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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

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 (2 of 2)

Congratulations to Sally Eccleston, co-winner of ABC’s Dog Training Video Success Story contest!

Due to health issues, Sally was unable to continue her 35-year painting career. A life-long dog lover, she decided to change to a career where she could work with and maybe even help dogs, especially those with behavioral problems and shelter animals. After considering a variety of job options including opening her own dog walking business, Sally still felt there was a hole in her plan. Then, one night after seeing an Animal Behavior College commercial on TV, she realized that what was missing was knowledge. Continue reading

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

What To Look For In A Dog Trainer

Finding the Right Dog TrainerWhat To Look For In A Dog Trainer

For many people, pets are like their children and they will love them unconditionally, no matter what behavior problems they might have. Dog training is an effective way of breaking your pooch’s bad habits and turning them into good dogs – if you find the right dog trainer. Unfortunately, not everyone who decides to get into animal training does so for the right reasons or has the experience or skills to do an effective job. There are several questions that you should ask before you trust your pet to someone.

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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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