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ABC – Graduate Dog Groomer is a Shining Star

A Passion for Animals = Groomer’s Success

As a young boy, Blake’s love of dogs began with his family’s Labradors, which they bred and sold. Later on, he came to the realization that pet grooming could be fun after an experimental haircut with his roommate’s cat. After doing some research, Blake decided to pursue a career as a certified pet groomer, which led to his enrollment with Animal Behavior College’s  (ABC) Grooming Instruction Program. Following graduation as an ABCPG, he became head groomer at a local grooming shop in San Francisco.

Most recently, he was promoted to District Manager for grooming salon franchise; Blake now oversees three grooming facilities in the Bay Area. When he is not at a salon, he volunteers at the local animal shelter P.A.W.S. and enjoys city living with his 1-year-old Labrador, Fiona. Blake loves what he does, even though it is a lot of work.

“It’s not always easy, but it’s always rewarding,” he said.

What Blake finds really rewarding is helping the cats and dogs at the shelter who are in need of a proper grooming. At the salon, his favorite breeds to groom are West Highland white terriers because of their flowing hair and cute, round faces. Blake is constantly working on his “style” and aspires to open his own groom shop someday.

As an active animal grooming professional, Blake is dedicated to continuing his training as a pet groomer. He is currently working toward a Master Groomer’s certification with the National Dog Groomers Association of America. Blake attributes his success to how much effort he put into it his education and ABC’s comprehensive program.

‘It shows what passion and a love for one’s career coupled with a great education can manifest,” Blake said. “ABC will give you the tools to handle anything that comes across your grooming table.”!

Dog Grooming and Animal/Pet Grooming Training & Certification is offered by Animal Behavior College. To find out more about becoming a Dog Groomer please visit http://animalbehaviorcollege.com/doggroomingprogram/

Dog Groomers Wanted!

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Careers in Dog Grooming on the rise. To meet the high demand in professional Dog Grooming trades Animal Behavior College offers a Dog Grooming Certification online. Courses available throughout the United States & Canada.

Become a Dog Groomer

Dog groomers are among the most sought-after professionals within our industry–and the demand for qualified personnel will continue to grow for years to come. Becoming a Dog Grooming professional might not sound like the most employable career in the pet care industry, but there is an overabundance of companies locally and nationally that are hiring experienced groomers and newcomers to the field.

Animal Behavior College offers a combined online and hands-on Dog Grooming certification program that teaches Pet Health and Safety, Dog Grooming basics, and How to Bathe, Brush, and Dry the animals, as well as the use of Clippers and proper Scissoring techniques. This course also covers Cat Grooming, Business Building, Hands-on Training, and the Professional Dog Groomers toolbox.

Just last month, there were a half-a-dozen graduate students discussing their choice of profession on Facebook. From the July 30th section of the Animal Behavior College Facebook Timeline:

Shelbi Richey wrote,

I can say that I am very happy with my ABC experience. I took the Dog/Cat grooming course. The people I had to speak with to get enrolled were very efficient with timing, and seemed to really care about my education. I never felt as if I was in the dark or had unanswered questions… I was very lucky to do my externship at such a great salon with a good teacher, that was KEY! I feel you need to be VERY dedicated to learning this business if you sign up for classes, due to the amount of reading you have to do, if it’s not something you’re very passionate about, it may become hard to follow or get boring for you. The book stages were easy to read though, and even had humor so it didn’t feel like you were reading a history book. I even convinced my sister to take the same course and she is on her way to graduating now. I give ABC an A!

Suzette Sabie said,

I have opened up my own Grooming Shop in less than 1 yr!!!!

Julia Creadore wrote,

I’m currently in my externship stage & absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to graduate & start working with dogs full time! You’ll love the experience! I’ll never be sorry for choosing ABC! If you’re a natural reader, you’ll be able to absorb the written material quite easily! I was excited to read & learn everything I could, and value the knowledge I’ve gained more than I can ever describe! During my externship, I’m seeing everything I learned from Stages 1-9, being put into action & it’s amazing just how much easier it is to understand what I learned once I see it with my own eyes! You’ll love ABC!!!! Good luck in whatever you choose to do!

This morning, I was reading through Groomer to Groomer magazine, on the first page was a full page PetSmart ad that boasted about offering Dog Grooming positions, as well as Salon Managers and Professional Bathers–and full-time work. And not only a full-time job with medical benefits, but PetSmart also offers dental, 401K, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, vacation and sick pay.

It’s not only the major pet store chains looking for the Dog Grooming help either. Kimberly A. Bandusky of a local Mokena/Tinley, Ill., shelter is also in need of a Dog Groomer.

She said, “The shelter I teach classes at is in need of a groomer.”

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Jeff Damon, Dog Grooming Professional, Animal Behavior College Graduate and our Canadian Student of the Month

The list goes on and on; a few months back we posted a Spotlight on the Student of the Month, Jeff Damon. Jeff, an ABC graduate who started his animal career as a volunteer at shelters, is expanding his knowledge by completing ABC’s grooming program  http://goo.gl/VQFpfZ

Read more about things to know when considering a career as  a Dog Groomer.

Things to Know When Considering a Dog Grooming Career

Is Dog Grooming a Career for You?

Before Becoming a Dog Groomer

Dog Grooming Certifications – Animal Behavior College

 

Besides the high demand for good Dog Groomers, the profession offers other benefits, including being able to a build strong, meaningful relationships with clients and their pets.

Dog Groomers’ relationships with their four-legged clientele and their owners can, in turn, lead to referrals, which is a great form of networking.

And professionals who do exceptional work can earn tips from their appreciative customers. Plus, there’s always an opportunity to show-off your creativity with specific breed cuts and client requests.

In addition, Dog Grooming is a very mobile profession. If you are someone who often moves from city to city, you can still groom pets no matter where you live. There are Pet Businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

Dog Groomers can work practically anywhere: from home, mobile shops, brick & mortar locations, veterinary offices, doggie day cares, kennels, shelters and rescues.

Some Things to Know Before becoming a Dog Groomer

  • You should be someone who animals, specifically dogs, are attracted to
  • You should be someone who is creative and artsy
  • You should be a patient person who doesn’t mind getting wet

Dog Grooming is hard work but its rewards and flexibility can make it a very rewarding career.

Pet Grooming Tips for the Summer

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Grooming your pets in the summer. Advice from an Animal Behavior College Dog Grooming certificate program graduate. Why you may not want to groom your dog when it gets hot. Pet Grooming Training Tips shared by Student Graduate of Dog Grooming School.

Pet Grooming Tips in Summertime

Although your pet may have a warm thick coat, long-haired cats and dogs are actually kept COOL from this. The coat acts as insulation and it regulates the dog or cat’s body temperature, so when it’s hot, it keeps the cool in, and vise-versa.

The best way to keep your pet cool is to keep your pet’s coat mat-free, well-brushed, and clean.

If you are considering grooming your cat or dog this summer, try to leave at least two inches of fur to protect your pet from the elements. Be aware that once shaved, a double-coated pet’s coat will never grow back the same.

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Pet Grooming Tips for the Summer – by Animal Behavior College Graduate

“Share the Joy:” The Animal Behavior College Video Contest

Dog Training Tip - How To Train Your Dog To SitWe hear the most amazing success stories every day from ABC students and grads. They never fail to inspire us. Because of that, we’ve got a proposition for you: enter ABC’s 2nd annual video contest, show us your BEST ABC-inspired animal story testimonial and you could win cool stuff! Continue reading

Pet Business Advice — With an ABC Discount!

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Solid business building guidance is hard to come by, and proven advice targeted to pet business owners is even tougher to find. So when ABC’s founder and CEO Steven Appelbaum read Six-Figure Pet Business,  a new book by pet business coach Kristin Morrison, he was not only taken by surprise Continue reading

Keep Your Professional Skills Sharp

Your ABC certification is a gateway to opportunities as wide-ranging as your imagination. But completion of your cert doesn’t mean your education has to stop. Our Continuing Education Programs (CEPs) keep you sharp and give you the tools to grow in ways you never imagined!  Continue reading

Expert Advice on Shelter Dogs

Recently, Steve Appelbaum, our founder and CEO, was interviewed on “Teacher’s Pet”, a podcast hosted by ABC graduate Nan Talleno, ABCDT.   Steve spoke about the care, needs and challenges associated with shelter dogs.  His key insight may answer some of your most immediate questions Continue reading

Careers with Animals – Popular Animal Careers for Animal Lovers

Careers with Animals – Popular Animal Careers

Animal Careers and Animal JobsDog training is often a job into which people transition from other careers related to caring for animals. Individuals who work as trainers, groomers, or caretakers hold a variety of responsibilities depending on their precise line of work and place of employment. Continue reading