Animal Behavior College is pleased to extend some great offers to you! These are available to anyone; you don’t have to be enrolled in our school to take advantage of these opportunities!
Training Shelter Dogs
(available for Dog Obedience Instructor program students and alumni only)
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 CEP that assists our students and alumni in helping homeless dogs become more adoptable. This CEP 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, the Training Shelter Dogs CEP is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for 21 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)
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 CEP 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 CEP 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, the CEP 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.
This CEP is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for 21 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 CEP to help you add this invaluable service to your repertoire. This CEP 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. The Pet Sitting and Dog Walking CEP has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for 21 CEU credits.
Cat Management and Training
Since cats outnumber dogs in North America, learning how to manage and treat cat behaviors can be a profitable venture for any pet professional. In this comprehensive CEP, 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 learn how to: read and interpret feline body language and vocalizations; teach basic behavior training (e.g., sit, stay, come); and address problem behaviors (scratching, spraying, howling, etc.). This course also covers teaching “fun” behaviors, such as roll over, tightrope walking and jumping through a hoop. Completion of this course gives you invaluable knowledge necessary to help pet owners and add a valuable skill that can be utilized in your animal career.
The Cat Management and Training CEP is approved by Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for 30 CEU credits.
Pet Nutrition and Diet
This CEP 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.
The Pet Nutrition and Diet CEP is approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants for 21 CEU credits.
The ability to soothe and calm dogs 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 soothe 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 course 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, this course is approved by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for 21 CEU credits and by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 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 CEP. 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.