Dog Obedience Training Program
ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
Kelli Parker lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with her two pit bulls, Krush and Sasha. She is currently putting a business together called “Bully Brigade and All.” Kelli also started “The Pretty Chic with the Pits,” which is an advocacy group for pit bull breeds. She is currently working part time as a dog trainer with her training mentor. Once Kelli has honed all of her training techniques she plans to train full time.
- How did you hear about ABC the program?
While I was on the Internet, an advertisement appeared asking if I wanted to work with pit bulls? I called the number and spoke with SueAnn; after which I conducted researched and found Tonia Woods (who later became my mentor) to get her view of the program. After speaking with Tonia, my confidence in ABC grew. The curriculum kept me interested and taught me how to communicate with my dogs and dogs in general.
- When did you know you wanted to become a dog trainer?
After adopting my second pit bull (Krush), I realized I wanted to work with dogs (primarily pit bulls). Due to the bad rap they have and after interacting—fostering, rescuing and, of course, adopting pit bulls—it was clear where my interests lay.
- How long have you been training for?
I have been training for about 9 months. I retrained my pit bull and have worked with other dogs.
- When did you know that you’d be a successful dog trainer?
I knew I’d a successful dog trainer after training a friend’s 2-year -old pit bull and a family dog named Double D, an unbalanced 2-year-old Akita who’s now a well-behaved, balanced and much-loved family pet.
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month
Shelly Korobanik is an achiever. After suffering a brain aneurysm in 2006, she bounced back and ran a marathon only four months later. In September 2011, Shelly combined her love of fitness and dogs, and began her canine fitness business Pooch Partners® in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. In 2012, she decided to become an ABC certified trainer in order to offer more obedience training services to her clients. Shelly excelled in the ABC program, completing her book stages at a record pace and graduating with honors. Continue reading
ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
Hailing from Kirkwood, Mo, Mike Ryan is proud to call himself an ABC graduate. Having grown up with all sorts of creatures—from dogs to chickens and even a monkey—Mike entered the ABC program with an understanding and love of all animals. In particular, his 10-plus years breeding German shepherds gave him a special connection with dogs. Like many of our students, Mike spent most of his life in other careers, first in the military and then pouring concrete, until he made the decision to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a dog trainer. He found ABC online and doesn’t regret the decision to enroll. He really appreciated the staff’s desire to go above and beyond in explaining a concept or assisting him with any questions. Continue reading
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– March 2013
Cindy VanFrankfoort, of Peterborough, Ontario Canada, has worked in the veterinary field for 23 years as an office manager, and is involved in competitive Flyball. She also assists with puppy classes and volunteers at the local humane society. Cindy enjoyed teaching beginner Flyball training so much, she looked into dog training and found Animal Behavior College. The program sounded very interesting to her since it covered topics Cindy was interested in. Continue reading
ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – March 2013
Debbie Gravitt lives in Galva, Ill., a small town of 2,300 people. She teaches dog training at the Marquis Pet Resort and Spa in Bishop Hill, a neighboring town about 8 miles away. Debbie worked for a veterinary clinic and after taking her puppy through a training class there, she fell in love with the training aspect. She still works part time for the veterinary clinic and also does part-time work for the resort in its daycare room. Continue reading
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– February 2013
After a stint in the military as a motor vehicle driver, Sheena Hnatuk returned to her hometown of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada, where she works as an assistant manager at Shoppers Drug Mart. Wanting a career that provided an income as well as personal fulfillment, Sheena enrolled in ABC and became a certified trainer. Sheena is currently giving private-lessons and is looking forward to building her clientele and being able to work full time as a dog trainer. Continue reading
ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – February 2013
Seth Moffatt lives in Lebannon; Tenn., and has been training on his own for about 6 months since he graduated from Animal Behavior College as a Certified Trainer.. Seth teaches basic obedience classes and works with clients on problem-solving issues. Continue reading
ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – January 2013
Zenith “Beirne” Beaty
Zenith “Beirne” Beaty, a Cleveland resident, is currently interning at Play Dog Excellent! with dog trainers Nancy Miller and Julie Jones-Thornton. She’s been involved with Institutional Advancement for higher education for the past 30 years and started working with the rescue Cleveland for a No Kill City as a foster mom, temperament assessor and transportation coordinator. Later, Beirne became a short-term hospice foster for older dogs, turning some of their lives around and finding them forever homes. Beirne is planning to offer dog training classes that emphasize positive reinforcement methods for the rescue’s foster families. Continue reading
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– January 2013
Diane Stene, a resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, is a now-retired pharmaceutical representative specializing in women’s health. Her love of dogs combined with her volunteer work at the animal shelter prompted Diane to pursue a second career in dog obedience training.
Now that Diane has completed her final exams, she is ready for the next step: starting her own dog consulting company. She plans to help first-time dog owners with choosing the right dog, preparing their home, housebreaking and initial training.. Diane will continue to be involved with her local animal shelter, volunteering her training knowledge on a regular basis. She’s glad to have completed the ABC Certification and feels that the program supplied so much needed support and assistance. This coupled with her mentor trainer’s guidance has given her the confidence and hands-on experience she needed to become a successful dog trainer within the industry. Continue reading