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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.

Dogfather Knows Best

Joey Villani

With decades of experience in the grooming industry, Joey Villani knows what it takes to be a successful groomer and business owner. In this brand-new day-long program, the “Dogfather” will share his knowledge and expertise to help you maximize the success of your salon. Whether you are thinking about opening your own salon or are a veteran groomer looking to improve your bottom line, this seminar is perfect for you and your business.

Part One: The Beginning

  • Finding the right location and target area for your business
  • The ideal setup to maximize your profits and reduce waste
  • Advertising that works for your salon

Part Two: How About the View?

  • The appearance of my salon and staff
  • The attitude of my salon and staff
  • Who is my target customer?

Part Three: Clients Are King

  • The first contact
  • Knowing the right questions to ask
  • Procedures that all staff should know and understand

Part Four: The Right Price and Service

  • Figuring out how to price my service
  • The trim that works
  • Other services and upcharges

Part Five: Finishing Touches and the Rest

  • Products and accessories are key
  • How can I be a good employee?
  • How can I be a good employer?

The Rosetta Bone: Decoding Canine Social Dynamics

Khris Berry

Hour 1- Introduction to the Canine Social Dynamic Scale


Hour 2- Application of Canine Social Dynamics to Grooming


Hour 3- Application of Canine Social Dynamics to Daycare & Training


Hour 4- Personal Experience- your pet. Case studies of dogs using CSD techniques to apply to your pet and those around you.

Stylized Poodles in a Flash

Blake Hernandez

In this fast and flashy, FABULOUS seminar you will observe as Blake refines, tweaks, and transforms a poofy Pet into Poodle perfection. Here you will learn time saving tricks and critical breed characteristics to enhance even the doodliest of dogs. In this seminar, Blake will discuss transitioning from tools and patterns as we increase your speed and style at the table!

Thursday Evening

It's My Way... On the Highway

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Has opening your own mobile grooming business been more work than you bargained for? It's time to take control of your business and start enjoying life. Learn to navigate the mobile grooming business with lessons in Gadgets, Policies, Procedures, and Scheduling.

Mix It Up!

Mackensie Murphy & Nadia Bongelli

2 comb body, 0 comb legs, round head, trim ears and repeat! Who’s getting tired of doing the same old pet trims all day, every day? In this live demo seminar, Mackensie and Anne will share with you their tricks and techniques to spice up your everyday grooms.

Salon Sanitation Certificate Class

Corina Stammworthy

Learn how to clean 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. A certificate will be mailed after completion of this two-hour course.