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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.

Hair and Skin 101 Certificate Course

Dr. Cliff Faver

Learn the science, techniques, and product types to successfully put the “why” in what you do. This course is a must for groomers, bathers, and office personnel in the grooming shop and veterinary clinic alike. Come see what some say can’t be done! Real-time cases done by groomers will be shared.

1) Understanding Hair and Skin

Learn the basic anatomy and function of the skin and hair. This is a critical foundation for this class and everything a groomer or bather does. This hour will explain a lot of the science about how nutrition, sebum, and basic anatomy work so you can understand the “why” in what you do.

2) Understanding the Difference in Coat Types and The Protocols to Use

In this class you will learn the needs of the different coat types so you can make better decisions in the product types you pick for maximum results.

3) Understanding Common Things That Go Wrong and That Lead To Skin Issues

Always wonder why these skin conditions occur and reoccur? Does technique play a factor? Could I have caused that issue? When the client or veterinarian accused me of causing the issue, is that true?

4) The Science to Follow in Treating Skin Issues

Learn methods, techniques, and types of products to fix the skin problems when they occur. Learn principles that will lead to success when treating skin issues, how to grow hair back on those shaved-down dogs, and why steroids and antibiotics and the typical therapies for skin don’t always work.

Come learn how as a groomer you can make a difference and save lives.

A Day with Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor

What would you like done with “Fluffy” today? Is this right? Should we, as the professionals, be asking an owner to tell us the haircut they would like OR should we be driving the conversation and recommending a haircut that would suit their dog? Education is key, not only for us as the professional groomer, but also for the likes of Fluffy’s owner. We cannot throw curve balls at owners and expect them to know words and procedures that only us groomers would know. Creating a respectful relationship between customer and groomer does not need to be hard. Join Colin in this informative seminar that will give you the tools you need to form great rapport with your clients. This seminar will involve a live grooming demo some laughter and lots of Q&A!

Super Styling the Poodle Three Ways

Sue Zecco & Jay Scruggs

If there's a single breed that you're certain to find coming to you for grooming, it's the Poodle. All of them, no matter what trim or style their owners select, should be elegant, well-balanced, and scissored. Grooming difficult feet, achieving a beautiful topknot, and getting that overall balanced look are not the easiest tasks in the world. Jay and Sue demonstrate techniques and styles on three Poodles in this exciting all Poodle Day! They will provide timesaving tips, and show you how to do a quick and stylish everyday pet trim that will be low maintenance for your everyday clients. Then be wowed as they demo how to set patterns on more traditional poodle trims. Jay and Sue will also demonstrate proper body positioning to get the best control of your shears so your finishes are smooth. Whether you are a beginner or expert, this seminar will cover multiple techniques to benefit you!

Thursday Evening

The Kons, the Pros, and the Mobile Grooming Life

Milena Kon & Jameson Kon

What can someone expect when they are making the decision to go mobile for the first time? Take this crash course from someone that came from the corporate world, who jumped right into the grooming world and now operates two grooming vans. Hear what worked and what didn't, from advertising and marketing to routing and scheduling to continuing education and building your career model so you can live your dream. Join the Kons in this motivational seminar to learn the ups and down of the mobile grooming life and prepare yourself to think outside the box.

Heads Up! Expressions and Personality

Mackensie Murphy

Our clients love those little faces staring up at them from the food bowls at dinner time, and it’s our job to make them as cute as we can! Watch as Mackensie shows you how to perfect the faces and capture the expression on multiple different breeds. From doodles to Shih Tzus and everything in between, she will teach blending techniques and new ideas to give our favorite pets a face lift!

JRG Business Magic

Jess Rona

The success of a business is a direct reflection of its leader. This course will help you learn to embody the version of yourself that generates wealth, mindfulness, and joy in your business.

This is not a class about budgeting, P&L sheets or how much to save for taxes. It's about the magic of mindset and the way our beliefs and actions create our reality.

In the first hour, You will learn Jess's concepts and practices that will help you cultivate a mindset so you can build a thriving healthy business. The second hour will be a Q&A.