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
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 created an informative Continuing Education Program (CEP) to assist our graduates in helping homeless dogs become more adoptable. This CEP consists of more than 250 pages of material authored by Teoti Anderson, former president of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), with contributions from Kelly Gorman-Dunbar and numerous members of the ABC staff. The wealth of information provided covers everything from understanding the different kinds of shelters to how to approach them to identifying dogs for adoption, from defensive handling to temperament assessments. It also includes excellent information from the ASPCA MYM Safer Program. Furthermore, the Training Shelter Dogs CEP has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits.
Every hour spent with a shelter dog makes a world of difference, and upon completion of the Training Shelter Dogs CEP, you will have the knowledge, skills, and drive to positively transform the lives of shelter dogs everywhere.
The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons
Upon completion of this course, you will have the proficiency and aptitude needed to offer and administer effective private lessons within a client’s home, at a local park or at your own facility. Knowing how to obtain clientele and conduct efficient private lessons will assist you in growing your business and maximizing its potential. You will be able to offer a plethora of training services to your clients aside from group classes. Additionally, The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons CEP has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits.
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
The pet industry is one of the fastest and most consistently growing in the U.S. Two in-demand animal services are pet sitting and dog walking. Using our decades of experience in the pet industry, ABC created a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Continuing Education Program (CEP) to help you offer these invaluable services to pet owners in your area. 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! The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has approved the Pet Sitting and Dog Walking CEP for 21 CEU credits! Upon completion of this course, you will have a highly sought after service to provide to your clients and their pets.
Cat Management and Training
Cat Management and Training is a comprehensive continuing education course that is offered online only. 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 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. After the completion of this course, you will be able to educate your clients on how to provide the best nutrition based on their pet's individual age, weight and health condition. The Pet Nutrition and Diet CEP has been approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for 21 CEU credits.
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.