At Animal Behavior College, it is our philosophy that creating a canine-human relationship built on positive interaction and consistency can often deter future unwanted behavior problems, facilitate faster learning and even solve some existing behavioral challenges. Our Dog Training Philosophy follows the scientific behavioral principles of operant conditioning and involves using the least aversive approach possible in every training case.
ABC’s Training Program begins by teaching students how to build a proper canine/human relationship. From there, ABC Students learn how to become a dog trainer by teaching dogs new behaviors through luring, shaping, capturing or molding.
We understand there are many different types of dog training methods that are used by trainers today. While our online dog training course primarily focuses on and encourages the use of positive reinforcement dog training techniques, we also provide our students with an overall education on correction and punishment.
Although our bias is toward the use of positive reinforcement, we believe instruction that incorporates a variety of animal training methods and ideologies will provide the most comprehensive education for our students.
Our bias should not be interpreted as a condemnation of other dog training philosophies or dog training schools. It is not our intention to credit or discredit dog trainers who use more aversive training techniques than those emphasized in the Dog Trainer Program.
However, ABC believes that by using a balance of meaningful rewards and following proven scientific training techniques, ABC Certified Dog Trainers will be able to provide safe, humane and effective dog training alternatives to the dog owning public.
We have endeavored to go beyond the mechanics of dog obedience training by teaching our students the importance of interspecies communication.
Ms. Debbie Kendrick
Vice President of Animal Behavior College, Inc.