ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– August 2014
Since completing the ABC grooming program Tania Langrehr has opened her own grooming facility in her hometown of Preston, Ontario, Canada. Although grooming was not her first career choice, Tania always new she wanted to work with animals. She tried to work in the veterinary field and learned it was not the right choice for her. Tania is succeeding in the grooming field and plans to continue to build her business as well as learn more grooming techniques.
What prompted you to become a pet groomer? Was there a specific event, circumstance or person who inspired you to pursue this career?
I have always loved animals, especially dogs. One day my mom asked if I would like to try and groom her Pekingese, I did and I loved it. I have a few friends with dogs and asked them if I could groom them as well. I had so much fun trying different styles and cuts on them that I decided to pursue my career in dog grooming.
What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced during my externship was being able to work with all the different types of dog personalities. There are so many different types of dogs and it was a challenge at times to figure out how to work with each one individually.
What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?
The most rewarding moment during my externship was helping really matted dogs. Some dogs came in and were so matted you could not see their faces. Watching the dogs run around after the groom and being able to see put a smile on my face.
Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.
A gentleman walked in with his dog to get groomed and we looked down to greet the dog and he managed to slip out of its harness and ran right onto the grooming table. I guess he really loved to be groomed.
What grooming skill(s) or technique(s) do you want to master during the next 12 months?
One thing I would like to perfect is to be able to groom a Poodle to the specific breed standard. I would like to be able to do a show cut or specific style cut on a Standard Poodle.