National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Shelter dogs and cats deserve a forever home. By adopting or fostering a shelter pet, you are saving an animal’s life. Even if you can’t adopt a new pet, there are several great ways you can help save a dog or cat who is currently living in a shelter.
Use Social Media to Raise Awareness
Share with your friends and followers that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. By doing so you become a part of the saving lives formula. Help raise awareness by using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, 4square, Tumblr, and Instagram. Consider using #hastags such as #welovedogs, #savedogs, #fosterdogs, #traindogs, and #dogs in your posts. This helps them be found by people searching for industry-related articles on social networking trend walls and blogs, as well as RSS feeds.
Volunteer to Train Shelter Dogs
At Animal Behavior College (ABC), our students and employees have been training shelter dogs since 1998. It is a fact that a trained dog in a shelter is far more likely to be adopted then one who has not had behavioral training. Since 2004, ABC’s dog training students have collectively donated more than 93,000 hours to animal shelters. This program is called Students Saving Lives. The success has been revolutionary in the fight to save animal lives.
Read more about Students Saving Lives.
Animal Behavior College also offers a Continuing Education Program called Training Shelter Dogs. This program is a great way to help certified dog trainers establish themselves in the dog training industry while doing their part in assisting shelter dogs by providing the behavioral training they need.
Foster Pets from Shelters like, Best Friends or Unwanted NYC Pets
If you love pets but aren’t ready to adopt, opening your home as a foster parent is a great way to help out. Many foster programs make it as easy as possible, giving you the support you need. Here’s how it works:
You provide a temporary place to crash, water, exercise and love.
You receive food and supplies, veterinary care, any support and guidance you need, endless love from your foster pet, and the satisfaction of helping an animal in need.
Best Friends will work with you to find the best match possible for your home and lifestyle. If at any point the foster situation is not working out, Best Friends will take the animal back into its care and find another that will work for you.
Take the Pledge
Join the more than 100,000 people who have already taken the “No Pet Store Puppies” pledge to help fight puppy mill cruelty by refusing to buy anything—including food, supplies or toys—at pet stores and from websites that sell puppies.
Animal Shelters & Rescues in the U.S.
Best Friends – BestFriends.org
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national nonprofit animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement for more than 30 years, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals (at its headquarters), regional centers in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New York, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country.
Did you know that more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed each day in America’s shelters? More than 4 million lives are lost each year simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home. These pets deserve to be saved. At Best Friends Animal Society, they believe no animals should have to die in shelters when solutions exist to save them—solutions like adopting, fostering, spaying/neutering and Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR).
Unwanted NYC Pets - UnwantedNYCpets.org
Unwanted New York City Pets or Unwanted NYC Pets is spearheaded by Betina Wasserman and her team of close knit animal confidants. Together they rescue pets from the kill list and save dogs and cats from all across New York City’s Tri-borough area. Betina is also the founder of Unwanted NYC Pets, a 501-C3 non-profit organization. The Unwanted NYC Pets team is determined to help make the world a better place by saving the lives of dogs, who would otherwise be put down if not rescued. Betina’s message: Don’t buy dogs, please adopt them! Read More
Animal Shelters & Rescues in Canada
Animal Rescue and Outreach Society (AROS) is a charitable, non-profit organization serving the Alberta Capital Region. Their mission is to rescue and rehabilitate displaced pets, and to provide education and support to pet owners.
Learn more about Animal Rescue and Outreach Society
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.
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’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?
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.”
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
Nothing is more rewarding for a dog than to receive a dog treat he enjoys. With this in mind, it’s important you choose the right dog training treats. The more desirable the treat is, the likelier your dog obeys your commands.
Like other rewards, treats can be incorporated into a valuable training regimen, but they can also be abused. It is important to know the best usage and type of treat that can benefit your dog training and yield the best results.
There are multiple reasons people want to own a dog. Animal Behavior College, an expert in teaching others how to become a dog trainer, prides itself in providing general information on pet care and ownership. They know some folks want a dog for security reasons. For others, it may have been a life-long dream that they are now ready to act on. Sometimes, it’s children that spur the impulse. Whatever the reason, ABC offers useful tips to consider when it comes to dog ownership. Continue reading
Dog Adoption Tips
Having a dog can be an exciting addition to your life and home. Yet, how to choose a dog can be a challenge. Even people who become a dog trainer or have an interest in animal careers understand the type of dog, a breed’s unique characteristics and the location to buy a dog can be a daunting task. Animal Behavior College provides valuable tools that can help the process so your adoption experience becomes a responsible and gratifying one. Continue reading
How to Get a Dog to Stop Barking
Wondering how to stop your dog from barking? Dog training school Animal Behavior College understands the challenges faced when teaching a dog to stop barking. Many dog owners experience their dogs barking at inappropriate times. ABC’s certified dog trainers offer tips on how to get a dog to stop barking. Continue reading
Shake a Paw
Dog trainer schools, like Animal Behavior College, that promote the well-being of your pooch love to pass on fun dog training tips as well as essential ones. Teaching your dog how to shake hands or the “give me your paw’” trick is a great way to keep the fun going.
A great way to teach this fun trick is to capture the behavior, reward it and then name it. Since most dogs will paw you to get your attention, it is easy to catch the behavior.
Here is a simple way to teach the “shake” cue. Continue reading
Tricks to Teach Your Dog
Teaching your pooch to roll over is a fun trick to practice, but it can also be a gateway cue for additional training like teaching your dog to stay. Since many cues build upon other cues, teaching your dog as many cues as possible can offer good exercise while building a ladder to other training. Roll over is just such a gateway cue.
Below are the steps to training your pup to roll over: Continue reading
Teaching a Dog to Stay
Many pet owners love to enjoy the outdoors with their pets. For some, this can be challenging if your dog has not mastered the stay cue. Whether you are at a social outing, a dog park or any other public location, you will want to train your dog to stay when confronted with increased distractions.
The stay cue is a great exercise to increase your dog’s capacity to tolerate distractions, building his attention span while increasing his focus and response to you. As with all learning cues, repetition is important until the cue is successfully learned. Continue reading