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Friday Programs

Difficult Dog Series

Vet Advice For Dealing With Difficult Dogs

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Faver will be discussing some of the common conditions that make it difficult to groom dogs from the basic old age problems to how to groom dogs post-surgery. It is not uncommon that debilitated dogs and cats actually need to be groomed more often and when done correctly, it can be a very profitable niche. We will discuss basic precautions all the way to products types to consider.

Handling And Clipper Techniques For The Most Difficult Dogs

Chris Pawlosky

With more than 30 years of experience, Chris has groomed her way out of some challenging situations. To add to the fun, many of Chris’s local veterinarians rely on her experience to handle many of their most difficult clients needing professional grooming. Chris is the stop before the pet has to go under to get groomed. She will share techniques that she uses to keep the pets safe and as comfortable as they will allow and still be groomed. This include clipper skills and handling techniques.

Difficult Dog Days With Tammy

Tammy Siert


Have you ever felt stressed the minute you see a particular dog on your schedule? Is this dog difficult? Is the client difficult? Tammy will give you tips for dealing with these difficult dogs and client. Learn how this can actually help your bottom line by advertising that your experienced in handling dogs that require special needs. Whether it’s a dog that bites and hates grooming or a old dog that can’t stand. Tammy will help you understand the signs that dogs give and techniques to help make their experience the best one yet.

Working With The No No Bad Dogs!

Lisa Leady

Working with no no bad dogs can be a stressful feat, not only for the dog, but for the groomer as well. Sending a dog home unfinished isn't the answer. If you want to learn how to groom this type of dog, this is the seminar you don't want to miss. Lisa will teach you techniques on how to get through a no no bad dog.

Pet Professional's Business Makeover: Marketing, Management, Money And Media

Khris Berry

Whether a new or veteran pet professional, this course offers fresh insights which you can easily implement to infuse professionalism and energy into your business. Learn how to develop and redefine the strategies which lead you to run a successful and vibrant pet service business by utilizing the 4 "m's" to transform yourself and your business!

Hour 1) Marketing

How do you set yourself apart in a sea of competitors? Develop a personal brand! This class will help you define and develop your own brand. Whether you are mobile, corporate, solo, or work with other groomers, you can use these skills to distinguish yourself and create your own voice in your everyday workplace. Unleash the power of “you” in your workplace and watch your client base grow!

Hour 2) Management

Learning to manage people effectively is a hallmark of great leaders. Learn tips to manage employees, clients and more in this information packed seminar.

Hour 3) Money

How do you create a viable self-sustaining business which will sustain, endure, and thrive? In this seminar, you will learn strategies to focus on revenue streams and increase your business profit margin, as well as how to build your business to succeed financially and stabilize your revenue.

Hour 4) Media

This class will offer insights into getting the most from your media choices, avoiding pitfalls, and making bold choices to set yourself apart from competitors. Learn to flex your business muscle by using many forms of media.

Dog Grooming Simplified

Jodi Murphy

Jodi will take the attendees through the simplicity of pattern placement, as her new award winning book “dog grooming simplified” depicts. Using the bone structure of each breed as a guide is the foundation to proper pattern placement. While grooming any breed, whether poodles, terriers, sporting breeds, or mixed breeds, using the various structure points of the dog is the key to understanding where the patterns should fall. This four hour program will explore four different breeds with four different coat types showing the similarities of pattern placement. This program will create that “light bulb” moment and will eliminate the struggle.

CGA Salon Semi-Permanent Color Certification

Lori Craig & Angela Kumpe

Lori Craig & Angela Kumpe In this 4 hour class you will be shown step by step tutorials on how to properly apply dye for different desired effects. This will cover numerous aspects of dye application including; how to dye a design on short coats and on a carved coat, how to prevent color bleeding, proper rinsing, proper products for different coat types, how to get desired colors and how to use stencils with dye.

Once the demonstration and tutorial portions of the class are finished, each student will be required to participate in a hands-on application test. No dog is needed for this test, the instructors will supply dogs and/or faux fur for the testing.

Doggie Repair Kit

Gary Wilkes

Learning to stop unacceptable behavior is the key to keeping dogs alive. Many modern methods for behavioral control focus on "teach an alternate behavior" and "gradual desensitization." by the time those things can possibly work, it is already too late. Most dog owners seek help at the last minute - and last minute solutions are the only ones that are going to save the dog's life. This series will describe what it takes to stop the most common canine catastrophes in an effective, safe and proactive manner. Don't miss it - you won't find this information anywhere else!



Hour 1) Housetraining


The most common problem for pet owners is house-soiling/house-training. It is also the most common reason for cats to be surrendered to shelters or abandoned. If you understand the process of house-training, your ability to retain clients will improve dramatically. This class will give you foundational information about the process, discuss specific tools for solving the problem, case histories and trouble-shooting.



Hour 2) Restraint/Safe Handling


Gary has handled well over 40,000 dogs and cats in shelters and an additional 10,000 as a behaviorist working by veterinary referral, and has only been bitten four times. He has taught handling to veterinarians, shelter staff, vet techs, groomers and boarding professionals for many years. This class will give you as many general safety concepts as possible with a focus on real world practical techniques. Let’s get safe together!



Hour 3) Barking


All across the country, barking dogs cause problems. In the community, local noise ordinances can allow a spiteful neighbor to force an owner to get rid of a dog. In a kennel, noise from barking can literally deafen workers over time, prevent any communication in a kennel area, and stress any humans or other dogs in that environment. Barking is truly a potentially lethal nuisance that deserves some attention. This class will discuss causes and solutions in the real world of barking dogs.



Hour 4) Aggression

Tthere are two aspects to aggression that concern pet professionals. First, the dog can hurt you, your staff, clients or other pets. Second, aggression is most often lethal. This class will discuss both aspects of aggression with practical suggestions for controlling it and specific descriptions of how it can be controlled.

Friday Evening

Allergies: Facts And Myths

Dr. Cliff Faver

In this two hour seminar, join Dr. Faver as he explores the facts and myths of what we know about skin allergies. Come prepared to rethink some of the common beliefs you may have! You’ll leave knowing only the facts that you need to confidently answer client questions and to treat skin allergies in your salon.

Super Styling The Doodle

Jay Scruggs

"Designer Breeds" like doodles quickly became popular and every groomer should know how to groom and maintain them. There is some challenge involved by deciding how to best groom them to accommodate and please your customers, while also making it easy to maintain for you and the owner. In this seminar, Jay will show you how to create a cute and stylish pet trim by using thinning shear and scissor techniques that are quick and easy to apply in your shop.

Wanna Be A Mobile Groomer?

Koko Tanaka

There are many choices when it comes to being a “mobile groomer" these days, but which one is right for you? Koko wants to share her success story. She will discuss how to transition from working for someone else to owning your own business, peacefully. How should you advertise your business, set prices and your service area? Do you really need a grooming Van?

Koko is a Japanese native who has built her business from the ground up, with a little help from her friends, but without the support of a spouse or a family nearby. She has overcome the language barrier and currently operates her second mobile unit by nothing but word of mouth.

Modern Styles: Designer Breed Mania

Olga Zabelinskaya

What do you do when a customer comes to 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.