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Animal Behavior College – Dog Training School


At Animal Behavior College our company is built on the belief that together employees and the students of ABC can help save animal lives.

Animal Behavior College began offering Dog Training Certifications in 1998. Our Founder, Steven Appelbaum believed that training dogs can lead to saving their lives. A well trained dog will be more likely to be adopted to a forever home, and less likely to end up in a shelter to begin with. This passion of Loving pets, Adopting them. Spaying or Neutering, and Training pets has been handed down to employees and students of Animal Behavior College for over 14 years. Now over 10,000 dog training graduates across the U.S. and Canada, we are proud of all our ABC Certified Dog Trainers. ABC Dog Trainers save lives. Together we can change the world. If you are interested in becoming a Dog Trainer please contact our Admissions Department at (800) 795-3294.

We are the #1 Dog Training School in North America. Offering Dog Training Certifications, as well as certifications in Dog Grooming and Veterinary Assistance.

All of the dogs, cats, and animals shown in this video were adopted, rescued, or saved by an Animal Behavior College employee.

Animal Behavior College – Dog Training School

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 – Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month– August 2013

Georgianna Traney

Georgiana Traney - August Student of the Month

Georgianna Traney lives in Langhorne, Pa., and is the proud “mom” of a 12-year-old short-haired domestic kitty named Simba. She completed her externship at Flowers Mill Veterinary Hospital, which is also in Langhorne. During her spare time, Georgianna loves to volunteer at her local non-kill shelter, where she helps cats and dogs find a forever homes. She is currently pursuing a full-time career since completing her ABC certification. Georgianna is seriously considering continuing her education to become a veterinary technician. Continue reading

August – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– August 2013

Sara Uhalde

Sara Uhalde - August Grooming Student of the Month

Sara Uhalde lives in Red Bluff, Calif. She began her path toward becoming a professional groomer in May 2012, when she started the grooming program at Animal Behavior College. Sara did very well in her externship and even though she has not graduated yet, she was hired on as a part-time groomer at Rub A Dub Dog Grooming and is loving every minute of it. Continue reading

Cat Management and Training – Continuing Education Program

Cat Management and Training 
Cat Management and Training is a comprehensive continuing education course that is offered online only.  Since cats outnumber dogs in the United States, learning how to manage and treat cat behaviors can be a profitable venture for the pet professional. In this course, you will learn the proper socialization techniques for developing healthy feline-to-human relationships, as well as, feline-to-feline and feline-to-canine interactions.  You will also be taught how to read and interpret feline body language and vocalizations, how to teach basic behavior training (i.e. sit, stay, come), and how to address problem behaviors (i.e. scratching, spraying, howling, etc.). This course also covers teaching “fun” behaviors, such as roll over, tightrope walk and jumping through a hoop. The completion of this course will give you invaluable knowledge necessary to help pet owners and make you a true asset in your chosen animal career.

If you are an ABC graduate interested in learning more about the Cat Management and Training program, please contact us at (800) 795-3294.

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