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August Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– August 2013

Aleisha Martin

Aleisha Martin lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Aleisha, or Ali for short, is in the process of completing her externship at Petcetera, a large and successful grooming salon and pet store. She is building her confidence and skill level with each new day at her externship. Aleisha has devoted a lot of time and enthusiasm to her education by working on completing her grooming certification, as well as her dog training certification through ABC. Continue reading

The Story of Max told by Kimberly – Animal Behavior College Employee

 Open Your Heart & Join Us In The Fight to Save Animal Lives


Max, Animal Behavior College, dog rescued named max

This is the story of Animal Behavior College employee Kimberly’s dog, Max.

Max Was Rescued from
the Streets of Georgia

I’m Max and while roaming the streets of Georgia a rescue found me and brought me to California. I had mange, mites, worms, and a double ear infection but my mommy Kimberly adopted me and after a few months, nursed me back to health…now I’m a senior dog living the good life. She said I had won the lottery… but now she says that she did!!  I like to sit in my wagon for long walks and I enjoy relaxing on my own chase lounge when we are camping.

Come Visit Us this weekend Sunday September 15th at Woodley Park in van Nuys, CA for Bestfriends.org – Strut Your Mutt, Save, Adopt and Train shelter dogs. Help raise money for Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org

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 Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– July 2013

Jeff Damon

Jeff Damon - July Student of the Month

Jeff Damon, who started his animal career as a volunteer at shelters, is expanding his knowledge by completing ABC’s grooming program. Jeff lives and works in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. After completing the program’s written stages with honors, Jeff began his hands-on training with mentor Rita McTavish at The Beloved Dog Daycare and Grooming. Jeff is currently working on expanding his already-established dog training and grooming business. Continue reading

July Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2013

Animal Behavior College Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – July 2013

Archie Pate Jr.

Archie Pate - July Veterinary Assistant Student of the Month 2013

Archie Pate Jr. was always very passionate about working with pets and having a career in the animal care industry. He currently has several pets, including a 7-ft. long black dragon water monitor, an 80-lb. sulcata tortoise, and an 8-year old, female, green anaconda. He achieved his goal when he was hired on at his externship site, VCA California Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Murrieta, CA and plans on eventually becoming a licensed veterinary technician. 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

July – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– July 2013

Rebecca Koltz

Rebecca Koltz - July Student of the Month

After Rebecca Koltz completed her nine written stages and practice work, she hit the ground running and started her externship requirements immediately at Circle Kennel Club with owner Steve Schroeder. Rebecca has always had a love for animals and often pet sat for friends and family. She decided to pursue her passion and make an everyday job out of it. Continue reading

ABCDT-L2 Updates – Coming Soon

ABCDT-L2 – Animal Behavior College Dog Training – Level 2

Take a step to further your credentials in Dog training by applying for the ABC Dog Training, Level 2 Certification.

Animal behavior College -Dog Training School Level 2 Certification.

As many of you know, Animal Behavior College is just a few days away from launching the Level 2 Dog Training Certification (ABCDT-L2).  This certification will be available to qualified dog trainers across North America who have met the requisite amount of professional dog training experience and continuing education units. While we definitely appreciate your enthusiasm and interest, please be patient while we are working out the final details. It is our goal to have the website answer all your questions and help you easily navigate through the process of certification. For those of you who would like to get on the email list, please forward your email address, name and contact information to ABCDT-L2info@dawgbiz.net.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. We know you are just as excited as we are about the ABCDT-L2 official launch.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

“Students Saving Lives”

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.

The Humane Society of the United States (May 2013), estimates 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year and approximately 2.7 million of them are euthanized, even though they are considered healthy and adoptable.

It’s been said that one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. At Animal Behavior College (ABC), we do not agree with that and we are doing something to help prevent such wonderful animals from becoming death-row dogs and cats.  

The “Students Saving Lives” program at Animal Behavior College is part of the school’s international campaign to improve shelter dog rehabilitation and adoption. All students in the ABC certified dog trainer instructor program are asked to volunteer at least 10 hours of training time to a local shelter, humane society or rescue organization. Since 2004, more than 7,800 ABC students have donated in excess of 92,000 hours to animal shelters and rescue facilities across North America helping pets find forever homes.

I’d be happy to connect you with actual students within specific geographic areas who are currently saving lives at shelters and rescues. In addition, ABC’s founder and CEO Steven Appelbaum is available to discuss how the “Student Saving Lives” program came together, why it was created, and how the program reduces the amount of animals who become death-row dogs and cats.

Steven, a trainer for 30+ years, is a lecturer, consultant and contributing podcast co-host for “Love that Dog Hollywood.” I will call to follow up in few days.

 

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About ABC: Animal Behavior College was founded in 1998 and the school’s unique structure incorporates a distance-learning and hands-on externship-training model. ABC offers courses for certified dog training, pet grooming and veterinary assistants in all 50 states and every Canadian province, making it the largest vocational school of its kind in North America.   Beginning in January 2013, ABC now offers an onsite classroom program for certified dog training. The second, six-month session began on June 24.