Seminar & Courses

The aCATemy training levels 1, 2 & 3 (for the general public), specialized training aCATemy PRO and FelineTensive Training Camp

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We offer five training classes (offered in French only):
- aCATemy level 1 (subscribe)
- aCATemy level 2 (subscribe)
- aCATemy level 3 (subscribe)
- aCATemy level PRO (for AHTs, vets, shelter personnel) (subscribe).
- FelineTensive Training Camp (subscribe)

All these trainings are accessible, even if you have not followed any previous ones. We do recommend that you attend CatAcademy level 1 or level 2 before following level 3, to make sure that all the notions are learned properly.

These seminars are for everyone. The groups consist of cat owners looking to learn more, veterinarians, breeders, animal health technicians as well as shelter or pet stores staff. What do they have in common? Their love for cats!

 

aCATemy Level 1 - Subscribe

Offered in French only

Class Contents:

  • Cat’s body language (basic notions);
  • Arrange your residence with kitty’s needs in mind, at a lesser cost;
  • The best products for cats, and which ones to avoid (litters, scratching posts, cat trees, etc.);
  • Feeding behaviours;
  • How to stimulate a cat through games;
  • The main behavioral problems and how to avoid those (litters, meowing at night, etc.);
  • Choosing the right cat for you (cat assessment method);
  • How to assess good shelters and good breeders.

 

aCATemy Level 2 - Subscribe

Offered in French only

Class Contents:

  • Territorial behaviors (interior and exterior);
  • Chemical communications (pheromones);
  • Complete body language;
  • Cognitive dissonance, double ignorance and the Dunning-Kruger effect;
  • The “agreement contracts” that exist between your cats and how they’re made;
  • What cats do outside (videos and GPS of cats that go outside);
  • Complete aggression rituals between cats (with video examples);
  • Agonistic behaviours:
    • Aggression rituals;
    • Aggression types;
    • Aggressions with humans;
    • Aggressions between cats;
    • Basic solutions.

aCATemy Level 3 - Subscribe

Offered in French only

On top of all the new subjects we will go over, we will also go more in depth on the basic notions learned in the previous trainings. Level 3 will help you understand better how cats think and how they act, as well as providing you with tips and tricks to modify certain behaviours.

Class contents:

  • The cat’s intelligence;
  • How to train your cat to do tricks;
  • How to give medication to your cat more easily;
  • The cat’s emotions;
  • Basic notions of operating and responding conditionings;
  • Innate behaviours and instrumentation;
  • How Mama Cat educates her kittens (basic notions);
  • Cat myths and realities debunked.

* Note : aCATemy conferences are recognized by the ATSAQ for training credits.

 

aCATemy PRO Level (Cat Friendly Hospital for AHTs, vets, shelter personnel) - Subscribe

Offered in French only

This training session is also open to the general public!

This course was developed with the help of teachers, veterinarians and animal health technicians to address the needs of animal health professionals and shelter employees. In this course, you will learn how to “negotiate” with the cat and his owner, to decrease the cat’s anxiety level to a minimum to facilitate examination and medical treatments administration. You will also learn all the notions relating to the animal body language and his appeasement signals, in addition to conditioning and counter-conditioning methods that can be used and taught to the pet owner. This training session also presents some behavioral issues and the relevant advice to give to customers.

KITTY MARKETING – As a bonus, Daniel Filion uses his personal and professional experience along with his training in marketing to teach you how to use the notions acquired through our training sessions to add value to your enterprise’s services and to convince you that not only implementing cat-friendly practices does not cost more, but that it can also be profitable to you and your business… with supporting evidence!

Course content:

  • Cat body language explained in detail (including examples and practical exercises);
  • How to decrease anxiety level in clinic in-patient cats (a good way to facilitate your work);
  • How to read appeasement signals and how to recreate them;
  • Hierarchical and territorial behaviors;
  • Classical and operating conditioning (types of reinforcement and the positive approach);
  • How to respond to different cases observed in clinics:
    • The cat and the pet carrier (how to make the cat enjoy this “necessary evil”);
    • How to greet a cat on the examination table;
    • Questions to ask the pet owners to learn more about the patient;
    • How to treat an aggressive, anxious, fearful or panicked cat;
    • Manipulation techniques and low-stress medical treatment administration techniques (implementation of Sophia Yin’s techniques)
      • The different counter-conditioning protocols;
      • Ears and teeth cleaning;
      • Grooming and claw trimming;
      • Administering an injection;
      • Manipulations principles (note: restraining techniques require a 2-hour practical course)
      • Elizabethan collar, muzzles and collars;
      • Instruments to avoid.
    • How to stimulate an anorexic cat’s appetite (how to avoid food aversion);
  • The best clinic interior organization:
    • A waiting room and an examination room adapted to cats;
    • Positioning cages according to the animal’s character (to decrease its anxiety);
    • The caged cat’s behavior.
  • Most common behavior problems and how to avoid them:
    • A few tips to convince your client to agree to suggested solutions;
    • Hygiene problems (prevention, causes and solutions);
    • Night meowing;
    • Introducing a new cat at home;
    • Why declawing is unnecessary: the right scratching post in the right place;
    • Aggressions between cats and re-directed aggression;
    • Aggressions towards humans.
  • How to best keep a physical and psychological health:
    • Feeding behaviors;
    • Predatory behaviors;
    • Playing techniques and toys to rule out;
    • Informing clients concerning the myth of the cat smothering the baby in its crib;
    • Dangers of anthropomorphism and how to help a client that is a victim of it.

 

* Note : aCATemy PRO level is recognized by the OMVQ and ATSAQ for training credits.

 

FelineTensive Training Camp - Subscribe

FelineTensive Training Camp – 3 days

Offered in French only

Recognized by ATSAQ for 15 credits (for accredited AHTs)

The most complete theoretical and practical training program ever offered!

Three days of training in feline behavior with practical workshops and activities with animals including a UNIQUE opportunity to interact with real Canada lynx!

 

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

The course reviews the basic and advanced notions of feline behavior. To complement theoretical notions, you will have the opportunity to participate in several practical workshops focusing on frequent situations arising when interacting with cats. You will get to the field, interact with animals (including lynx from Canada*) and put to practice the notions learned in the theoretical portion of the course, notably regarding body language and cat training. You will enjoy Cat Educator’s characteristic humoristic note and dynamism.

 

WHOM IS THE TRAINING SESSION AIMED AT?

  • Animal behavior professionals (AHT, veterinarians, shelter employees, etc.);
  • People wishing to begin a feline education training;
  • Canine specialists wanting to better resolve cats and dogs issues;
  • Cat lovers who have undergone our aCATemy training programs and wish to deepen their knowledge;
  • Cat lovers… period.

 

WHEN AND WHERE?

In the enchanting setting of Jacinthe Bouchard’s Zoo Académie on the shore of the St. Lawrence, in Nicolet (Trois-Rivières)

Friday – 9am to 6pm 
Saturday – 8am to 6pm with optional activities at night
Sunday – 8am to 4pm

 

WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED?

  • Basic and advanced notions in feline behavior
    • Territorial and hierarchical behavior, ethology, psychology, body language, chemical language, maternal education, ontogenesis of behavior, antagonistic behaviors, emotions, intelligence, anxiety, misinformation and myths, etc..;
  • Practical workshops with animals (with a unique chance to interact with real Canada lynx);
  • How to identify and assess the most frequent behavioral issues;
  • Solutions to deviant behaviors, stress management, manipulations, etc.;
  • Client approach—how to negotiate with cat owners;
  • Consultation simulations based on real cases, both typical and atypical;
  • Cat and operating and/or classical conditioning, functional analysis and differential reinforcement;
  • Teaching of basic training techniques in order to solve problems or enrich the cat’s environment.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS TRAINING PROGRAM?

Four packages are offered in order to accommodate all budgets.

Students who have completed the 240h-training course from Jacinthe Bouchard School will benefit from a 25% discount on the initial price of the selected package (in replacement of the early payment rebate).

 

FULL EXPERIENCE PACKAGE: $735+tx ($650+tx if paid 1 month prior to the Camp)

  • All meals for the 3 days (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner);
  • Two nights in the Zoo Académie dorm room (see installation details below);
  • Certification recognized by ATSAQ (15 credits);
  • Course notes;
  • Access to Zoo Académie installations, including access to and interaction with the animals.

 

COMFORT EXPERIENCE PACKAGE: $800+tx (must be paid in full 1 month prior to the Camp)

  • All meals for the 3 days (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner);
  • Two nights in a hotel located within 10 minutes of Zoo Académie (transportation included);
  • Certification recognized by ATSAQ (15 credits);
  • Course notes;
  • Access to Zoo Académie installations, including access to and interaction with the animals.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – If you wish to share your room with a friend, each occupant will get a $110+tx credit on Sunday – so the course would cost you $690+tx, including the double occupancy hotel room. Cat Educator will not help you find a roommate.

 

PACKAGE WITHOUT OVERNIGHT STAY: $635+tx ($550+tx if paid 1 month prior to the Camp)

  • All meals for the 3 days (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner);
  • Certification recognized by ATSAQ (15 credits);
  • Course notes;
  • Access to Zoo Académie installations, including access to and interaction with the animals.

 

ECONOMY PACKAGE: $520+tx ($435+tx if paid 1 month prior to the Camp)

  • Breakfast and snack only (refrigerator and microwave oven available on site)
  • Certification recognized by ATSAQ (15 credits);
  • Course notes;
  • Access to Zoo Académie installations, including access to and interaction with the animals.

 

ZOO ACADÉMIE INSTALLATIONS DETAILS

ZOO ACADÉMIE: You will have access to the installations and you will be able to interact closely with some animals, including lynx from Canada. A unique chance you will not see again soon!*

CLASSROOM: Classes will be held in the hall of the Académie.

DORMROOMS: Rooms consist of four bunk beds in a thoroughly clean summer camp type environment. Depending on the number of participants, you might be alone in your room. A shared living room and a shared shower room will be at your disposal. Bring a sleeping bag and a pillow.

THE HOTEL: If you opt for a hotel room, transportation to and from Zoo Académie will be available for you (10 minute drive). Your room will be a single occupation with a private bathroom.

MEALS: Meals consist of cold and warm buffets of traditional and vegetarian cooking.

* Access to the lynx will depend on their health since their well-being is a priority. Hence, if the lynx are healthy, you will be able to interact with them. Otherwise, you will have access to other animals over the course of the training program.


 

* Note : FelineTensive Training Camp is recognized by the ATSAQ for training credits.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: Will I learn something if I have already attended one or more aCATemy conferences (1, 2, 3, and PRO)?

A: Absolutely. This training program is completely different and new both in its content and visual presentation. Some notions are the same, but will be approached differently. This program is much more practical than aCATemy.


Q: Must I possess a solid basis in behavior to complete this course? Must I have attended one of the aCATemy conferences?

A: It is not mandatory to have attended one of our training sessions prior to the camp. Although the FelineTensive Camp is an advanced training in feline behavior, the basics will be covered at the beginning of the course. So, if you have good learning skills, you should be able to keep up. However, a large experience with cats is recommended. If you have attended the aCATemy sessions, you are adequately prepared for this training program.

Q: I do not want to become a feline behavior consultant; I simply want to learn more about cats. Is this course for me?

A: You will learn a lot abot cat behavior and cat reactions. An important part of the training focuses on problems and issues, but the course is designed to let you learn more abot cat behavior through deviant behaviors. For this reason, it is important to know what are the good behaviors and the customs of the animal. That is what the training session aims to teach. Moreover, very few people will get the opportunity to interact with the Zoo Académie animals. Finally, much of the acquired notions will be relevant to other animals.


Q: I am an AHT or a veterinarian. Will the acquired notions be useful in my line of work?

A: Undoubtedly. You will be able to answer and guide your clients regarding the basic solutions to the majority of behavioral problems and you will develop new tools to treat in-patient animals at the clinic. It is the complementary course by excellence to aCATemy PRO.

Q: I am a canine specialist and I would like to help my clients with relational problems between cats and dogs. Does this training program address this topic?

A: There is a whole section devoted to the topic with techniques and solutions.

 

DISCLAIMER: At Cat Educator, it generally takes one year to train a consultant to be able to take on consultations autonomously. Therefore, you should understand that you will not become a feline behavior consultant by the end of this training program. You will however be equipped with a solid base that will allow you to get further in that direction.

 

Note that Cat Educator might approach you after the training program in order for recruiting purposes.


 

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