ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– January 2014
Tania Langrehr, who lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, was hired by her mentor at Animazing Pet Spa and is now working full time as a dog groomer. Although grooming was not her first choice for a career, she always new she wanted to work with animals. Tania is perfecting her skills and hopes to one day own her own grooming shop.
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 their dogs that I decided to pursue my career in dog grooming
What was 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 being groomed 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 and as we looked down to greet the dog, he managed to slip out of his harness and ran right on the grooming table. I guess he really loved being groomed.
How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I found Animal Behavior College by searching the Internet. I was looking at a bunch of grooming schools in my area and could not find one that offered everything ABC does. I decided to go with Animal Behavior College and get certified because people feel more comfortable when a groomer has a certificate.
What one thing stands out for you in terms of knowledge and/or skills acquired from the program?
The one thing that stands out for me in terms of knowledge was learning the background and history of grooming. There is so much history regarding the way dogs are groomed today.