Animal Behavior College Reviews & Success Stories
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Jessica Wheatcraft, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer, Psychologist and Dog Trainer
My love affair with dogs began at a very young age, and I spent a lot of my free time as a child playing with the family dogs in our backyard. I realized I had a knack for working with dogs and when I was 11 years old I began offering dog walking services to the neighbors. I charged $0.10 per half hour because I didn’t know what to really charge and all I wanted to do was spend time with more dogs anyways! When I reached my senior year in high school I decided to do my required volunteer hours at the local shelter. It was there I saw the awful truth about pet over-population, and I became determined to try and help make a difference for the wonderful dogs that simply needed a second chance. I started volunteering at the adoption events on weekends, helping find new homes for several dogs.
I moved to San Diego to pursue a degree in Psychology and after I got settled in I began searching for a dog of my own to adopt. After months of searching I found a wonderful pit bull named Harley who stole my heart the moment I met her. I adopted her on the spot. Harley’s rough background caused her to have a lot of anxiety and I realized it would be a good idea to work with a professional trainer to get her started on the right track. I was referred to Nan Arthur, a positive reinforcement clicker trainer with years of experience. Harley and I loved doing clicker training and she made a complete turn-around.
Later that year I began volunteering for Pit Bull Rescue San Diego, doing everything from fundraising to fostering. It was then that it dawned on me that I would be able to save the lives of more dogs by becoming a dog trainer because I would be helping to prevent the problems that landed them in the shelter in the first place. I contacted Nan Arthur and discussed my options. She recommended Animal Behavior College to get my certification.
Crystal L. Williams, ABCDT
Honors Graduate, ABC Certified Dog Trainer
My path to becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer started when I had to put my pit bull, Duke, in a rehabilitation program. I had rescued him from fighting, and consequently, he had aggression issues towards other dogs when food was around. The prospect of being able to rehabilitate an animal from such a behavior absolutely amazed me. So I started reading more about dog behavior. The amount of information out there is staggering. The more I read and learned the more interested I became. As time went on I came to a decision. I would become a dog trainer. So, I did my research, and everywhere I looked, I saw ABC’s logo. I put in an inquiry and got a call from admissions the next day. I enrolled and just weeks later, I received my books and materials in the mail.
Betsy Thompson, ABCDT
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
I’ve had a love for dogs ever since I can remember. When I was five years old, my best friend and I would pretend to be dogs – it was our favorite game and our parents were great about putting water bowls out for us to drink from and taking us for walks with makeshift leashes! My father was in the military and we moved every couple of years, so it wasn’t until he got ready to retire that we got our first dog – a Weimaraner named Gray King. I’ve been involved with dog training on a personal level for sixteen years. I currently have three adopted dogs – Merlin, Emma and Huckleberry. Merlin is my therapy dog, Huck is my agility and flyball dog and Emma is my couch potato.
Five years ago, I started volunteering at the Humane Society Fairfax County (HSFC) and found what had been missing from my life. I love the interactions I have with the dogs there. It was also through the HSFC that I found a wonderful dog trainer who showed me that anything was possible with any dog. It’s wonderful to work with the HSFC dogs to increase their adoptability simply by changing their behavior and then knowing you’ve contributed to their finding a new home. I’ve also found that working with potential and current pet owners is very rewarding. I decided that working with dogs would be my second career once I am able to retire which I hope will be in a few years.
After searching for certification programs, I decided that ABC was the right fit for me.