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September 2014 – ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA

ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA – September 2014

Zackary Morgan

Zackary Morgan is Student of the Month

As a child, Zack Morgan was always interested in how animals behave and learn. He was particularly drawn to the ocean and marine animals. This interest continued into his adult life, and in college Zack majored in biology with an emphasis on marine studies. During this time, he also began working part time at the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in Reinholds, Pa. It is there that Zack really developed a bond with dogs and realized dog training might be the fulfilling and rewarding career he was looking for. Zack’s manager at the rescue is a current ABC Mentor Trainer and encouraged Zack to become a certified dog trainer through ABC. He signed up for the Dog Obedience Program shortly thereafter and has done wonderfully so far. Zack is currently finishing up his externship and is on track to graduate with honors. Continue reading

September 2014 Dog Obedience Program Canadian Student Of The Month

ABC
Dog Obedience Instruction Program
Canadian Student of the Month
September 2014

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards is Student of the Month

Before Andrew Richards decided he wanted to be a dog trainer, he worked in the construction industry. After being laid off, he had some time on his hands and decided to really think about what he truly wanted to do as a career. While contemplating what he would do next in life, he looked down at his dogs and decided then and there that he wanted to work with dogs. In Andrew’s own words, “It’s all about what will make a happy life and, for me, that’s dogs.” After deciding to do something in the animal industry, he began researching online and found Animal Behavior College. He enrolled in the Dog Obedience Program shortly thereafter and is now on track to graduate in the next few months. Continue reading

September – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
September 2014

Erica Rajski

Erica Rajski is the Grooming Instruction Program's Student of the Month

Erica Rajski lives with her family in La Porte, Ind. She is currently completing her externship with Sue’s Small Stuff Dog Grooming in Mishawaka, Ind. where she has been grooming with Sue and her staff since April 2014. Despite the 45-mile drive and her busy full-time job and schedule, Erica is putting in hard work every Saturday at Sue’s and loves every minute of it. Continue reading

September Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– September 2014

Carolyn Chabot

Carolyn Chabot is Student of the Month

Carolyn Chabot, or Carrie as she likes to go by, lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She just completed her externship for the Animal Behavior College Grooming Program at Hollywoof Grooming Parlor. The owner of Hollywoof Grooming Parlor, Mavis, loved having Carrie in the salon and even offered her a part-time grooming position there, which Carrie eagerly accepted. Continue reading

August – Veterinary Assistant Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Veterinary Assistant Program
Student of the Month
August 2014

Sinead McMahon Stuessy

Veterinary Assistance Program Student of the month - August 2014 - Sinead McMahon Stuessy

Sinead lives in Oceanside, Calif., where she enjoys being a full-time mom. She was watching TV when she heard about Animal Behavior College and its Veterinary Assistant Program, and decided to visit the website. Since childhood, Sinead has had a deep love for animals and credits her mom for it. She chose to become certified because she knew it would give her a competitive edge when looking for a position as a veterinary assistant.

What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

So far, my biggest challenge has been working with military working dogs. They are mostly German Shepherds and I had an extremely bad experience with one a few years ago. I overcome my fear by showing up everyday to work with those dogs, by practicing safe handling and remembering to breathe.

Describe a humorous moment you witnessed or took part in while working at your externship location.

Everyday has been fun and filled with smiles. Two of the Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility’s office staff, who are from the East Coast, were getting really excited about a store that is similar to a 7-11, only better, they said. I’ve never seen someone get so excited about something like that.

What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

My most rewarding moment involved working with the Army veterinarians. They do things a little different but they included me in just about everything.

What has your experience been like in the ABC Veterinary Assistant Program?

My experience with ABC has been very rewarding. Everyone, including those at my externship location, has been very kind.

What skills do you want to master during the next 12 months?

I would like to be able to improve on reading chemistries such as blood work and urinalysis. I would also love to master the anatomy of common animals, especially horses.

What are your future career plans?

I want to work with large animals, especially horses. I would also like to continue my education and pursue becoming an RVT.

If you could work with any exotic animal, what would it be and why?

Wolves; I want to learn more about them. I’ve always loved wolves, I’m fascinated by them.

August – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
August 2014

Barbara Messino

USA Grooming Student of the Month - August 2014Barbara Messino lives in Ocean City, Md., and owns Tails of the Town Grooming Salon, which is located in Pittsville. Although she knew it might be risky, when the opportunity presented itself to own her own shop she couldn’t pass it up. Barbara uses the skills she learned in her externship every day and she reports that her client list keeps growing. She is always learning and having fun.

What prompted you to become a pet groomer? Was there a specific event, circumstance or person who inspired you to pursue this career?

I really wanted to do something that made me happy and I was passionate about. I volunteer at shelters and the humane society and have had many different animals in my life. I can’t ever imagine my life without animals in it. There were many times I wasn’t happy with the groomer who worked on my dogs. In addition, I wanted to be able to offer people a place where they could bring their dogs and know they were being cared for like they were my own. I wish I had done this a lot sooner.

What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

I think the biggest challenge for me during my externship was learning all the different breeds and how to do their faces. Each one had little differences, and people want their dogs cut in very specific ways. It was a bit overwhelming. I watched all the training videos over and over again, and once I felt somewhat comfortable, I asked the groomer at the shop I was at to let me clip the complete dog. We decided that she would do one side of the dog and I would do the other. This way I had something to go by and match up; from there I got to the point where I would do the whole face myself.

How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?

I did a lot of research about dog grooming, schools and programs that were out there for training. I went to a few salons and asked about on-the-job training, but after checking all of these things out, I felt it was important to be certified. I also liked the idea of being able to do this at home, except for the externship. All the course work I could do at my own pace and I needed that flexibility. The ABC Grooming program was the best match for me.

What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?

The ABC Grooming Program has been great. My program coordinator and externship coordinator were very helpful, answering any questions and assisting with any problems I was facing. The curriculum is very thorough, and the DVDs are great to see some of the grooming steps put into practice. I have had a great experience with ABC and I am very glad I chose to go through the program.

What grooming skill(s) or technique(s) do you want to master during the next 12 months?

The skill I would like to master in the next 12 months is to perfect the faces.. Since that is the first thing pet parents look at when they pick up their baby, its important they look great. I am learning new techniques all the time, using my thinning shears and scissors along with the clippers. I am going to perfect those skills and learn new ways to be creative in my styles.

August Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– August 2014

Tania Langreher

Tania Langrehr - August 2014 Canadian Grooming Instruction Program's Student of the MonthSince 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.

July – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
July 2014

Emily Fritz

Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month - Emily Fritz - July 2015

Emily Fritz was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently employed at the local animal hospital, where she started as senior in high school. Emily came across dog grooming in an unexpected way. On what seemed like a typical day at work, her supervisor surprisingly requested that Emily shave down her Saint Bernard who was shedding everywhere. Emily had no prior experience grooming animals but took on the challenge and excelled at it. Her supervisor was so impressed by the finished result that she offered to pay for Emily’s schooling so she could become a “professional” groomer. Due to the flexibility and structure of ABC’s Grooming Instruction Program, Emily was able to complete the home-study portion while pregnant with her son. After he was born, she began her externship and enjoyed every bit of it.

What one thing stands out for you in terms of knowledge and/or skills acquired from the program?

Once I began my hands-on training at my externship, suddenly, things I remembered reading in my book made sense. I knew exactly what I was learning hands-on because I had already read about it in my textbooks.

What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

I’m a fast learner and normally catch on quickly after being shown once or twice how to do something. However, expressing anal glands has been my biggest challenge so far. I’m able to do it but it takes me a few tries to get it.

What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

One day, when I was doing my hours at my externship, the owner of the shop came up to me and told me how awesome a worker I was, and how she would love for me to work for her. She offered me a position after I finished school.

What are your future career plans?

I plan to work at the animal hospital where I am currently employed and gain more experience as well as build my clientele and pay off my debts. Then, I plan to work for myself and either establish a mobile grooming business or work from home and be a stay-at-home mom.

If you could work style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?

I’d have to pick Cruella de Vil, because I think doing a dye job on a dog or cat would be so cool.

July 2014 – ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA

ABC Dog Training Program Student of the Month – USA – July 2014

Cheryl Boyce, ABCDT

Dog Obedience Instructor Program Student Of The Month - Cheryl Boyce

Cheryl Boyce didn’t always plan on becoming a dog trainer. As a “numbers” person, she spent most of her adult life working in an office environment, performing various accounting tasks. Cheryl was inspired by her own dogs to learn more about dog training.

“To witness a dog think and process what you’ve asked of them is truly amazing,”

Seeing this process take place first-hand is what prompted her to look into dog training as a career. From there, she did some research online, talked to a trainer who had graduated from ABC and enrolled shortly thereafter. She has now graduated with honors from ABC, and has had some wonderful opportunities to work with her local shelter to help make life better for homeless dogs.

Where do you currently live and work?

I live in Stuart, Florida, and I work for The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

I learned so much from my mentor trainer and have very high respect for her. At the end of my externship she offered me a job opportunity. I was very honored.

Describe one pet story that touched you the most during your volunteer hours

On my first day volunteering as a dog walker, I was shown a dog who was terrified and would only stay to the back of his run curled up in a ball. He didn’t want to be walked or even looked at. I went into the run and just sat down next to him without paying any attention to him. After a little time had passed, I petted him and then eventually put the leash on him. He reluctantly went with me, but stayed at the end of the leash to be as far away from me as possible. I shortened the leash and just walked with the attitude of understanding he didn’t want to do this, but we needed to and it would be okay. I talked to him in a calm and reassuring way on our walk. By the end of the walk he wasn’t trying to get away from me. I never pushed physical contact on him, just kept going with the reassuring conversation. When I went to this dog a few days later and said hello, he came to the front of the run, jumped up on the door, and happily went for a walk with me. He has now been adopted and is adjusting to his new family.

Have you started training professionally yet? If yes, are you training full- or part-time?

Not at the moment. I have been given the opportunity through my job to help design an enrichment program for our shelter guests. The goal is to give the dogs activities that not only provide exercise, but stimulates their minds so they stay mentally healthy while waiting for their forever homes.

Which dog breed best describes you and why?

The All-American Dog. I don’t feel I can be labeled with one type of drive or behavior.

July Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– July 2014

Shyanne Bird

Grooming Program Student of the Month - Canada - Shyanne Bird - July 2014

Shyanne Bird resides in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and works at the local veterinary hospital as a veterinary assistant. She has always had a love and passion for animals. While in school to become a veterinary assistant, Shyanne discovered grooming and chose ABC to become a certified.

What was/is the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I had was with a special dog who had seizures. This dog had seizures no matter which groomer worked with her. As soon as she would walk into the grooming salon, she would immediately have a seizure. I decided to talk with the owner and work out a plan to bring her in once a week, not for grooming but for a “cookie” appointment. The owner agreed. At first, the three of us would hang out then eventually, I would just take her on my own to my room and give her treats and play time. From there, I would get her onto the table, then the tub and so on. After about six weeks, I was able to groom her with no problem at all.

What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

My most rewarding moments are when the clients come to get their dogs with a smile on their faces as if to say “job well done.

What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?

It has been great. The staff was very helpful, my questions were always answered, and I was able to call and talk to someone when I needed to. I would recommend you guys to anyone I know.

What one thing stands out for you in terms of knowledge and/or skills acquired from the program?

Clipper blade knowledge stood out for me. Professional blades are completely different from the ones that you could buy at Wal-Mart or your basic pet stores. Also, I like knowing the standard clips of certain breeds.

What are your future career plans?

My future career plans are to get a bit more experience. I would then like to start up my own business from home. Once I decide to have children, I want to be able to spend time with them.

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