Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
Tanisha Shea Hasson
As a registered veterinary technician, Tanisha Shea Hasson was used to working with animals while they were under anesthesia on an operating table. However, it became clear to her that she preferred working with animals while they were awake and well, which ignited her interest in dog training. Tanisha began searching online for different programs and decided that Animal Behavior College best suited her needs; as it would afford her the flexibility to continue working while completing the program. After successfully completing the Dog Obedience Program, she has since gone on to launch her own business, Pet Pro Services. While dog training is the main service she offers, she hopes to expand her business to include grooming, pet-sitting, dog walking and cat behavior modification. Even as her business continues to grow, Tanisha still makes time to volunteer at her local shelter, helping homeless dogs become more adoptable.
Where do you live and train now?
I live and train in London, Ontario. I currently train part-time, but I am looking to expand my business and start training more.
What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
There were a couple of body postures that I was originally performing incorrectly. I just made sure that I listened closely to my mentor’s instructions, and practiced them until I had them down correctly.
During your volunteer hours, describe one pet story that touched you the most.
There was a dog at the shelter who was extremely stressed out. She had been there for quite a while. As I worked more with her, she really began to show her true colors. She was smart, attentive and eager to learn. I was able to help draw those qualities out of her, and she was adopted later that week.
How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I found out about the program online while researching about dog training. I am a firm believer in continuing education, and the flexibility of the ABC program gave me the ability to continue working while I studied. I wanted to earn my certificate in order to achieve the level of professionalism I feel is important when starting your own business.
Which dog breed best describes you and why?
I would say that I am like a Husky/Lab mix. I like my independence yet I am friendly and outgoing.