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  • 12-14-2016, 03:29 PM
    rtroutt

    Re: Animal Behavior College? I graduated in 2008 its a good program.

    I think its a good program and you learn a lot about behaviour. It helped me with my 4 dogs and the supplemental programs like the shelter dog program are good also.
    Quote Originally Posted by lory3453 View Post
    I talked to an Admissions Counselor today. It sounds good, but who knows, they could be lying to me. It kind of sounded like it was TOO good, really. They said the average salary was a lot higher compared to what I've heard from other dog trainers. Just not sure if this "certificate" they give you is worth the $3000 you give them. They also said 85% of their students get employed right after graduating. They give you books and studies to do from your own home, then they hook you up with one of their approved mentors to teach 1-on-1 and have you volunteer at a local animal shelter. What she told me sounds good, but it's her job to recruit people, if you know what I mean. So I don't think I can depend entirely on HER opinions and suggestions. That's why I want to hear from other people.

    Not really sure what to do.

    Oh, and she said they're on www.bbb.com (Better Business Bureau) and www.bppve.ca.gov (Institutional Approval). Not sure what that means.
  • 09-10-2016, 03:33 PM
    sndrcldwll

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I completed the ABC Dog Training course in 2008. The initial mentor that I was assigned did not do the type of training that I was interested in (one-on-one) so I was immediately provided with another mentor. I work full time in my business as a basic obedience dog trainer, dog walker and pet sitter. I do believe that you need to have some natural talent with animals to be able to make the connection...
    You won't get rich but you'll enjoy going to work every day.
    You'll also work evenings and weekends when the dog owners are available.

    ABC will train you to be a balanced trainer. As a trainer I've only used a martingale collar and have wonderful results. I've had dog owners request the training with prong or shock collars (they want speedy results) but I show them how quickly their dog responds with just the martingale collar and they are surprised and pleased.

    Best of luck to you
  • 06-27-2016, 12:22 AM
    furiousPETER

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    Animal behavior is an important aspect in all out lives. I believe that it is important that insitutions committed to the training of animals do so with great aplomb
  • 06-22-2016, 02:21 PM
    Nkay

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I had previously written a negative review of ABC (Animal Behavior College). They have reached out to me and are listening to my problems and complaints, in regards to the program's I had issues with. They've been very understanding and are working with me to resolve the issues. I appreciate their willingness to help me and come to an agreement that is fair for all involved. I no longer have anything negative to say about ABC.
  • 05-27-2016, 11:12 PM
    Jessnw

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    Hey I was thinking about signing up for this college and since this comment in the most current please tell me what it is that didn't work out for you. I was going to take the grooming course. I'm just nervous with reading these comments and giving someone 4000 dollars if it's a scam.
  • 05-25-2016, 06:03 PM
    Nkay

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    Glad it worked for you, it did not for me.
  • 05-25-2016, 06:01 PM
    Nkay

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I just blew $8k on the dog grooming and training. They were so convincing on the phone and I was going through a really hard time and fell for it. I completed the grooming with very little help in my externship. I am not a groomer, I'm a brush bather, at best. The only way to learn to be a groomer is to work directly under a groomer. So I have a piece of paper that says I'm something I'm not.
    The dog training is even worse. It's the most rudimentary material that anyone who's owned a dog or two already knows. Now I'm faced with whether or not I want to do their training externship to get another piece of paper that means nothing. I just want my money back....I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS "school" to ANYONE EVER! 😓
  • 09-29-2012, 12:14 AM
    PPDT

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I have just completed my final with them. They are legit. They set me up with a mentor trainer in my area and received great hands on experience. I signed up to volunteer at a shelter(required to graduate) and I am still at the shelter. I am getting set to start my own training business with me, myself, and I. You don't have to work for someone else. This business is a lot of networking and it starts snowballing. All I can say is GO FOR IT!! You won't regret it!
  • 09-29-2012, 12:06 AM
    PPDT

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    Animal Behavior College is the real deal. They set you up with a mentor trainer in your area and you do volunteer work at a shelter. I am about to graduate and getting ready to start my own dog training career. I am still volunteering at a shelter trying to get the dogs ready for adoption. ABC is worth every penny. I am now in the middle of the Vet Asst.courses.

    Anyone knocking this program has not taken this program...just sayin'
  • 07-20-2012, 10:48 AM
    LHH

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    It is a scam and once you sign up you are on your own. It's a glorified self help program. They also make you sign an agreement to never publish any negative postings about their program.
    If they were so good they wouldnt need to squash 1st amendment rights and could let their product speak for itself. instead they make you sign waviers and pay up front for a poor mans coorespondence school which certifies you for nothing useful.

    :madgo::madgo::judges::
  • 02-26-2012, 03:55 AM
    akosijenjen

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I am worried now. I currently want to become a Veterinarian, but problem was is money and the right colleges and the availability of classes since some colleges have classes being cut. I found this sight and was very convinced and excited to start off with a career that Ive always wanted. but now reading all of these post, I'm not sure who is telling the truth. i really do not want to waste money than i already have. I am pretty upset and i am not sure weather to continue this or not. Can someone please give me advice if i should continue or not? im doing monthly payments and im about to start this school, but now.. i dont know anymore.

    here are the counselors that helped me out. if you know them please reply to me:

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    so far they have been VERY helpful and VERY convincing... now i just dont know anymore..
  • 12-12-2011, 02:42 PM
    itsadogslife

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    It reminds me of that Stratford school, from which I, as a kid, requested information regarding a degree in Astrology & Parapsychology (would that something so awesome would actually be worth anything!) That place, too, is unaccredited, and thus, a scammy waste of time and money. When a "school," certification program, "college"/"university," or an related company advertises, that in itself is often a good tip-off that they're not legit. "Real" ones don't need to; they're accredited, and found on the lists of good schools or programs in any given area. Same with the University of Phoenix; years ago I sent them an application, to determine whether I could get a Hospitality Management degree online. Not five minutes after submitting the app, I got a phone call. That would never have happened with an actual school. (In fact, their offices all tend to be very swamped, slow, and poorly run!) That place is far more a business than a learning institute. They're trying to sell degrees. I mentioned it to my guidance counselor, and he immediately said, "Nope, don't even consider that. You're way too good for it." In the case of this animal training thing, I'd much sooner take a Petsmart course, or ask a local trainer where s/he was taught and certified. At least I could feel safe trusting and counting on those options.
  • 11-24-2011, 07:38 AM
    nytetears

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawgbiz View Post

    We dont really place you in externships we just say that to make you attend our school. We sell bogus CDs called training tools for 195.00 what a rip.

    Odd, I went on an externship. The guy was a moron but I went on one. And I was offered a second one to compensate for the one that sucked. Also the cd's are included in the price of the course so I don't know where you get the $195 from. Oh and also you do not need to be certified to train dogs. it just looks/sounds better to the customer/client. Anyone can open a business and claim to be a dog trainer. I have had a heck of a time getting into volunteer in the various shelters, normally because the shelter trainers tend to like to do the training themselves and they couldn't be bothered to teach anyone their methods (this is not always the case however I have lived in 3 cities in 2 countries and it has been the same in both countries)

    This course will not make you the dog whisperer

    This course will give you the basics of dog training and get you started.

    Don't like the course? get a job at pet smart and agree not to open a business without X miles of a pet smart for a year or two after you quit. You will get a watered down version of this course and you will get the experience of working with dogs which is always a benefit.
  • 11-24-2011, 07:26 AM
    nytetears

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I know this is an older post but I felt I must answer this.

    I trained through ABC and I also trained through Petsmart. The courses are pretty much the same. The ABC course does give you a bit more indepth informtion on breeds and some other areas then Petsmart did. (notably petsmart does not tell you how to get your own business running)

    When I took the course I had already done the petsmart one so I did not find a lot of new information in the course. However a new dog trainer will get the basics of dog training and a good foundation to start a business.

    You will not learn how to deal with complex problems but you will get the basic sit down stay which is where all trainers should start anyways.

    The externship is normally very good. The guy I got was a moron but I do not hold that against the school, they offered to send me on another one and they delt with the guy from what I understand.

    I still keep my books around for reference.
  • 08-31-2011, 09:50 AM
    itsadogslife

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    My, but those posts sound convincing. :

    Scams are advertised on television quite frequently. What reason would people have to proclaim this as a rip-off, other than to help prevent others from making the same mistakes? On the other hand, the "pro" messages sound suspiciously like people who were requested to promote and defend it--and there's no reason to trust those. The website design alone tells me all I need to know; it's structured like all other obvious scams, with a single page promising too-good-to-be-true things, an image of a cute dog and a smiling lady, alongside a form in which you're immediately expected to fill out your personal information. I've only heard of this school through its own advertisements, and having now read this thread, I'm fully convinced of what I already knew. There's nothing to make one think it's legit, or anything more than one other online "do/learn this or that at home" absurdities.

    I once sent away for the info about how I could get certified as an astrologer/parapsychologist. Needless to say, it turned out to another useless thing--but the very idea was so much to imagine that I wound up keeping the paperwork for many years anyway. :smurf:
  • 07-12-2011, 05:04 PM
    sab42781

    Re: Animal Behavior College?

    I know this post was submitted years ago, but as a Certified Veterinary Assistant graduate at Animal Behavior College, I find it necessary to tell all that this college is NOT a scam. Everything that they state on their website is 100% the truth and I recommend anybody who has considered going through ABC to follow through with it. There are even commercials on tv about ABC and if it were an internet scam...why would there be commercials on tv about it? I understand the concern for scams, but like I said....this is no scam! I have the certification to prove it if there were any questions asked. For those of you who have given false information about ABC on this thread, shame on you! There are better things to be done than give false information about something you do not know about. I completely back up Angela from ABC because what she is saying is the truth! Thanks for reading and I hope this information is found useful!!!
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