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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 Certificate Program

Dr. Cliff Faver

Learn the science, the techniques, and product types to successfully put the “why” in what you do. A must for groomers, bathers, and office personnel in the grooming shop and veterinary clinic alike.

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 products that need to be used

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

3) Understanding the 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 veterinary 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.

Mix and Match!

Sam Nelson & Mackensie Murphy

In this seminar Mackensie Murphy and Sam Nelson will take you through the crazy world of the mixed breed. As groomers we know all too well that the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to what will end up on our grooming tables on any given day. Mackensie will show you several fresh, new ideas and help you think outside the box when it comes to your everyday pet trims that your clientele will love! But what about the love for the groomers?! Sam will dive in throughout these four hours and offer up his wealth of product and tool knowledge. He’ll tell you what’s what, breaking down the difference between brands and products, but most importantly what’s going to work best for the task at hand!

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Certification Program

Susan Sholar

The American Kennel Club recognizes that grooming is important to the overall health, comfort and well-being of pets. Setting the standard in groom safety to ensure these needs are met for all pets in salon, The AKC is proud to offer the Safety in Salons Certification Program to groomers and salons.

As reputable and quality pet care professionals, groomers should consider the safety and welfare of the pets entrusted to their care. The Safety in Salon course will review best practices focusing on pet care, health, and safety. Topics covered include accident avoidance, disease awareness, and sanitation.

All groomers who attend will be eligible, at no additional charge, to become AKC Safety Certified Groomers and receive a frameable certificate and other great benefits.

This course is also an important part of the requirements for the AKC Safety in the Salon Certification. This salon certification gives salon owners a means to show their commitment to the health and safety of pets and in return receive valuable marketing support from the AKC.

Thursday Evening

Not Just a Groomer: Veterinarian, Trainer, Therapist & More!

Jonathan David

Groomers play a vital role in pet owners’ lives. We're not only the stylist but we're the first line of defense and often we're called upon to answer questions about skin and health issues, training advice and general pet care. Often, a frantic customer needs a little "groomer therapy" and a professional, calm, knowledgeable groomer to help ease their worries. Jonathan will discuss the appropriate advice to give and when it’s time to hand it over to a veterinarian or trainer and how to deal with those "special clients" that need a little more help.

Modified Bichon by Blake

Blake Hernandez

Blake reveals his quick head-turning secrets of his favorite breed! Bichons and most other small, white, curly-coated cuties in Blake's salon leave with that quintessential round head look. Here, Blake will show us a modified Bichon trim using clippers and scissors. Make sure to grab a seat and learn how to “cut corners” on this infinitely round and powder puff breed.

It's My Way on the Highway: Mobile Grooming with Judi

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 GPS Gadgets, Policies, Procedures, and Scheduling.