Student of the Month
Dog Groomer Brandi Christian
Brandi Christian enrolled in Animal Behavior College’s Dog Groomer Program in May 2014. Raised with the idea that every young person should attend college, Brandi first pursued a career as a high school teacher. However, she soon realized her passion is with dogs and made the switch to pet grooming in order to follow her dream.
Brandi has shown dedication to her success. Currently in her externship, she is diligent about gaining as much experience as possible. Brandi stays to observe when her mentor says she can leave and spends a lot of time practicing on her own dog and best friend Benny.
What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?
I was raised around animals. My mother loves them as much as I do, so I would not say there is one particular person or dog, but rather a lifetime of companionship. However, my Terrier mix, Benny, helped me to start considering grooming dogs. He requires regular upkeep, so I had to learn to take care of the basics myself.
Do you do something other than grooming career-wise?
Since my passion is with dogs, I have started carving a life and career path that reflects that. I am currently working at the local dog daycare. Before that, I worked for a Camp Bow Wow in Nevada.
At Camp Bow Wow, a full service doggy daycare and boarding facility, I did everything from completing front desk work to working in the back with the dogs. We also did some basic grooming there, such as nail trims and bathing. At the local dog daycare, I am a little newer, so I primarily take care of the dogs who are in their care.
What has your experience been like in the ABC Grooming Instruction Program?
It has been extremely enjoyable. Whenever I have needed assistance or have had questions, I’ve been able to get responses in a timely fashion. It is obvious that my success is important to both my program manager and externship coordinator. I am particularly enjoying the hands-on portion. My mentor is teaching me a lot. I feel like all of the basics are covered, which is extremely important to becoming a successful dog groomer.
What knowledge and experiences have you gained from becoming a certified dog groomer?
Outside of general dog grooming knowledge, ABC has taught me there are a wealth of information as well as a community for anyone wishing to further her knowledge in the grooming industry.
If you could style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?
It would be fun to style a dog after Katy Perry. She has a delicate mix of standard femininity with pop colors all topped with a little bit of sugar. I think that could translate really well on a dog–throwing in some creative elements while refraining from going over-the-top. I imagine a Poodle with a classic groom. Then, I would add different streaks of colors (or even making each palm a different color) with feathers and bows.