April 2014 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month


Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
April 2014

Janelle Lohner

Like many people after graduating high school, Janelle had a hard time deciding what she wanted to do with her life. She changed her mind many times and considered many different career options: social worker, wedding planner, real estate agent and mechanic. Nothing truly called out to her until she adopted her dog Marcus. She decided then that she wanted to be a dog trainer—and she hasn’t looked back since. Janelle is currently working a retail job while she saves money to start her own business. She plans to open her own rescue and dog training facility, which will also include: grooming, agility courses, boarding kennels and a dog park.

What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

Learning how to speak with people about their dogs in a manner that isn’t insulting, and is useful for the owners.

How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become a certified dog trainer?

I searched the Internet to find the best and affordable school. When I came across ABC, I found it to be affordable and it seemed to have lots of hands-on learning. It also had lots of very successful student examples.

What are your plans for dog training? Do you want specialize in particular type of training or in training a particular breed of dog?

I love teaching dogs tricks more then obedience. It’s a lot easier for them to learn, and you see the progress quicker. That’s why I plan to do agility courses, but I will also do obedience as well.

What will be the secret to your success in the pet industry as a dog trainer?

I will work with owners and their dogs until the owner is no longer willing to take my advice—I will never kick anyone out of my class.  I think I will also be successful because I will offer all the dog necessities in one location: training, grooming, rescue/adoption, boarding and a dog park.

Which dog breed best describes you and why?

They are all incredible, all dogs have lots of potential—it’s just how they are trained!

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