Animal Behavior College Blog

Where Animal Lovers Pursue Animal Careers

May Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month

May 2013

Rene Dupuis Rene Dupis - May Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

Rene Dupuis lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It would be an understatement to say that he was into dogs. Prior to enrolling with ABC, Rene was working as a pet sitter and dog walker. He also worked at a kennel, and performed volunteer  dog walking for the Kingston Humane Society. Rene decided to become a dog trainer for two reasons: his love for animals and a dog he once owned that he never gave up on even though it had behavior issues.

  • How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?

I found ABC online while searching for schools. I decided to become a certified dog trainer because I wanted to learn the proper way to train a dog, which would give me more confidence in myself and my skills. Doing so also gives the customer more confidence in me and my abilities, knowing that I have actually studied and learned instead of just winging it.

  • What was your experience like in the ABC Dog Obedience Program?

Overall, I found the ABC Dog Training Program to be a very positive one. I learned a lot of new information and reinforced many things I already knew. The staff is friendly and very helpful.

  • How has your experience been since becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer?

As a certified trainer I am even more aware of dogs and their owners and how they interact with each other, and with other people and their dogs. If I see what might be considered a problem, I immediately start trying to figure out how to fix or correct it. I am also a little more critical of myself and my dog.

  • What are your future plans as a dog trainer?

Once I finish my education I would like to offer both group and private classes if possible, as well as work with shelter dogs. I would like to get into behavior work, too, specifically aggression-based problems. Since I live in Kingston, (Penn Town) I would also like to implement a Prison Puppy Program.

May – Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
May 2013

Kelli Parker

Kelli Parker, May 2013 Dog Obedience Instructor 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.

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.

“Outdoor Pet Weekend” Recap

 

 

 

The weather is warm and the sun is shining more than ever. There’s no better time to head outdoors with your pooch to enjoy what nature has to offer. Listed here are all the tips and guides we recently posted about how to get the most out of your sunshine time with your dog. Continue reading

April Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month

April 2013

Shelly Korobanik

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

April’s Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013

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

Shawntel Heidebrecht

Shawntel Heidebrecht - April Grooming Canadian Student of the Month 2013

Shawntel Heidebrecht, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, currently works along side her ABC Mentor at the Kingston Mills Veterinary Hospital, where she grooms all types of dogs and cats. Shawntel also hones her skills at home by offering grooming and bathing services to her friends, neighbors and family’s pets. After completing her ABC schooling, she plans to open an in-home grooming business.

  • What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?

My dogs, of course; one in particular is my rescue puppy, Angel. She is the true love of my life ever since I first set my eyes on hers— but don’t tell my husband. Angel came into our family a little more than four years ago and she was in the worst possible condition. Being a puppy mill dog, she was pretty on the outside but sick on the inside. My favorite days were when she came home from the groomers; she would act 10 years younger for the whole week. I wanted to make her feel that way forever and make others feel the same way.

  • How long have you been grooming?

I have been grooming my own dogs for a little more than two years. Animals have always been a passion in my life, even before I considered making it a career. I have been working with my ABC Mentor for two or three months. I love every minute of it and the hours just seem to be flying by.

  • When and how did you know that you’d be a success in the pet industry?

I will never truly know until I have learned everything there is to know and more—and since grooming never stops changing, neither will my learning. How does one define success? If I make a dog look great and the owners smile from ear to ear, then I know I’ve done an awesome job. To me that is success; beginner or experienced, we can all be successes.

  • What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

Although I love working in an animal hospital because I am exposed to so much, it is sometimes hard to see dogs in horrible conditions. This is very tough for me. I do get to groom several pets, and I hope I make each one feel at least a tiny bit better.

  • What knowledge and experiences have you gained from becoming an ABC certified pet groomer?

Working alongside vet techs has given me a lot more knowledge than I would have received if I was working at one of the larger chains. Not only am I learning the skills of my trade, I am getting to see what really goes on behind closed doors.

April’s Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– April 2013

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez - April's grooming program student of the month

Blake Hernandez lives in San Francisco, where he works full time as head groomer at a local grooming shop. Blake has been grooming for about 2½ months since his externship. He offers many different services, including cat grooming. His future plans are to become a certified master groomer and open up his own shop, as well as become a breeder.

  • Was grooming your first choice for a career?

No, I originally wanted to be a gemologist and jeweler. However, every time the thought of working with animals came to mind, I always thought of grooming.

  • What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?

My dog Fiona; she is a fifth- generation AKC-registered lab. Her mama passed when she was only three weeks old, so I took her in and bottle and spoon fed her until she was old enough. Then that’s when the nail painting started, and I think it all snowballed from there.

  • When and how did you know that you’d be a success in the pet industry?

When people gush over how beautiful I make their dogs look.

  • What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

His name was Cheetoh and he was a crazy 6-lb. mix breed that just needed a puppy cut, but was so squirmy and tiny I thought I was going to breakdown and cry. Thankfully, I was still in my externship and my mentor helped me through it.

  • If you could style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?

President Obama, because he has a dog who gets national attention, and I want national attention as a groomer.