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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.

Advanced Hair and Skin Certificate Course

Dr. Cliff Faver

This is the advanced course for those that have already attended the Hair and Skin 101 course. In this course we will take the concepts learned in the first course to a deeper level of understanding. We will cover more of the science, talk about different techniques and misunderstood info on products as well as address how to approach skin issues in a logical manner for successful outcomes.

Making Pooches Perfect with Creative Grooming

Angela Kumpe & Adriane Pope with special guests Alyssa Kasiba & Adrian Smith

If you have ever wanted to learn creative, now is the time! Many of your clients have seen what is possible on TV shows like ABC’s “Pooch Perfect” and HBO’s “Haute Dog” and “Well Groomed” and have gotten a taste of creative grooming. The odds are you have already been asked about these shows by some of your clients. The time to add a new product or service is always while it is in demand.

Adriane Pope and Angela Kumpe will be showing you how to incorporate creative styling into your salon or mobile. They will cover all the techniques and tools used to get those “as seen on TV” looks. Two of the top creative stylists will show you how to help your clients choose a design, what products to use, quick and easy ways to add a pop of color or a simple pattern, marketing creative services and much more.

If that’s not enough, you will have the chance to meet two of the stars of ABC’s Pooch Perfect! A creative Q&A session with Alyssa Kasiba and Adrian Smith will be held at the end of the seminar so you can ask them all of your burning questions.

The Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certification Class

Corina Stammworthy

Learn how to disinfect like a microbiologist! Corina will teach you sanitation techniques used in the laboratory that she has incorporated into her regular salon practices. This class will cover how to disinfect everything in your salon using both chemical and mechanical methods, as well as an overview of the common pathogens that cause problems in the industry.

PLUS, disease prevention through vaccination! Learn the science behind how canine vaccines work, and why they need some boosters more often than others. We will discuss what vaccines you should require in your salon to maintain a safe working environment for you and the dogs.

A certificate will be mailed after completion of this four-hour course.

Thursday Evening

A Groomers Guide to the 15 Coat Types

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

While there has never been an official list of dog coat types for the grooming industry, maybe there ought to be! Jennifer has compiled a list that is helping to change the industry and standardize what specific and separate grooming strategies are required for each of the 15 Coat Types. Each one has "Do's and Don'ts" based on the scientific, genetic, and physical structure of the hair or fur of that type dog. While individual dogs vary even within breeds, knowing what products, tools, and techniques are appropriate to the coat type in front of you is essential. Combination coats, that have the problems of both Fur and Hair, will also be addressed. After this seminar, you will be able to set yourself apart as the groomer who is an expert on differentiating coat types and, instead of treating them all the same, the groomer who gives each unique dog's coat its proper care.

Handling Techniques for Cat Grooming

Lynn Paolillo

Working with cats is completely different from dog grooming. Learn about working with a cat's temperament, body style, anatomy, and behaviors in order to choose the appropriate handling techniques and grooming services for each cat. This seminar includes a live demonstration.

Super Styling the Doodle

Jay Scruggs

"Designer Breeds" like doodles quickly became popular and every groomer should know how to groom and maintain them. There is some challenge involved by deciding how to best groom them to accommodate and please your customers, while also making it easy to maintain for you and the owner. In this seminar, Jay will show you how to create a cute and stylish pet trim by using thinning shear and scissor techniques that are quick and easy to apply in your shop.