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Friday Programs

Take It from A Vet: Knowledge And Skills To Better Serve Your Clients

Dr. Dana Koch

Join Dr. Dana Koch for a program focusing on the way in which groomers can expand on their animal knowledge through disease recognition, understanding dental health, and personally tailored vaccine protocols. In addition, learn how to further expand your practice through networking with veterinarians and other professionals working with animals.

Hour 1) A Keen Eye: Early Disease Recognition

This informative lecture offers valuable knowledge to promptly recognize important health issues that not only save your workplace from potential disaster but will make you more respected and trusted. Also learn how to properly communicate these problems to owners, which will provide you with a loyal client base.

Hour 2) It’s All About the Teeth

Periodontal disease can cause serious issues for our pets including heart and kidney diseases. This part of the program will focus on the importance of dental health in our pets and the role groomers can play in educating pet owners. Learning how to closely evaluate the oral cavities of our favorite furry friends can help us to recognize periodontal disease and other potential dental issues. This knowledge can contribute to increased revenue for your grooming practice.

Hour 3) The Great Vaccine Debate

This discussion will focus on designing a vaccine protocol that fits your grooming business. Vaccines are important to protect both pets and their human counterparts and with the proper information on types of vaccines, frequency of administration, and exceptions to vaccine recommendations, you can be well-educated in the eye of your clients.

Hour 4) Networking is Just the Beginning

Learn through this lecture on how to successfully partner with a veterinarian and other pet healthcare professionals to create a win-win situation for you and your clients. Finding respected partners in the pet care industry can help you to build a strong and loyal client base. Referrals can help your business grow exponentially and offer you valuable connections.

The Grooming Tutor: Shih-Tzu’s Sassy Heads

Michell Evans

Do you find yourself giving all your Shih-Tzu's the same head style? Join Michell in this fun seminar where she will demonstrate how to customize your Shih-Tzu's heads and give them all their own personality. Want to make the girls look more feminine and the males more masculine? She will show you how to achieve short and sassy to cute and clean and everything in between.

Dog Grooming Simplified

Jodi Murphy

Jodi will take the attendees through the simplicity of pattern placement, as her new award winning book “Dog Grooming Simplified” depicts. Using the bone structure of each breed as a guide is the foundation to proper pattern placement. While grooming any breed, whether Poodles, Terriers, Sporting breeds, or mixed breeds, using the various structure points of the dog is the key to understanding where the patterns should fall. This four-hour program will explore four different breeds with four different coat types showing the similarities of pattern placement. This program will create that “light bulb” moment and will eliminate the struggle.

The Complete Mobile Groomer

Mary Oquendo & Beth Cristiano

Mary Oquendo and Beth Cristiano are both successful mobile groomers. In as many ways they are similar, they are different. Over the next four hours, Mary and Beth will cover scheduling, routing, pricing, breed sizes, cats, power sources, employees, payment, marketing, safety, forms, and much more. Learn how to make your mobile grooming business conform to your needs.

From The Tip Of The Nose To The Tip Of The Tail - Cat Grooming Made Easy

Kimberly Raisanen

Did you know that you can be successful in cat grooming without ever picking up a clipper? Have you been limiting the amount or declining the calls for cat grooming because you didn't know how easy it can be?

This brand new seminar will walk you through step by step of prepping the cat for the bather or groomer. This class will benefit your bather or groomer showing them how to utilize the skills they already have and how to apply them to cats. The New 2016 “The Puff and Fluff Full Bath and Dry” video will be viewed and discussed in class. The necessary tools and equipment safe to use on and around cats will be discussed and demonstrated.

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.

Business Matters

Melissa Verplank

In this four hour inspiring, business building program, Melissa shares her secrets of success; starting with how to make your business dream a reality and ending with how to make lifelong clients out of those customers you worked so hard for.

Hour 1) Life Is A Bowl Of Popcorn

Opportunities are like kernels of popcorn. They abound for those who look for them. Do you have the mindset, determination, and dedication to fill your personal bowl? In this presentation, she will share with you many of her personal tactics that have allowed her to keep her bowl of popcorn extremely full.

Hour 2) Getting Down To Business: Creating A Plan

Did you know about only half of all new small businesses survive longer than four years? So how do you avoid the failure pitfall? Develop a plan. A business plan. A great business plan is one of the most effective tools for a small business owner who is starting, growing, and even managing a business. She will help you discover the groundwork you need to do to draft your own business plan.

Hour 3) Employee Manuals Are The Lifeblood Of Your Business

No one wants to spend their weekend creating an employee manual. However, they are the lifeblood of your business. In this session, Melissa will go over some of the key areas that need to be addressed in every employee manual. She’ll also give ideas on useful templates and programs that allow you to create your personalized company employee manual in no time.

Hour 4) Finding Gold In Your Data Base

A new client is always more work than a regular customer. Have you ever thought about the value of your regular customer on an annual basis? Melissa talks about easy ways to increase your revenue stream. She’ll talk about ways to help your customers take better care of their pets that suit their lifestyle – and yours! And, she’ll share with you how to do it without adding any new clients to your existing client roster.

Great Grooming On Drop Coated Breeds: Yorkie

Jay Scruggs

We see more drop coats in our shop than almost any other coat type. Each drop coat has a different texture. No more using scissors on a drop coat. In this Yorkie demonstration, Jay will show you how to get a more natural look by using snap on combs and thinning shears that can also be used on Lhasas, Maltese, or Shih-Tzus. This demo will help you achieve better results with the use of new tools and the right pair of thinners. Jay will discuss how thinning shears help a groomer as a key part of our tool box. This pet trim will be short yet stylish, while still leaving a natural finish.

Super Short Styles For Drop Coats

Sue Zecco

As professional stylists, we hate to hear those words "take it all off". This is one phrase that takes most of the creativity and expertise out if our job. In this seminar, Sue will show "short styles" that still represent your reputation as a stylist. This seminar will include quick tips to do nice, short trims on drop coats without shaving the pets with a blade. This is a must see for all stylists!

Drop Coats Start To Finish

Chris Pawlosky

Learn everything you need to know about grooming those drop coated dogs. Chris will demonstrate some simple everyday techniques to create the ideal image while leaving the coat manageable and stylish. She will show you how to trim to minimize matting between toes and in many other problem areas. This is a great seminar for groomers and brusher/bathers looking for the kind of detail to separate themselves from the competition and create a regular following.

Friday Evening

Asian Freestyle Grooming

Michell Evans

Asian Freestyle Grooming is all the rage! Michell Evans - The Grooming Tutor will teach you the latest techniques. She will teach you the fundamentals of how to create the caricature styles that define Asian Freestyle trims. Asian Freestyle can be applied to any breed or mixed breed. Get ready to bring some creativity back into your daily grooming routine.

It Starts With Skin

Michelle Knowles

This is a two-part series that discusses the science of skin and coat. In the first part of this two-hour seminar, Michelle will cover Foundational Skin Science. This is the science behind how pet skin processes work and why this is important to groomers. She will cover healthy Short, Medium and Long coats. In the second hour, Michelle will discuss Skin Therapies and will build on the foundation of healthy pet skin knowledge and prepare you for real solutions to our most frustrating pet skin issues.

Dye Work For Clients

Angela Kumpe & Lori Craig

This two part class is all about dye work in the salon; time management, containing the mess, pricing, and procedure. Have you wanted to add color as a service in your salon, or tried coloring and thought it was too messy, too time consuming, or thought that customers just wouldn’t pay extra for it? Lori and Angela will show you how to add coloring to your services without making a mess or spending all day on a simple dye job.

Hour 1: Preparation And Pricing

Lori and Angela will tell you what you need to get started and where to get it. They will also tell you how to market color to clients, price your coloring services, and manage time for color jobs. They will explore a large variety of coloring products and show you many useful tips for everyday coloring.

Hour 2: Demonstrating Dye Work

Lori and Angela will prove their theories and techniques to you by demonstrating multiple dye jobs on multiple dogs in the classroom including application and rinsing techniques.

The Essentials of Making the Perfect Salon

Joey Villani

Join seasoned grooming business expert, Joey Villani for this two part informative seminar on creating the perfect salon. Whether you are an employee or an employer, there’s something for everyone to take in order to achieve the perfect salon.

Hour 1 - The Things That MUST Be Done

Sometimes all we know is grooming, but as we move further into our careers, we find out sometimes that's just not enough. Joey will show you what it takes to make a perfect operation. Learn the art of advertising without breaking your budget, asking and knowing all the right questions when dealing with customers, commanding the perfect staff, how to have the safest salon, the art of keeping your clients, and pricing your work.

Hour 2- The Mind Is Where All Success Is Built

After doing numerous seminars all over the world, it was made perfectly clear that most problems start with the person - employers and employees both. If you are feeling you are not all you want to be, then this is the seminar for you. This seminar will guide you through some of the toughest moments in life. See how these proven methods can change your thinking and make you the best at all you do.