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Level 2 Dog Training Certification – Coming in August 2013

Attention All Dog Trainers,

ABCDT-L2 Dog Training Certification

Animal Behavior College Level 2 Dog Training Certification – Coming July 2013

Looking for a way to impress your clients? Animal Behavior College is preparing to launch a Level 2 Dog Training Certification.  You do not need to be a graduate of Animal Behavior College to take this certification examination. We proudly offer this opportunity to all professional dog trainers.

Passing this examination will earn you the right to proudly display the ABCDT-L2 designation proving you have a solid foundation of dog training experience in teaching abilities, learning theory, canine behavior, and more.

Now you can add another notch of credibility on your belt and strut your stuff. The ABCDT-L2 title will showcase your knowledge and experience as a Dog Trainer, and set you apart from the competition.

So, what is required??

  1. You must have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  2. At least 220 hours as a LEAD Dog Trainer, plus 55 hours of basic dog training experience within the last 5 years.
  3. At least 28 units of continuing education in the dog training field within the last five years (must be in the form of ABC-Approved Education Programs).
  4. A signed copy of the ABC Code of ethics.
  5. Four letters of reference from a:
  • Dog Trainer Client
  • Colleague in the Canine Behavior profession
  • Veterinarian
  • Representative from a Shelter or Rescue that you have volunteered

Each letter should reference your experience in training within the last two years. The Animal Behavior College Level 2 Certification application and exam has a filing fee of $300.

This Level 2 Certification will be coming in August.

ABC Dog Training Students Lend A Helping Hand

Dog Training students volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills, CA.

Animal Behavior College Dog Training Students volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills, CA, located north of Los Angeles, CA.

Animal Behavior College Students lend a helping hand by donating their time and skills to help train the dogs at a local Los Angeles Animal Shelter. Best Friends Animal Society is located just north of Los Angeles in Mission Hills, CA.

The Best Friends Animal Society has over 250 dogs on site and enjoys having a close relationship with Dog Training facilities who can lend a helping hand.  Best Friends Animal Society Manager, Mike Harmon said “Since we opened this facility last year, we’ve wanted to work with dog training schools as a way to have … a regular source of trainers.”

Dog Trainers

One benefit to the students helping to train dogs at the Best Friends Animal Society is having a well established, proper facility to complete the 10 hours of volunteer time,  for the Dog Training Certification Program.

Our friends at Best Friends are fantastic and we would like to extend a special thanks for opening the doors to our Dog Trainer Classroom Program Students, for what seems to be a win-win, for our students and the Best Friends facility.

Great job students! Thanks for going that extra step to make the visits during the semester, a wonderful experience for the dogs, and for Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, CA – Mission Hills CA

June’s Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– June 2013

Steven Dawdy Steven Dawdy - June 2013 Student of the Month

Steven resides in Kansas City, Mo.,, where he currently works as a groomer at the local Petco. Beginning with his initial contact with Animal Behavior College back in 2011 it was and is very apparent that Steven has the drive and sincere desire to work in the animal industry. He first thought becoming a dog trainer would be the best fit, toward the end Steven enrolled in and completed ABC’s Dog Obedience Instructor Program (DOP). After his DOP certification, Steven decided pet grooming was also something that interested him—and it would be an outlet for his passion and creativity. Steven is now in the finishing stages of the Grooming Instruction Program and he is thriving both in his externship as well as in his current position as a groomer. Continue reading

Why Training a Cat Differs from Dog Training

Can Cats be Trained?

Can you train a Cat? Cat Training versus Dog Training and what to know if you want to train a cat

Can Cats be Trained? Why training a cat slightly differs from dog training. Written by Steven Appelbaum – guest blog post on waycoolcats.com

 

 

 

 

 

They sure can. Anyone who owns a cat knows that they are intelligent, inquisitive beings.

Most people associate obedience training with terms that include stay, heel, come, down etc. However, obedience training is only one type of training.

While that might seem obvious to some, it is at the core of every successful training program. Cats might find different things rewarding to them than dogs but that doesn’t mean they can’t be rewarded and can’t learn. Instead of a scratch behind the ear or tossing a stick, both of which will send the typical Golden Retriever into bliss yet earn you a blank stare or contempt with many cats, try a catnip toy or a delectable treat.

What to Know About Cat Training

Read more: http://waycoolcats.com/can-cats-be-trained/

Taking the time to train a cat involves a future of companionship, friendship, excellent behavior and many long happy years together.

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Cat Training Tips by Dog Training expert Steven Appelbaum

Pet Grooming Tips for the Summer

Summer Pet Grooming - Dog or Cat Grooming Careers

Grooming your pets in the summer. Advice from an Animal Behavior College Dog Grooming certificate program graduate. Why you may not want to groom your dog when it gets hot. Pet Grooming Training Tips shared by Student Graduate of Dog Grooming School.

Pet Grooming Tips in Summertime

Although your pet may have a warm thick coat, long-haired cats and dogs are actually kept COOL from this. The coat acts as insulation and it regulates the dog or cat’s body temperature, so when it’s hot, it keeps the cool in, and vise-versa.

The best way to keep your pet cool is to keep your pet’s coat mat-free, well-brushed, and clean.

If you are considering grooming your cat or dog this summer, try to leave at least two inches of fur to protect your pet from the elements. Be aware that once shaved, a double-coated pet’s coat will never grow back the same.

Read the Entire Article: http://didntknowsit.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/summershave/

 

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Pet Grooming Tips for the Summer – by Animal Behavior College Graduate

Steven Appelbaum Guest Post – Car Safety for Dogs

Car Safety for Dogs

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Enjoying a Car Ride. Can you take advantage of the safety harness for your dog, when traveling with him/her in your car or truck?

The President of Animal Behavior College, Steven Appelbaum, wrote a guest post on WayCoolDogs.com which talks about safety harness crash test results for dogs.

The non-profit Center for Pet Safety tested several brands of pet harnesses using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 213). The crash test was conducted at an independent laboratory that also tests for the Department of Transportation, using life sized dog test dummies.

Steve believes that all pet products designed to keep a pet secured in an automobile will be held to the same or similar standards as human seat belts.

Read the entire blog post about Dog Safety for the Car or Truck at: http://www.waycooldogs.com/car-safety-for-dogs/

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Your ABC Social Media Opportunities

Social Media Resources for ABC Students

Our school has a presence on a variety of social media platforms across the Internet. Each is designed to support and assist you in the pursuit of your certification.  ABC is proud to have a community of dedicated students, graduates, and mentor trainers Continue reading

“Share the Joy:” The Animal Behavior College Video Contest

Dog Training Tip - How To Train Your Dog To SitWe hear the most amazing success stories every day from ABC students and grads. They never fail to inspire us. Because of that, we’ve got a proposition for you: enter ABC’s 2nd annual video contest, show us your BEST ABC-inspired animal story testimonial and you could win cool stuff! Continue reading

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