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December Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

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

Kimberly Hardy

Kimberly Hardy

Kimberly Hardy has worked very hard to be where she is. She has done extremely well in the Grooming Instruction Program. Kimberly also worked very hard in her externship at Divine Doggies located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is not only a student, but also a part-time groomer and a strong supporter of animal-rescue organizations.

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

I wanted to work with animals all my life. I was interested in going into the medical side of the animal industry so I took an animal science course. I volunteered at Pawsitive Match, a rescue organization in Calgary, which I found while looking for a reputable rescue to adopt a new furry family member from. At Pawsitive Match, I walk the dogs, give them flea medication and put in the microchips. With the microchipping, I realized how emotionally challenging the medical side of the animal industry could be. While doing the bathing and brushing at Pawsitive Match and seeing the dogs so happy to have attention and relief, I decided grooming would be a better match for me.

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

When I started grooming, I was really afraid of cutting and injuring a dog. The worst part was knowing how upset the clients would be that I hurt their babies. These animals we work with are so much more that just pets. They are family members. I would hate for the clients to be upset. I overcame this fear with a lot of practice and with the guidance and support of my mentors Charisma and Charlotte at Divine Doggies. With grooming, there is always a chance an animal could get hurt so you need to be confident in your abilities, listen to the advice and constructive criticism of those more experienced around you, and groom safely.

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

The most rewarding thing was realizing that I’m the “tail person” at the shop. If anyone needs a tail done, I am the groomer they come to. Charlotte and Charisma told me I do the “prettiest tails” in the shop. I am not even sure what I do differently, but it looks good. Clients are noticing it now too.

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

I have learned that each and every salon and groomer you meet does things differently. For example, I used to work at a different salon before starting with ABC and that shop hand-dried dogs. At Divine Doggies, they kennel-dry them. The ABC curriculum discusses the pros and cons of both methods so it was really interesting to see and experience these differences in person.

  • Have you started working professionally as a groomer yet? If yes, where? And are you working full- or part-time?

I have started working as a part-time groomer at Divine Doggies. I also started my own business out of my home in my small town. I am excited to continue learning under my mentors. I eventually would like to be able to build my skills so I can successfully groom a Westie without any help.

November – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
November 2014

Amanda Loren

Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month

Amanda Loren, who lives in Clyde, New York, has always been an animal lover. At first, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but Amanda quickly learned she didn’t have the stomach for it. Instead, Amanda chose ABC’s Grooming Instruction Program to help her achieve her goal of working with animals. Amanda is currently working nights at Wal-Mart in order to pursue her animal career during the day.

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

My biggest challenge was scissoring around the face, especially the eyes, because I was so nervous that I would injure an animal. Practicing with my mentor helped me build the confidence I needed. I still practice often to help me overcome my fears.

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

My mentor loved to sing to and dance with the dogs as she was grooming them. I was able to learn a lot about reading the dogs. It was a lot of fun to watch her interact with the animals.

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

I Googled pet grooming schools and Animal Behavior College was the first one on the list. When I was browsing through the website, it seemed perfect. When I called, the woman I spoke with really helped me and convinced me to try the program.

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

My experience with ABC had been great. I was sent emails regularly to check [on my progress] and whenever I had questions, I knew that help was just a phone call or email away. I would definitely recommend the program.

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

If I had to choose a famous person to style my cat after, I would say King Henry [VIII] because my cat is very fat and royal looking. That is actually where my cat, Henry, got his name from.

October – Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2014

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month
October 2014

Krysta Ringler

Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month is Krysta Ringler

Krysta Ringler lives at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. She works at Prometric where her full-time title is that of a Test Center Administrator. Her job is to proctor exams, such as the GRE, MCAT and the USA MLE. Although she is currently not working as a groomer, she loves animals and plans on beginning her own mobile business in the next year or two.

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

Prior to being introduced to pet grooming, I was a bather. I enjoyed the grooming aspect of the position and got asked, one day, if I wanted to learn how to groom. I fell in love. Grooming sort of fell into my lap and I have loved it ever since. Not long after being offered to be taught how to groom, I got married to a guy in the military and found out they were going to cover my education.

  • What has been your most rewarding moment during your externship?

The most rewarding moment was when I got the opportunity to groom a very matted Shih Tzu. He was very sweet and needed to be shaved down. Since this dog was so lovable and the owner had intentions on taking it to a shelter, I ended up taking him home and naming him Ollie.

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

I sincerely loved my experience in the Grooming Instruction Program. I liked that the first part of the course work is all background information. This way, I could find out the “why.” I am the kind of learner who needs to know the method and reasoning behind the rules that apply in order to remember and understand what I am doing. I also appreciated the hands-on experience even though I already had previous hands-on knowledge.

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

Scissoring is a skill I would like to master during the next 12 months. This is something that I enjoy but would like to perfect with more practice.

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

While working with a co-worker at my previous place of employment, this very thin, tall and well-dressed woman walked by the shop. Her hair was very long and seemed to be freshly straightened. A male co-worker noticed her and mentioned to me that she resembled an Afghan hound. I found this to be very funny but, in the midst of my laughter, realized that this woman did resemble that particular dog breed. Since this woman was so put together, I would, indeed, style my dog with the intent of it being as neat as she was.

October Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student Of The Month – 2014

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

Deanna Zammit

Dog Grooming Program Student of the Month is Deanna Zammit

Deanna Zammit lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where she works full-time for Philips Lighting. She has always wanted to work with animals. Before starting her grooming course at ABC, she had considered becoming either a veterinarian technician or assistant, but could not dedicate the time required to do so. Once Deanna decided on becoming a groomer, she was thrilled she did not need to quit her job nor relocate thanks to the flexibility of ABC’s program, which enables students to work around their schedules. At this time, Deanna is attempting to make the transition from her full-time job in the lighting industry to the grooming field.

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

I have had a very good experience and am able to do things on my own time. I was able to complete the material fairly quickly, which was very convenient and self-explanatory. My externship was awesome. I was placed in a salon with a great mentor.

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

One thing that stood out for me in terms of knowledge was the opportunity to groom a dog from start to finish with direct supervision. I was able to receive constructive criticism that allowed me to learn and absorb the new information I received.

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

Scissoring the face is a technique that is very intimidating at first and I would like to master that during the next 12 months.

  • What are your future career plans?

I would like to quit my full-time job and go full-time into grooming or dog sitting in the very near future. I am in the process of looking for a route in which I can make my dream come true.

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

If I could style my dog or cat after any celebrity, I would probably style it with Jennifer Aniston in mind as she has great, long and flowing hair.

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 – 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 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.