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Sunday Programs

Everything Shears!

Chris Anthony

So you’re at a show and need new shears, but there are so many options! Straights, curves, convex edges and bevel. What’s the difference anyway? Serrated, semi-convex and titanium-coated? Wait, what? Swivels should be held differently from non-swivel shears? Straights, curved, chunkers and thinners, swivels and non-swivels, the options are seemingly endless, how’s a groomer to choose? Never fear, we’ll cover all of this and more, including basic shear anatomy, types of steel used and how to care for your investment once you get it home. So, whether you’re a self-identified shear hoarder, just starting your collection, or want a better understanding of our favorite tool, this class is for you!

Turn Your Business into a Brand

Joey Villani

Most professional groomers know how to groom, and they have some business skills. But there are certain aspects that are always left on the table and usually are the most important. This seminar will help you figure out your target audience and make your business become a household brand that everyone in your neighborhood will recognize.

The Grooming Tutor: The Bichon Frise

Michell Evans

Bichon Frise screams “big hair”! The show trim on this breed is one of the most over-the-top styles you could imagine. Many owners of the pet Bichon are overwhelmed by this amount of coat. This demonstration will show you how to do a practical pet style that still maintains the essence of the breed.

Understanding Fear, Frustration, and Stress

Chrissy Neumyer Smith

Why do some dogs have a hard time understanding the grooming process after years of practice? How can we help those dogs get past the fear, frustration, and stress? Chrissy Neumyer Smith, CPG will go over the underlying factors that cause dogs to react negatively in the grooming salon. So many behavior problems can be avoided when we understand fear, frustration, and stress. Chrissy will give you the tools to identify and deescalate a fearful, frustrated, or stressed out pet.

Making Yourself an Invaluable Employee

Anne Francis

Anne Francis has been grooming at The Village Groomer & Pet Supply for 21 years. She was key in keeping the business running when her employer had a life-altering accident in 2015. She has created a place in the business model where she understands and can run every aspect of the store, including grooming and retail sales. Creating job security at a salon you love may mean more than being a great groomer. Come to this program to learn how to create job security and make yourself an amazing asset to your employer.

Super Styling the Bichon Frise

Sue Zecco & Jay Scruggs

Getting the proper breed profile and balance in some dogs is more difficult than in others. The Bichon Frise can fall into the latter category, unless you're equipped with the knowledge and skills incorporated by Sue and Jay. You'll learn how to use snap-on combs to establish breed profile and balance in half the time you'd otherwise have to spend. Using these scissor and thinning shear techniques, you'll create the perfect Bichon head, and achieve the beautiful Bichon expression.

Where do I go from Here?

Helen Schaefer

Are you considering competing or certifying but want to know what to expect? Ready to kick it up another notch and compete or certify? Or are you still thinking about it? Well, welcome to #HelenProblems live! Helen will cover all the mistakes she made and how she learned to do it better… Including the dos and don'ts of entering a contest, finding travel partners and dogs, avoiding party faux pas, how to pack a salon worth of stuff and dogs into your vehicle, bathing room etiquette, what happens when you get to the ring, and what to expect from your critique.

Speed Grooming with Style!

Michell Evans

Time is money! In this demonstration Michell Evans, The Grooming Tutor, will show you a 12-step process with attachment combs and scissors that will revolutionize your grooming. This process will change the way you groom forever! You will be able to create more beautiful and more expensive grooms for your clients in nearly the same amount of time!