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

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

Stephanie “Sarah” Trujillo, ABCDT

August Dog Training Program Student Of The Month

Recent ABC Graduate Sarah Trujillo, lives in Kingsburg, Calif.. She is now the Director of Second Chance Animal Shelter of Selma and also owns her own dog training company called K9 Solutions. While at the shelter, Sarah oversees the operations of the shelter, evaluates dogs and educates the public on animal behavior. Dog training was not her first career choice. Before she became a student at Animal Behavior College, Tania was studying Computer Science and Math, as well as working in the accounting office at the college she was attending. While in the Dog Obedience Program, Sarah said one of the biggest challenges she had to face was overcoming self-doubt. The way she overcame it was to think about why she chose training dogs, and to remember the joy that working with dogs gives her.

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

In 2012, I started feeling complacent in my daily routine and felt I needed to do something to change it up. I have always loved working with animals, so I chose to look for a local animal shelter in my area; little did I know there was a shelter in a nearby city that was 15 minutes from me. I was very excited to help at this small shelter in Selma, Calif. After only a few months, I was helping manage the volunteers, coordinate events and assisting with adoptions. I started working closely with the city police department that oversaw the operations of the shelter. Sometimes I would be asked if dogs were adoptable or not. In having to make these tough decisions, I felt I needed to expand my knowledge in this area—not only to help understand dogs better, but to be able to educate others about their pets so they can avoid having to resort to an animal shelter.

Describe one pet story that touched you the most during your volunteer hours. Do you plan on continuing your volunteer work?

While working on my Students Saving Lives volunteer hours, I worked with a German Shepard mix named Rocky. He was brought into the shelter due to inadequate housing. He was found in a yard tied to a tree with no shelter, food, or water. He had no manners around people and would jump to greet. My goal was to teach him how to greet people and walk in a mannerly fashion.

Rocky was successful with these new concepts and they proved helpful to his overall adoption-appeal. His adopters said his well-mannered behavior was one of the most significant reasons why they chose him as a new family member.

Because I’ve witnessed how effective basic training is, I continue to volunteer at Second Chance Animal Shelter of Selma and with other rescue groups in need. The feeling of helping others and cultivating adoptability is one of the greatest.

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

Knowing that working with animals is a great passion of mine, my husband informed me of the ABC program after seeing an advertisement on TV. When I called, I was given more information about the Dog Obedience Program as well as the Continuing Education Programs. The one that caught my attention was “Training Shelter Dogs.” They also told me about the Students Saving Lives Program, where we donate a minimum of 10 hours at a local shelter prior to graduating. My whole reason for becoming a trainer was to help shelter animals. I knew this was the school for me, a school that promoted saving lives.

What are your plans for dog training? Do you want specialize in particular type of training (e.g., aggression, PTSD, therapy or guide dogs) or in training a particular breed of dog? Please describe.

I plan to continue to grow my business here in Kingsburg, Calif., and show owners the joy that comes along with being a pet parent and how smart their dog really is. I want to do therapy and service dog training with a focus on former shelter dogs.

What will be the secret to your success in the pet industry as a dog trainer?

The secret to my success is working with the intention of giving back to others. Dogs can give so much to their owners, and being able to bridge the communication between dog and owner is the key to creating a successful relationship between the two.

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.