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Friday Programs

Super Styling Drop-Coated Breeds

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 demonstration, Jay will show you how to get a more natural look by using snap-on combs and thinning shears. Whether you groom Lhasas, Malteses, Yorkies, or Shih-Tzus, this demo will help you achieve better results with the use of new tools and the right pair of thinners. He will discuss how thinning shears help as a key part of a groomer’s toolbox. Jay will also discuss which thinning shears to use on different coat types. This pet trim will be short yet stylish while still leaving a natural finish.

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Certification 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 grooming 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.

Groomer Assistant Certificate Course

Michell Evans

In this six-hour course, Michell Evans, The Grooming Tutor, will cover everything you need to know to advance from Brusher Bather to Groomer Assistant. A reliable, skilled Groomer Assistant is one of the most valuable assets in a grooming salon. Job security and higher pay are just some of the many benefits you should expect with the improvement and advancement of your skills, productivity and professionalism.

Michell will cover professionalism, customer service, partnership and team member skills, as well as advanced bathing techniques, medicated shampoo applications, ear plucking and cleaning, and anal gland expression. She will also cover advanced drying techniques, starting with high velocity drying and moving onto fluff drying, dematting and deshedding.

You will learn how to perform all aspects of a “Bath and Tidy,” starting with compliant and noncompliant dog handling techniques, as well as trimming of pads, butts, genitalia, eyes, ears, tails, bangs, chins, underlines, feet and pants, and nail clipping and filing. Also included will be anatomy, basic clipper and scissor techniques, applications and selections, as well as brushing, combing, grooming aids and much more.

Even if you are already performing the duties of a Groomer Assistant, this course is a good refresher. It is certainly an excellent building block toward becoming an expert Groomer Assistant! To receive a certificate for this course, attendees must be preset for all six hours of this seminar.

Friday Evening

Groomer Assistant Certificate Course (Continues)

Michell Evans

The Complicated Combination Coat: How to Handle the Special Grooming Problems of Doodles and Other Cross-Breed Coats

Anne Francis

In this two-hour seminar, Anne will explain the complicated genetic consequences of crossing shedding and non-shedding coats together (think Bernadoodle!), as well as how to assess the variety of combinations often presented to us in all the designer cross-breeds, and what tools and techniques will best work to manage their high tendency to mat. The seminar will also cover how to work with owners who have little information and often unrealistic expectations to manage these often unpredictable and complicated coats successfully.