Animal Behavior College
Continuing Education Programs

A Continuing Education Program, or CEP, is an additional and supplementary course that allows you to build on and enhance your knowledge regarding dog training. Each of our CEP’s provides individuals with advanced knowledge in a particular area of dog training. At ABC, we strongly encourage every trainer to continue learning and improving upon their skills throughout their training career. This is where the ABC CEP’s come in.

Currently, ABC offers six CEP’s:

Training Shelter Dogs
As a professional dog trainer, you will commonly encounter dogs that temporarily reside in shelters and rescues. ABC's CEP - Training Shelter dogs is a comprehensive program that instructs you how to work with dogs in these situations and will strive to hone their obedience skills in hopes of helping them to become adopted. Topics will range from approaching shelters and their staff appropriately and professionally, identifying dogs with potential for adoption, defensive handling and safety, understanding shelter stressors, assessing canine behavior, identifying and building drive, shelter health consideration, training goals and challenges, training for behavioral issues, training for family members, special considerations for shy, fearful, and aggressive dogs, charting and/or keeping records, facilitating or assisting with adoptions, as well as ethics and professional conduct. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed in order to start a shelter training program in which you can hold classes and/or seminars at shelters.

The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons
This CEP 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 the successfulness of your training. Additionally, the CEP covers advanced tips for marketing yourself and your business and includes essential information on liability protection, a necessity for every dog trainer.

Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
As a pet professional, you will come into contact with clients who seek an individual to care for or walk their beloved pets while they are away at work or on vacation. ABC’s Continuing Education Program (CEP) – Pet Sitting and Dog Walking is designed to educate ABC graduates about the ins and outs of the business and provide you with the expertise of caring for a variety of pets. Topics range from 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! This course will provide you with the knowledge to start a career as a professional pet sitter and/or dog walker, or to add these to your list of pet services offered.

Cat Management and Training
Since cats outnumber dogs in the United States, learning how to manage and treat cat behaviors can be a profitable venture for the pet professional. In this course, you will learn the proper socialization techniques for developing healthy feline-to-human relationships, as well as, feline-to-feline and feline-to-canine interactions. You will also be taught how to read and interpret feline body language and vocalizations, how to teach basic behavior training (i.e. sit, stay, come), and how to address problem behaviors (i.e. scratching, spraying, howling, etc.). This course also covers teaching “fun” behaviors, such as roll over, tightrope walk and jumping through a hoop. The completion of this course will give you invaluable knowledge necessary to help pet owners and make you a true asset in your chosen animal career.

Pet Nutrition and Diet
The Pet Nutrition and Diet Continuing Education Program (CEP) 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 course, you will have the knowledge to educate your clients on how to provide their animals with the best nutrition based on their pet's individual age, weight, and health condition.

Pet Massage
The Pet Massage Continuing Education course gives pet groomers, dog trainers and veterinary staff the skills to calm every 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 can have a calm 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 can minimize discomfort and pain and help pets recovering from injuries or 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 and completion of this course can also open the door to a profitable pet massage business of your own. This comprehensive course includes step-by-step instructions on 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! Also, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) has approved this course for 21 CEU credits.

How could I benefit from completing a CEP?
As a responsible and compassionate dog trainer, you will likely aspire to assist in the ongoing effort of saving the lives of animals. You will also strive to offer the most complete and comprehensive training programs possible to your clients, whether it be through one-on-one or group training. Each CEP is designed to give you additional knowledge in the field of dog training, and by completing a CEP, you will have additional areas of expertise to provide to both clients and their dogs (and even homeless dogs in shelters). Upon completion of the CEP, your ability to assist companion dogs everywhere in gaining the skills needed to find and/or keep loving, permanent homes will be honed and perfected. You will also be able to help owners to understand and communicate better with their new or existing canine companions. This will increase your training avenues as well as your income. The knowledge you will gain from each CEP will be a benefit in and of itself.

What materials are included with the CEP?
The CEP’s are formatted in a PDF document which can be downloaded online upon purchase of the program.

What will I get upon completion of the CEP (i.e., what certification will I receive)?
Upon successful completion of the CEP, you will receive a Certificate of Completion which can be downloaded from the CEP Student Center. You can then proudly display your certificate for your clients and loved ones to see.

How much does it cost to purchase a CEP?
Currently, our CEP’s are being offered at the low cost of only $270.00.

How long does a program take to complete?
The maximum time allotted for completion of each CEP is six months; however, the program can be completed as quickly as you like depending on the amount of time to can contribute to your studies.

Once I purchase the CEP, how soon can I access the information?
The CEPs are available for purchase at the time of enrollment, during the program, and at graduation. If you are a current student, your Program Manager will grant you access to your CEPs upon completing stage 9 of the program. If you wish to purchase a CEP after graduation, you must be registered as an ABC Alumni member to access the CEP. Your payment may take up to 1 week for processing and approval. Once approved, you will receive an email notifying you when you can access the CEP.

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