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Thursday Programs

Brusher Bather Certificate Program

Teri DiMarino

Your ability to do your job, and do it right, separates you from being "just a bather" to a position that contributes to the finished product in the salon. Teri believes that a good bath, brush and dry is 50% of a great groom. The bathing room is where most stylists started. Before future groomers begin to think of clipping coat, they must first know what to expect from the hair, and how to treat it to obtain desired results. Surprisingly, many great B/Bs remain in the bathing room, preferring the security of knowing there will always be a need for their expert services. Bathers-in-training, "groomer wannabes", seasoned groomer techs and salon owners will benefit from this day-long program with tips on equipment and products to make the job easier. From getting the dog ready for the tub, to finding the right shampoo through proper bathing and blow-drying techniques, Teri will cover the B/B fundamentals. Safety issues and handling will be stressed.

Tools of the Trade and How to Use Them

From brushes and nail clippers, muzzles to grooming loops, Teri covers equipment basics, highlighting correct uses, in an effort to make the work easier and more comfortable for pet and bather. "These techniques and tools will make the finished groom a true work of art," says Teri. Anals and ears will be also discussed.

Dematting… It’s Not What It Used To Be

Everyone has a technique for dematting a neglected pet. For some, it’s a shave-down and then entering the pelt in a Mat Contest. For others, it’s a time-consuming, hair-splitting experience, destined to take its toll on the pet, the B/B or both. Teri examines the most common and effective products, tools and techniques for the demat dilemma without getting all tangled up.

What’s In Those Bubbles??? Shampoos, Conditioners & Spray

Tocopherol, Ergocalciferol, Sodium Chloride. Teri takes a "groomers-eye" view of the stuff we use every day in language we can understand. Shampoos, sprays and conditioners are our most expendable items but what do we really know to select the right product for our situation? (Those scary words are techno-speak for vitamin E, vitamin D and simple table salt, often found in many grooming products.)

Getting the Most Out of Your Bathing and Drying Time

Bathing and drying are the most underestimated aspects of our jobs. Techniques can make or break a groom. The ability to properly apply products, thoroughly clean and then dry the pet will have a direct influence on the finish. You will hear about time-saving equipment and techniques.

This program is six hours long and is included in the Do-It-All admission or can be purchased separately. See Schedule and Registration for starting times and fees. Program includes Trade show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

AKC Salon Certification: Safety In The Shop

Susan Sholar

The American Kennel Club recognizes that grooming is important to the overall health, comfort and well-being of pets. Setting the standard in groom safety to ensure these needs are met for all pets in salon, The AKC is proud to offer the Safety in Salons Certification Program to groomers and salons.

As reputable and quality pet care professionals, groomers should consider the safety and welfare of the pets entrusted to their care. The Safety in Salon course will review best practices focusing on pet care, health, and safety. Topics covered include accident avoidance, disease awareness, and sanitation.

All groomers who attend will be eligible, at no additional charge, to become AKC Safety Certified Groomers and receive a frameable certificate and other great benefits.

This course is also an important part of the requirements for the AKC Safety in the Salon Certification. This salon certification gives salon owners a means to show their commitment to the health and safety of pets and in return receive valuable marketing support from the AKC.

Barkleigh Pet Professional First Aid/CPR Certification

Jill Pipino

As a pet care professional, you want to be equipped with the skills to handle medical emergencies that arise while a pet is in your care. Whether a pet becomes ill, injured, or needs help in a disaster, this course will teach you how to respond.

In this four-hour interactive course you will learn emergency care, how to stock a first aid kit, perform CPR, respond to breathing and heart emergencies (including choking), and disaster procedures, with some of these exercises being demonstrated on a demo dog. This unique course is customized for groomers and you will learn how to respond to emergencies specific to your industry. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a frameable certificate stating that you are certified in dog and cat First Aid & CPR.

Paving The Way To Success: A Guide To Business And Individual Changes

Joey Villani

Joey Villani has been referred to as the “Dogfather” because of his decades of experience in the grooming industry. Joey knows what it takes to be a successful groomer and business owner. In this brand new, four hour program Joey will share his knowledge and expertise, and answer your questions to help you maximize the success of your salon.

Hour 1 ) The Things That MUST Be Done

Sometimes all we know is grooming, but as we move further into our careers, we find out sometimes that's just not enough. Joey will show you what it takes to make a perfect operation. Learn the art of advertising without breaking your budget, asking and knowing all the right questions when dealing with customers, commanding the perfect staff, how to have the safest salon, the art of keeping your clients, and pricing your work.

Hour 2) The Mind Is Where All Success Is Built

After doing numerous seminars all over the world, it was made perfectly clear that most problems start with the person - employers and employees both. If you are feeling you are not all you want to be, then this is the seminar for you. This seminar will guide you through some of the toughest moments in life. See how these proven methods can change your thinking and make you the best at all you do.

Hour 3) Where's the money?

It sometimes seems the more pets we groom the less we seem to make. In most cases it's not the amount of pets but how we manage our funds and the set-up of the salon. Have you ever put together a business plan or know how much your space is costing you? In this segment we will cover these questions and more money bleeding topics.

Hour 4) Ask the Dogfather

Not sure, confused, or just want to make sure? We want to help and answer whatever is on your mind. If your thinking it, so is someone else. Ask Joey any question or questions about running a successful operation. This is a great way to network with other groomers in the room, recognizing helpful hints or problems in common.

Master Touch For Your Everyday Grooming

Victor Rosado

Join award winning, Best In Show groomer Victor Rosado for this four hour program where he will demonstrate and share with you his master grooming skills and how they can be translated to your everyday salon grooming. Victor will be doing live demonstrations on four different breeds.

Thursday Evening

Behavioral Grooming: Creating A Fear-Free Grooming Experience

Khris Berry

The reactive dog can bring a well-honed grooming day to a grinding halt. Lost time, poor quality, and danger to the pet and groomer are just a few examples of the consequences suffered by Pet Professionals when dealing with fearful or aggressive pets. This class will teach Groomers to implement better handling techniques in their everyday grooms to promote a fear-free Grooming experience for all dogs. Better handling equals better grooms, happier dogs, safer services, and more satisfied clients. Attendees will learn to apply solid Canine Behavioral practices in a salon setting and achieve safer and more enjoyable grooming sessions for stylist and temperamental pet.

Allergies: Facts And Myths

Dr. Cliff Faver

In this two hour seminar, join Dr. Faver as he explores the facts and myths of what we know about skin allergies. Come prepared to rethink some of the common beliefs you may have! You’ll leave knowing only the facts that you need to confidently answer client questions and to treat skin allergies in your salon.

So You Want To Be A Contest Groomer?

Mackensie Murphy & Lindsey Dicken

Mackensie Murphy and Lindsey Dicken have over 18 years of combined completion grooming experience. Sit it and listen to them tell all of their secrets. Mackensie and Lindsey will explain the ins and outs of grooming contest, from what to pack, how to choose a dog, and tips and tricks to make your dog stand out.