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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.

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 demo dog. This unique course is customized for groomers 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.

A Day With Olga

Olga Zabeliskaya

In this four part, all day seminar, Olga will walk you through four different grooming demonstrations, each showcasing her unique styles and techniques. Come spend a day with one of the top groomers and learn trims that can be executed in your own salon!

Hour 1) Bichon: From Show to Pet Trim

If you were able to choose someone to teach you Bichon grooming secrets, you would probably pick Olga. She has won some of the top grooming contests with her Bichon and has groomed them for the conformation ring for years. In this seminar, Olga will demonstrate how to balance a dog, avoid common mistakes, and create the soft expression of the Bichon.

Hour 2) Poodle Olga's Way

In this demonstration Olga will go over her tips and strategies to create a cute trim in no time at all. She will show you what tools she uses to make her grooms efficient and give an overall nice finish.

Hour 3) Mixed Breed with Asian Flare

Olga will show you and explain how to take a mixed breed dog and groom it to look like a baby doll, teddy bear or stuffed animal. Japanese or Asian style of grooming helps to "sell" your grooms, attract new customers and bring your grooming ability one step up to a creative way of dog grooming. You can take a mixed breed that's a drop coat or curly coat and create a mixed breed masterpiece.

Hour 4) Drop Coat

In this seminar you will watch as Olga take a drop coat and transform it into a cute and trendy trim. She will use blending as well as shaping to demonstrate a balanced trim and give the dog a round head and fluffy legs. This is a traditional trim that clients will love and it can be modified shorter for low maintenance.

Thursday Evening

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.

The Art Of Scissoring

Mackensie Murphy

Curly coats can be found on a variety of pure breeds as well as mixed breeds. Within these varieties you'll find many coat textures and densities and each will require the use of different types of shears and products to achieve a beautiful trim and crisp finish. In this seminar, top competitor and Groomteam USA member, Mackensie Murphy will demonstrate her scissoring skills on three different commonly seen curly coat varieties. Mackensie will discuss the various lengths and preferences of her shears, the types of cutting edges she prefers for each coat type and recommendations of products to assist in achieving the best finish for the various types of curly coats she will be demonstrating on. Whether you groom oodles of poodles or cute, curly mixed breeds, this is a seminar you don't want to miss!