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Megan Stead
Grocery Store Cashier and ABC Certified Dog Trainer

Megan Stead

My love for dogs was sparked when I got my first dog Simba a beautiful lab/pointer mix a couple years ago. Before I got Simba I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do in life. I’d explored a few different options but nothing hit me very hard until I started training and working with my own dog. Then I realized this is it! This is what I want to do with my life, train dogs!

I chose ABC because I wanted to be involved in a dog training program that not only taught basic obedience but had a solid foundation about behavior of dogs, how to problem solve, and also business building. ABC had all of that and more, and the price was very reasonable, and so it was the perfect choice. I found ABC while looking online, and then also at my local veterinarian, where an ABC graduate had left her business card. I called her up and had some lessons with her, and asked her about her experience at ABC. Almost every thing I heard was positive, and so I took the plunge and enrolled, and it turned out to be a great choice!

ABC turned out to be the perfect choice and I have learned so much through the program. The pace was perfect and easy to work around a busy schedule. My favorite part of ABC program is the externship. I had the opportunity to work at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with an amazing mentor. There is nothing more exciting and motivating than when you reach the hands on portion of the program and work closely with a Mentor Trainer.

My plan for the future is to open my own animal rescue, until then I will continue my education with dogs! I would like to express thanks to God for the blessings he has showered me with, and for the people he has placed in my path I want to thank my family for the support they give me in all my doggy dreams, and finally thanks ABC for giving me the tools I need to succeed with my future animal sanctuary.


Randi Miller
Business Owner and ABC Certified Dog Trainer

I believe ABC will help me educate dog owners that with patience, discipline and love most every dog can become a pleasure to be around. I want to teach owners of dogs that they were not born to know how to behave and need humans to develop leadership skills to make that happen so that our shelters will not be so overcrowded.

I owned and operated a business for 21 years in customer service and knew it was time to retire and devote my time to dogs. Thanks to ABC I now know I made the right decision!


Matthew Cochran
Vet Assistant and ABC Dog Trainer

I have always wanted to work with animals, even when I was a little kid. I never had a fear of dogs, I would walk up to every dog and pet them, even if they were supposed to be mean.

This took me in the direction of Veterinary work. When I got to high school I started working for an animal hospital so that I could get an idea of what I was getting into. I loved it, working with animals, being around what I wanted to do, it was awesome. I worked at the clinic all through high school and my first couple years of college. Eventually I moved on to another job but I was still going to college for the pre-Veterinary program. Working with animals was still in the back of my mind.

A couple years ago a friend of mine told me I should look into dog training. This idea became more and more appealing as I went through school and found how much Veterinarian School cost. Then I met the girl of my dreams and got married. Now vet school was a distant idea because of cost and the fact that I would have to move somewhere to attend one. At that time dog training became even more appealing to me.

I looked online and found Animal Behavior College. I checked out their website and decided that I wanted to get more information. I called ABC and through talking with a representative decided that it was what I wanted to do. I talked to my wife and we decided that I would enroll in the Dog Obedience program.

Animal Behavior College sent me the course material and I got to work. I quickly read each chapter of the book work and finished it within 5 months, ready to start the externship. I got started with a great mentor in Winston-Salem. I learned a lot from my mentor and used the things I learned to start my own classes. Finally I was ready to take the final, I took the test and passed with flying colors.

Since then my business has soared. I went from one class, to 5 classes a week and have been having a blast. I plan to host basic obedience levels 1 and 2 classes, puppy classes, agility, tracking, trick classes, distraction classes, earth dog, fly ball, frisbee, and much more. As well as in-board training and eventually board training.


Amy Amos
Stay-at-Home Mom and ABC Certified Dog Trainer

My name is Amy Amos and I have a love for animals, especially dogs. I have worked at a veterinary teaching hospital for 6 years and have learned a lot about animals. I wanted to further my education so I signed up with Animal Behavior College. All the people I talked to were very friendly and helpful. Through ABC I gained a very good knowledge of dogs. I very much enjoyed my hands-on experience with my Mentor Trainer. It was an invaluable experience. I am now staying at home with my two kids and doing dog training as my income. I hope to have a kennel one day and board and train. As for now I am teaching group classes and doing private lessons.


Nee Kang
Radio Broadcaster and Owner of ""

Hi, I'm Nee and that goofy Goldie in the picture is Kiyo.

My adventures with dogs started when I was a kid, and Timmy followed me home from school. Timmy was a stray mongrel who came with his little bag of ready tricks: sit up, roll-over, playbow. We grew up together - exploring neighborhood nooks and crannies on lazy walks after school. Then came Benji, a shelter pup, whose brindled coat and smiley brown eyes twinkled with an ET-like intelligence. Duke, a stray beagle mix, was third in the musketeer line. He was succeeded by Shelley, also an adopted shelter pup, and the only girl among the boys. Over the span of more than 30 years, Timmy, Benji, Duke and Shelley, taught me much about dog behavior and how to care for them - perhaps preparing me unconsciously for this next stage of my grand adventure.

Kiyo is the new kid on the block, another shelter rescue. We began our journey together into the fascinating world of formal dog obedience training. As an adolescent dog, Kiyo lacked some manners that cause once-loved dogs to be abandoned. He was notorious for jumping, mouthing, pulling on the leash and bolting. On walks, he would sometimes lunge and bark at passing dogs. It was hard work, but today, Kiyo is quite the changed dog. Otherwise, we could not enjoy the balmy sea breeze at this public beachside park in Singapore nearly as much as we are doing in the picture!

And it's all thanks to the head start provided by ABC's program - even though ABC is located here in the US, and I live in Singapore! When I was looking for a dog trainer school, I wanted one that provided a balanced combination of theory and practical skills as I felt that was the best fit to my own background as a scientist trained in studying animal behavior. The ABC program provided a good foundation of basic dog training methodology using positive reinforcement, from which comparisons could be made to other methods available. It's a fascinating field and one that I will continue to pursue - as tweaking, experimenting and even re-synthesizing solutions from different methodologies can generate new tricks that can help dog owners and their dogs. It certainly helped with Kiyo!

I've thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with Julie Beller - it was worth every bit of the 18-hour flight and several months of unpaid leave. Thanks, Julie, for the bond shared over our mutual passion to help dogs and their owners learn and communicate with each other in fun and positive ways. I'm privileged to join the ranks of ABC's Honors graduates, and I'll certainly be furthering the cause of canine education in Singapore and wherever life's adventures will take me.


Inge De Rubeis
Owner and Trainer at “GOOD K9s”

Since 2001 I have been working professionally with dogs. Working at a shelter taught me much about fear, stress, anxiety, breed-specific issues, and the "bad behaviors" that dogs can show. From my experiences, I learned: "There is no such thing as a bad dog."

I work for a Guide Dog School where you clearly can see what a difference it makes when, from puppyhood, dogs get the right start and consistent training. I raised four puppies and lived with two adopted shelter dogs who challenged my life. Eggo was one of them.

In 2002 I brought Eggo home from the shelter. He was originally found roaming in the woods, abandoned. When I met him, he already called the shelter his home for 4 years. He was adopted out and then was returned to the shelter because of housebreaking issues, destructive behavior, and aggression towards cats and dogs. He was neither trustworthy nor friendly to humans. Eggo was labeled un-adoptable.

He showed me how to deal with a "bad" dog. I treated him with compassion, I listened to him, I refused to use force in his training – he turned into a wonderful companion.

We had hard times at the beginning, progressed slowly and had setbacks, but we did not give up. I believed in him, and we grew together. Often I had the wish to know more about relationships, leadership, learning theory, and "how to do it, and what not to do". I started to study dog behavior and dog training so that I could help him become the best dog I ever had. Animal Behavior College opened me the opportunity to study next to my fulltime employment. The externship was just tailored to my needs. I am very grateful that I was able to progress fast throughout the learning stages so Eggo was able to celebrate my formal graduation at Animal Behavior College at the age of 14 1/2 years.

Thank you to all at ABC; you made this possible!

As an Honors graduate from Animal Behavior College, I provide part-time Private In-Home Training, with the hope to make a difference in dogs’ and owners’ lives, so that their relationship will be a happy experience.


Kristin Hadacz
Trainer for Leader Dogs for the Blind and ABC Certified Dog Trainer

I always wanted to work in the dog field ever since I could remember. I always thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, but then I found out that school was way too long. So, I then thought about becoming a vet tech, until I had a life-changing experience. I got to raise my first puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind. I had so much fun teaching that little pup all the new things that she needed to know to someday lead a visually impaired person. Then, the sad day came when I had to take her back to the school for her to finish her training. Well, I am proud to say that she is out working with a wonderful young man. That is when it all started – I loved training so much.

I kept raising puppies, and after my fourth pup was given to me I got asked by Leader dog staff if I could help them out with a puppy that was donated to their program at 9 months of age. She was very shy and afraid of everything. Well, I took that wonderful dog under my wings and step-by-step she came out of her shell, so I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a dog trainer. I had a gift that I wanted to share with others. I am very proud to say that this dog is back at Leader Dog going through the rest of her training, and I hoping she too will make a difference in someone’s life, and I will know that I helped her along the way. I am also proud to say that the other three dogs I have raised for Leader Dog are out working as well. My fourth one is still at home with me until the summer of 2009, and then she will go back and finish her training at Leader Dog.

ABC was a great choice for me. I have had a wonderful experience with everyone at ABC. My Program Manager encouraged me every step of the way (thank you Josh Sunga). I also had a wonderful Mentor Trainer (thank you Angela Hoover & Trainer’s Academy). I know I have made the right choice. I hope to open my own training center, and my ultimate goal is work as a trainer for Leader Dogs for the Blind, so I can watch the visually impaired take that first step out into the world with their dog (their eyes) and know anything is now possible.


Suzan Sirois
ABC Certified Dog Trainer and Honors Graduate

Have you ever wondered what your purpose was? That was a struggle of mine for years. I had contemplated going to school for a number of different things, but nothing ever struck me as “I can see myself doing that for the rest of my life”. I thought long and hard of what my career choice would be. It would have to be something that I loved. Well, I love animals, so I thought about what it was that I could do in that field. The thought of becoming a vet assistant, as well as a groomer crossed my mind, but I knew that wasn’t it, that was not what I was supposed to be doing. I needed to do something that I had a passion for, and something that would be rewarding.

As time passed me by, and as I sat day to day at my office job, going through the same cycle, I knew I needed to make a change. Shortly after I came to realize that I needed to make changes in my professional life, I made a big decision in my personal life. I got my first dog, and named her Leia. Oh how my life has changed since then! As we struggled with obedience training, the light bulb went off! I knew that is what I was going to do, become a dog trainer.

I looked into very few schools, because when I came across ABC, I knew it was the school for me. I quickly made the phone call to get more information, and shortly after that, I got myself enrolled.

Once I began my studies, I could not get enough. I was learning so much, and needless to say, my dog was as well. Sooner than later, I got my second dog. Leia’s brother, and littermate, clearly his name was going to be Luke.

I continued my studies, finished that part of my program, and moved onto my externship. All though I had enjoyed my studies, and Luke, Leia, and myself learned so much, it wasn’t until I started my externship, that I became completely passionate about training. Being hands-on with dogs and seeing the success of each dog week-to-week is what got me hooked!

Now that I am an ABC Honors graduate, I cannot wait to share my success and knowledge with everyone. I plan to start my own training business soon, and would not be where I am today if it weren’t for ABC, my Program Manager, and my Mentor Trainer.

Work hard; follow your passion and your dreams, because it truly does pay off!

If you want something, go for it! Take charge of your own happiness and destiny. Where will you be if you don’t?


Connie Todd
Dog Groomer and ABC Certified Dog Trainer

Having worked with animals all my life, I decided to give up the corporate world in 1997 to do what I love best, working with and helping animals. In 2006 I opened my own grooming salon in Lewes, DE. On many occasions, my clients express concerns they are having with their pets' behaviors. Being a Certified Trainer with Animal Behavior College has allowed me to help them build a great relationship with their dogs.

During my training, I volunteered at the Humane Societies in Delaware and Maryland. Using ABC’s positive training techniques has helped change their behaviors, providing them with a better opportunity to be adopted to new families. I worked with a variety of breeds. I fell in love with all of them and was able to meet the new families when they were adopted. I look forward to working with the Humane Society in the future as I continue to help clients build great relationships with their dogs.


Melissa Roman
Petco Dog Trainer

A few years ago I was going to college to get a major in Zoology. About 3 months into the school year it became clear that a career with a zoology degree was very difficult to get, so I started to rethink my options. Since I couldn’t find anything else that the college offered that appealed to me, I started to look online. All I knew was that I wanted a job with animals. Most of my life I had pets, all different kinds of pets, from hamsters, dogs, cats, birds, fish, and even ferrets. I even took care of stray cats and birds that got injured. So I considered animal control, pet boarding, kennels, animal shelters, grooming, etc., but none of those things seemed to be for me. It was when a link for Animal Behavior College came up that I felt I had found my new path. I looked at the website and it had so much information and was so easy to navigate, that right after I got done looking at it I got in touch with someone to get more information.

I instantly remembered when I was 12 years old and I got my first dog; her name was Susie and she was a white Jack Russell terrier. We got her from a local shelter, she was already a year old and she had no training before. We brought her home and things were pretty good for a while. My father didn’t really know anything about training dogs, so he kept her in a cage most of the time to keep her out of trouble. So when Susie started to get aggressive we didn’t know what to do, but it was when she accidentally bit me that my dad decided that she had to go.

All I could think about was if we had known how to train her things might have been different. I knew in that moment that Animal Behavior College was for me. I didn’t actually enroll for almost two years but in that time all I could think about was Animal Behavior College. So when I final enrolled and received my package in the mail I was so excited. I used almost every spare minute I had reading and taking notes and three months flew by and all of a sudden I was ready for my externship.

My externship was the greatest experience of my life. My mentor was the best; I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. She taught me so much. Even now that I’m graduated, she is still happy to teach me more. My Externship Coordinator and my Program Manager were there every step of the way as well. They were always checking on me and were eager to hear all about my experience. I am so proud to say that I have graduated from Animal Behavior College. I would recommend to anyone who was interested in being a dog trainer in a heart beat.

I was recently offered a job at Petco as their dog trainer. I can’t wait to get started; I know that Petco is going to be a great experience. I’m happy that I get to use everything I learned and will learn even more in the process. Of course I still hold on to my dream of starting my own dog training business in the future.


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