Animal Behavior College Reviews & Success Stories
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My name is Beth and I became interested in working with dogs almost 10 years ago when I took my Golden Retriever, Bailey, to K-9 Kindergarten and basic obedience. I had so much fun and learned a lot about communicating with dogs. I decided that one day I’d like the opportunity to share that ability so people could enjoy a well-behaved pet in their home. Even though I have a background in travel and a paralegal certification, I can honestly say that dog training gives me the fulfillment I’ve long searched for in a career. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to watch an owner’s face light up when her dog responds to her commands! Most people have had the frustration of having a dog that “just won’t listen”. I’ve learned through training that communication is the key to making that dog listen and knowing that I can help make a difference is a gratifying feeling.
As a recent graduate of ABC (Animal Behavior College) I can say that the experience has been very enjoyable and ABC has an excellent training program. The information I received through the program was very thorough and the coordinators were helpful. Once I got involved I learned there is so much more I can do with an obedience background. I’d like to develop my skills into the advanced and private training areas and eventually do this full time. I recently “rescued” a Golden/Shepherd mix (Gabriel) from a home where he was badly neglected and in desperate need of love and patience. Coincidentally, I was going through my training when I took Gabe so it didn’t take long to resolve his problems with separation anxiety, dominant aggression and running away. People can hardly believe he’s the same dog! I’m proud to say that with the help of the knowledge I gained from ABC and a little patience, I’ve saved the life of a dog who was headed for the dog pound. Now Gabe is one of the most well-behaved, intelligent and LOVING dogs I’ve met yet! I’d now like to get him involved in agility or a more advanced area of training and am looking forward to working with ABTA to accomplishing that.
I became interested in animal behavior when I hired a professional trainer to help with my 1 ½ year old Siberian Husky, Siam, who was suffering from separation anxiety. The professional trainer I hired worked for Animal Behavior & Training Associates, Inc. (ABTA) and the results were so great that when I got my second Siberian Husky, I called ABTA again. When speaking with the folks at ABTA I learned about their school for dog trainers, Animal Behavior College (ABC), and the rest was history. I graduated from the College with honors and accepted a position with ABTA, teaching private in-home lessons. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about a dog training career. The people at ABC keep everything professional and take dog training very seriously. They love and respect dogs, and they strive to impress the same philosophies upon their students.
Hi, my name is Gerilynn and this is my wonderful dog, Sam. I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College. Attending the College was one of the best choices I have ever made for myself. I am now able to help dogs and their families build lasting rewarding relationships through training and education. I truly feel by educating dog owners we can help decrease the numbers of homeless dogs in shelters and rescues. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a professional dog trainer is seeing the happy faces of owners when their best friends are obedient members of the family.
I have always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. However, I never imagined I could make a career out of it. I found an adorable puppy at the Long Beach Animal Shelter to give to my fiancée, Monica, for Christmas. But when we arranged for training classes with the local recreation department, Monica was called out of town on business for a month, making me the primary trainer. I worked with our puppy daily and we both made outstanding progress. When the class was over, Sable, the youngest puppy in the class, finished in second place. After seeing how successful the training was with Sable, neighbors and friends began asking me for advice and quick behavior solutions. After several success stories with neighborhood dogs, I knew I had come across something I had a real passion for, so after taking Sable through an advanced obedience program, I decided to inquire about becoming a trainer at the local Petco store. I found out about Animal Behavior College (ABC) and quickly signed up for the Dog Obedience Instructor Program. I am so happy I did. I am now an ABC Certified Dog Trainer getting paid to help people and their dogs
Retail Banking Business
After twenty-five years of being in the retail baking business, it had lost it's thrill,and I was looking for something different. Over the years I have enjoyed training and working with my own dogs and helping friends train their dogs. One day I had a thought, why not try doing this for a living. I started training part time. After doing part time for five years I'm making the move to full time training and specialized boarding.
The ABC program gave me some new insights and the confidence to take on my new career. It was a pleasure to talk with the ABC staff. They were helpful and knowledgeable of all things dog.
In the years to come I hope to work with dogs and their caretakers to ensure they have long and happy lives together, so that man can truly be dogs best friend.
Originally from Chicago, I came to Los Angeles with the not-so-unheard-of dream of becoming an actress. After spending the majority of my adult life in miserable jobs, I decided I wanted to find work I could ENJOY doing that would also allow me time to pursue acting. As if it had been staring me in the face all along, I remembered my childhood love of animals, especially my family's two golden retrievers. After research and tremendous support from my new husband, Buck, I leapt forward into the world of dogs.
ABC has been a terrific experience. I love helping owners bridge the communication gap between human and canine. The apprenticeship was a great way to work in the class environment with a safety net. I fully intend on stealing my instructor, Linda's great stories to pass on to my future students! I plan to continue in the group setting at Petco, as well as furthering my studies to become a private trainer. I am also in the process of establishing my own Pet Sitting/Dog Walking service called, "What About Fluffy?" I will be focusing on caring for all types of pets in Van Nuys and the surrounding communities
When I found my three cats were immune to my dog training skills, I adopted a stray Golden Retriever/Irish Setter mix, Barnum. He has been my most difficult student, as I have to live with anything I don't instill properly! I also volunteer at the SPCA LA and want to encourage anyone looking for a dog (or cat) to check them out. Just as becoming a trainer has made me see dog behavior in a clearer light, working for the SPCA has blown all of my preconceived notions about animals in rescues. The majority are there because owners just gave up on them. But I know with the right amount of attention and training, every dog can be a wonderful companion.
Professional Pet Sitter
I have been a petsitter for five years. During this time, I saw many of my clients enroll their dogs in obedience classes, go through the sessions and end up with dogs that were still completely untrained. These classes, also, did not address the dogs' behavioral problems that existed. I knew there had to be a better way and decided to become certified in dog training myself.
I always loved dogs but not until I went through the ABC program, did I truly begin to understand them. Having a dog sit or lie down was never a problem for me, that was simple. Reading their body language and getting a better
feel for what was going on inside their mind was something I was lacking.
ABC provided me with this knowledge and it has proven to be invaluable to me. It has allowed me to better help my clients understand their dogs and correct behavior problems. Being able to turn problem behaviors around and save a pet from ending up in a shelter, has been incredibly rewarding. Without ABC instruction, I would not have been able to do this. Since I graduated
ABC, I have been offering both private and group training classes. I just love the challenge and enjoy helping a dog to become a welcome member of the family.
Vet Hospital Employee
I had been out in the business world in management and found it was not rewarding. So I turned to something I love and am passionate about. Dogs. I volunteered in shelters while growing up and all throughout college. One of my goals is to make shelter dogs more popular and attractive to prospective owners so they can get adopted. I also worked in an animal hospital for 2 years before I joined Animal Behavior College and I am still there. ABC helped me tremendously in that field. I have an advanced understanding of dogs and can now communicate better with them through the tone of my voice.
I have bragged about ABC to a lot of people. The manual was very user friendly and presented the material in a way that was easy to understand. It was nice having a Program Manager throughout the program that I could call whenever I had questions. One of the things I really liked about ABC was learning about the different canine behavioral characteristics. I now have an understanding of the intricacies of canine aggression and factors relating to fearful behavior.
I am a positive, outgoing and enthusiastic person so I enjoyed the motivational format of the Program. Positive reinforcement was what motivated me to work with people in the first place and it works even better on dogs. The hands-on training was the best part of ABC because you get to use what you learned. My trainer was great and spent extra time with me. And I was fortunate enough to get to see the reviews of the class that I taught so I could see how well I did. I plan to teach group and private training and find homes for more dogs because of what I learned from ABC.
Other than always having at least 2 dogs in my family at any given time while growing up, I had no dog training experience at all before I went to Animal Behavior College. I am currently a school teacher, and take pleasure in working with people. Also, I have always enjoyed working with dogs. Now I can combine the two. It is really more a matter of teaching the owners about their dogs so that they can work in conjunction with each other. ABC gave me a great understanding of dog behavior and also helped me understand how to teach owners to relate to their dogs.
I thought the "hands-on" was the best part of ABC. I am more of a visual/kinesthetic learner, so this part of the Program was more effective for me than the written material. I eventually want to have my own business, such as a doggie day-care. With the knowledge I gained from attending Animal Behavior College, I can make that a reality now.
I always wanted to become a dog trainer because I love animals. But before going through Animal Behavior College, I didn't have too much knowledge on how to teach others basic obedience except what I had seen on TV and read in books. But of course none of this was as in-depth as ABC.
I am also currently in college to become a veterinarian. Then I will be able to help my clients solve their dog's behavior problems due to the knowledge I gained from ABC. Also, I figured that being a dog trainer will help when I open m own doggie day-care because I will be able to offer my clients obedience courses. I know I will be successful because I love to work with dogs and their owners.
ABC taught me more in-depth ways of dealing with problem behaviors and also how to teach others how to work properly with their animals. My favorite part of ABC was the obedience classes. I loved seeing the owners' faces when they saw their dogs beginning to learn. I now know how to teach owners the basic obedience cues that will make their dogs better companions.