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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.

AKC Hand Stripping Certificate Course

Scott Wasserman

This four-hour AKC Hand Stripping Certificate Course will focus on the history, physiology, tools, and techniques of hand stripping and will end with a demo of a breed standard grooming on a wire coat and a sporting dog. This course is designed to give groomers an in-depth understanding of hand stripping to better serve the needs of the dog and client.

Scott will discuss how to choose the right tools, proper techniques, bathing, conditioning, and how to start puppies and groom the geriatric dog. He will also be teaching the ways of staging a coat, rolling a coat, trimming flatwork, and how to establish quality furnishings and feathering. In addition, time allotment and how to price will also be discussed.

Hand stripping isn't just for show dogs! Hand stripping and carding can be utilized on a regular basis in your salon. Scott will cover working with the pet clients to help keep them in top shape with easy maintenance, as well as how to promote healthy skin and coat using simple, easy-to-use techniques. These techniques may be used on wire-coated and spaniel-type mixed breeds as well!

This class is a great addition to your grooming association certification, or the perfect opportunity to be introduced to the world of continuing education. The AKC will mail a frameable certificate to everyone attending the course 8 to 12 weeks after course end.

Making Pooches Perfect with Creative Grooming

Angela Kumpe & Adriane Pope with special guests Alyssa Kasiba, Jayne Gallagher & 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 some of the stars of ABC’s Pooch Perfect! A creative Q&A session with Alyssa Kasiba, Jayne Gallagher, and Adrian Smith will be held at the end of the seminar so you can ask them all of your burning questions.

Thursday Evening

Drop Coats with Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Drop coats can be a challenging groom to tackle. Join Jonathan in this session dedicated to mastering drop-coat breeds as well as mixed breeds with similar hair. Jonathan will cover the use of thinning shears for layering and using snap-on combs to achieve a cute and manageable look that even the most discerning client will love! Jonathan will also share his technique for achieving a beautifully-layered round head and face.

Barkleigh Pet Professional First Aid & CPR Certificate Course

Kelsey Ann Sexton

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 two 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.