On March 14th, 2022, Animal Behavior College held the graduation for their Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program’s Spring Class of 2022 at the Best Friends Shelter in Los Angeles, California. Animal Behavior College (ABC), a vocational school with its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California, offers a variety of courses focused on becoming certified to work in the animal industry as a certified professional. ABC’s Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is their most immersive class, held on campus with an in person instructor for students who wish to have an in depth, one on one learning experience. The on-campus instructor, ABC Certified Dog Trainer Seth Hutson, had nothing but positive things to say about this graduating class. “Overall, I could not be any happier or proud of a class! These guys put in the extra hours at night with dog training classes and it really showed.”
The Spring 2022 class of seven students accomplished monumental achievements during their five-month dog training course. Together, these graduates helped over 23 dogs find their forever home by volunteering at our local Best Friends animal shelter. “This is the first class where the students began showing dogs to potential adopters at Best Friends.” boasted Seth. Training dogs in need of a home can significantly impact their chances of adoption. As a result, these students saved the lives of these dogs by helping them get a second chance in a forever home. This is also the first class to be offered positions immediately upon graduation. ABC could not be any prouder of these most recent Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program graduates.
Meet the Graduates
Animal Behavior College graduates of the Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program receive an ABC Dog Trainer Certification upon completion. This certification can take your dog training career virtually anywhere and will open the door to many opportunities. ABC is excited to see what the future holds for these stellar graduates.
ABC is proud to introduce you to our most recent graduating class:
- Chad Hayes is from San Bernadino, CA. He is a Navy veteran who plans to open his own dog training business and help reactive dogs. Reactive dogs are dogs that overreact to certain situations or stimuli. This behavior is commonly confused with aggression, and it tends to result in owners surrendering the dog to a shelter. Training dogs that exhibit this behavior can save many pet lives.
- Mary Zuleta currently resides in downtown Los Angeles. She is a Marine veteran who plans to open her own dog training business as well. Because of her great training skills, Mary has been asked to come back to ABC’s next class to help assist in teaching the business building stage of the program. ABC is thrilled to see what she brings to the program!
- Nina Reiter is originally from San Diego but wants to relocate to the Los Angeles area. Here she plans on working with instructor Seth Hutson and his business partner Beth Harrison at their respective dog training businesses, “Pawsitively Great Dog Training” and “A Paw Above Dog Training”, to help shelter dogs find their forever homes.
- Erica Millstid currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with possible plans to relocate for her goals of working with shelters to help dogs find their forever homes as well. Most animals are surrendered to shelters due to their behavior. By working with the animals and assisting with their training, these graduates will help save lives and secure a family home for them.
- Denise Fincham is a twenty-two-year Air Force Veteran. Originally from Arizona, she will be returning home to work for the Arizona Humane Society where over 11,000 animals were saved just this past year.
- Sergio Galarza is originally from Missouri but moved to Colorado for a time shortly before moving to California in 2021. Sergio plans to stick around the Los Angeles area to work for Seth and Beth’s dog training businesses also.
- Molly Avery is a Navy veteran. She left California just before the graduation ceremony to go interview for a job as a dog physical therapist. She previously was a physical therapist in the Navy and came to California to study and earn her certification as a dog obedience instructor. She also currently does house sitting for dogs in Colorado.
As you can see, many of our recent ABC classroom graduates of the Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program are military. ABC is a proud supporter of our military families and accepts the GI Bill. However, ABC’s acceptance of the GI Bill does not mean that the Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is restricted to military personnel! Instead, the Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program is open to everyone, and ABC encourages all of those interested in the program to check out more information about our course, including available tuition payment plans at https://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/dog-training-los-angeles/.
Congratulations to ABC’s Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program Class of Spring 2022! Animal Behavior College looks forward to hearing all your successful stories and accomplishments as you move forward in your careers as ABC Certified Dog Trainers. ABC thanks you for all your hard work, passion, and dedication to saving the lives of so many dogs in need now, and in the future!