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Animal Behavior College
Where Animal Lovers Pursue Animal Careers

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Become a Dog Trainer
Become a Vet Assistant
Become a Cat Trainer

Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program

Do you love dogs? Would you like to learn how to become a dog trainer? Animal Behavior College's Dog Trainer Program has certified more than 12,000 dog trainers (ABCDT) across North America since 1998. Our dog training certification program includes both real world training with a Mentor Trainer in your local area, who uses positive reinforcement dog training methods, as well as an online dog training course. This hybrid real world/home-study course ensures you’ll receive a solid academic and functional foundation in dog training.


NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Program

Do you enjoy helping and nurturing animals? Animal Behavior College can help you fulfill your passion of working with animals as an ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant (ABCVA). Our Veterinary Assistant Program is one of the few online programs approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Every student receives real work experience during the externship portion of the Veterinary Assistant Program in an approved veterinary hospital or clinic environment. Let us help you realize your dream of becoming a vet assistant.


Grooming Instruction Program

Wondering how to become a dog groomer? Animal Behavior College's Dog Grooming Program utilizes a proven system of hands-on training with an online dog grooming course. This multi-sensory format gives each student the education and experience needed to become a successful ABC Certified Dog Groomer (ABCPG). ABC focuses on gentle dog grooming techniques designed to protect the pet and provide a more relaxed grooming experience overall.


Cat Training Program

Are you a cat lover? You can turn your love for cats into a cat training career at Animal Behavior College. Our Cat Training Program combines an online course with shelter experience. Every student will have the opportunity to observe and handle cats of different breeds at a local animal shelter. Be the first in your area to become an ABC Certified Cat Trainer (ABCCT).


Aquarium Maintenance Program

Would you like to start your own aquarium maintenance company? Are you interested in learning more about the fishkeeping hobby and becoming an aquarist? Animal Behavior College's Aquarium Maintenance Program can help you turn your passion for fishkeeping and marine habitats into an enjoyable occupation. The opportunity to have a successful career in aquarium maintenance is better than ever. This extremely comprehensive program is designed to provide you with the knowledge to succeed in the vast sea of fish owners.

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Join the Growing Industry of Animal Careers

The 2017/2018 National Survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) says 68% of American households own a pet, which equates to 84.6 million homes. APPA research also shows that pet industry expenditures are rising. They estimate $72.13 billion dollars will be spent in 2018. Help animals while you become part of a thriving industry.1

Why ABC?

For nearly 20 years, we've been providing students a path toward a rewarding career with animals. We offer four animal career training programs in dog training, veterinary assisting, dog grooming and cat training—all of which can be done in the comfort of your own home. The flexibility, tuition and fun animal interactions are just a few reasons why our students choose us.

Why you should choose ABC:
  • Flexible and self-paced study
  • Online courses recognized by national organizations, such as NADOI and NAVTA
  • Locations Near You - Over 6,000 training facilities in the United States and Canada
  • Personal student support
  • Student-friendly financing
  • Lifetime certification upon completion


Study for an animal career you'll really love in the convenience of your own home. By offering our animal care courses online coupled with over 6,000 training facilities, we allow you the flexibility to study at your own pace wherever you are. Stay on track and you can receive your dog training, veterinary assistant, dog grooming or cat training certification within one year.

Study Materials

We know learning requires applying what you've studied in a real-life work environment. This is why we provide you not only textbooks, but other materials needed to work with animals as well. Materials, such as instructional videos, veterinary assistant scrubs and a 37-piece grooming toolkit, are all included in your tuition.

Meet Our President

CEO and Director Steven Appelbaum is a professional dog trainer and animal lover himself. After growing Animal Behavior and Training Associates, Inc. (ABTA), the exclusive provider of dog obedience classes for Petco, Steven built a school for students aspiring to help animals. Steven is a member of the IACP, APDT, HSUS, PIJAC, DWAA and ASPCA.

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