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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  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.

On-Site Dog Training Classroom Program


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On-Site Classroom Dog Training Program

Here are pictures of the ABC Fall 2013 On-Site Dog Training Classroom students working on their studies for stage 3.







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.


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?


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


ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
June 2013

Karin Goerl

Karin Goerl - Animal Behavior College June 2013 Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student of the Month

Dedication is something everyone in the dog training industry understands is necessary to turn their passion for canines into a successful, rewarding career. Karin Goerl, a current ABC student and avid dog lover, has been dedicated to not only training but breeding, grooming and showing dogs since adolescence. Karin, a registered nurse, worked in cardiothoracic heart and lung surgeries, specifically in transplantation, until 2007, when she herself was recipient of a double lung transplant. After that, she could no longer work as an RN due to being immuno-compromised. Having trained her own dogs for 12 years, under the guidance of a trainer, she decided to take up dog training professionally.. Being a licensed RN, Karin understood that certification would make this a much easier transition. This was a major motivation for her enrolling at ABC. Karin continues to work with and receives referrals from new owners and past clients alike in her hometown of Ellwood City, Pa. She’s been featured in several newspapers for her accomplishments. and also conducts school assemblies on dog safety and service dogs. Karin is also the coordinator for her local library’s Therapy Dog Reading Buddies Program. Continue reading

Helping Save Animal Lives in NYC –

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Adopt a Dog, Rescue a Pet, Save a Life of a dog near Bronx, NY. Pet Adoption and Foster Network New York City.

Betina Wassermann is the founder of Unwanted NYC Pets, a 501-C3 non-profit organization. Unwanted NYC Pets team members are determined to help make the world a better place by saving the lives of dogs, who would otherwise be put down if not rescued. Her message: Don’t buy dogs, please adopt them!

Unwanted NYC Pets is operated on 100% volunteer time, using 100% of all donations to pay for care and food for man’s best friend. Its mission extends beyond saving lives into educating anyone and everyone on the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs in Brooklyn, New York and across the U.S.

Betina wants everyone to tell someone they know to please stop buying dogs. Continue reading

June Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013


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

Luke Chang

Luke Chang - June Student of the Month

Luke Chang, a current ABC student, resides in North York, Ontario, Canada. He has two daughters, ages 20 and 23, who he raised on his own. For the past 11 years, Luke has worked at the Mathematical Research Institute at the University of Toronto and plans on retiring from the company in a few years thanks to its excellent retirement package. Upon retirement, Luke wants to move to a smaller city where he should have a better chance at success as an owner of a grooming business. Continue reading

June Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2013


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

Shennandoah Hardesty

Shennandoah Hardesty - June Student of the Month

 Shennandoah Hardesty (she goes by Lizzi) is a very enthusiastic and passionate student who shows great potential in the animal care field. Currently in her externship at Pebble Creek Animal and Bird Hospital, Lizzi was so eager, knowledgeable and dedicated, that she was hired by the hospital during her externship. Lizzi resides in Tampa, Fla., and also bartends on the side. Becoming a veterinary assistant wasn’t her first career choice. Lizzi wanted to be a medical examiner but soon realized she was more passionate about working with animals in a veterinary clinic setting. She grew up with animals and always knew she wanted to work with them to some extent, but wasn’t sure if this was going to be a viable career for her . This changed when Lizzi enrolled in the ABC program. Now employed as a veterinary assistant, she continues to learn about the many different aspects of the veterinary field. Ever curious, Lizzie wants to further her education and one day work with monkeys. She is amazed by the intelligence of these creatures and what they can accomplish. Lizzi’s passion for animals is apparent in her clinic work and schooling at Animal Behavior College. Continue reading

Level 2 Dog Training Certification – Coming in August 2013


Attention All Dog Trainers,

ABCDT-L2 Dog Training Certification

Animal Behavior College Level 2 Dog Training Certification – Coming July 2013

Looking for a way to impress your clients? Animal Behavior College is preparing to launch a Level 2 Dog Training Certification.  You do not need to be a graduate of Animal Behavior College to take this certification examination. We proudly offer this opportunity to all professional dog trainers.

Passing this examination will earn you the right to proudly display the ABCDT-L2 designation proving you have a solid foundation of dog training experience in teaching abilities, learning theory, canine behavior, and more.

Now you can add another notch of credibility on your belt and strut your stuff. The ABCDT-L2 title will showcase your knowledge and experience as a Dog Trainer, and set you apart from the competition.

So, what is required??

  1. You must have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
  2. At least 220 hours as a LEAD Dog Trainer, plus 55 hours of basic dog training experience within the last 5 years.
  3. At least 28 units of continuing education in the dog training field within the last five years (must be in the form of ABC-Approved Education Programs).
  4. A signed copy of the ABC Code of ethics.
  5. Four letters of reference from a:
  • Dog Trainer Client
  • Colleague in the Canine Behavior profession
  • Veterinarian
  • Representative from a Shelter or Rescue that you have volunteered

Each letter should reference your experience in training within the last two years. The Animal Behavior College Level 2 Certification application and exam has a filing fee of $300.

This Level 2 Certification will be coming in August.

June’s Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2013


ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month – June 2013

David Mier

David Mier - Student of the Month - June 2013

ABC student David Mier is actively volunteering and offering his training assistance with the Toronto Humane Society, as well as pursuing his RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) license. Although he has immersed himself in the dog training world, he hasn’t always been involved with it. It wasn’t until 2011when realized that working with dogs was what he really wanted to do with his life. After enrolling in ABC and becoming involved with the Toronto Humane Society, he realized the good that can come from assisting with the basic training of the shelter dogs. He plans to continue doing so to get more experience dealing with shelter and/or behaviorally troubled dogs.

  • Where do you live and train now?

I live and train in Toronto, Ontario, and used to work for the Ontario provincial government doing title searching and mapping of the province’s land records (world’s largest automation project).

  • What did you do before you became a trainer and what prompted you to become a dog trainer?

Once the project was completed in early 2011, I was part of a group that was laid-off, however, we received a good severance package. So, I flew off to Norway to go hiking and think about what I wanted to do with my life. While sitting at the top of a waterfall in the Norwegian fjords, I decided I wanted to work with and toward something I love. I was also thinking how my Akita, Lola, would have loved to be on that hike with me. I then decided I wanted to work with dogs and animals, and remembered how so many people always commented on how well-behaved my 100-lb. Akita was.  It then dawned on me that the dog world came naturally to me and that this is what I really wanted to do with my life.

  • How long have you been training? Do you specialize in particular type of training or in training a particular breed of dog?

I currently am doing basic obedience or “good manner” training, but I also take on cases with extreme behavioral problems, such as aggression, hyperactive behavior, etc. I do prefer to work with large and powerful breeds, such as Akitas, shepherds, etc., as they are often prejudged and misunderstood when they have the potential to be such big and friendly family members or sidekicks.

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

My experience in the dog obedience program has been very rewarding in terms of the knowledge I’ve gained and the intensity and challenge of this program. I was not expecting so many exams, especially a 26-page exam. I was thrilled when my lowest mark was an 85 and my highest was a 96 and overall I averaged 91 percent.

  • Which dog breed best describes you and why?

I think the Akita breed best describes me as I am a well-built Viking-looking guy with lots of tattoos and people often misjudge me and are intimidated. However, like the Akita, I can be such a gentle giant just looking for some quality time to spend with my pack of friends and family.

By: Alex Michaels