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Certified Canine Behaviorist

Will Bangura CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA Certified Behavior Consultant Canine Knowledge Assesses, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed


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Phoenix Dog Training Award



2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 – 2019 – 2020 – 2021 – 2022 – 2023


BBB Torch Award For Ethics



Will Bangura stands as one of only two International Canine Behaviorists accredited by ICB Global within the United States, highlighting a prestigious and rare accomplishment in the field of canine behavior. As of this writing, Will is Also One of Less Than 250 Professionals in the World who holds Dual International Certifications as a Dog Behavior Consultant and as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer both with the CCPDT. Currently, there are only 446 Certified Behavior Consultants in the World Certified by the Prestigious CCPDT

Dog Behaviorist Will Bangura

Certified Canine Behaviorist and Certified Behavior Consultant 

35 years dog training experience

Mr. Bangura is an Internationally Renowned Expert who Specializes in Providing Science-Based and Evidence-Based Behavior Consultations, Behavior Modification, and Positive Training Solutions for the Most Difficult Dog Behavior Problems, such as Extreme Dog Aggression and Severe Anxiety Problems in Dogs, Ritualistic and Obsessive-Compulsive Dog Behavior, and Extremely Fearful and Phobic Dogs. Over the Last 35 Years, Will Has Helped Thousands of Dogs and Pet Parents Overcome Some of the Most Difficult Behavior Problems. Mr. Bangura is also a published author of House-Training 101 Potty Training Unleashed for Pet Parents.

  • International Certification as a Certified Canine Behaviorist (CAB-ICB) International Canine Behaviorists (ICB Global)
  • Full Professional  Member International Canine Behaviorists (ICB Global)
  • International Certification as a Dog Behavior Consultant with the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, (CCPDT)
  • Internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, (CCPDT)
  • Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
  • Fear Free Certified Professional
  • Regular/Fellow Member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS)
  • Member UK Dog Behavior and Training Charter
  • Dog Aggression and Anxiety Specialist
  • Canine Cognition Specialist
  • Media Consultant
  • Legal Consultant/Dog Bite/Dog Aggression Expert Witness
  • Will is the Host of Dog Training Today with Will Bangura Podcast and His Monthly Facebook Live Call-In Show Will’s Podcast Ranks in The Top 3 in Apple Podcasts for Pets and Animals and is heard in over 104 Countries worldwide and is downlaoded over 25,000 times a month

Will Bangura stands as one of only two International Canine Behaviorists accredited by ICB Global within the United States, highlighting a prestigious and rare accomplishment in the field of canine behavior.

The designation of a “Dog Behaviorist”  lacks formal recognition in the United States, leading to widespread misuse of these terms within the canine behavior domain. It’s common to encounter individuals self-identifying as behaviorists or dog behavior consultants without possessing the requisite qualifications. While some may have varying degrees of education in animal behavior and could be considered behavior consultants, only those with specific, higher education achievements are eligible for titles like Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Such professionals, typically holding advanced degrees such as a Master’s or Ph.D., are distinguished as Associate Applied Animal Behaviorists or Applied Animal Behaviorists, respectively. In contrast to specialists in canine behavior, Behaviorists in the United States often have a broader focus, covering behavior across multiple animal species. Applied Animal Behaviorists, including Veterinary Behaviorists, undergo comprehensive education encompassing the behavior of several species.

Will Bangura, though certified as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant in the U.S., has opted to pursue and adhere to the rigorous standards and extensive educational requirements necessary to become a Certified Canine Behaviorist and a Full Member of the International Canine Behaviorists (ICB Global) and the UK Behavior and Training Charter. This choice sets him apart from professionals associated with the CCPDT and the IAABC in the United States, and the ABTC in the UK, showcasing a 100% dedication to positive reinforcement techniques and a staunch opposition to the use of aversives or punishment in dog behavior training and modification. This stance aligns with the humane training principles advocated by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), emphasizing the deep commitment and advanced understanding required in canine behavior specialization. Currently, in the United States, titles such as Certified Behavior Consultant, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, or Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist are recognized; however, no formal title or program exists for the certification of a Dog Behaviorist or Canine Behaviorist as of now.

“Thank You For Entrusting Me to Help You With Your Dog. I Look Forward to Meeting You. Below is Some Information About Me and My Background That You May Find Helpful”

~ Will Bangura



Certified Behavior Consultant Canine Knowledge Assessed

He is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and, to this date, one of only approximately four hundred and thirty Internationally Certified Behavior Consultants and Certified Professional Dog Trainers to have both certifications through the CCPDT.  Will is also a Fear Free Certified Professional, a Regular/Full Member of the Animal Behavior Society, and a Professional Member of the APDT, The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Will is also a Professional Member of The Pet Professional Guild, an International Association of Pet Professionals That Are Committed to Science-Based, Evidenced-Based Force Free Training that is Free of Fear, Pain, and Intimidation and Puts The Dogs’ Welfare First. Will is also a Full Member of the International Canine Behaviourists, and a Member of the UK Behavior and Training Charter.

There is no such thing as a Dog Behaviorist Professional Designation in the United States. The terms “Behaviorist” or “Behavior Consultant” are often inappropriately applied in the dog behavior field. Many professionals inaccurately label themselves as behaviorists or dog behaviorists without meeting the necessary criteria. While individuals with varying levels of education in behavior may be recognized as behavior consultants, those with specific, advanced qualifications can work to attain titles such as Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. An Animal Behaviorist typically holds a Master’s or Ph.D., with those possessing a Master’s degree identified as Associate Applied Animal Behaviorists and those with a Ph.D. recognized as Applied Animal Behaviorists. In the United States Behaviorists often are generalists in all species of animal behavior without a specific specialization or sole focus on canine behavior.  Applied Animal Behaviorists and or Veterinary Behaviorists are educated in a variety of species and their behavior. 


Certified Canine Behaviorist

In the United Kingdom there are Dog Behaviorists or Canine Behaviorists with this title. The designation of Canine Behaviorist is reserved for those with a focused specialization in canine behavior, distinguishing them from the broader role of Applied Animal Behaviorists who may deal with a wider range of animal behaviors without a specific concentration on canines. The education, qualifications, and standards required to become a Canine Behaviorist in the UK are notably more rigorous, detailed, and specialized compared to those in the United States. This distinction highlights a structured approach to canine behavior, emphasizing a depth of knowledge and practical expertise specific to dogs. Will Bangura has chosen to align with the UK’s stringent standards and comprehensive educational framework as a Certified Canine Behaviorist and Full Member of International Canine Behaviorists (ICB Global), and the UK Behavior and Training Charter, which unlike the Animal Behavior and Training Council ABTC in the UK, is committed to the use of positive reinforcement and advocates against the use of arversives or punishment in dog behavior training and modification, underscoring the advanced level of commitment and understanding required in the specialized field of Canine Behavior. In The United States, you can be a Certified Behavior Consultant, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, or a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist. However, there is no formally recognized title or program in the United States to become a Certified Dog Behaviorist or Certified Canine Behaviorist.

Certified Canine Behaviorists – Full members of International Canine Behaviorists are expected to:

  • Have a recognised academic qualification in canine behaviour, such as the level 5 Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management from Compass Education Ltd, or knowledge equivalent to a level 5 qualification as minimum.
  • Have hands-on experience in the field of canine behaviour and training.
  • Have excellent knowledge of dog behaviour, psychology and the physiology of the dog.
  • Understand all variables that influence behaviour, from diet and nutrition through to health issues and environmental issues that may manifest in behaviour changes.
  • Understand and comply with the constraints of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, when they cannot advise clients and when it is necessary to refer the client back to the veterinary surgeon for further investigation.
  • Understand the different drugs commonly used by vets, their contra indications and how they may affect behaviour.
  • Understand complementary therapies such as chiropractic and hydrotherapy and when these might be appropriate (advising the owner to speak to their vet), and liaise with other professionals as and when necessary as part of a team for the benefit of the dog.
  • Carry out behaviour consultations on veterinary referral, when necessary, make behavioural diagnoses, and liaise with veterinary surgeons and clients in a professional manner.
  • Deal with all of types behaviour problems from separation anxiety to aggression. 
  • Be able to write an in depth tailored behaviour modification report to a client and a professional letter to the veterinary surgeon.
  • Identify any welfare issues with the dog and go to the appropriate authority if necessary.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of products and equipment available, know when to recommend and which ones to avoid.
  • Have a thorough understanding of dog law and how it applies to the client.
  • Use fear free training methods only, upholding ICB’s motto of ‘welfare never compromised.
  • Have a ‘learning never stops’ attitude and a willingness to share knowledge for the benefit of other members, such as:
    Actively participate in the private ICB Facebook forum discussions for the benefit of all members
    Actively participate in the public ICB Facebook forum and support the ‘public face’ of ICB.
  • Members should be able to identify times when they need additional help and advice from colleagues.
  • Attend regular training and educational events in order to keep up to date in the fast-changing world of behaviour.
  • Contribute to the education of other members through book reviews, website blogs and webinars.
  • Keep accurate records taking into consideration the Data Protections Act.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, conducting themselves in a professional manner at all times.

To be offered full membership, you will need to submit a minimum of 1 case study and have an observed consultation (either in person or via Skype or a video recording can be submitted


Will has been training dogs with behavior problems professionally for 35 years. He Specializes in the most difficult Dog Behavior Problems, Extreme Dog Aggression, Separation Anxiety, and Severe Anxiety Problems in dogs,  Ritualistic and Obsessive-Compulsive dog behavior, and Extremely Fearful and Phobic Dogs. Will has decades of experience treating some of dogs’ most severe behavior problems. He is an often sought-after expert by other behavior consultants, dog trainers, and veterinarians. He has been an expert witness in dog aggression cases and an often called-upon dog behavior expert for local and national news outlets. Will is also a Veteran of service in the United States Army.


Will holds a master of science degree in psychology.   In 2011 Will continued his education through Harvard University having done coursework in Canine Cognition.  Will has a special area of interest and Research are The Effects of Diet, Nutrition, and how Nutraceutical Supplementation can affect Animal Behavior.  Will is also a member of NEI: The Neuroscience Education Institute and is currently enrolled in their Master Psychopharmacology Program, He is also a lifetime student of anything behavior, including constantly taking continuing education courses in behavior and subscribing to many peer-reviewed journals on animal behavior, and other scientific research journals. Will is also the President and Founder of Phoenix Dog Training. He Is also the founder and CEO of Pet Scientifics LLC, a company dedicated to researching and developing behavioral support supplements and Nutraceuticals for companion animals, and the Developer of a Dog Anxiety Calming Aid, CALM DOGS.  In addition, Will has an International Canine Behavior Consultation Business that is part of


BBB Torch Award For Ethics

In 2022 Will and PHOENIX DOG TRAINING were nominated for the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. Will is also well known in Arizona as he was the host of Arizona’s only radio show on pet behavior for several years on 1100 KFNX Radio in Phoenix. He is currently the host of the weekly FaceBook Live Streaming Show, Dog Training Today Saturdays from 9 AM to 10 AM, Mountain Time. The Dog Training Today Podcast is heard in over 100 countries worldwide. This is Will’s way of giving back to the community.  Not everyone can afford professional training and behavior consulting, so DOG TRAINING TODAY is my labor of love. 

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Will has been in Arizona for over 30 years and lives in his Miniature Schnauzer “Boo” and “Papa Sully’s” home in Mesa, Arizona, with the love of his life, better half, best friend, partner, and wife, Hannah. 

Will’s top three tips for pet dog owners for a well-trained dog are:

  1. Expose (desensitize) your dog to EVERYTHING immediately. 
  2. If you can’t keep your dog in your eye site, crate your dog until fully trained.
  3. Train with insane distractions, Train with insane distractions, Train with insane distractions.

Professional Affiliations

APDT: Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

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PGP: Member of the Pet Professionals Guild

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Fear Free Certified Professional

Fear Free Certified Dog Trainers in Phoenix Az

ABS: Animal Behavior Society (Regular/Fellow Member)

Animal Behavior Society Regular Fellow Member Animal Behavior Society Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist

ICB Global: : International Canine Behaviourists (Full Member) CAB-ICB

Certified Canine Behaviorist

UK Dog Behavior and Training Charter (Member)


Member of NEI Neuroscience Education Institute 

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Currently Enrolled in the NEI Master Psychopharmacology Program 2023-2024

Brittany DuChene, Executive Assistant

Brittany DuCheneBrittany is a former dog training client of Phoenix Dog Training.  She started training with Phoenix Dog Training because one of her dogs had dog aggression issues.  

Brittany helps with our office phone and email inquiries, responds to customers’ needs, and works as a liaison between training staff and customers. Brittany is also a frequent co-host of Dog Training Today, our Weekly Facebook live Show.

Brittany also works as a legal assistant, is a trained life coach, and is currently pursuing and continuing her education in diet, nutrition, herbalism, reflexology, eastern bodywork, and healing arts.


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Certified Canine Behaviorists are highly educated professionals holding a Ph.D. or Master's Degree in Behavioral Science or related fields. They possess extensive experience in addressing a wide range of canine behavior issues, with specialized expertise in aggression, anxiety, fears, phobias, reactivity, and separation anxiety. Behaviorists utilize their advanced education and practical experience to identify the root causes of behavior problems. They develop comprehensive behavior modification plans tailored to each dog's unique needs, ensuring effective and humane treatment. Whether your dog is exhibiting severe aggression, experiencing anxiety, or displaying any other behavioral issues, our certified behaviorists are equipped to help. They provide science-based, evidence-driven approaches to modify and improve your dog's behavior, ensuring a better quality of life for both you and your pet.

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