By Steve Appelbaum, ABC President & CEO
Hello everyone. I hope all reading this are healthy and happy as we move into the summer. Here is what’s going on at ABC.
Service Dog: Our service dog program continues to move forward. We have outstanding writers and editors working on this course. We are incredibly excited about its progress and how much this program will help people who want to make their dreams of working with and/or training service dogs a reality. We will announce launch dates when we get further along—still shooting for Q4 2022.
International Programs: Our international research has narrowed the countries down to three. We are considering the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany as of this date. This doesn’t mean that we won’t consider other markets, just that we will start by selecting one nation for our first international launch and then move on from there. The question still unanswered is which of the above three countries will be the first place outside North America in which we export our programs? Stay tuned.
Short Term Programs.
Remember that all Alumni get a 33% discount on any of our STPs. Here is our current list of available programs:
- Training Shelter Dogs
- The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons
- Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
- Pet Nutrition and Diet
- Pet Massage
- Doggie Daycare
- Pet Fostering
Our previous classroom program class graduated on March 14th, 2022. This class had the first Marine graduate since we started offering the program in 2010. Most of our students have either been Army, Navy, or Airforce. We hope that more Marines and students from all branches of our Armed Forces who are transitioning back into civilian life continue to attend our school. We are honored that so many elect to do so. I love speaking with the students in all these classes, and I was particularly impressed with this group. I have been in the pet industry for a long time, and I have a pretty good sense of who is ready and most likely to succeed after speaking with them. In this class, everyone I spoke with was impressive, and I look forward to hearing great stories about their success as time goes by.
Our next classroom program commenced on April 18th, 2022, and I have already received positive reports about this group. I am looking forward to meeting them and for our classroom program to continue to grow.
Toward that end, we are spending time and efforts marketing this program to civilians as well. The truth is that this course was always designed to be taken by anyone wanting a more traditional classroom experience. It became popular with military veterans because the Veterans Administration approved the program. If any alumni refer a student who takes our classroom program, we will pay a finder’s fee of several hundred dollars.
Here is more information about this program.
That’s all for now, and thanks for reading!