My name is
Patricia Hoeksema and I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College where I earned my certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. Animal Behavior College (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school. My year long commitment to this program has provided me with a formal education in canine obedience training and understanding behavior and its motives. My certification, education and experience provide me the skills required to effectively and humanely train your dog while keeping alive the spark that makes your dog so special to you.
ABC's Training Program begins by teaching students how to build a proper canine/human relationship. It is our philosophy that creating a relationship built on positive interaction and consistency can often deter future unwanted behavior problems, facilitate faster learning and even solve some existing behavioral challenges.
From there, ABC Students are taught to teach new behaviors through luring, shaping, capturing or molding. ABC's Training Philosophy follows the scientific behavioral principles of operant conditioning and involves using the least aversive approach possible in every training case.