Short Term Program 1- Training Shelter Dog Program
As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, you may encounter dogs temporarily residing in shelters and rescues due to owner relinquishment. This devastating situation calls for immediate attention. This program consists of 250+ pages of material authored by Teoti Anderson, former president of the APDT, with contributions from Kelly Gorman-Dunbar and numerous members of the ABC staff. The wealth of information provided discuss understanding the different kinds of shelters, how to approach them, identifying dogs for adoption and defensive handling, as well as temperament assessments, including some excellent information from the ASPCA MYM Safer Program.
Upon completion of this program, you will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the training and treatment of shelter dogs with specific attention to re-homing. You will also learn the skills which could help launch an animal shelter or dog rescue training program. You may hold classes for dog owners and/or seminars to improve the knowledge of people in your community. As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, you will have the opportunity to not only train shelter dogs, but to place them in permanent, loving homes. Every hour spent with a shelter dog makes a world of difference, and upon completion of the Training Shelter Dog Program, you will have the knowledge to positively transform the lives of shelter dogs.
Short Term Program 2- The Art of Teaching and Selling Private Lessons
Understanding how to perform private dog training sessions is a crucial component of a professional dog trainer’s career. There are several reasons why learning how to offer quality private lessons is greatly beneficial to your training repertoire. Some clients are better served by one-on-one, individualized, personalized training rather than a group class atmosphere – perhaps the client’s schedule is especially hectic, her puppy is not of age to attend group classes, or her older dog’s shyness renders him uncomfortable when forced to interact with other dogs. Regardless of the particular client’s reason, the demand for private-lesson training can be a wonderful opportunity for the professional dog trainer.
The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons is comprised of approximately 300 pages of highly-detailed information in regards to conducting private lessons. Authored by Teoti Anderson, former president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), this Short Term Program will ameliorate your knowledge of proper private-lesson training and will instruct you on such imperative topics as sales techniques and tips, understanding communication styles, the different types of private training, developing effective training plans, how to teach off-leash behaviors, and how to achieve client compliance in order to maximize your training. Additionally, this program covers advanced tips for marketing yourself and your business and includes information on liability protection.
Upon completion of this program, you will have the knowledge to offer and administer private lessons within a client’s home, at a local park or at your own facility. Your knowledge of how to obtain clientele and conduct efficient private lessons may assist you in growing your business and maximizing its potential.
Short Term Program 3- Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
This program discusses many areas on how to properly work with and care for pets with fur, feathers, scales, etc. Topics range from identifying and understanding body language in canines, felines and birds to basic nutrition and hygiene. Furthermore, you will learn how to build relationships with your clients’ pets, personal and home owner safety, how to create and maintain schedules, how to walk a dog calmly on a leash, how to build clientele, sample client forms, and much more!
Short Term Program 4- Pet Nutrition and Diet
The Pet Nutrition and Diet Short Term Program discusses basic nutrition, the regulations governing commercial pet foods, and the nutritional needs for both cats and dogs. In this course, you will learn how to read pet food labels including the importance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and protective nutrients. You will also learn about the different types of diets (i.e. dry food, canned food, raw food, supplements, etc.) and how food can play a huge role in a pet’s behavior. After the completion of this program, you will have the knowledge to educate your clients on how to provide their animals with proper nutrition based on their pet’s individual age, weight, and health condition.
Short Term Program 5- Pet Massage
The Pet Massage Short Term Program gives pet groomers, dog trainers, and veterinary staff the knowledge of how to calm each pet they interact with. The ability to soothe and calm dogs and cats through touch improves the human-animal relationship and promotes trust and bonding. Pet groomers have the benefit of having a calm animal on their grooming table which allows them to move swiftly through the process of grooming without the problems that heavy-handed groomers experience. Veterinary staff are able to minimize discomfort and pain and help pets recovering from injuries or sooth the aches of the elderly. Dog Trainers will have the ability to create a more positive training experience because they will have an enhanced knowledge of canine anatomy and acute awareness of touch zones. This comprehensive course includes step-by-step instructions that guide you through the details of the choreography of a massage for different sizes and types of pets. Topics include: general anatomy and physiology, principles and concepts for different types of massage, creating your workspace, preparing yourself, details for how to develop a pet massage business, and much more!*
*State and federal laws regarding the practice of Pet Massage vary widely and are subject to change. Since ABC has no jurisdiction regarding state and federal laws revolving around the practice of Pet Massage, ABC highly recommends that potential students educate themselves on the state and federal laws and regulations and how they may affect their practice of Pet Massage before purchasing the ABC Pet Massage Short Term Program. It is the responsibility of potential students to determine what laws and regulations their state has adopted to govern the practice of Pet Massage. ABC does not assume any responsibility for state or federal regulations that prohibit or limit the practice of pet massage by the student.
Short Term Program 6- Pet Fostering
This course instructs you on how to set up a pet fostering program for an existing rescue or shelter. You will learn how to select and retain volunteers as well as match foster animals with volunteers, along with other skills essential to maintaining a fostering program.
Short Term Program 7- Doggie Daycare
This course instructs you on how to create, set-up and run a doggie daycare business. You will learn business basics as well as how to handle groups of dogs and work with clients. Included in this Short Term Program is Doggie daycare best practices, along with tips on how to expand your clientele.