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Shooting ABC’s New TV Commercial

From a cool, green park perfect for pet romping to the warm, friendly surroundings of a professional veterinary clinic, Animal Behavior College’s new television commercial will cover relevant and appropriate ground.

Director of Photography Rob Archer and cast prepare to shoot a scene.

Yesterday, our company spent most of a Sunday shooting scenes for new TV commercials. Staff members, students, alumni and company friends all came out to help, have fun and show off their Furry Friends. We’ll be releasing behind-the-scenes photos and videos over the coming weeks to give an idea of what to look for. We’ll also give dates for when to keep an eye out for this project on your favorite TV shows. Continue reading

ABC Founder & CEO On San Diego TV

Our school started as the germ of an idea in the head of one man: Steve Appelbaum. Steve took his love of dogs, his ability to train them and a whole lot of gumption and turned them into Animal Behavior College, the largest animal career vocational school of its kind in North America.

The creation of  ABC was full of twists and unexpected turns. You can read that story here. Fully realizing the love and concern that all pet owners have for their Furry Friends, Steve established his business on a specific set of training principles that he devised with business partner Debbie Kendrick. Read those training principles here. Below, see Steve give a lecture to ABC students about the in’s and out’s of creating their own pet businesses.

On Wednesday, July 25, Steve will be on live television in San Diego: KUSI/TV 51′s “Good Morning San Diego.” Steve is guesting in two segments: first, he’ll talk about tuition options for military spouses; next, he’ll discuss summer safety tips for your dog.

Steve’s got more appearances coming up. We’ll keep you posted as they get close. Tell your friends and family — your school is growing and we’re getting the word out! (Video soon to follow!)

Pooling Resources: Canine Water Safety

Not All Dogs Know How To Swim

Romping in pools, lakes and the ocean is a perfectly natural thing for some dog breeds. Be aware, though, that there are breeds that don’t — or CAN’T — swim. As cute as the video below might be, dog water safety is not to be taken lightly. If you’re unsure about your dog’s natural swimming ability, click here to read our tips on introducing your dog to water properly and to find out which dogs may be safest kept OUT of the water.

“Swimming’s Not So Tough!”

Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together?

Extinguishing Danger: Fire Safety For Pets

We hear stories all the time about family pets saving their owners from life-threatening emergencies. The video below shows how one lucky man was saved by his 3 dogs who woke him from a deep sleep before it was too late.

Sadly, nearly half a million pets a year are lost to house fires. Lots of people have fire safety plans for their families… but these plans don’t always include contingencies for their pets. The good news is that, with a little planning, pet owners CAN better protect their Furry Friends should the unthinkable happen. Click here to read our tips on Fire Safety for Pets.

Dogs Save Their Owner From Fire

Microchipping Your Pet

It happened in an instant. The gardener left the gate open and the family dog was lost. TWO years later and more than 3,000 miles away, someone clear across the United States positively identifies this lost dog by its microchip and successfully reunites him with his concerned family. An “amazing journey” in real life! Click the video below to watch this astonishing story.

Thankfully, stories like this are becoming more common because of microchipping: a system that combines technology and old fashioned database management to help lost pets of all kinds to be returned to their worried families. Is your pet microchipped? And equally as important, is your contact information current in the system? Click to read our guide. And, if necessary, call your vet and update your contact info today!

DOGGY FlashMOB!

Flashmob (as defined here on Dictionary.com)

“a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration”

Flashmobs are a really fun event to watch or be involved in. Whether you are a participant in the “Mob” or simply happen to be at a location where a flashmob dance event erupts, its quite amazing to experience and always sure to bring smiles.

It seems that a few talented canines and their owners who found a great way to do a Doggy Flashmob and entertain a few lucky people who happen to be where the event occurred.

How Can Dogs Do A Flashmob? Watch Here!

Mmmmm… I wonder if anyone could ever get a bunch of cats and their owners to a “Catmob”?

Twilight Dog: Play Dead… Come Back to Life!

Dogs Do Dramatic “Play Dead” Tricks – “BANG!”

Of all the dog tricks that entertain owners, dogs and onlookers alike, one of the most fun is the ‘ol “Bang! Play Dead” trick. It’s fun to teach, to do, and can be a really great trick to strengthen the bond between you and your pooch. Some dogs may take a while to learn it, so be ready to be patient.  The end result will be well worth it when your dog realizes they got it right! For tips on “How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead”, click here!

This Performance is “Red Carpet” Worthy!


Is your dog’s performance of this trick “dramatic?” Tell us about it in the comments below!

Shakin’ All Over!

“Shake My Paw? Why Can’t I Just Lick Your Face?”

If you have a dog that knows how to “shake paw,” chances are good that you’re pretty darn proud of what your Furry Friend can accomplish. This video is a great example of how much fun it can be to teach your dog to shake paw. Listen closely to how much Sammy’s human is enjoying the process and you won’t be able to help but smile!

Sammy Might Not Be Perfect, BUT HE SURE IS CUTE!!

If this is something you’d like to work on with your dog, check out our article on “Teaching Your Dog to Shake Paw”. A little patience, consistency, and a lot of positive reinforcement can go a long way towards teaching the friendly art of the paw shake!