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Sunday Programs

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Stephenie Calhoun

Tired of boring old pet trims with one length all over but don't have the clientele for anything too creative? Would you like to elevate the quality of your grooms and stand out from the competition, but still keep your pet clients happy and maintained? In this demo, Stephenie will teach you all the little tricks that can change a haircut for the better. It's time to stand out from the crowd (but only just a little)!

No Fluff, No Problem: Creative on Short-Haired Dogs

Milena Kon

Join Barkleigh’s 2018 Creative Groomer of the Year, Milena Kon, to learn how to create a design on a short-haired dog. In this interactive class, Milena will teach and demonstrate, step by step, how to come up with a design, transfer it to the dog and finish with pet-safe dyes. Learn the difference between the dyes and tools available that can make your life easier, and make your salon the talk of the town. Bring in your creative clientele by offering this quick and easy service, and see your overall revenue increase. Who says you need a fluffy dog for creative grooming!?! It won’t be you!

Salon Trims for the Everyday Groomer

Cheryl Purcell

Somewhere between a show trim and a shave down is what we do every day. We all want to be creative and do those big beautiful trims on clients’ pets, but it’s not always practical. Cheryl will review how to determine what is an appropriate trim for each pet, what is a good maintenance length for the client and pet, and discuss the infamous Puppy Cut and what it means to clients. There will be before and after photos and live demos.

It’s All About the Face

Jonathan David

We love to see expression in our dogs’ faces. How you layer the hair, the length you choose and the styles you set all affect the expression your dogs will have. Jonathan will show you how to do a perfect layered round face with thinning shears and several options to change the style and expression of your furry clients’ faces.

Where Do I Go from Here?

Helen Schaefer

Are you considering competing or certifying but want to know what to expect? Ready to kick it up another notch and compete or certify? Or are you still thinking about it? Well, welcome to #HelenProblems live! Helen will cover all the mistakes she made and how she learned to do it better… Including the dos and don'ts of entering a contest, finding travel partners and dogs, avoiding party faux pas, how to pack a salon worth of stuff and dogs into your vehicle, bathing room etiquette, what happens when you get to the ring, and what to expect from your critique.

Turn your Lemons into Lemonade: Making the Most Out of a Matted Coat

Shannon Tupes

Matted dogs are seen in the grooming salon all the time! In this live demo, Shannon will discuss timesaving techniques to help get through those matted coats. She will share tips and tricks including tool and product selection to help remove mats in order to have enough coat to put a stylish but practical trim on the dog. Shannon will also demonstrate an easy-to-maintain trim that can be done for those dogs that come into the salon that are not in the best condition. This practical and informative session can help you with everyday grooming at the salon.

Don’t Forget the Nails

Kathryn Dixon

It’s the one service we offer for every single dog whether they have a full grooming appointment, a bath and tidy, or a 10-minute slot for “just a nail trim.” Yet we spend so little time ensuring we’re offering the best service possible. It’s time to up your pawdicure game and be the go-to stop in your town for those big money, quick appointments. We’ll cover nail anatomy, correcting curly-q nails, long term benefits of doing it right, safe and comfortable handling, to file or not to file, offering walk-ins or appointment only, tools of the trade, and of course, Q&A.

Super Styling the Bichon Frise

Jay Scruggs

Getting the proper breed profile and balance in some dogs is more difficult than in others. The Bichon Frise can fall into the latter category, unless you're equipped with the knowledge and skills incorporated by Jay. You'll learn how to use snap-on combs to establish breed profile and balance in half the time you'd otherwise have to spend. Using these scissor and thinning shear techniques, you'll create the perfect Bichon head, and achieve the beautiful Bichon expression.