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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.

A Groomer’s Guide to Purebred Dogs

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

This fast-paced overview of the world of dogs will provide context and back story for groomers to better understand what we see every day in our canine clients. Deeply rich in scientific and historical information, this must-see program will be especially helpful to the more novice groomer. But even the well-established dog professional will meet the most cutting edge new thinkers in our field and learn all new science, history, and organizational approaches to grooming the various coat types, based on an evolutionary understanding of dog breeds and groups.

Recent scientific studies have revolutionized our understanding of dogs and their history, as they have developed into the breeds and groups of breeds that we see today. Attendees will learn the origins, genetic makeup, and evolutionary forces that led to the anatomy and diversity of dog breeds, coat types, amazing abilities, and engaging behaviors of dogs that we see today.

Discover how both Nature and Nurture combined to create the closest relationship of any two species on this planet: the unique bond between Humans and the Dog. Find out what we learned about breeds of dogs when the canine genome was mapped. What is a "purebred" dog and how does the recent fad of designer crossbreeds fit in to the bigger picture? What do most dogs actually look like and how do they live worldwide?

Learn where dogs in all their vast variety of breeds came from and how their evolution and domestication may have been responsible for the very survival of humanity. Why are the modern dog breeds "grouped" into certain common functions, abilities, and even coat types? How does the origin of the 7 Groups help us better understand their grooming needs? What are the major dog coat types and how should each be groomed correctly? Why was each coat type created? We will identify and cover basic information on over 200 breeds, categorizing their coat types for easy organization into grooming approaches. We will also cover dog shows: what they are, how they can be accessed, and how groomers can benefit from them.

What tools, equipment, and grooming procedures are right and wrong for each type of coat? What differences exist between "pet" and "show" grooming for each of the coat types while modeling the Breed Standard? We will systematically lay out correct grooming procedures based on the science about each coat type. And groomers will learn the proper care of the most common and natural dog coat of all - the Double Coat - courageously tackling what has been a controversy in our evolving profession.

By the end of the day every groomer will have acquired have a deep understanding of, and powerful evidence for, the importance of the grooming profession.

Essentials of Pet Grooming

Jonathan David

Hour 1) Understanding Your Tools

Join Jonathan David for a complete understanding of the variety of scissors and thinning shears. This session will cover the terminology, edges, assemblies and their manufacturing process. Jonathan will also review the variety of brushes and combs, stripping and carding tools and how they are all used.

Hour 2) Techniques for Using Shears and Thinners

This session will be a demonstration of technical skills using shears. Jonathan will demonstrate his well-known thinning shear "Scissor Over Comb Technique". He will also demonstrate straight and curved shears for scissoring curly coats and how to add contouring to your grooming for added style and flair.

Hour 3) How Structure and Anatomy Affect Your Grooming

Structure and anatomy affect the balance and proportion of all dogs. Groomers sometimes need to "camouflage groom" or hide faults in the coats. This session will cover common structural faults encountered every day and how to hide faults to bring out the best features for a beautifully finished groom.

Hour 4) Relating Breed Standards to Pet Grooming

In this session Jonathan will discuss and demonstrate ways to bring elements of breed profile grooming into your pet grooming. Jonathan will make suggestions on how to make the hair manageable for the owner, yet remain true to the integrity of the breed standard. He will show how to apply elements of pure breed trims to mixed breeds to create unique looks that satisfy every customer.

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.

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming 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.

Simplifying Your Styling

Colin Taylor

Do you have problems understanding how to make your everyday pet styling simpler? Do you think the haircut is more important than customer service?

Colin has walked every path in the dog grooming industry. He is a Multi contest winner, GroomTeam USA member and more. But over the years Colin has realized that his clients do not necessarily appreciate this. Without dumbing down the pet grooming profession, Colin will simplify every day grooming by applying a a certain pattern that fits close to every styled breed.

Harnessing Your Profit: Budgets, Costs, Salon Efficiency and More

Brett Wilson

Are you tired of chasing your tail on a daily basis? Struggling to make ends meet is every Entrepreneur's nightmare. "Owners shouldn't make a profit." We are told this every day. However, without profit we as owners cannot sustain business and create a thriving environment for our teams to work under. In this four-hour, information packed seminar you will gain the knowledge to help you succeed as a profiting owner should. Learn tips, tricks, and gain the tools to properly get your team moving and your customers following your procedures while creating more room in your bottom line. Join Brett as he shares over 10 years of success stories operating a business with multiple locations and nearly twenty employees. This class will feature detailed handouts for even further success to take home for review.

Thursday Evening

Fear Free: Be the Change

Steve Dale

The Fear Free initiative in veterinary medicine has been transformative. Veterinary professionals are seeing results where fear, anxiety and stress of pet visits to clinics are diminished. The pets are far better off, and clients are more likely to return. This is something that can be implemented by groomers and trainers, as well. Steve explains that many pets visiting vet offices or grooming salons actually feel as if they are going to die – literally. Then, the client gets “stressed out” even thinking about it and is not likely to see you. Besides, everyone wants to do what’s right for pets, to lower fear, anxiety and stress – and it can be done. Steve offers some information about why this is so important for the pet, not to mention for your business. And he offers a few tips on how to lower that fear, anxiety and stress – even before the pet arrives, as often all this begins in homes with Fear Free Happy Homes, as well as a Q&A session at the end.

Mix It Up!

Mackensie Murphy & Anne Francis

2 comb body, 0 comb legs, round head, trim ears and repeat! Who’s getting tired of doing the same old pet trims all day, every day? In this live demo seminar, Mackensie will share with you her tricks and techniques to spice up your everyday grooms.

Heroes for Healthy Pets

Dr. Katherine Primm

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Certification in Infectious Disease Management is a program sponsored by Barkleigh, The International Boarding and Pet Services Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and Pet Sitters, International. The Heroes for Healthy Pets Certification is open to all pet and veterinary professionals. To become certified, both modules must be completed and the certification examination must be passed.

Part 1) Understanding Infectious Disease

This seminar will discuss common transmissible diseases of dogs, including pathogens of CIRDC (canine infectious respiratory disease complex- including dog flu), Leptospirosis, Parvo, and Distemper. The lecture will give an overview of the incidence rate, how to recognize the clinical signs of illness and how to recognize signs of illness in dogs, and prevention. Management of outbreaks in group environments such as kennels and doggie daycares and options for prevention, including vaccination and sanitation protocols will also be discussed.

Part 2) Effective Infectious Disease Control

To remain competitive in this market, pet professional businesses must keep their pet owners happy and this means keeping pets healthy. In 2016, leading experts on infectious disease developed a consensus statement to recommend best practices for pet care and safety for pet professional businesses such as kennels, veterinary facilities, doggie daycares, dog walkers, groomers, and training facilities. This program covers the topic of best practices of sanitation and prevention of infectious disease spread.

Handstripping for the Everyday Groomer

Victor Rosado

Explore the world of handstripping and learn how to apply it to your everyday grooming! This ancient technique gains popularity today as the groomers explore the benefits of this scientific grooming method. Learn the basics and more advanced methods that will give you more options to offer to your clients. This is a two-hour seminar with a live demo offered by the Handstripping Travel Team member of the World Champion Gold winning Team in Belgium 2017, Victor Rosado.