Dog Grooming Success Stories
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Sandy Tate, ABCPG & ABCDT
ABC Certified Pet Groomer and Certified Dog Trainer
Sandy Tate, ABC Dog Obedience and Grooming Program alum, did not begin her career in animal care until later in life. Before she was grooming professionally, Sandy taught high school English in Minnesota. She enjoyed her work, but her husband's job required the couple to move around the country constantly and it soon became difficult for Sandy to continue teaching.
After traveling for several years, Sandy and her husband finally settled in San Diego, California. She started looking for work as a teacher again only this time she would be giving lessons to puppies, not teenagers. Sandy got a job training puppies for a breeder. She comments, “I had no experience, but the breeder hired me and taught me to train. After a while, I noticed that there were holes in what I had learned so I decided to further my training with Animal Behavior College, where I graduated from their Dog Obedience Program with honors.”
Around this same time, Sandy and her husband decided they wanted to open their own business, but they could not settle on what it should be. They finally realized that the answer was an all inclusive dog care facility that included a doggie daycare, grooming, and obedience training. However, Sandy understood that she did not possess all the skills to operate the business of her dreams. She decided to go back to Animal Behavior College to become a certified pet groomer. Sandy says “For both programs, the home study worked very well for me and I loved that I was using actual books instead of doing everything on the computer. I was nervous about going into my externship, but everyone at the grooming shop where I was placed was very friendly, helpful, and willing to teach me. I'm happy to say that we still keep in touch.”
Once Sandy graduated from ABC's Grooming Instruction Program with honors, she moved forward with her business plan and opened Sandy Pawz Dog House. “We've been open a few months, and I'm happy to say that business is good and getting better everyday” she says. Sandy and her husband are preparing to open Sandy Pawz Dog House 2 in the near future.
Ashley Baldwin, ABCPG
ABC Certified Pet Groomer
Ashley Baldwin has always adored animals, but in particular, dogs. She adopted her first puppy at 11 years old and has had dogs ever since. Ashley dabbled in various careers but never found happiness in any of them. She says, “I was just trying to find my way and still didn’t realize that deep down I really wanted to work with dogs.”
Her love for dogs was amplified when she acquired her fourth dog, Casey. Ashley found Casey at a construction site. She was malnourished, had worms and mange; she was just in all-around bad shape. Ashley nursed Casey back to health. Throughout Casey’s rehabilitation, Ashley realized that she was interested in grooming because she saw it as an essential part to keeping a dog happy and healthy. Once Ashley was committed to her new career path, she started scouring the internet and soon found ABC’s Pet Grooming Program.
Ashley knew that ABC was the perfect fit for her. “I love the freedom of the program and learning at my own pace and having my own personal coordinator that I can contact for any help I needed. I couldn’t wait for the hands-on portion. I interned at Dog and Company Pet Boutique where I worked side by side with the head groomer. She taught me everything she knew and is still teaching me today,” she comments. Once she completed her externship, Ashley was hired as a full time groomer at Dog & Co., where she continues to master the different aspects of grooming.
Ashley’s experience with ABC has been a rewarding one. She says, “I couldn’t ask for anything better in my life, I have everything I ever wanted. Each day there is something new and exciting happening. I have learned so much with ABC and I especially like the hands-on aspect of the program. Being an ABC Certified Pet Groomer has made me more conscious of the health and well-being of not only my own dogs, but each and every one of my client’s dogs. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that I can make a dog beautiful and healthy.”
Fashawn Burgess, ABCPG
ABC Certified Pet Groomer
Fashawn Burgess’ love for animals began with her father. He raised Labrador Retrievers for hunting and she enjoyed watching them work. She says, "We always had a dog and cat around the house to love and take care of." Fashawn inherited her father’s passion for animals and she started learning about dog training and grooming in 4-H. When she had mastered basic care and obedience, she moved on to showing dogs and eventually horses. Those early experiences with animals fostered what would become a lifelong passion.
In her early 20’s, Fashawn’s life took another direction than she expected. She got married and started working as a bus driver for children with special needs. She also became an art instructor and taught her students how to paint. However, Fashawn’s love for dogs never left her and after 27 years of dedicated service, she finally felt it was time to follow her dreams and pursue a career in the animal industry.
Fashawn always knew that she wanted to work with dogs and decided to become a dog groomer. She says "I didn't want to be a backyard groomer. I wanted to be trained in proper dog grooming." She began looking for a grooming school that would teach her the necessary skills she needed to become a successful groomer. Fashawn comments, "When I found Animal Behavior College I knew I had chosen the right program. It fit with my busy life and work schedule. I loved that I was able to work at home at my own pace. ABC was also very affordable compared to the other grooming schools.”
For Fashawn, the most exciting part of the program was the externship with a local groomer. She was able to put into practice the techniques she had read about in the curriculum. “I learned so much during the hands-on portion of the program. I truly feel that ABC has prepared me to be a professional dog groomer” she comments. After only a few months of interning at Sue's Small Stuff Dog Grooming, Fashawn was hired and is currently working at the salon. Fashawn's future goal is to combine her love of art through painting pet portraits and to have her own grooming parlor within the next 3 years. She hopes to share her talents and love for dogs with others.
Megan Powers, ABCPG
ABC Certified Pet Groomer
When Megan Powers was a little girl she wanted what most little girls want, a puppy, but her parents said no. As an adult, Megan has more than made up for it. She is the proud owner of 3 dogs, 5 cats and several more that she fosters. Megan is also ABC’s newest Certified Grooming Program graduate.
Megan enrolled in ABC’s grooming program for a rather unique reason. As Manager of the Lucky Stars Country Kennels in Hampstead, MD for the past 3 years, Megan kept coming up against the problem of needing qualified groomers. She says, “We were having problems finding and keeping good groomers, I decided to go ahead and learn how to do it myself”.”
Of course, with Megan’s hectic schedule at the kennel, she did not have the time to devote to a brick and mortar school and found the in-home learning aspect of ABC’s program priceless. Megan says, “I never dreamed that I would be able to go back to school because of my busy schedule. ABC fit perfectly with my life and let me achieve my goal. For me ABC was a perfect fit”.
Megan also learned more than she thought through the program saying, “”I feel I learned so much from ABC’s grooming program. I thought I knew a lot already because of my job. But I learned so much more. It is amazing to see the change that happens in a dog when you groom them, the pride and happiness you give them is amazing”.
Megan has already put her certificate to good use and has already been able to save the day at the kennels when one of the groomers didn’t show up. Megan is grateful to ABC for adding a new dimension to her beloved career with animals and would recommend it to anyone saying, “ABC is a fantastic program for anyone who wants an animal career and cannot drop everything to go back to school”.” She also says the personal service of her program manager was valuable, “”My program manager was always there for me, guiding me each step of the way. I always felt like a valued part of ABC and I thank my lucky starts for finding such a wonderful school. I am grateful to have had the experience and the chance to use my new skills to be of even more service to the animals I work with every day”.
Wanda Dorn, ABCPG
ABC Certified Groomer
Wanda Dorn, ABC Certified Groomer Instruction Program graduate, fell in love with grooming as a teenager, when she spent the summer helping a family friend groom poodles. After high school, Wanda put her dream on hold when she got a job at Briggs & Stratton, where she eventually became an electrician.
Wanda spent her entire working career as an electrician and now that she is retired, finally has the spare time to pursue her first love, professional dog grooming. Even though she has prior grooming experience, Wanda wanted to find a school where she could receive official training and obtain a certification. “I knew that if I could go back to school and get some knowledge and hands-on experience,” Wanda explains, “it would give people confidence in my ability to groom their dogs.”
Wanda’s life is far from slow-paced; she lives on a 300 acre farm and keeps busy raising her three-year-old son. Because of this, she needed a grooming school that would fit her unusual schedule. “We have a campus near where I live that offers a pet grooming program. However, their program runs full-time, 7 days a week for 4 months,” Wanda said. “There was no way I would be able to it and take care of my son at the same time.” Wanda was determined to find a grooming program that included both book-study and hands-on training. She knew from previous experience that she would need both of these components in order to become a successful groomer.
When Wanda saw Animal Behavior College’s (ABC) Certified Groomer Instruction Program online, she knew she had found the perfect program for her.
Sonia Nathan, ABCPG
ABC Certified Groomer
Some people are born knowing their career path while for others there is one moment that changes it all. Sonia Nathan, ABC Pet Grooming Program graduate, never thought she would work with animals, let alone become a professional groomer.
Before Sonia found her passion for grooming, she was a restaurant bookkeeper and teaching fitness classes on the side. Her life changed eight years ago when her children approached her wanting a family dog. When Sonia was a child, she was attacked by a pack of dogs and was hesitant to bring one into her home. She decided to overcome her fear and adopted a Standard Poodle. When Sonia met her new companion, she instantly felt a connection with the family’s new pet. She comments “I fell in love with dogs, and here I am today — a groomer.”
Sonia began grooming her own dog and quickly moved onto working with a doggy day care as a bather. During this time, she also apprenticed at a local grooming shop and began her hands-on training as a groomer. Upon discovering her talents as a dog groomer, Sonia started researching grooming schools where she could hone her skills and learn new ones. ABC was recommended by multiple salons in her area.
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