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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.

 

 

Animal Behavior College Graduation 2013 – Dog Training Certification

ABC Dog Trainer Classroom Program

Monday June 17th, was one of the best days ever for the five students of our On-site ABC Dog Trainer Classroom Program. Why? All five students graduated the program with honors. To be an honors graduate each student is required to obtain above 90% on all the exams taken during the Classroom Program.

ABC is committed to helping its military students with tuition assistance and funding is available for qualified military families. We are proud to announce that four of the five graduates are Veterans of the U.S. military.

The Dog Trainer Classroom Program has the approval to train veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of title 38, United States Code.

Two of the graduates are pictured below, both were happy to tell us why they chose ABC.

Animal Behavior College - Dog Training Program graduate Diana Mogensen.

Animal Behavior College – Dog Training Program graduate Diana Mogensen.

 

Diana Mogensen

Diana has always loved pets and has been rescuing dogs from the streets of Las Vegas, NV for many years. Diana decided to better her skills to train dogs, so that she could train the strays she was saving.

This is what led her to Animal Behavior College Dog Training Program. Diana has been serving in the United States Army Reserves since she was 19. Now 7 years later she is still currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves.

 

 

 

 

Nikole Iudica

Nikole Iudica - Dog Trainer Graduate of the Animal Behavior College On-Site Dog Training Program.

Nikole Iudica – Dog Trainer Graduate of the Animal Behavior College On-Site Dog Training Program.

 

Nikole’s Dog Training career began back when she was a small girl. At the age of 10 her parents give her a certificate good for one Puppy of her choice, but the catch was that she had to prove to her parents she was responsible enough to take care of the dog.

Right away Nikole began reading several books about Dog Training, and she prepared a PowerPoint presentation for her parents. Once her parents could see she was serious and ready for the challenge they took her to adopt an Italian Greyhound mix named Tiny.

Nikole worked with Tiny and trained him each day at home, and while going to retrieve the mail from her mailbox up the street. It didn’t take her very long to teach the dog to sit and follow her commands. As she kept walking Tiny, the neighbors began to take notice of how well trained the dog actually was. Soon many of her neighbors asked Nikole to train their dogs.

It was that moment that she knew that Dog Training was something she was good at, and she loved it. As Nikole grew up and moved out on her own she rescued Cooper, a mix of Rottweiler, American Staffordshire, and English Bulldog, from the Castaic Animal Shelter. While training Cooper at the local dog park, people took notice of how well the dog responded to her and the recall training she had done with him.

The dog park visitors would stop and say what a fine job she was doing. After several suggestions by patrons to become a Professional Dog Trainer, Nikole decided to attend a school for dog trainers at Animal Behavior College. Now a graduate of ABC’s On-site Dog Trainer Classroom Program, Nikole has over 13 years experience training dogs and has been rescuing dogs since 2009. Nikole is now the owner of Pawesome Animal Training located in Santa Clarita Valley. She hopes to continue helping dogs and their owners better communicate.

 

Find out more by watching the event coverage by Studio Santa Clarita.

Animal Behavior College (ABC) is a vocational school that specializes in animal-related career training.

Thinking of a career in Dog Training, Dog Grooming, or Veterinary Assistant?

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