President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in early 1962 that National Poison Prevention Week should be observed in the third week of every March. The goal was to raise awareness about poison prevention nationwide. Currently, American poison control centers report Continue reading
Dogs are just like people: mostly well-adjusted and a little neurotic… and sometimes equal amounts all at once! Accepting this fundamental conflict is part of being a pet owner. If your dog has their “less than perfect” moments that cause you a smile or a sigh… no worries. All dogs do. However, if your dog demonstrates more serious behaviors that cause you or anyone nearby to feel fear, uncertainty or Continue reading
ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– March 2013
Krystal Tyers lives in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and is currently a part-time groomer for a small shop there. She has been working as a groomer for five months and plans on staying at her current shop to learn as much as she can from her boss. Continue reading
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– March 2013
Cindy VanFrankfoort, of Peterborough, Ontario Canada, has worked in the veterinary field for 23 years as an office manager, and is involved in competitive Flyball. She also assists with puppy classes and volunteers at the local humane society. Cindy enjoyed teaching beginner Flyball training so much, she looked into dog training and found Animal Behavior College. The program sounded very interesting to her since it covered topics Cindy was interested in. Continue reading
Why does your dog love love love some toys but not others? Surprisingly, the answer may be as simple as the wet nose on your furry friend’s face. Continue reading
ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– March 2013
Karen Carr lives in the Upper Marlboro area in Maryland. Aside from her full-time job as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, she also works alongside her ABC Mentor, Nikki Lee, at Gentle Touch Groom & Go. With her mentor/co-worker’s assistance, Karen keeps expanding her knowledge in order to perfect her grooming skills.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
My police dog Cody changed my life forever. We worked together on a regular basis and some of my responsibilities were brushing and washing him. Unlike most police dogs, Cody had an all white coat. His hair was thick and coarse, and he constantly needed to be groomed. I was doing such great work that the other officers started asking me to keep their police dogs clean as well.
- When and how did you know that you’d be a success in the pet industry?
After I received Cody, I was grooming coworkers and friends dogs frequently and it became apparent that I had a natural gift not only for grooming but also working with dogs. I started to hone my skills on the police dogs in my unit, and later went on to groom the personal dogs of the officers and their wives. The more I worked with pets, the more I realized I could not go on without working with animals in my daily schedule.
- What services do you offer as a groomer?
I offer full-service grooming. I do not want to turn any dogs or cats away. ABC’s externship taught me that in order to become a successful groomer one must know everything about grooming: the good and the bad. My grooming and scissoring skills are combing, clipping, undercoat removal/care, trims and/or shaping. I also include anal glands, ear cleaning, nails, undercoat removal/care and teeth cleaning upon request.
- What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was working full time and attending classes each day. It was very difficult at first, but then I settled into a nice routine that worked for me. I paced myself and made sure that each day I learned something new. I loved every part of my externship and am so happy I made the time to work with the girls at Gentle Touch Groom & Go.
- What knowledge and experiences have you gained from becoming an ABC certified pet groomer?
Patience. The most important thing when it comes to grooming and handling a pet is patience. When you and the environment remain calm, your dog will tend to follow. Grooming is difficult work and ABC prepared me for every wonderful part of the career I have in front of me. My experiences in the shop were all pleasant and I have grown as a groomer by watching and asking lots of questions.
ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – March 2013
Debbie Gravitt lives in Galva, Ill., a small town of 2,300 people. She teaches dog training at the Marquis Pet Resort and Spa in Bishop Hill, a neighboring town about 8 miles away. Debbie worked for a veterinary clinic and after taking her puppy through a training class there, she fell in love with the training aspect. She still works part time for the veterinary clinic and also does part-time work for the resort in its daycare room. Continue reading
ABC Veterinary Assistant Program Student of the Month – March 2013
Doreen Hull lives in Hubbard, Ohio, with her five cats and five dogs. A flight attendant for the past 27 years, her first passion was working with animals; however, when she graduated from high school, there were as yet no online education programs. Upon discovering Animal Behavior College, Doreen knew it would be a perfect fit for her busy lifestyle. She was able to volunteer for her externship at Best Friends Animal Rescue, which was a lifelong dream. Continue reading
ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– February 2013
Roxana Liu sharpened her pet grooming skills at Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, as part of the ABC Pet Grooming Program. During her externship, Roxana worked alongside the head groomer, Regina, to learn how to wash and trim a variety of dog and cat breeds. Once she became an ABC Certified Groomer, Roxana was hired as a part-time groomer by the salon, where she continues to add to her grooming knowledge. Continue reading
Just in time for spring road trips, ABC founder and president Steve Appelbaum will be live on Atomic Dog Radio Thursday night (2/28/13) at 8:00pm PST discussing car harnesses and other travel safety measures for dogs, tips for helping dogs enjoy road travel, and how to address pets who get car sick. Continue reading