Coleen Elliott, ABC Dog Obedience Training Instructor Student

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 : 12:02:39 PM
Coleen Elliott knew she wanted a career working with dogs as soon as she graduated from high school. Being that her husband was in the military and they were living on base, Coleen also knew she needed a career that could move with her when her husband was transferred. “We were told we would move every 2-4 years,” Colleen explains, “So I had to choose a career that was portable.” After working with dogs at a dog kennel part-time, Coleen decided to become a Certified Dog Obedience Training Instructor and enrolled at Animal Behavior College (ABC).

Colleen decided to enroll at ABC because of the flexible program that provided students with an in-home study program with hands-on training. “Being able to work in an actual dog training class has been fantastic,” Coleen said. “In addition, the fact that the program was online and therefore mobile, was very important to my military lifestyle.”

Even though Coleen was used to the traditional classroom setting from high school, she found the transition to an online program easy. “I liked it a lot because I like self-teaching and I could do it at my own pace and time,” she said, “I enjoyed working with my Program Manager, Josh, who was very helpful with my questions and always answered the phone.”

Coleen loved moving on to the hands-on training portion of the ABC program once all of her in-home study work was completed. She especially found working with the shelter dogs as part of the Students Saving Live program, to be rewarding and fulfilling. “I worked with different dogs every week and found them to be some of the best students. They were so full of love and were really willing to work. It was very rewarding to give them the attention they were craving,” she says.

For Coleen, learning how to train a dog and teach an actual group dog training class was the most important part of ABC’s Certified Dog Trainer Program. “I like the outlines ABC gives to show how to teach a class,” she said. “This is going to be a very helpful reference when I begin to teach my own classes.”

Coleen’s dream job is to eventually train either police dogs or military dogs on the base where she lives. Upon graduation from Animal Behavior College’s Certified Dog Obedience Training Instructor Program, she plans on getting a job at Petco or Petsmart to gain more training experience and get her started on the path to her career goals. “I know that my certification will put my resume at the top of the pile,” Coleen explains, “ABC is giving me the skills I need to pursue my dream.”

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