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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.

Dog Behavior Bootcamp:
Need To Know Basics For Pet Care Professionals

Fernando Camacho

The more you understand the dogs you work with, the better your job will be and the happier your clients will be (both human and canine). In this series, Fernando Camacho will educate you so you can better communicate with the dogs you encounter, be able to improve some of their behavior issues, and increase their quality of life.

Hour 1) Understanding Dog Communication

Learn the language of dog so you can better understand how dogs are feeling and finally know what they’ve been trying to tell you all this time. We’ll look at lots of video footage and discuss what’s going on with the dogs so you can read and work with dogs better.

Hour 2) Working with Shy, Anxious and Fearful Dogs

Timid dogs require very special interactions if you want to gain their trust and help them overcome their fears. In this seminar, we’ll go over how you can make shy dogs more comfortable and the exercises you can do to help them overcome their fears.

Hour 3) How to NOT Get Bitten by A Dog

Most dog bites are actually our fault - not the dogs. Learn exactly what you need to do to create good interactions with dogs that encourage positive encounters and keep all those pointy teeth off you.

Hour 4) How to Treat Common Behavior Issues

Discover how to address the most common problems that people have with their dogs, including jumping, barking, chewing and digging. We’ll talk about how you can identify the cause of the behaviors and how to address each one.

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.

Triple Dog Dare

Cat Opson

From spray-ups to pet trims, Cat will demonstrate three distinctly different poodle trims. The correct pattern on a continental will set the whole tone for your trim, from perfect pom-poms to a beautiful jacket and top knot, Cat will share her secrets to make this trim a success. Puppy cuts can be a cinch but working with that wispy coat can make you feel defeated, join Cat as she shows you how to go with the flow and turn over grown coat into a smooth and finished look. Whichever poodle trim your clients prefer can be done to breed standard but in an easy to maintain pet length trim. Three Poodles and three trims, while Cat shares with you what tools she likes to use and what techniques work for her, that you can apply to your own grooming.

Rockin' Some Creative With Cindy And Adriane

Cindy Oliver & Adriane Pope

Come and watch a creative design come to life in just a few hours! From blank to minimal color, all the way to the finished masterpiece. Learn how to create a design, step by step, during this live demo with top creative groomers, Cindy and Adriane. Carving, Coloring, Scissoring, Styling, Detailing, and more; you won’t want to miss this!

Developing Your Eye For Grooming And Conformation

Victor Rosado

This seminar takes you on a journey to develop the ability to study, understand, interpret, and transfer the breed standards into your styling techniques in a fascinating and precise way. Join Best in Show Winner, Victor Rosado as he guides you through some visual exercises to train your eye in order to understand and learn a series of principles that he has found necessary in the formation of the successful pet groomer, competition groomer, or anyone in the industry related to pet styling. These principles are not often offered in teaching programs and are available only in this unique seminar.

AKC Bichon Class

Olga Zabeliskaya

This four hour AKC Grooming Certificate Course will focus on the history, physiology, and temperament of the Bichon, then end with a demo of a breed standard grooming. The course is designed to give groomers an in-depth understanding of Bichons to better serve the needs of the dog and client. This class is a great addition to your grooming association certification, or the perfect opportunity to be introduced to the world of continuing education. The AKC will mail a frameable certificate to everyone who completes the course.

Thursday Evening

The Certified Professional Groomer

Linda Easton

Introducing a new Professional certification for all groomers. Be a part of the worldwide wave of groomers working to set themselves apart. This is a unique certification for Safety, Health and Handling, which all professional groomers can complete. The groomer’s most important job is to keep the pets in their care safe and treat them with compassion. We will discuss handling tips for difficult dogs to make grooming easier and more efficient; safe restraint; and tips to work with difficult clients introducing industry standards for all groomers who demonstrate grooming safety and skills needed to perform the popular kennel trim or puppy trim. Learn how you can complete this certification in your own salon. All attendees will receive a participation award to post in their salon. This seminar will help you “change the conversation” with your clients and elevate yourself as a professional.

Rockin' And Rollin' Mobile For 34 Years

Cindy Oliver & Adriane Pope

Are you wanting to go mobile and don't know where to begin? Or are you already mobile but need help and tips on how to be more successful? Come pick Adriane an Cindy's brains for some helpful tips and information to decide whether to go mobile or how to make your mobile more successful! Come listen to what they have learned by being mobile for a combined 34 years. Bring your fun and questions!

Modern Styles: Designer Breed Mania

Olga Zabelinskaya

What do you do when a customer comes to your salon with a poodle mix and tells you "do not make her/him look like a Poodle" and your bored with your teddy bear trims and puppy cuts? Well it’s time to learn the new sophisticated way to style all those "Designer Breeds" with curly coats. Join Olga as she brings her Modern Styles book teachings to you in a live grooming demo. Modern Styles is all the rage and Olga is willing to share her secrets so you can bring this artistry into your salon.

Itching To Know: Is It Really A Dog Food Allergy?

Michele Dixon

Does your client’s pet have itchy skin or experience chronic vomiting, diarrhea or paw licking? If so, they may be having an adverse reaction to their food. In the case of a food allergy, the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as harmful, instead of nourishing, and it kicks into overdrive. This results in undesirable symptoms, and severe allergies can even be fatal.

Food reactions in pets often mimic other conditions, such as environmental allergies to pollen and grass, or even shampoos, and diagnosis can be challenging. Groomers play a key role in ensuring the overall well-being of pets and can help pet parents identify pets with food sensitivities. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the history of dog food, nutrients and their requirements, as well as dietary options for pets with adverse food reactions. We will also discuss how groomers can assist their clients in finding a diet that works for their pets.