Animal Behavior College’s Popular Dog Training Certification Program Now Available in a Classroom Setting

Animal Behavior College is enrolling students in its exclusive Certified Dog Trainer Classroom Program. The session starts June 14, 2013, and military education benefits are also available for qualified students.

Animal Behavior College (ABC) is now enrolling students for its Certified Dog Trainer Classroom Program session beginning June 24, 2013 at its Santa Clarita, California location. Founded in 1998, ABC is the largest animal career vocational school of its kind in North America and incorporates a unique distance-learning model. With this new local program option, students can choose to take the certified dog training class in a personal classroom setting, full-time, and complete the program in approximately 5 months. “The overall success of our first class of enrollees has more than proven the viability of this class and we are pleased to offer the June session,” says Debbie Kendrick, Vice President of Animal Behavior College. “It is an opportunity for students to learn from professional dog trainers working in the industry.”

The program includes in-class academics for learning dog psychology, basic obedience cues and effective problem solving, as well as 60 hours of hands-on-training done with the coaching of an ABC Certified Dog Trainer Instructor. Students will have an opportunity to work with homeless dogs to help them become better candidates for adoption, observe dog behavior and do temperament testing. The well-rounded comprehensive program gives students the fundamentals to continue their training for therapy and/or service dogs, and various other specialties as well. After graduation, the ABC Alumni Program provides lifetime benefits including job and business building assistance.

ABC offers student-friendly financing options, which may allow students to get started for as low as $25 a month. Enrollment is limited for the June 2013 class. For more information, please call 800-795-3294.

ABC is committed to helping their military students with tuition assistance and funding is available for qualified military families. The Certified Dog Trainer Classroom Program is approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of title 38, United States Code. Below is a list of programs available:

  •     The Montgomery GI bill – Chapter 30
  •     Post 9/11 GI Bill – chapter 33
  •     Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
  •     Reserve Educational Assistance – Chapter 1607
  •     The Survivors and Dependent’s Education Assistance and more!

Rose Ferguson is currently enrolled in the Certified Dog Trainer Classroom Program and she served in Afghanistan. She is gaining valuable information about different dog breeds and the humane ways of training dogs. “I have always loved dogs and this course makes me appreciate them even more. I have found my calling. With this knowledge, I want to expand my abilities and go on to train service dogs for American Veterans who have PTSD. It gives me great pride to know that I can offer a trained dog companion to someone with PTSD to help them not commit suicide or bodily harm to themselves or anyone else,” said Rose.

Beth Harrison

Beth Harrison is the class instructor and she is an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. She has been teaching private and group lessons in California for almost 7 years. Beth has trained hundreds of dogs from all walks of life including energetic puppies, obsessive-compulsive juveniles, aggressive adults, and rescue dogs suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. After becoming an ABC certified dog trainer Beth began to raise puppies for Guide Dogs of America and was the head trainer in Los Angeles for a multi-state pet dog training company. As an AKC Certified Evaluator, Beth holds classes to certify dogs as S.T.A.R. Puppies and Canine Good Citizens.


  1. Lisa Burgh says

    I noticed for this program that the GI Bill is accepted. I cannot do this course because I am not local but I have wanted to enroll from where I live. At the time I was told the GI Bill was not accepted yet even though it was a goal. My husband recently graduated from a course of his own, having used the GI Bill and there is still money available with it that I would be able to use. Can I utilize it for other courses yet or is it just for this one in particular right now? Thanks in advance.

    • says

      Hi Lisa… yes, though we’re working on increasing our GI Bill funding options, this is the only class that’s been accepted for the option so far.

      • Shannon says

        It has been over a year now, have you made any progress on accepting the GI Bill for online Dog Training program? I would like to attend and I have some of my husbands benefits just waiting. I would like to sign up for some of the additional trainings as well but I need the funding options to open up.

        • says

          Currently the GI Bill is only accepted at our Classroom Location. We do however offer benefits to Military Spouses for our Online Programs. If you would like to find out more regarding this, please contact us at (888) 200-6795 and request to speak to Admissions.

  2. Terry Martin says

    Will ABC be expanding to other areas to offer the classroom training? What are the cost differences between the on-line program verses the classroom program?

    • says

      Hi Terry,
      I’m sorry, we do not have any plans “currently” in place to expand our classroom training into other locations, BUT it is something we’d like to do in the future.

    • says

      ABC is looking into the possibility of getting the online program approved for the GI Bill. Unfortunately as of now though, an online program does not meet the requirements for the GI Bill. However, our onsite classroom program for Dog Obedience is eligible. If you would like to find out more information regarding this, please call us at (888) 200-6795 to speak with an Admissions Counselor.

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