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Dog Obedience Training Program Graduates 2013

Animal Behavior College
Dog Obedience Training Program
On-Site Dog Obedience Training Program
Graduates 2013

This is the second on-site classroom of dog obedience trainers who graduated from Animal Behavior College. Every one of the 10 graduate dog trainers is a U.S. veteran who fought for and served our country overseas. Many of the students have given up time away from their families to complete the on-site classroom Dog Training Certification during the last 6 months.

Each and every student, along with their instructor Beth Harrison (A Paw Above Dog Training), participated in the Best Friends Animal Society “Strut Your Mutt” event. Together, spearheaded by Jackie and her classmate Hailey Ulrich, the students were able to raise over $1,200 to donate to BestFriends.org. The entire class spent a minimum of one day per week for the last 6 months volunteering at Best Friends A.S. in Mission Hills, Calif. The students held numerous play groups with the shelter dogs. They also worked with the dogs in terms of training, socialization and behavior. Many of the students went above and beyond their duties, assisting Mike Harmon and the staff at Best Friends in cleaning the kennels.

Jackie had read a poem that Animal Behavior College shared on Facebook a few weeks ago, and she decided she was going to write her own poem to share at graduation.

The Untrained Human
Poem by Jackie McKenzie

We saw the puppy in a happy pet store.
I said I’d have to have it, and I wanted nothing more.
The first day home we played and played.
And, I laughed at the little poo-pooh the puppy made.

We allowed the pup a care-free life to run the house and chew everything in sight.
It’s so cute to see my old sheets in shreds, the puppy is even allowed in my bed.

But then something happened, it grew so big; and now it’s poops are larger than a pig.

My couch is now gone, along with the rug.

What happened to that cute little game we called tug?

I got this number from a friend at the store, she said call this trainer, they’re a dog trainer galore. They went to a school that can train any fool.

That’s right, we went to ABC (Animal Behavior College), a place that loves dogs, and had the education to fix any wrongs.

Now let’s go handle the untrained human one dog at a time.

Jackie also left the fellow graduates with some words of encouragement.

“Go forth and save dogs, my fellow classmates. Let your training never fail you. Dog Trainers always remember, Why, How, Show, Try…l’chaim.”

We wish all the graduates of the On-site Dog Obedience Training program a wonderful, happy and successful career as Dog Trainers.

Find out more about Jackie and the work she and fellow students did helping shelter dogs at Best Friends Animal Society: http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/blog/animal-behavior-college-student-loves-animals-best-friends-animal-society-volunteer/

Watch the entire ceremony: School for Dog Trainers

Animal Behavior College Dog Training School

Animal Behavior College Employees Open Their Hearts

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

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?

Visit: http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/

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.

ABC Dog Training Students Lend A Helping Hand

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, located north of Los Angeles, CA.

Animal Behavior College Students lend a helping hand by donating their time and skills to help train the dogs at a local Los Angeles Animal Shelter. Best Friends Animal Society is located just north of Los Angeles in Mission Hills, CA.

The Best Friends Animal Society has over 250 dogs on site and enjoys having a close relationship with Dog Training facilities who can lend a helping hand.  Best Friends Animal Society Manager, Mike Harmon said “Since we opened this facility last year, we’ve wanted to work with dog training schools as a way to have … a regular source of trainers.”

Dog Trainers

One benefit to the students helping to train dogs at the Best Friends Animal Society is having a well established, proper facility to complete the 10 hours of volunteer time,  for the Dog Training Certification Program.

Our friends at Best Friends are fantastic and we would like to extend a special thanks for opening the doors to our Dog Trainer Classroom Program Students, for what seems to be a win-win, for our students and the Best Friends facility.

Great job students! Thanks for going that extra step to make the visits during the semester, a wonderful experience for the dogs, and for Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, CA – Mission Hills CA

Why Training a Cat Differs from Dog Training

Can Cats be Trained?

Can you train a Cat? Cat Training versus Dog Training and what to know if you want to train a cat

Can Cats be Trained? Why training a cat slightly differs from dog training. Written by Steven Appelbaum – guest blog post on waycoolcats.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

They sure can. Anyone who owns a cat knows that they are intelligent, inquisitive beings.

Most people associate obedience training with terms that include stay, heel, come, down etc. However, obedience training is only one type of training.

While that might seem obvious to some, it is at the core of every successful training program. Cats might find different things rewarding to them than dogs but that doesn’t mean they can’t be rewarded and can’t learn. Instead of a scratch behind the ear or tossing a stick, both of which will send the typical Golden Retriever into bliss yet earn you a blank stare or contempt with many cats, try a catnip toy or a delectable treat.

What to Know About Cat Training

Read more: http://waycoolcats.com/can-cats-be-trained/

Taking the time to train a cat involves a future of companionship, friendship, excellent behavior and many long happy years together.

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Cat Training Tips by Dog Training expert Steven Appelbaum

Dog Training Success Story Winner (1 of 2)

Congratulations Shaunee! ABC’s Success Story Contest Co-Winner


At Animal Behavior College, we hear a lot of success stories from our enrolled students and graduates. The wonderful testimonies are always a treat for us to hear and are great reminders to all of us here at ABC that the lives of people and animals are bettered because of our programs.

Our most recent contest asked for ABC students (past and present) to submit video testimonies of “success stories”. We had TWO winners that won the contest. Continue reading

Dog Training Tips from the Leading Dog Training School

Understanding the Importance of Dog Obedience Training

Importance of Dog Obedience Training

Many pet owners never attend a dog training school or even a dog obedience class with their pet, and end up with a dog who isn’t well trained or obedient. Part of the problem lies with how pet owners perceive their pets; many dog lovers treat their pets like humans. Although we like to think of our dogs as having human personalities, this is a mistake when you’re training your dog.

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