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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 Certificate Course: The Australian Shepherd

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Join breeder, handler Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins for this seminar that takes you on a journey to develop the ability to study, understand, interpret, and transfer the breed standards of the Australian Shepherd. Learn the history, structure, unique traits, and conformation of this beautiful breed. Jennifer will also live-demo an Aussie in a show trim for you, sharing the tools she used to create the perfect breed profile. In addition, it will include a video of other prominent Aussie show breeders on the AKC circuit.

Safe Handling Difficult Dog Certificate Course

Melissa Jepson

In today's increasingly litigious society it's more important than ever to understand how to safely handle as many different types of dogs as possible. So what do we do when we feel our safety is compromised? Melissa will follow a comprehensive, 4 hour class that shows you in real time how to quickly, compassionately, and efficiently handle the difficult behavioral problems we face every day.

Super Styling The Poodle: Three Ways

Sue Zecco & Jay Scruggs

If there's a single breed that you're certain to find coming to you for grooming, it's the Poodle. All of them, no matter what trim or style their owners select, should be elegant, well-balanced, and scissored. Grooming difficult feet, achieving a beautiful topknot, and getting that overall balanced look are not the easiest tasks in the world. Jay and Sue demonstrate techniques and styles on three Poodles in this exciting all Poodle Day! They will provide timesaving tips, and show you how to do a quick and stylish everyday pet trim that will be low maintenance for your everyday clients. Then be wowed as they demonstrate how to set patterns and execute those more traditional Poodle trims like the German and Lamb. Jay and Sue will also demonstrate proper body positioning to get the best control of your shears so your finishes are smooth. Whether you are a beginner or expert, this seminar will cover multiple techniques to benefit you!

Amazing World of Mobile Grooming

Adriane Pope & Angela Kumpe

Whether you are new to mobile, a seasoned mobile groomer, or looking into going mobile this class is for you! Angela and Adrian invite you to jump into the passenger's seat, buckle up, and hang on while they take you on a fast-paced ride through the amazing world of mobile grooming. These two ladies will cover many aspects of mobile grooming like release forms, payments, invoicing, routing, scheduling, maintenance and DIY repairs, options and cost for starting a mobile business, emergency funds for illness/injury/breakdowns, back-up plans, latch key services, price increases, insurance, and much more.

Thursday Evening

Everyday Asian

Melissa Jepson

Asian styling is definitely having its time in the spotlight in the grooming industry, but often it can be difficult getting clients to try the style because of its exaggerated characteristics. Where is the practicality? In this class, we will build a bridge between the more extravagant styles and a more functional, day-to-day look. You’ll learn how to identify a good candidate, how to convince your clients to try it, how to build a simple template that fits your needs, and how to start incorporating facets of this darling technique more into your daily operations.

Is Your Brand Protected? Intellectual Property Law for Your Pet Care Business

Shahrina Ankhi-Krol

In this seminar, Rising Star Super Lawyer Shahrina Ankhi-Krol will explain how Intellectual Property Law (mainly, trademark and copyright) plays a crucial role in protecting pet grooming and salon brands. Attendees will learn the basics of trademark and copyright laws; how the laws can be utilized to protect their business name, logo, and slogan to prevent brand identity theft by competitors; and how to protect their brands on social media. Real world examples of Intellectual Property Law infringement will be presented, as well as practical tips on minimizing chances of brand identity theft. Attendees will also receive bonus tips on engaging independent contractors for their businesses without jeopardizing their brand’s identity.

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 course, you will learn 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 Pet Professional First Aid & CPR.