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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.

Essentials Of Pet Grooming

Jonathan David

Hour 1) Understanding Your Tools

Join Jonathan David for a complete understanding of the variety of scissors and thinning shears. This session will cover the terminology, edges, assemblies and their manufacturing process. Jonathan will also review the variety of brushes and combs, stripping and carding tools and how they are all used.

Hour 2) Techniques for Using Shears and Thinners

This session will be a demonstration of technical skills using shears. Jonathan will demonstrate his well-known thinning shear "Scissor Over Comb Technique". He will also demonstrate straight and curved shears for scissoring curly coats and how to add contouring to your grooming for added style and flair.

Hour 3) How Structure and Anatomy Effect Your Grooming

Structure and anatomy effect the balance and proportion of all dogs. Groomers sometimes need to "camouflage groom" or hide faults in the coats. This session will cover common structural faults encountered every day and how to hide faults to bring out the best features for a beautifully finished groom.

Hour 4) Relating Breed Standards to Pet Grooming

In this session Jonathan will discuss and demonstrate ways to bring elements of breed profile grooming into your pet grooming. Jonathan will make suggestions on how to make the hair manageable for the owner, yet remain true to the integrity of the breed standard. He will show how to apply elements of pure breed trims to mixed breeds to create unique looks that satisfy every customer.

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming 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.

Barkleigh Pet Professional First Aid/CPR Certification

Jill Pipino

As a pet care professional, you want to be equipped with the skills to handle medical emergencies that arise while a pet is in your care. Whether a pet becomes ill, injured, or needs help in a disaster, this course will teach you how to respond. In this four-hour interactive course you will learn emergency care, how to stock a first aid kit, perform CPR, respond to breathing and heart emergencies (including choking), and disaster procedures, with some of these exercises being demonstrated on a live dog. This unique course is customized for pet care professionals and you will learn how to respond to emergencies specific to your industry. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a frameable certificate stating that you are certified in dog and cat First Aid & CPR.

Thursday Evening

How Do I Say That? Communication In The Grooming Shop

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Communication is one of the most important tools of a successful business. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easier to explain to the dogs on our table than it is to owners. Finding a way to communicate our needs and expectations to owners doesn't have to cause anxiety and discomfort. Learn how to use words and phrases that are professional and can get you what you need from your clients. Before you know it, you'll be using your newly acquired communication skills to help you through your toughest business issues and everyday life.

Asian Freestyle Grooming

Michell Evans

Asian Freestyle Grooming is all the rage! Michell Evans, The Grooming Tutor, will teach you the latest techniques. She will teach you the fundamentals of how to create the caricature styles that define Asian Freestyle trims. Asian Freestyle can be applied to any breed or mixed breed. Get ready to bring some creativity back into your daily grooming routine.

Developing Your Eye For Grooming And Conformation

Victor Rosado

This seminar takes you on a journey to develop the ability to study, understand, interpret, and transfer the breed standards into your styling techniques in a fascinating and precise way. Join Best in Show Winner, Victor Rosado as he guides you through some visual exercises to train your eye in order to understand and learn a series of principles that he has found necessary in the formation of the successful pet groomer, competition groomer, or anyone in the industry related to pet styling. These principles are not often offered in teaching programs and are available only in this unique seminar.