Do you love dogs? As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT), you will possess the skills necessary to make a difference in the life of every dog that you work with. Graduation from this program affords you the ability to open your own dog training business or work for an established business as a professional dog trainer. ABC Certified Dog Trainers reap the benefits of a rewarding career that allows them to work either full- or part-time anywhere in North America. Learn about how to become a dog trainer.


The ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant program will train you for a fulfilling career in which you work in an animal hospital environment. Once you are an ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant (ABCVA), you can launch into a variety of exciting animal careers. Aside from becoming a veterinary assistant, with this certification you could become a pet care specialist, kennel worker, doggie daycare operator, animal shelter attendant or a professional in practically any animal-care setting.

  A professional pet grooming career affords animal enthusiasts a creative and artistic profession that is also fulfilling as it contributes to the overall health and well-being of a variety of animals. This course comes complete with over 24 essential grooming tools that will help launch graduates into a successful grooming career. The ABC Certified Professional Groomer (ABCPG) can work in a grooming salon, mobile grooming enterprise, animal shelter, veterinary office, or even start their own grooming business.  
  • Animal Behavior College (ABC) is the "leader of the pack" in career training programs for individuals interested in pursuing a career with animals.
  • Animal Behavior College offers students vocational training and professional certification in a variety of animal-related fields, which will help secure a rewarding career with animals.
  • Animal Behavior College's uniquely formatted programs combine in-home study with a hands-on externship taught by working industry professionals. This course structure gives ABC students the flexibility to study at their own pace while tailoring their education around their individual schedules.

Short Term Programs
A Short Term Program is a course of study that provides students a window into an additional facet of animal career education. Each of our Short Term Program provides individuals with advanced knowledge in a particular area of the animal industry. At ABC, we strongly encourage our students and alumni to continue learning and improving upon their skills throughout their career. This is where ABC’s Short Term Programs come in.

Training Shelter Dogs
(available for Dog Obedience Instructor program students and alumni only, or students with sufficient previous dog training education)
As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, you will frequently encounter dogs temporarily residing in shelters and rescues due to owner relinquishment. This devastating situation calls for immediate attention, and for that reason, ABC has created a greatly informative Short Term Program that assists our alumni in helping homeless dogs become more adoptable. This Short Term Program consists of 250+ pages of material authored by Teoti Anderson, former president of the APDT, with contributions from Kelly Gorman-Dunbar and numerous ABC staff members. The information provided covers everything from understanding the different kinds of shelters and how to approach them, to identifying dogs for adoption and defensive handling, to temperament assessments, including some excellent information from the ASPCA MYM Safer Program. Furthermore, Training Shelter Dogs is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the training and treatment of shelter dogs everywhere with specific attention to re-homing.

The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons
(available for Dog Obedience Instructor program students and alumni only, or students with sufficient previous dog training education)
Understanding how to expertly perform private dog training sessions is a crucial component of every 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, 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, there will always be a demand for private-lesson training.

This comprehensive Short Term Program is comprised of approximately 300 pages of highly detailed, invaluable, critical information that every trainer should familiarize her/himself with. Authored by Teoti Anderson, former president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), this Short Term Program enriches your knowledge of proper private-lesson training and instructs you on such relevant 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 to maximize training. Additionally, it covers advanced tips for marketing yourself and your business and includes essential information on liability protection, a necessity for every dog trainer.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the background necessary to offer and administer effective private lessons within a client’s home, at a local park or at your own facility.

The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.

Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
The animal industry is continually growing with new ways of caring for pets. Two of the fastest growing animal services are pet sitting and dog walking. Using decades of experience in the pet industry, ABC has created a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Short Term Program to help you add this invaluable service to your repertoire. This Short Term Program contains 400 pages of detailed material written by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson, author and former managing editor for Pet Product News International. Topics include identifying and understanding body language; canine, feline and avian behavior; basic nutrition and hygiene; creating mental and physical stimulation; building relationships with your clients’ pets; personal and home owner safety; creating and maintaining schedules; walking a dog calmly on-leash; building clientele; and much more.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a new and highly sought after service to provide to existing and future clients and their pets. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.

Pet Nutrition and Diet
This Short Term Program discusses basic nutrition, the regulations governing commercial pet foods and cats’ and dogs’ nutritional needs. In this course you 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 (e.g., dry food, canned food, raw food, supplements, etc.) and how food can play a huge role in a pet's behavior.

Pet Nutrition and Diet is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.

Pet Massage
The ability to soothe and calm dogs and cats through touch improves the human-animal relationship and promotes trust and bonding. Through massage, pet groomers might have a calmer animal on their grooming table, which allows them to move swiftly through the process of grooming without the problems heavy-handed groomers might experience. Veterinary staff may minimize discomfort and help sooth the aches of elderly animals. Dog trainers can create a more positive training experience due to their enhanced knowledge of canine anatomy and acute awareness of touch zones.

Pet Massage is a growing occupation. This comprehensive Short Term Program includes step-by-step massage instructions. 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. In addition, Pet Massage is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for CEU credits.

NOTE: 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.

Animal Behavior College Provides You:

  • Specialized career training in the rapidly growing animal industry.
  • An extensive curriculum written by animal industry experts
  • The convenience of an in-home study program with invaluable hands-on training.
  • Nationwide training locations in all 50 states, local to you!
  • Student-friendly financing with affordable payment arrangements.

Personal Program Manager
Although the first portion of the program features in-home study, you will not be alone. An ABC Program Manager will be appointed to you upon enrollment and they will be with you every step of the way! They will be there to guide you through the program, counsel you, answer all your questions, and grade all your exams.

Flexible Hours
By taking advantage of Animal Behavior College’s uniquely formatted programs, you can keep your present job while training for a new career. All programs provide flexibility to busy, working adults. It is essentially a classroom in your living room, which means no added expenses will be incurred for housing at a remote on-site location, and no time will be wasted by driving back and forth to a classroom every day.

Hands-on Training Leads to Career Opportunities!
Research shows that employers are interested in hiring applicants with practical training experience. ABC is the only school of its kind to offer this valuable hands-on component as part of each program. After students successfully complete the in-home study portion of their course, they are authorized to move on to their hands-on externship. ABC assigns students to work with professional dog trainers, veterinary clinics/hospitals, or professional groomers, depending on the animal career being pursued. Training locations are conveniently available in all 50 states and every Canadian Province, ABC has over 1,000 locations throughout North America! Once there, students utilize the knowledge acquired during the home study and apply it to real-life, hands-on working situations. The externship is a priceless component of the ABC courses and will set you apart from the competition with future employers.

Great Job Placement Opportunities
Animal Behavior College offers continued support to students, well after graduation. All courses offer comprehensive, detailed business building and job placement information that is solely dedicated to helping students find a job or help them to start their own business.

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Animal Behavior College is a private vocational school approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education ( under the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 and Title 5. California Code of Regulations Division 7.5. Private Postsecondary Education. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approval means that this institution and is operation comply with the standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private postsecondary educational institutions. Institutional approval is subject to continual review and the institution must reapply for approval every five years.
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