Animal Behavior College Reviews & Success Stories
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Before attending Animal Behavior College the experience I had with dogs was with my own, and as an apprentice for a dog groomer. Because I love dogs I wanted to help the ones that people just "throw away" so I wanted to become an obedience trainer.
I gained so much knowledge and experience from ABC's hands-on training that I will be volunteering with the local Humane Society and working as a professional dog obedience instructor.
The knowledge of one of ABC's Program Managers, Jori, whom I was always able to call for help, was one of my favorite parts of ABC. I would recommend ABC to others because they are so knowledgeable about training and they are always there to help you.
Owner of Tail Waggin
I got my first dog in 1994 and took obedience classes through the local Humane Society. Ever since then I found that working with dogs is something that I really enjoyed doing. I had decided earlier on from my experiences I had with my first dog, that it would be very rewarding to me to be able to teach owners to work with their dogs. In 2003, I had enough of the corporate world and decided to make a career change. So I found Animal Behavior College on the internet and signed up. In January of 2004, I quit my job at the law firm to finish my studies through ABC and open my own dog training business. When I left my desk job, I had two goals for when I completed the ABC program, one was to open a dog training business (which has became a reality) and the second is to be certified as a Search & Rescue team with my pup, Penny.
I feel that ABC has a great program to offer to people who are looking to get certification as a dog trainer through ABC. With a well written program, to the very rewarding "hands-on" training, I am happy to have found Animal Behavior College to help me get a step in the right direction as a dog trainer.
As a way to continue my heartfelt desire to help people and my love for animals, I began volunteering at an animal shelter in Alna, Maine. I was searching my mind for how I could do more to help the dogs at the shelter and began researching about dog obedience training. Of interest to me was that many dogs are owner surrendered to shelters due to the perceived “disobedient” nature. I figured this was a great opportunity to expand my horizon and volunteer work at the shelter by training dogs in basic obedience, as well as educating dog owners about their dog and various behaviors.
I chose ABC because it offered a comprehensive learning phase that included basic canine behavior theory as well as the hands on portion of the program where I could apply the theory. The most rewarding portion of the program for me was being able to do my training at a shelter and see the remarkable improvement each week as the dogs that I worked with became obedient trained. I am happy to say, many of those dogs were adopted! My personal goal is to work with dogs in shelters, educate people about dog obedience and help find shelter dogs loving homes.
I've had about 5 dogs throughout my life (all rescues), like Huskies. I have always related well with dogs and seemed to have a knack for training them. Since I really care about dogs and like working with people, I decided to join Animal Behavior College and become an ABC Certified Dog Trainer.
I really liked the hands-on classes. I enjoyed working with all of the different breeds and personalities of dogs (other than Huskies). Now I have knowledge on how to handle difficult situations with dogs. And I liked working with all of the different people, too. There are a lot of different breeds to train and ABC gave me the experience and knowledge I need to pursue a dog training career and start my own business.
I have owned dogs all my life since I was a child. I have also owned raccoons and have experience in horseback riding as I took a class in college on horsemanship. I own three dogs right now and the things they do every day amaze me. To people that do not have dogs, I would say that they are missing out on unconditional love, loyalty, and great companionship.
I loved the group observation and participation. Actually working with the dogs and receiving an abundance of knowledge from my experienced instructor was a great learning experience for me.
I am very interested in dogs and would like to use the training I received at ABC to train dogs as a second source of income, maybe even having my own business one day. I would like to start out part-time and work my way up, furthering my education as I go.
ABC gave me a new knowledge of what a dog's reaction means, how to treat and train the dogs I have, as well as other dogs. Now I have a greater urge to learn even more. My love for dogs makes me determined to become the best trainer I can be.
Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
Like a lot of people, I have had dogs all my life. I am also on the board of Directors for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City which allowed me to realize first hand how dog training could improve the likelihood of adoption for almost every dog.
I think there is an important bond between humans and animals that we can use to enrich our lives. I have never met a dog that I could not find something positive about. For example, I rescued a 1 ½ year old Dalmatian that had been in a shelter for 3 months and within 2 weeks he was perfect and has been the #1 dog in my life. Now I can use the knowledge and experience that I gained from ABC to help other shelter dogs become more adoptable.
I really enjoyed learning about the different personalities of the breeds. The hands-on training was my favorite part of ABC. I was able to see the different personalities of the people and their pets during the hands on training called "Observation" and "Participation".
Right after I completed ABC, I was hired by ABTA as a Professional Dog Obedience Instructor. ABC gave me the knowledge and experience to be a success in the dog industry.