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The ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training Written by ABC President, Steve Appelbaum
January 2003

In December 2003, Howell Book House, an imprint of Wiley Publications, published Steve Appelbaum's first book, The ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training. Over the next year, this book has sold almost 19,000 copies. It is obtainable through, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Petco. It has also been nominated for an award by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Click here to purchase.


Continuing Education Program Approved for CPDT Credits
January 2009

All six of ABC’s Continuing Education Programs have been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for 21 CEU credits toward CPDT re-certification.”


Atomic Dog Radio

December 2011

ABC graduate Jillian Boyd and her mentor trainer Russ Avison interview ABC president, Steve Appelbaum.  He discusses how training saves shelter dogs, to gift or not to gift an animal as a present, and tips for stopping dogs from begging at the table.

The Pet Place Radio
October 2011
Tips for Bringing Shelter Dogs into the Home:  Steve Appelbaum, ABC President, discusses important information to help pet owners and their new companions create a life-long bond.

How to keep your Dog, your Child and Yourself Safe at the Dog Park:  Valuable tips are offered by Steve Appelbaum, ABC President, to help ensure a fun and safe day at the park for dogs and their owners.

Students Saving Lives: Debbie Kendrick, ABC Vice President, is interviewed about ABC's successful volunteer program that is helping to stem the tide of homeless animals in North America.

Teacher's Pet Podcast interview
Pet Life Radio
September 2011
The MyCAA military spouse free tuition program, Students Saving Lives and viable pet careers in this down turn economy are discussed by ABC President Steve Appelbaum and host Nan Talleno, ABC Certified Dog Trainer.

Hawaii Public Radio
June 2011
ABC student and military spouse Lynn Smith is interviewed about the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) which has provided free tuition for her Certified Dog Trainer program.

Pet Me!
May 2013

The article highlights ABC's new Dog Trainer On-site Program that will start on June 24th. Students can choose to take the certified course in a personal classroom setting, full time and complete the course in approximately 5 months. The class will take place at the company's Santa Clarita corporate headquarters.


Six-Figure Pet Business Academy
March 2013

Kristin Morrison, pet business success coach, author, and founder of the Six-Figure Pet Business Academy™ interviewed Steven Appelbaum for her blog on her website: Steven discussed the courses at ABC and what inspired him to start the successful animal career vocational school.


The Pet Press
March 2013

ABC's Certified Dog Training program is now available in a personalized classroom setting at the Santa Clarita company headquarters. The new session starts June 24, 2013. Funding is also available for qualified military families.


Atomic Dog Radio
February 2013

Steven Appelbaum was interviewed by Jillian Boyd who is an ABC dog training graduate. They talked about positive ways to introduce your dog to a new "significant other" relationship, tips to help your dog overcome car sickness, and car harnesses for canines -- are they really safe?


Leader of the Pack
January 2013

Susan Herbert and Mark German interviewed Steven Appelbaum on their podcast program. They discussed the importance of creating a business plan for pet industry professions, and the Students Saving Lives program and Cat Management and Training Continuing Education Program at ABC.


Home Business magazine
January 2013

This article discusses Steven Appelbaum's unique combination of expertise and entrepreneurial vision which led him to create his second successful business, Animal Behavior College. The college is the largest animal career vocational school of its kind in North America!


San Fernando Valley Business Journal
December 2012

ABC's president Steve Appelbaum is interviewed about the advantages of the home learning, hands on training curriculum at Animal Behavior College. ABC's vocational training programs for certified dog training, pet grooming and veterinary assistants successfully bridge virtual and real world learning.


Army Wife Talk Radio
December 2012

Steven Appelbaum, ABC president and founder talks with host Paula Swanson about how military spouses have a unique opportunity to qualify for free tuition at ABC for associate’s degrees, career certificates and licensing programs through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), sponsored by the Department of Defense.


Santa Clarita Living magazine
November 2012

Cover story! ABC's new Certified Dog Training Classroom personalized program in Santa Clarita, CA starting in January, 2013 is highlighted in this article. Military education benefits are also available for qualified students and their families.


Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch
October 2012

Dawn Schweisgut, ABC honors Certified Veterinary Assistant graduate, was honored by President Obama's Council on Service and Civic Participation! A project idea she created inspired the renovation of the Center for Animal Health and Welfare animal shelter in Easton, PA where she continues to volunteer!


SCV Television
October 2012

ABC president Steven Appelbaum was interviewed by Tami Edwards and Dave Caldwell about the career opportunities at ABC. Steve also discussed the local dog training course that will be starting in January 2013 at the company corporate offices in Santa Clarita. The show aired 9 times over 3 days.


Pet Connections AM950 Radio KTNF - Minneapolis
October 2012

Host Cathy Menard talks with Steve Appelbaum about how Animal Behavior College provides options in the pet industry for people to start a new career or change careers that specialize in helping and working with animals.


New Castle Courier Times
September 2012

ABC military spouse Shelly Tarr is a dog training and veterinary assistant graduate. She is using the knowledge she gained from her courses in a very unique way. Shelly works with horses and she is the stable manager for the Military Department of the Indiana Ceremonial Unit Caisson Platoon, in Knightstown, Indiana!


Living Better with Laura Smith
August 2012

Steven Appelbaum, ABC president, interviewed with Laura Smith for one hour, talking about ABC's unique programs including the hands-on, home learning courses for certified dog training, pet grooming and veterinary assistants!


"Scratchin' Post" Hooah Radio
August 2012

Military spouses may qualify for free tuition at ABC through the MyCAA program. Steven Appelbaum interviewed with "DJ Kitty" and discussed the advantages of ABC's flexible home-learning curriculum. Students study at their own pace and can continue their education seamlessly even if they relocate during their course.


Fox 10 News - Phoenix, Arizona
August 2012

Lisa Maldonado is an ABC dog training graduate and mentor trainer. She teaches Canine Pool Safety and Exercise Training to help save animals lives. Over 5,000 pets drown in pools every year, and Lisa trains dogs to swim, and find the pool steps so they can safely get out of the water.


Ahwatukee Foothills News
July 2012

Front page story! Article showcases ABC's self-paced, hands on training courses for certified dog trainers, pet groomers and veterinary assistants.


Ahwatukee Foothills News
July 2012

Canine Pool Safety - Lisa Maldonado, ABC dog training graduate and mentor trainer is interviewed about the importance of training dogs to swim and find the pool steps to help prevent drowning accidents.


Good Morning San Diego - KUSI TV
July 2012

Steven Appelbaum, military spouse Jessica Koester, and ABC mentor trainer Jamie Bozzi appeared on a "live" broadcast of Good Morning San Diego. Jessica talked about how the the MyCAA program which provides free tuition for qualified military spouses helped her achieve her dream of becoming a certified dog trainer. Steven also talked about the importance of training dogs to swim and canine pool safety.


Ahwatukee Foothills News
June 2012

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat month and Steve Appelbaum is interviewed about ABC's Cat Management and Training Continuing Education Program (CEP). It is helping to create a national awareness about the trainability of our feline friends.


Bryant & Stratton College
May 2012

Steven Appelbaum, president of Animal Behavior College offers tips to help pets reconnect with their family members after they return home from deployment.
April 2012

President Obama honors Dawn Schweisgut, ABC Veterinary Assistant honors graduate, for her animal shelter renovation project that she designed for the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Easton, PA. It was completed with the help of volunteers!


The Animal Rescue Site
April 2012

An article was written for this internet site focusing on the successful "Student Saving Lives" program at Animal Behavior College. ABC's commitment to help stem the tide of animal homelessness nationwide and throughout Canada is recognized.


Grooming Business Magazine
March 2012

Animal Behavior College President, Steven Appelbaum, was interviewed for a story about the Certified Pet Grooming program which takes a well-rounded approach by combining distance learning with first-hand experience.


Love That Dog Hollywood
February 2012

Steve Appelbaum, President of Animal Behavior College is a member of the Love That Dog Hollywood podcast team! Steve is in studio twice a month to talk about animal training techniques, ABC program updates and he also contributes to the topics discussed on the show along with the other guests.


Dog World
January 2012

Wendy Bedwell Wilson, the writer of ABC's Pet Sitting and Dog Walking CEP, interviews ABC dog training graduate Catherine "Cat" Intoci. Cat participated in ABC's Students Saving Lives program and has successfully trained and fostered many dogs to help them find forever homes!


The Flagship
January 2012

Amanda Hunt is an ABC Dog Training and Pet Grooming graduate. She is a military spouse who received free tuition through the MyCAA program sponsored by the Department of Defense. Amanda works at Perfect Paws Pet Training in Norfolk, Virginia.


Animal Wellness
December 2011

Through the ABC "Student Saving Lives" program, over 6,100 students have volunteered over 68,000 hours in shelters and rescue agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada to help train animals so that they can become more adoptable.


The Pet Press
December 2011

ABC president Steven Appelbaum writes about how trainers and pet lovers can work with shelters and assist in the training of animals to help make them more adoptable.


The Frontline
November 2011

Military spouse Brittany Mullins is a recent Certified Veterinary Assistant graduate and she received her education free through the MyCAA program. Brittany has already been hired at the pet hospital where she did her externship work in Savannah, Georgia.


Navy Dispatch Newspaper
September 2011

The advantages of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Program (MyCAA) for ABC military spouse students is highlighted. Students are eligible to receive $4,000 in education benefits.


Military Press
August 2011

Dana Kendall is a Camp Pendleton military spouse and an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and Certified Veterinary Assistant graduate. In addition to establishing a successful dog training business, Dana has trained her rescued pit bull Toni to be a certified service dog to assist her with her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


The Coast News
August 2011

ABC grad students Dana Kendall and her mentor trainer Caitlin Davis are interviewed about the MyCAA program and the success of their dog training businesses during the economic recession.


The San Bernardino County Sentinel
July 2011

Front page story interview with President of ABC, Steven Appelbaum, and Fort Irwin resident Veterinary Assistant MyCAA student Donna Lamb. The article highlights ABC's distance learning program advantages for military spouses.


Hawai'i Army Weekly
July 2011

Lynn Smith is pursuing her Dog Training career through the MyCAA free education program for military spouses. She is one of over 1400 military spouses who have enrolled in the military-friendly program.


Professional Pet Sitter
May 2011

"Pet Sitting and Dog Training - a Natural Combination," written by ABC President Steven Appelbaum is featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Professional Pet Sitter, a publication of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). The article focuses on the importance of pet sitters knowing how to address simple behavior challenges with their client's pets.


San Fernando Valley Business Journal
March 2011

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal covered the story about ABC's recent move of its headquarters to the Santa Clarita Valley.


The Santa Clarita Signal
March 2011

Santa Clarita's newspaper, The Signal featured ABC on the front page of its business section with a story about our recent move to Valencia and the school's planned growth over the next year.


North Brunswick South Bruswick Sentinel
February 2011

ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Manager, Ashlie Herring, is featured in the Sentinel's article about this year's Super Pet Expo held in Edison, New Jersey February 11 through the 13th.


Pet Product News International
January 2011

ABC President, Steven Appelbaum is featured in an article in January's issue of Pet Product News International called, "Knowledgeable Staff Helps Ensures Sales".


Dog Channel
December 2010

ABC President, Steven Appelbaum, is featured in Dog Fancy Magazine's website, Dog with an article called, "Tips to Relax a Pet During the Holidays"


Beantown Tails Reader's Choice Awards
November 2010

ABC graduate, Bette Yip, was just named Best Dog Trainer of the Year in the Reader’s Choice Award for Beantown Tails Magazine. This is the 3rd year in a row that Yip has received this honor.


VPI Pet Insurance
September 2010

As part of his monthly column for VPI Pet Insurance, President of Animal Behavior College and expert dog trainer, Steven Appelbaum, discusses how to deal with inappropriate puppy chewing habits. Appelbaum helps puppy parents by divulging his tips on managing this costly and destructive behavior.
June 2010

Ever Consider a Career with Animals? It’s as Easy as A-B-C! Fido Friendly featured an interview with the President of ABC, Steven Appelbaum, and graduate Angela DeLuca, ABCDT, about the perks of a career in the animal industry.


Tule River Indian Tribe Newsletter
May 2010

The Tule River Indian Tribe Newsletter reported on one of their member’s experience learning to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant through Animal Behavior College.
Tyra grew up on the Tule River Indian reservation, riding horses, raising sheep and
helping out on cattle drives. She talks about her experiences and future as a Certified Veterinary Assistant.


Earth Times
April 2010

The Earth Times Online Newspaper is an online news and press release resource with particular focus on environmental issues and corporate social responsibility. Updated constantly with breaking world news and sport plus worldwide press releases, The Earth Times covers global topics and politics plus the latest corporate, business and product news and reviews. In honor of Earth Day, this online newspaper reported on Animal Behavior College’s success with their Students Saving Lives program, to acknowledge Animal Behavior College’s commitment to enriching the lives of shelter dogs nationwide.


K9 Magazine
April 2010

K9 Magazine proudly describes itself as “the magazine your dog would read.” Often featuring celebrity dog lovers on the cover, this magazine recently helped Animal Behavior College announce the sixth year anniversary of their Students Saving Lives program. To date Animal Behavior College students, have been responsible for donating over 60,000 hours of dog training time to animal shelters nationwide, in an effort to help save the lives of homeless dogs.
April 2010 is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects. In an article about Animal Training and Management, described Animal Behavior College’s Certified Dog Trainer Course. “Students also might study animal learning theory, health and disease management, safety and business building, according to Animal Behavior College. In hands-on animal training programs, students additionally learn how to care for animals, which includes, feeding, watering, exercising, grooming and bathing them as well as cleaning and repairing their cages.”


The Abington Journal
February 2010

Early this year, The Abington Journal in Clark Summit, PA featured All American Dog Trainers, a dog training business owned and operated by ABC graduates, Christine Spangler, ABCDT and Denise Allen, ABCDT.
Spangler and Allen offer Basic Obedience and Canine Good Citizenship classes to their clients in order to “promote well-mannered dogs in the community," says Spangler.


Pet Product News
January 2010

ABC was featured on the homepage of announcing the launch of the Certified Grooming Instruction program. This is the third course ABC offers as the premier school for animal-related career training.


Pet Product News International
September 2009

Pet Product News International is the top monthly business newsmagazine that informs, educates and entertains the professional pet industry. Leaders in all areas of the pet industry look to Pet Product News International, “The Big 1,” as their source of up-to-date information.
Animal Behavior College was displayed on the homepage of as it announced it's approval by the government for the MyCAA military spouse education funding.


Veterinary Practice News
September 2009

Veterinary Practice News is a business-to-business magazine for veterinarians and veterinary support staff published monthly.
News on consists of reporters that specialize in covering the veterinary industry.
Animal Behavior College was displayed on the homepage of as it announced it's approval by the government for the MyCAA military spouse education funding.
September 2009 is the most widely used website by entrepreneurs and leaders in business worldwide. As the leading small business website on the Internet, serves its visitors’ needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management and ease of access.
ABC was proud to be featured on as they announced their approval by the government for the MyCAA military spouse education funding program.


Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Seminar
June 2009

ABC staff attended a dog training seminar held by Victoria Stilwell, host of Animal Planet's hit TV show, "It's Me or the Dog" in Santa Barbara, CA.
May 2009

Flexi, one of the lead producers of the retractable leash, recently published an article written by Steven Appelbaum. This article presents Appelbaum’s expert training advice on the use of retractable leashes and how they apply to dog training.


Tails Inc. Magazine
May 2009

Tails Inc. is the publisher of over 16 regional pet magazines nationwide. Their dedication to helping homeless dogs coupled with their focus on the pet world has made them one of the most popular privately-owned pet magazines in America. In mid 2009 Tails Inc. published an article titled “Making Cents out of Pet Sense” which featured careers that were inspired by our furry friends. ABC’s president, Steven Appelbaum was one of the people profiled in this article as an entrepreneur in the pet industry.
May 2009 is a career-oriented website that helps job seekers find free career advice including how to get a job, keep a job and succeed in the workplace. In the summer of 2009, published an article titled, “What are the Careers Working with Animals?” This article featured ABC as an educational institution that caters to people who wish to work in the pet industry. Given ABC’s strong focus on helping graduates succeed, this article detailed the school’s job-placement assistance as well as their focus on business building and networking.
February 2009, owned by Bowtie Inc. is the website for some of the most popular pet magazines in the country including Dog Fancy and Dog World. In early 2009 an article was published solely featuring ABC’s Students Saving Lives campaign titled, “Dog Trainers Turn Focus to Saving Shelter Dogs.” This article detailed the work of ABC students who volunteer their time training shelter dogs to help increase adoption rates. To date, ABC students have donated over 31,000 hours of volunteer training time and have helped countless dogs find loving, permanent homes.


Pawesome Radio
January 2009

Pawsome Radio is an extension of ABC graduate, Barry Rosenberg's love of everything dog. The mission of Pawsome radio is to provide information about the many aspects of dog ownership that people may not be aware of. This is accomplished by introducing dog professionals from around the world. Specialists with assorted expertise in a variety of dog related occupations that share information with listeners, on a personalized level. Barry recently invited ABC President Steven Appelbaum on to his program to discuss what is really involved in becoming a professional dog trainer. To listen to this interview, visit and listen to the "Training and Trainers" show.


Best Friends Network
Winter 2009

Best Friends Network, one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, reported on ABC's Students Saving Lives program in February of 2009. With a simple philosophy that states, "Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us," the Best Friends Network is a community leader in animal rescue and welfare. Their recognition of ABC's contribution to shelter dogs everywhere proves that training can help save lives.


Off Lead & Animal Behavior Magazine
November 2007

Debbie Kendrick, vice president of ABC, had her enlightening article published in this edition of Off Lead & Animal Behavior Magazine. Her article on the use of electronic collars, "Electronic Training Collars- Not for the Inexperienced" displayed her expertise in the field of dog training and the use of electronic collars as training tools.


San Francisco Chronicle Article
July 2007

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story titled, "Working with Animals — Without Pursuing a Degree, Jobs for pet and wildlife lovers." It talked about different careers animal lovers could pursue and featured Animal Behavior College as the premier school for people who want to become Certifed Dog Trainers.


Off Lead Magazine
May 2007

ABC President Steve Appelbaum’s devotion and commitment to improving the careers of professional trainers has just been honored; effective May of 2007 he was appointed as Editor of Off Lead Magazine! Off Lead Magazine is a quarterly magazine that is written exclusively about, by, and for professional trainers and other animal career professionals. Appelbaum was previously solicited to write a series of articles instructing trainers on how to build their dog training businesses. His advice became so popular that he was asked to become a featured columnist for Off Lead in 2004. With a solid reputation and years of experience, Appelbaum is excited about continuing his literary relationship with professional trainers across the country. Congratulations, Steve!


Fido Friendly
January 2007

Animal Behavior College Vice-president Debbie Kendrick was asked by the editors of the popular magazine Fido Friendly to write an article about the viability of training older dogs. Kendrick, a veteran dog trainer of over twenty- five years, used a personal experience with one of her family pets to illustrate that you can teach an old dog new tricks.


Pet Business
September 2004

Pet Business is an industry publication focusing on retailing and manufacturing in the pet industry. This is one of the magazines read by the business community in the pet world. When Pet Business wanted an article about how retailers and trainers could create viable business relationships, the person they turned to was ABC President, Steven Appelbaum. His article appears on page 52 of this issue.


Veterinary Practice News
May 2004

The prestigious Veterinary Practice News, which is widely read throughout the veterinary community, recently featured ABC President/Interim Director Steve Appelbaum in a front page story. In the article, Appelbaum discusses the importance of using training tools to combat behavior issues including, but not limited to chewing, anxiety disorders and scratching furniture.


Entrepreneur Magazine
Spring 2004

The editors at the prestigious ENTREPRENEUR magazine felt that Animal Behavior College's success was noteworthy enough to interview its founder, Steve Appelbaum, and feature a profile on him and how ABC was created.


Santa Clarita Signal
April 2004

Animal Behavior College President and Interim director Steve Appelbaum and ABC Vice-president Debbie Kendrick were featured in a front page story in the Santa Clarita Signal. The article discussed the lack of quality dog trainers across the country and how Appelbaum & Kendrick are changing that reality. The Santa Clarita Signal serves the popular area just north of Los Angeles.


Los Angeles Business Journal
Fall 2003

The Los Angeles Business Journal, one of the top ten business journals in the U.S. ran an article about Animal Behavior College founder, Steven Appelbaum. In addition to explaining ABC's unique program, the story also chose to profile one of our many local students who decided to change careers and pursue one working with dogs.


New York Newsday
Fall 2003

Animal Behavior College was recently featured in an article in "Newsday", a daily paper in the number one market in the U.S. The story about people working with animals for a living went on to discuss Animal Behavior College and ABC Certification. Newsday is a Pulitzer Prize winning paper and is the premiere source of local news and comprehensive national and international reporting for Nassau, Suffolk and Queens.


Pet Product News
August 2003

Industry magazine Pet Product News ran an article by ABC President Steve Appelbaum on the importance of proper training tools, such as leads. The article talks about the importance of being familiar with the tools of the trade.


Orlando Sentinel
Summer 2003

Orlando Sentinel - Florida - Summer 2003
Animal Behavior College has had the distinction of being featured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Orlando Sentinel. In a front page article of the Living section, The Sentinel, highlighted several students going through the ABC program and their welcome involvement with a local shelter. The Sentinel captures Central Florida's largest media audience, meaning that over 265,000 readers learned about our students who are planning to open their own businesses upon graduation.


Norwich Bulletin Connecticut
Winter 2003

Several Animal Behavior College students were profiled in the Norwich Bulletin, one of the country's oldest and most distinguished newspapers since 1791. The Gazette, a member of the prestigious Gannett newspaper chain, discussed the success of ABC's unique program across the country. It also highlighted our student's love of dogs and their desire, not only to create a new profession, but to impact the lives of shelter and rescue dogs in their area.


Scranton Times
Summer 2002

The editorial staff at the Scranton Times thought the work that Animal Behavior College was doing at the Lackawana County Humane Society was so important that it deserved a full page, story accompanied by color photos. The feature article followed one of our ABC students working with dogs at the shelter under the expert supervision of one of ABC's mentor trainers.


LA Daily News
Summer 2002

The LA Daily news ran a photo and story about an impromptu training session Steve Appelbaum held in a Los Angeles area Barnes & Noble. Appelbaum is the President and intermim director of Animal Behavior College and was using techniques that are taught at ABC.


Orange County Register
March 2002

The Orange County register featured an article that followed the progress of a Southern California ABC student on her way to becoming a professional dog trainer. The reporter was on hand at a local shelter while the student and her ABC Mentor Trainer were working with several of the shelter's dogs. Not only did ABC receive praise for their program but the shelter received valuable public relations as well. The Orange County Register serves a very large community just south of Los Angeles.


Dog Fancy
May 2001

Dog Fancy interviewed Debbie Kendrick, Vice-President of Animal Behavior College for her input in an article instructing how to avoid dog bites. The article featured Debbie's advice about how to approach a dog safely and warning signs to be aware of. Dog Fancy is the most widely read magazine of the dog-loving public.


"As an authorized Director of California Private PostSecondary and Vocational Education Institutions, I have worked with dozens of degree and non-degree granting schools. I have completed an extensive review of Animal Behavior College's curriculum, facilities, teaching methods, policies and procedures. I consider this school to be an excellent educational institution. I am extremely impressed with the quality and integrity of the staff, program and educational service that this school provides. I highly recommend this program to any student looking to pursue a career as a professional dog trainer."

Mr. John Landaker
Authorized Director of California Private PostSecondary and Vocational Education Schools

"When interviewing dog trainers to teach Petco group classes, I consider ABC Certification a definite plus on a resume."

Ms. Fanna Easter
Petco Zone Canine Education Coordinator

"When I test trainers for trainer positions, I find that ABC graduates score higher and are much more knowledgeable than other trainers applying for the same positions!"

Ms. Jill Cameron
ABC Google Groups Moderator

"Our staff wishes to thank Animal Behavior College and their students for their commitment and hard work in helping make our shelter dogs more adoptable. The Los Angeles County Animal Shelter located in Agoura is sincerely grateful for your efforts."

Mr. Bruce Richards
Director of Volunteer Services
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control

"Right after I graduated ABC, I was hired by Animal Behavior & Training Associates, Inc. as a Professional Dog Obedience Instructor. ABC gave me the knowledge and experience to be a success in the dog industry."

Michelle Kimbell, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
and Director for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

"My experience with ABC was completely worth it. The knowledge and helpful guidance I received from the counselor and the ABC Mentor Trainer under whom I apprenticed was priceless."

Aaron Schmidt, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Owner, Pet Spread Acres

"My favorite part of ABC was the hands on training. I had the opportunity to learn from a fantastic ABC Mentor Trainer teaching dogs at a local animal shelter. It really felt great to work with shelter dogs to help increase their chances of getting adopted Thanks to ABC, I am now teaching at two Petco stores and have my own business, where I offer basic obedience, CGC, and Feisty Fido Classes for aggressive dogs."

Michele Crouse , ABCDT
President, Super-K9 Training and Boarding
Canine Education Instructor for Petco

"I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this program. I handle my dogs so differently now and have such confidence when people ask me for advice. I can't thank ABC enough for offering this to me."

Patty Davidson
ABC Student with a BS in Nursing

"My ABC Program Manager was helpful and supportive. She gave plenty of positive reinforcement on my progress to keep me motivated to do even better on each upcoming stage".

Bette Yip, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Picture Perfect Pets, Dog Training & Pet Portraits

"Attending ABC was a rewarding and lasting experience for me."

Laura Bachofner, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Owner, LB's Pampered Pets

"ABC is a very organized and professional business. The staff is friendly and the course is thorough, yet easy to understand. I would highly recommend this program."

Erika Talerico
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
President, 3 Leaves Pet Services

"If you're passionate about wanting to work with dogs than do it! Don't waste time dreaming about it. The course offered by ABC has everything you need to start your own business and it's well organized. I was able to start a dog training business in which I offer private lessons and group training. Additionally, I work with a local animal rescue group as their liaison for adopted shelter dogs to help make the adjustment into peoples homes more successful."

Sandra James
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
President, Ace K-9 Academy

"I always recommend ABC to people who are interested in getting started in a dog training career. ABC is a well rounded program that provides a good background, and the hands-on segments provide invaluable experience."

Rebecca Lewis, ABCDT
ABC Certified Trainer
Director of Behavior and Training, Kentucky Humane Society
Owner of Spirited Canine Academy

"I appreciate everything you've done to help me graduate. I look forward to going through the door that has just opened for me."

Ms. Deb Harwood, ABCDT
Recent ABC Certified Dog Trainer in an
Email to her ABC Program Manager

"I spread the name of Animal Behavior College often and loud!"

Donna Shane, ABCDT
Owner of Kool Kanines Basic Pet Obedience and Behavior Management

"Animal Behavior College is unbeatable!" "As a dog communicator, I thought I knew a lot about dog training, but I learned so much more from Animal Behavior College. Everyday was a learning experience."

Louis Jefferson, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Recent Graduate of ABC and Commercial Real Estate Owner

"I wish a school like Animal Behavior College was around when I first started. I would have gladly paid twice their tuition cost for the education they provide. I have been a professional dog trainer for over a decade and work for ABC as a part-time Mentor Trainer. I am extremely impressed with the curriculum, resources, and direction this school gives it's students. This is a great 'kick-start' program and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in dog training."

Janica Tansey
ABC Mentor Trainer
Owner of 'Friendly Dog Training by Janica'
Professional Private and Group Obedience Instructor
Certified as a Training Director by DVG USA

"There is that special moment when an apprentice stands to teach my class for the first time, and I actually witness my own individual analogies and humor expressed by them , that I truly believe that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" ! "

Sass Levine
ABC Mentor Trainer
Owner of the 'The K9 Club'
Professional Private and Group Obedience Instructor
AKC Canine Good Citizen Program/Evaluator

"I'm happy I pursued my interest in dog training. I learned a lot from Animal Behavior College, and I had a great time from the very first phone call."

Joanna Mack, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Recent Graduate of ABC and Secretary

"I loved my Program Manager and Assistant Program Manager! They were always there to assist me. They were always happy to hear from me."

Misty Griffith, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Recent Graduate of ABC and Restaurant Manager

"ABC offers a comprehensive program that provides everything you could want to know about dog training."

Heidi Kerr, ABCDT
Recent Graduate of ABC and Middle School Teacher

I've learned more than I ever thought I would in a short period of time, especially through the hands-on experience, for which there is no substitute.

Donna Rongione, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Owner of Pet Skills, LLC

"I was afraid and a little apprehensive about enrolling at first. But I just want to tell you that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. Thanks so much."

Mr. Laurie Jaeger
ABC Student
Email to her ABC Program Manager

"Dear Julie,
After researching the subject for many months, I finally found an institution that uses the science and technology I not only believe is the most effective for teaching, but one I have been trained in, and used in my professional life for over 20 years. I have a degree in Special Education. I taught children and adults with developmental disabilities for many years. I then advanced to supervising and training teachers, as well as developing and implementing behavioral curriculum, and specific behavior programs for individuals with severe behavior problems. I am finding it interesting how the techniques (using positive reinforcement and attending skills, shaping, planned ignoring and focusing skills are used the same way as with children and adults, with the same results. Not only are the techniques just as effective with dogs, it has been my experience, they work faster. I strongly believe, that the education I am receiving from ABC will enable me to obtain the necessary qualifications to be an effective, caring teacher of dogs."

Mrs. Lisa Bazlen
ABC Student and Special Education Teacher
Email to her Program Manager

"Enrolling in the ABC program was one of the best decisions I made for myself. Each stage is a valuable tool and when complete, you have a full set of tools."

Kim Grieff
ABC Student and Licensed Real Estate Agent

"ABC has all of the things that make dog training worthwhile."

Jeanette Hill
ABC Student and CSR

"I would definitely recommend ABC to someone looking to get into any dog focused career. The training gives you a better understanding of our canine friends and ABC offers lots of support. Even though you are not on a campus with instructors right next door, you are set up with a program manager who can answer any questions you may have and then later you get to work hands on with a real trainer. They also help you with career info when you graduate and provide many encouraging stories on their website. They don't just send you materials and then leave you in the dark. They actually WANT YOU to succeed."

April Tinsley
ABC Student with a BS Biology

"My experience with ABC has been positive and rewarding regarding the curriculum and instruction. My Personal Program Manager has provided me with excellent guidance and structure to ensure that all of my questions and concerns are quickly addressed and handled appropriately."

Elizabeth Lilek
ABC Student and Territorial Manager


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