Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
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!