About Gary

/About Gary
About Gary 2023-06-02T18:17:52+00:00

Behavioral Consultant Gary Abelov has successfully rehabilitated thousands of behaviorally challenged dogs since 1984.


While attending college in the early seventies, Gary took time to travel with his dogs all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In 2004, he was one of the first trainers in Missouri to test for and receive the coveted CPDT designation through The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  He is also a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (IAABC).

“I’ve spent a very large part of my life observing and studying dogs at work, rest, and play. I’ve learned how to successfully connect with and motivate dogs, and I’d love to show you how to do this too.”

Gary lives outside of St. Louis with his four dogs. He enjoys writing, restoring classic cars (VW’s), hiking, and riding horses and motorcycles.

  • Behaviorist – Ralston Purina
  • Behaviorist/Trainer – Open Door Animal Sanctuary (retired)
  • Guide Dog Instructor-  Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Pet Expert – Fox2 News St. Louis
  • Training and Behavior Columnist – Pet Friends Magazine
  • Guest Dog Expert – KTRS, WGNU, KMOX Radio
  • Guest television appearances on Fox2, KTVI, KPLR, KMOV
  • Advisory Board Member – Open Door Animal Sanctuary
  • Docent Wolf Sanctuary 1995-2000 (Wild Canid Survival and Research Center)
  • Retired Board Member – Support Dogs for the Handicapped
Lectured on behavior, training and puppy mills at:
  • Jefferson County Schools
  • Humane Society of Missouri
  • St. Louis County Schools
  • St. Louis County Library
  • Jefferson County Library
  • Rockwood School District
  • …and at a variety of major shelters throughout the St. Louis metro area
Gary’s main service areas:
  • St. Louis City & County
  • St. Charles City
  • Northern Jefferson County