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.

Skin Science: Therapeutic Techniques For Maximum Health

Michelle Knowles

Many of us are taught by our respectable mentors about how to perfect our scissor skills, breed trims and handling techniques while not giving skin the attention it deserves. Almost all of us have clients that come in weekly with horrible skin and they never seem to get better. New research and technology in the field of pet skin care now allows us to virtually eliminate symptoms of allergies, infections, thinning coat, metabolic diseases and restore texture and color to the coat in a natural way. This lecture on pet skin care discusses what we should know about the needs of the K9 and feline skin and how to help them heal. This step by step approach bridges the gap between grooming and veterinary medicine.

AKC Salon Certification: Safety In The Shop

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

Behavioral Grooming: Creating A Fear-Free Grooming Experience

Khris Berry

The reactive dog can bring a well-honed grooming day to a grinding halt. Lost time, poor quality, and danger to the pet and groomer are just a few examples of the consequences suffered by Pet Professionals when dealing with fearful or aggressive pets. This class will teach Groomers to implement better handling techniques in their everyday grooms to promote a fear-free Grooming experience for all dogs. Better handling equals better grooms, happier dogs, safer services, and more satisfied clients. Attendees will learn to apply solid Canine Behavioral practices in a salon setting and achieve safer and more enjoyable grooming sessions for stylist and temperamental pet.

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.