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.

Difficult Dog Certificate Course

Blake Hernandez

Join Blake in the first of its kind “Difficult Dog” certificate course. First, Blake will break down the “Bad dogs” into the different types of “bad”—you won't handle a puppy like a senior dog or a worry wart like a coyote. Second, he will introduce all the “hardware” on the market that will help you with these dogs. Third, Blake will show you how to work through the most common challenges with canines and take questions for special cases. Lastly, he will talk about when to say “when” and how to diffuse a dog, a client and a situation altogether. You’ll learn everything you need to know to stay glad even when they're bad!

Super Styling Heads

Jay Scruggs

First impressions are everything in the art of grooming. The first thing your client should see when the dog is groomed is a great expression. In this informative four-hour seminar Jay will take you through the grooming steps of up to eight different head styles. You will learn breed specific techniques as well as different head style options. This seminar is for those groomers who want to fine tune their techniques to wow their clients immediately upon seeing their dog.

Thursday Evening

Everyday Teddy Bear Trim

Macie Pisa

Ever have that customer that doesn’t really know what they want? They give you no direction other than “make him look cute!” Macie will show you how to easily bring out every dog’s personality and find their signature “look”. Learn to give customers a cut that is easy to maintain without skimping on style. Every appointment will end with, “That’s exactly what I wanted!”

Dream It, Make It, Run It, Grow It: So You Want to Be a Shop Owner?

Misty Gieczys

Looking to start your own grooming salon? This mini business class will be packed with variety of valuable lessons learned from 15 years in the grooming business. Misty will help guide you all the way from naming, registering and logo design, to where to get help with layout, financing and where you need to file all your startup paperwork. She will be tackling the hard, break-even numbers and how to save your company money, as well as navigate you through the waters of hiring, firing and the paperwork along the way.