ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– August 2013
Brittany Moore currently resides in Glen Alpine, N.C. She works as an independent contractor at the grooming shop where she completed her externship. Brittany likes working for herself and setting her own hours, which is part of the reason she enrolled in ABC’s certified pet grooming program. She works Monday through Friday and leaves when the last dog is complete and up to her standards. Brittany always had a passion for animals but wasn’t quite sure of what to do with her eagerness and drive. She really enjoys grooming and is very content with her life.
- What knowledge and experiences did you gain from becoming an ABC-certified pet groomer?
I learned how to do shave downs, sanitary trims and patterns—it was a real challenge at first. I was not aware of how challenging and demanding grooming was until I was able to get my hands-on training working in a grooming salon. I also realized there is a large variety and quantity of information to retain in this field.
- What was the biggest challenge you faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was learning how to deal with “difficult” dogs, e.g., who did not want to stand up. Also, dogs who wanted to bite and not comply easily were challenging but also taught me patience. I learned to wait for the dog to calm down or, in extreme cases, asked for help when it was absolutely needed.
- What grooming technique do you hope to master during the next 12 months?
I hope to master the Westie and Schnauzer patterns as well as heads in general. For me, grooming dogs’ heads is one of the hardest parts. I always try to match the body with the head so that every dog goes home to their family with an appearance they can both be proud of.
- What is one thing you have learned not to say to a pet owner?
When returning an owner’s dog to them, I learned not to say, “Your dog was bad.” A while back, my mom went into a grooming shop to pick up her puppy and was told this and was very insulted and offended by it. Ever since, I realized how offensive those words can be to a dog owner and I made a mental note to never tell a dog owner her dog didn’t behave. Pet owner’s sometimes think of their pets as their children, and I know that as a mother, I would not appreciate being told that about my children, therefore, I do not feel those words are appropriate.
- If you could style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?
I would style a dog or cat after Jennifer Aniston because she always looks very “put-together” and nice. Her hair is long and it always seems to be in the right spot. I would definitely have my long-haired dog styled in her image.