ABC Dog Training Program
Student of the Month
Hailing from Kirkwood, Mo, Mike Ryan is proud to call himself an ABC graduate. Having grown up with all sorts of creatures—from dogs to chickens and even a monkey—Mike entered the ABC program with an understanding and love of all animals. In particular, his 10-plus years breeding German shepherds gave him a special connection with dogs. Like many of our students, Mike spent most of his life in other careers, first in the military and then pouring concrete, until he made the decision to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a dog trainer. He found ABC online and doesn’t regret the decision to enroll. He really appreciated the staff’s desire to go above and beyond in explaining a concept or assisting him with any questions. Continue reading
Becoming a certified dog trainer, pet groomer or veterinary assistant is a truly wonderful thing, but turning that hard-won knowledge into something viable — a business that pays real benefits for pets, owners and yourself — is a different matter. Along with your certification, business-building abilities are crucial in order to Continue reading
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A certification in any of ABC’s pet-oriented programs brings advantages for business-building, promotion and ongoing education that no other school can offer. Below is a partial list of what our graduates have access to Continue reading
President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in early 1962 that National Poison Prevention Week should be observed in the third week of every March. The goal was to raise awareness about poison prevention nationwide. Currently, American poison control centers report Continue reading
Dogs are just like people: mostly well-adjusted and a little neurotic… and sometimes equal amounts all at once! Accepting this fundamental conflict is part of being a pet owner. If your dog has their “less than perfect” moments that cause you a smile or a sigh… no worries. All dogs do. However, if your dog demonstrates more serious behaviors that cause you or anyone nearby to feel fear, uncertainty or Continue reading
ABC Grooming Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– March 2013
Krystal Tyers lives in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and is currently a part-time groomer for a small shop there. She has been working as a groomer for five months and plans on staying at her current shop to learn as much as she can from her boss. Continue reading
ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month– March 2013
Cindy VanFrankfoort, of Peterborough, Ontario Canada, has worked in the veterinary field for 23 years as an office manager, and is involved in competitive Flyball. She also assists with puppy classes and volunteers at the local humane society. Cindy enjoyed teaching beginner Flyball training so much, she looked into dog training and found Animal Behavior College. The program sounded very interesting to her since it covered topics Cindy was interested in. Continue reading
Why does your dog love love love some toys but not others? Surprisingly, the answer may be as simple as the wet nose on your furry friend’s face. Continue reading
ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– March 2013
Karen Carr lives in the Upper Marlboro area in Maryland. Aside from her full-time job as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, she also works alongside her ABC Mentor, Nikki Lee, at Gentle Touch Groom & Go. With her mentor/co-worker’s assistance, Karen keeps expanding her knowledge in order to perfect her grooming skills.
- What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
My police dog Cody changed my life forever. We worked together on a regular basis and some of my responsibilities were brushing and washing him. Unlike most police dogs, Cody had an all white coat. His hair was thick and coarse, and he constantly needed to be groomed. I was doing such great work that the other officers started asking me to keep their police dogs clean as well.
- When and how did you know that you’d be a success in the pet industry?
After I received Cody, I was grooming coworkers and friends dogs frequently and it became apparent that I had a natural gift not only for grooming but also working with dogs. I started to hone my skills on the police dogs in my unit, and later went on to groom the personal dogs of the officers and their wives. The more I worked with pets, the more I realized I could not go on without working with animals in my daily schedule.
- What services do you offer as a groomer?
I offer full-service grooming. I do not want to turn any dogs or cats away. ABC’s externship taught me that in order to become a successful groomer one must know everything about grooming: the good and the bad. My grooming and scissoring skills are combing, clipping, undercoat removal/care, trims and/or shaping. I also include anal glands, ear cleaning, nails, undercoat removal/care and teeth cleaning upon request.
- What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was working full time and attending classes each day. It was very difficult at first, but then I settled into a nice routine that worked for me. I paced myself and made sure that each day I learned something new. I loved every part of my externship and am so happy I made the time to work with the girls at Gentle Touch Groom & Go.
- What knowledge and experiences have you gained from becoming an ABC certified pet groomer?
Patience. The most important thing when it comes to grooming and handling a pet is patience. When you and the environment remain calm, your dog will tend to follow. Grooming is difficult work and ABC prepared me for every wonderful part of the career I have in front of me. My experiences in the shop were all pleasant and I have grown as a groomer by watching and asking lots of questions.