balances your budget with your need for ongoing assistance. See table below.

Audit Plan

The audit version of the courses gives you unlimited access to all the course content.  You can start when you want and take as long as you need to get through the course material or use it as reference material.

This is perfect for the person who has some experience with training dogs and just needs some additional information, focus, and structure.

Community Plan

Made for people who are pretty good at following course directions but want to have the ability to ask questions specific to the course content in an online discussion forum.  You can get feedback from others who are progressing through the course and Randi Rossman and other behavior experts.

There are no time limits for participating in the community:  take as long as you need.

Participation Plan

For this plan, you can access the course content, the community PLUS attend up to two online webinars a week, and get feedback/coaching on one-minute video clips.

This is great for people who want to have guidance throughout the process.

This course will help:

People who have adopted an adult dog.  This course is beneficial before adopting an adult dog and during the first year because it covers problem prevention strategies.  It will, however, help those who are already experiencing problem behavior as well.

Shelter and rescue staff, volunteers, and fosters to help advise their adopters.

Veterinary professionals who want to help their adult adoptee rescue patients.  

You will learn: 

  • strategies for finding and assessing a rescue dog that will fit into your family and lifestyle.
  • how to prepare your home for your new dog.
  • how to introduce your adopted dog to your home.
  • how to address the “honeymoon” period — why it likely occurs.
  • strategies to prevent problem behaviors from emerging.
  • what is normal dog behavior vs. problem behavior.
  • how to determine if you need professional behavior help.  
  • whether it is “okay” to return an adopted dog.
  • 6 key skills to teach your adopted dog that will help them live successfully in your home.

These courses are developed with best practices in behavior change, instructional design, online course design, and communications.

All courses provide:

  • Short (10 minutes or less) topic discussions and instruction so you can easily fit them into your schedule.
  • Workbooks and templates that support the course content and help you be more successful.
  • All content is presented both in video and written format to learn in the format that works best for you.
  • Understanding checks along the way to make sure what we teach is what you are actually learning.  These learning checks can be used for you to see what content you need to re-review.  Canine Behavior Science also reviews what content is being misunderstood often so we can improve the content continuously.
  • No time limits.  We know that life gets in the way, and sometimes we can work with our dogs more than others.  No problem.  Take as long as you need.
  • Ongoing updates.  As we continue to develop our thinking, tools, workbooks, and templates around various topics, the coursework will be updated.  We also regularly review analytics and feedback to improve the clarity of the course content and therefore, will provide improvement updates.  All enrollees will receive email notifications of such updates.  

All classes are developed and designed by Randi Rossman, who has graduate-level academic certification in:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology,
  • Online Instructional Design from Duke University.

Additionally, Randi’s “previous life” involved developing educational programs for corporations, including employee training, sales training, and curriculums for children and adults on science and general consumer topics.

You can find out more about Randi’s expertise in dog behavior on our ABOUT page.