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December 2013 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
December 2013

Nikki Headon

Nikki Headon - Dog Training Program Student of the Month

It is not often that people become known within their industry solely by word of mouth, yet that is exactly how current ABC student Nikki Headon became involved in the dog training world. She began doing basic obedience in the Lloydminster area (which straddles the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada) for extremely cheap or sometimes even for free. Around that same time, Nikki began volunteering at her local SPCA. Between her obedience training and volunteering, she quickly became known for her work with particularly aggressive dogs. She was inspired to work with dogs that most people would have given up on. This passion for helping dogs in need prompted her to start her own dog rehabilitation and rescue. Coca’s Promise specializes in helping dogs with behavior issues and has helped many cats and dogs find their forever homes. Continue reading

November 2013 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
November 2013

Amanda Leask

Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month Amanda Leask - November 2013

Amanda Leask is an ABC student nearing the end of her externship in the dog obedience program. She presently assists her mentor trainer’s classes in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After she graduates, Amanda would like to open a dog daycare, boarding kennel and training center. She would also like to become an ABC mentor trainer while continuing to build on her knowledge base. Amanda knows she has truly found her calling and looks forward to her future as a dog trainer for years to come. Continue reading

October – Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
October 2013

Manny Pedroza

Dog training is in Manny Pedroza’s DNA. His father was a professional dog trainer and inspired Manny to pursue his dreams. Having just completed his externship, Manny now trains part-time, offering group, private and in-kennel training at his mentor trainer’s location in Chino, Calif. As do many students, Manny found it daunting to speak in front of group classes, but he quickly got the hang of it. Manny attributes his success to his German shepherd-like disposition: smart, strong, quick-to-learn and persistent. Continue reading

October 2013 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
October 2013

Ryan Kwasnica

Ryan Kwasnica lives in Springstein, Manitoba, Canada, and he trains in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Ryan has four kennels attached to his home and he does in-home dog training as well. In addition, Ryan helps out a nearby rescue organization by rehabilitating some of its more troubled dogs. Continue reading

August – Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
August 2013

Lee Anne Rogers

Lee Anne Rogers Student of the Month 

Lee Anne Rogers had a steady career in administration and accounting and trained agility part-time for her local dog club in Alberta, Canada, when her world suddenly changed. Her husband received a transfer from the Royal Canadian Air Force to Edwards Air Force Base in California. Thousands of miles away from her friends and family, Lee Anne was compelled to do some soul searching; and realized she wanted enroll in a dog trainer school and train dogs full-time. Some online exploration led Lee Anne to the ABC dog obedience program, and she passed with honors in July. She now offers private lessons and volunteers for a rescue in Pearblossom, Calif. Continue reading

August 2013 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month – August 2013

Pat May

August Canadian Dog Trainer Student Of The Month - Pat May

ABC’s Students Saving Lives program was launched nearly 10 years ago to help save the lives of shelter dogs. No other student better exemplifies this mission than Pat May. In 2011, Pat retired from a career in community development and relocated to Creston, British Columbia, Canada, where she looked for a volunteer position. Always a dog lover, she found a job doing office work one day a week at Creston Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS), an independent no-kill shelter. Two years later, Pat is now an ABC grad with honors and trainer at Creston PAWS, where she volunteers nearly every day, managing the kennel area. Continue reading

July – Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
July 2013

Judith Julie

Judith Julie - Student of the Month

Judith currently lives in Ypsilanti, Mich.,and works with her former mentor trainer as an assistant in a large basic obedience class. Judith has worked in a number of professions, including respiratory therapy, teaching, veterinary technician, sales, antiques dealer and auctioneer. She loves animals and wanted an opportunity to work with them. She currently volunteers at the humane society and wanted skills that would assist her in better helping shelter animals. Continue reading

June – Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
June 2013

Karin Goerl

Karin Goerl - Animal Behavior College June 2013 Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student of the Month

Dedication is something everyone in the dog training industry understands is necessary to turn their passion for canines into a successful, rewarding career. Karin Goerl, a current ABC student and avid dog lover, has been dedicated to not only training but breeding, grooming and showing dogs since adolescence. Karin, a registered nurse, worked in cardiothoracic heart and lung surgeries, specifically in transplantation, until 2007, when she herself was recipient of a double lung transplant. After that, she could no longer work as an RN due to being immuno-compromised. Having trained her own dogs for 12 years, under the guidance of a trainer, she decided to take up dog training professionally.. Being a licensed RN, Karin understood that certification would make this a much easier transition. This was a major motivation for her enrolling at ABC. Karin continues to work with and receives referrals from new owners and past clients alike in her hometown of Ellwood City, Pa. She’s been featured in several newspapers for her accomplishments. and also conducts school assemblies on dog safety and service dogs. Karin is also the coordinator for her local library’s Therapy Dog Reading Buddies Program. Continue reading

June’s Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month – June 2013

David Mier

David Mier - Student of the Month - June 2013

ABC student David Mier is actively volunteering and offering his training assistance with the Toronto Humane Society, as well as pursuing his RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) license. Although he has immersed himself in the dog training world, he hasn’t always been involved with it. It wasn’t until 2011when realized that working with dogs was what he really wanted to do with his life. After enrolling in ABC and becoming involved with the Toronto Humane Society, he realized the good that can come from assisting with the basic training of the shelter dogs. He plans to continue doing so to get more experience dealing with shelter and/or behaviorally troubled dogs.

  • Where do you live and train now?

I live and train in Toronto, Ontario, and used to work for the Ontario provincial government doing title searching and mapping of the province’s land records (world’s largest automation project).

  • What did you do before you became a trainer and what prompted you to become a dog trainer?

Once the project was completed in early 2011, I was part of a group that was laid-off, however, we received a good severance package. So, I flew off to Norway to go hiking and think about what I wanted to do with my life. While sitting at the top of a waterfall in the Norwegian fjords, I decided I wanted to work with and toward something I love. I was also thinking how my Akita, Lola, would have loved to be on that hike with me. I then decided I wanted to work with dogs and animals, and remembered how so many people always commented on how well-behaved my 100-lb. Akita was.  It then dawned on me that the dog world came naturally to me and that this is what I really wanted to do with my life.

  • How long have you been training? Do you specialize in particular type of training or in training a particular breed of dog?

I currently am doing basic obedience or “good manner” training, but I also take on cases with extreme behavioral problems, such as aggression, hyperactive behavior, etc. I do prefer to work with large and powerful breeds, such as Akitas, shepherds, etc., as they are often prejudged and misunderstood when they have the potential to be such big and friendly family members or sidekicks.

  • What was your experience like in the ABC Dog Obedience Program?

My experience in the dog obedience program has been very rewarding in terms of the knowledge I’ve gained and the intensity and challenge of this program. I was not expecting so many exams, especially a 26-page exam. I was thrilled when my lowest mark was an 85 and my highest was a 96 and overall I averaged 91 percent.

  • Which dog breed best describes you and why?

I think the Akita breed best describes me as I am a well-built Viking-looking guy with lots of tattoos and people often misjudge me and are intimidated. However, like the Akita, I can be such a gentle giant just looking for some quality time to spend with my pack of friends and family.

By: Alex Michaels