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Friday Programs

Bichon Geometry

Philip Schafmayer

In this seminar Philip Schafmayer NCMG, national award-winning groomer and 25 year Bichon Frise breeder will demystify and break down the Bichon Frise trim step by step using straight lines and a simple approach to achieve maximum results for pets and show trims alike!

Scissors Not Included: Save Time, Save Your Hands

Cheryl Purcell

In this seminar you will learn how to groom with minimal use of scissors. Your trims will be more consistent and the of highest quality, each and every time. This all day seminar will focus on working with poodle type coats, drop coats, double coats, and hard coats. Learn the best attachment comb to use on which trims and how to get a scissor look without all the work.

What blade length is best to use under that attachment comb? What is tracking and how do you prevent it? Is it really cheating if you use an attachment comb? Or is it just smart grooming? Come decide for yourself!

Class Is in Session

Joey Villani

Joey Villani is responsible for teaching 2,138 groomers at the Nash Academy during his career as the NJ-based school owner. In this four-part series, Joey is “going back to the basics” of what every beginner groomer should know for a successful career.

Part 1:

  • Safety 101
  • Tools, equipment, and their care
  • Building a workable area

Part 2:

  • Anatomy and body type
  • Coat type and the correct tools

Part 3:

  • Bathing and drying (proper procedures, tools, equipment and products)

Part 4:

  • Preparation and finish checklists
  • Products to make a million-dollar finish
  • Final notes

Basics of Bichon Grooming

Elizabeth Gibbs

In this hour with Elizabeth, you will learn how to groom a salon-style Bichon trim and more! Learn quick tips on prepping, tools and how to make this trim manageable for your clients.

Bichon Profiles Made Easy

Shannon Tupes-Moore

Join Shannon for a quick and easy approach to setting a correct pattern on a Bichon. Whether it’s a show trim or a pet trim, keep your Bichons looking the way they are supposed to!

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 two-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 live dog. This unique course is customized for pet care professionals 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.

“Short but not shaved," and Other Things Owners Say: Making First Timers into Your Biggest Fan

Helen Schaefer

Until we learn telepathy, learning to verbally communicate with the owner at the end of the leash is paramount to creating raving fans and repeat and word-of-mouth business. In this seminar, Helen will go over common things she hears at the salon day after day from new clients, the basic check-in procedure you should follow with every new dog, and the follow-up questions she asks the owner to ensure the first impression is always a positive one. Make that new client into your biggest fan!