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Sunday Programs

HV Dryer Tech: Essential Force Drying Facts & Methods

Dave Campanella

Discover what really matters for enhanced dryer performance. While “Tub Time” and “Liquid Products” are critical parts of the grooming process, one’s “HV Drying Methods” are typically overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood. This seminar provides a complete understanding of the “Drying Process” backed by science and proven secrets of the trade. Learn how to avoid creating more tangles, release more matts & shedding. Replace brushing all by using your dryer to its utmost potential. Ever wonder what the difference is between all those different nozzles? Do Amps or Horse Power really matter? What is CFM? Know what to look for in a new dryer and simple maintenance tips. A fresh perspective and “must see” for any salon owner, mobile business or start-up!

Why Do I Need Insurance?

Linda Nigma

Insurance can be complicated and a little scary. Do you need insurance? If so, what coverage and how much? Are the animals that you are grooming covered under your policy? What happens if your business is interrupted due to a catastrophe like a fire? This seminar will define the importance of being properly covered by your insurance policies. Linda will discuss what coverage you need to help you protect you and your business’s financial stability, as well as Animal Bailee and Pet Groomers Professional Liability.

The Timeless Spiral Trim

Dawn Omboy

The Spiral trim was first done in 1981 at the Atlanta Pet Fair. Learn more about the beginning of this timeless classic that was the basis of Creative Styling as we know it today. The Spiral has continued to delight groomers to this very day and has been beautifully executed by many over the years. Dawn will show you how to set the pattern in a live demo and top it off with a bit of Airbrushing instruction. Included is a history of how it all began, thanks to the Godfather of Creative Styling, Jerry Schinberg.

Big And Beautiful: The Standard Poodle

Jay Scruggs

If there's a single breed that you're certain to find coming to you for grooming, it's the Poodle. All of them – no matter what trim style their owners select – should be elegant, well-balanced, and scissored. Grooming difficult feet, achieving a beautiful topknot, and getting that overall balanced look are not the easiest tasks in the world. Jay will demonstrate techniques and short cuts, provide timesaving tips, and show you how to do quick and stylish everyday pet trims.

Perfect Bichon Head

Olga Zabelinskaya

Trying to achieve the perfect Bichon head is something every groomer strives to do. Olga quickly became one of the most well-known and respected for her achievements with Bichon Frise's. In this seminar Olga will share her tips to make your Bichon heads perfect every time with easy to follow guidelines. Lots of common mistakes are made when it comes to this breeds profile and trying to correct those after the hair is gone can be a nightmare. Let Olga show you how to avoid these mistakes and make your next Bichon competition ready.

The New Age Salon: Modern Salon Practices, Design, Operations

Khris Berry

This informative seminar delves into the ever-changing landscape of the Modern Pet Salon. Learn how to develop and implement practices which match the ever-changing social fabric of pet owners. Innovation in both your processes and operations will allow you to keep up with the needs of your clients and update your work space.

Scissors 101: Understanding Your Shears

Jonathan David

Today's stylists are faced with so many types of shears to choose from with so many options. With terms like bevel edge, semi-convex, convex edge, bent shank, offset, even handle, and the list goes on, the options can be dizzying. In this seminar, Jonathan will discuss the various types of edges available and what they're designed for. Jonathan will also go over the various lengths and handle types available and the purposes for each type. Also included in this seminar is proper cleaning and maintenance recommended to extend the life of your most precious of tools.

Reduce Stress, Increase Success

Linda Easton & Dr. Jim Warner

Three keys to reducing stress in grooming will be presented by Dr. Jim and Linda Easton, ICMG. 1) Learn about good ergonomics to keep your body comfortable and reduce physical stress. 2) Introduction of scripts and customer policies to help you “train” your customers to be great customers. 3) Tips for financial success in a growing industry with growing competition.

This class will give you tips to keep yourself and your employees safe in the grooming salon, prevent accidents and claims by understanding groomer ergonomics, and tips for salon set up and employee standards to allow groomers a long, healthy career. We want you to love what you do – every day, and make enough money to groom until retirement!

It's A snap! Snap-On Combs To Simplify Your Everyday Grooms

Anne Francis

Top competitor and GroomTeam USA member Anne Francis has spent her entire career in a salon doing your everyday pet trims. Over the years she has figured out to cut down time using snap on combs. Anne will show you all the tricks she has picked up along the way to make your everyday grooming easier and quicker with snap on combs.

Groomer Fitness

Ryan Mulcahy

Grooming wearing you out? Got some aches and pains? Along with a long grooming career, Ryan Mulcahy has been a competitive US Masters swimmer and a swim coach. With his years of training and methods of recovery, as well as injury prevention, he can aid you in improving your grooming as well as your life. The seminar will consist of different strength training methods and how they are relevant to grooming, Ryan will delve into common grooming related injuries and how to avoid them or mitigate the effects of the injury. He will also touch on injury prevention, such as chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, among others.

How Did I End Up Here? I Said I’d Never Groom Cats!

Connie Buchanan

“Grooming cats has become one of the BEST business decisions I have EVER made!” In this seminar, we will take a serious look at the cat grooming business; analyzing the pros and cons, evaluating the opportunities, eliminating fears and negative paradigms of feline grooming through education and the sharing of techniques, and most of all recognizing the absolute need from a feline’s health perspective for these services to be available to the cat owning public. If you are one of those groomers who said “I’d never groom a cat”, or someone who is thinking about the possibilities, this seminar is for you! Together we will claw our way through the world of feline grooming and have some fun too! How can you not laugh at the narcissistic nature of the cat?

So, You Want To Teach

Dara Forleo

Laws vary state by state, but post-secondary career schools must be licensed to comply with federal regulations. This is a crash course in how to get licensed in your state properly, how to write curriculum, addressing tuition, making sure you are in compliance with state and federal regulations for certificate and diploma training.

Bichons Are Bitchin!

Barb Prueckel

In this fun and playful seminar, Barb will take you through the breed standard of this fantastic breed, and show how easy it is to make our clients’ pets look like little Bichon superstars. There will be a demo on her own dog Prince (famous at the Murano Hotel!) as well as a spectacular slide show.

From tricks like making those floppy heads stand up to perfecting the little round bum cheeks, Barb will give you all her tips on the breed she specializes in worldwide. Don't miss out on this one!

Springer In A Pet Trim, Tammy's Way

Tammy Siert

Tammy will demonstrate how to groom a pet Springer Spaniel for the everyday client using clipper, blade and thinning shear techniques, leaving the coat with a natural finished look. She'll discuss how to properly prepare the coat, giving bathing and drying techniques to help achieve a great finished product that you’re proud to have walk out of your salon. All of these helpful hints will be explained so they can be applied when you go back to your shop.