ABC graduate Barry Rosenberg has spent over a decade trying to find a hobby that he could turn into something more. Since he had been a dog owner his entire life and had four dogs of his own, becoming a professional dog trainer seemed like a natural fit. “I knew that if I was doing something I loved, the financial part of it would take care itself,” said Barry. After searching far and wide for a school that would teach him to train, he found Animal Behavior College (ABC), a dog obedience instructor training program that offered a certification in professional dog training.
After enrolling in ABC’s program in July of last year, Barry jokes that he began to recognize everything he had been doing wrong with his own dogs all those years. While going through the in-home study portion of the program, he learned the proper way to train as opposed to the methods he had been using in the past that didn’t seem to work.
“I had a much clearer picture of where the dog is coming from; I was no longer looking at it from a human perspective,” said Barry. Thinking like a dog and studying body language and behavior tied everything together for him, and his understanding of canines flourished.
Because he was also working full-time in the insurance industry, Barry found the one hour per day of study time easy to fit into his schedule. After working a long day at the office, he didn’t mind coming home and curling up with his ABC curriculum. He excelled on his written exams and began to feel comfortable with the new training techniques that he was learning.
After finishing the in-home portion of the ABC program, Barry moved on to the externship portion of the program to do his hands-on training. This was his favorite part of the program because he was able to apply all he had learned so far at home. “I got to put it (the knowledge) in motion,” he said. ABC set Barry up with a professional dog trainer in his area to practice what he had learned hands-on, and the experience couldn’t have mattered more. Barry attended three series of group classes at K9 Experience, a training center near his home. He loved the experience and still calls his Mentor Trainer for training advice. He utilized everything he learned to help him with his training business today, and he was able to finally work with his own dogs using effective training methods that produced results.
While completing his ten hours of volunteer time training homeless dogs at his local animal shelter, Barry was approached by the shelter and offered a job as a trainer. The shelter knew that having a professional trainer at the shelter would help with adoptions because he could answer questions and offer training to newly homed dogs. Today, Barry works at the shelter once a week training the dogs there in hopes of placing them with loving new owners. He consults with the adopting owners and gives them valuable advice so the dogs have a higher chance of never returning to a shelter. As an avid dog lover, there is no better feeling for Barry than helping homeless dogs find safe, permanent homes.
Aside from working at the shelter, Barry has also started his own training business cleverly named “Pawesome,” where he offers private, in-home training lessons. The key to Barry’s success has been a solid foundation of knowledge from ABC along with his enthusiasm to work with dogs and their owners.
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