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Friday Programs

Groomer’s Business Summit: Starting Right and Staying on Track

Teri DiMarino

Let’s face it, do we ever really know everything there is about running a business? There is always room for input, and this four-session summit will help answer some of the questions you may have about your business. From opening the doors, finding clients, hiring employees, record keeping, payroll and pricing, it is a daunting task just to keep your head above water and make a profit.

Part 1) Building the Ideal Grooming Salon:

This slide presentation will take you from the floor to the ceiling and wall to wall in the construction of a new, state of the art grooming salon that maximizes space and profits. Highlights will include the fine art of setting up a big salon in a small area by using labor-saving equipment, effective storage and “vertical square footage”. High visibility grooming and client comfort will be addressed, as well as some hidden aspects of salon ownership, such as seeking locations, leases, landlords and advertising.

Part 2) The Paper Chase:

Hiring and firing employees is never easy and governmental regulations require a business owner to do a lot more to keep things on the straight and narrow with the labor boards and your employees. Teri will go through some of the fine detail on the paperwork that is necessary in your business to keep you in compliance and avoid problems down the road.

Part 3) Pricing, Percentages and Profits:

Teri will share her business savvy and expertise on running a lucrative salon. ”What do I need to consider before setting my prices?” “How do I raise my prices” “What are my margins?” “Am I making a profit?” Why are my employees making more than me?” These, and a lot more questions, will be answered to help keep your salon productive and profitable. Payroll options will also be a topic of conversation in this seminar.

Part 4) Are you an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

This has been an ongoing dilemma in the pet grooming industry for years. In an effort to avoid excessive taxation, some groomers, or employers, resort to some pretty creative employment policies. While they may solve issues in the beginning, alternative tactics can really become a huge can of worms for everybody. Teri will spell out the pros and cons, and also address the most common questions about the differences between paying commission, hourly or salary, and try to shed some light on this controversial area. This class is sure to be an eye opener on all fronts.

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.

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.

The Shear Symposium

Dara Forleo

History: then and now: Shears are so personal to us. Some of us are collectors, other stick with the same for years and years. What is the difference in shanks, styles, offset vs. onset, swivel vs. non, length and much more. What should you use and when? How to use the different types, what am i actually looking at and for? Get all the scoop before you make such a personal decision when it comes to your shears.

Bichon Series

Super Styling the Bichon Frise

Jay Scruggs

Getting the proper breed profile and balance in some dogs is more difficult than in others. The Bichon Frise can fall into the latter category, unless you're equipped with the knowledge and skills incorporated by Sue and Jay. You'll learn how to use snap-on combs to establish breed profile and balance in half the time you'd otherwise have to spend. Using these scissor and thinning shear techniques, you'll create the perfect Bichon head, and achieve the beautiful Bichon expression.

The Bubbly Bichon

Jonathan David

The Bichon Frise is one of the most animated, bouncy breeds we know. Their soft curves and unique style are always a head turner. While this trim can seem overwhelming, once you understand the lines, you'll love doing this cut. In this one-hour live dog seminar, Jonathan will talk about the proper profile and demonstrate techniques to achieve that continuous, rounded profile of this truly beautiful breed. The seminar will finish off with a demonstration of the "tricks" to achieve the round, devilish expression of the Bichon Frise head.

Perfect Bichon Head

Olga Zabelinskaya

Trying to achieve the perfect Bichon head is something every groomer strives to do. Olga quickly became one of the most well-known and respected for her achievements with Bichon Frises. In this seminar Olga will share her tips to make your Bichon heads perfect every time with easy to follow guidelines. Lots of common mistakes are made when it comes to this breed’s profile and trying to correct those after the hair is gone can be a nightmare. Let Olga show you how to avoid these mistakes and make your next Bichon competition ready.

The Bichon

Jodi Murphy

In this live demo Jodi will go over the pet Bichon trim that's cute and stylish. She will show how to capture the expression of the Bichon with the use of snap on combs. Jodi will demonstrate a manageable pet trim keeping the breed standard and correct breed profile in mind.

Friday Evening

The Savvy Employer

Michell Evans

Michell will discuss the ins and outs of motivating, supervising and managing employees. All you wanted to be was a grooming salon owner…now you find yourself in a supervisor role. This class will discuss ways to help you cope with employees. They work hard for us, let’s work hard for them! This class is good for owners and managers.

You’re Quite a Character!

Anne Francis

Anne Francis has been recognized with The Taxi Award at The New England Pet Grooming Professionals repeatedly. She loves to bring out the sweet character of the pets she cares for. In this program, Anne will discuss her method of bringing artistry to pets that highlight their beauty and character. Sometimes small changes bring about a whole new feeling to a dog’s haircut! There is a demo in this workshop.

No Fluff, No Problem: Creative on Short Haired Dogs

Milena Kon

Join Barkleigh’s 2018 Creative Groomer of the Year, Milena Kon, in this interactive class to learn how to create a design on a short hair dog. In this class, Milena will teach and demonstrate, step by step, on how to come up with a design, transfer it to the dog and finish with pet safe dyes. Learn the difference between the dyes and tools available that can make your life easier, and make your salon the talk of the town. Bring in your creative clienteles by offering this quick and easy service, and see your overall revenue increase. Who says you need a fluffy dog for creative grooming!?! It won’t be you!

Heroes for Healthy Pets™

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield

The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ certification program was developed to help pet service professionals create facilities dedicated to being disease free. The program is taught by leading infectious disease experts. It provides 2 hours of RACE approved continuing education credit for veterinary professionals or 2 hours of PACCC educational credit for pet service professionals. Participants can also apply for a business certification and promote your achievement by using the Heroes for Healthy Pet™ marketing tool kit.

  • Module 1: Understanding Infectious Diseases: This course is intended to provide an overview of the key concepts surrounding infectious diseases in dogs. The course will discuss, but it is not limited to, the transmission and clinical signs of infectious disease.
  • Module 2: Effective Disease Control: This course will go into detail of measures a facility can take to curb the spread of infectious disease.