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.

Science Of Skin

Dr. Cliff Faver & Suzanne Marchetti

The Science of Skin is a four-part lecture series that builds on concepts. It is very important to attend all four lectures to get the most out of this series so that you can have a complete understanding of the “why” in what you do, or should be doing, in your care of the hair and skin of our pets. This is taught by a veterinarian and a groomer from a scientific perspective but will be taught at a level even the beginner will benefit from.

Hour 1) Short Coat

Pet coats can be defined into 3 types; short, medium and long. During this lecture Dr. Faver and Suzanne will discuss the short coat and its anatomy, specific skin and hair needs, skin problems specific to the short-coated pets and the best ingredients to use to get optimal health and beauty.

Hour 2) Medium Coat

Pet coats can be defined into 3 types; short, medium and long. During this lecture Dr. Faver and Suzanne will discuss the medium coat and its anatomy, specific skin and hair needs, skin problems specific to the medium coated pets, history and evolution of the medium “primitive” coat and the best ingredients to use to get optimal health and beauty.

Hour 3) Long Coat

Pet coats can be defined into 3 types; short, medium and long. During this lecture Dr. Faver and Suzanne will discuss the long coat anatomy, the specific needs of the long-coated pet, skin problems specific to long coat pets, handling matting and tangling issues and the best ingredients to use to get optimal health and beauty.

Hour 4) Therapies

Do you see pets with allergies, bacterial infections, excessive itching, dry, flakey skin, fungal/yeast infections and parasites but don’t know what to do? During this lecture learn how to successfully work on pets with these skin and hair problems. This comprehensive lecture is complete with case studies, full color before and after pictures and solutions to the pet skin problems groomers see every day. This lecture will help you apply all the principles you have learned in the earlier lectures.

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming 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 groom 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.

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 live dog. This unique course is customized for pet care professionals 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.

A Day With Olga

Olga Zabelinskaya

In this four-hour seminar, Olga will walk you through four different grooming demonstrations, each showcasing her unique styles and techniques. Come spend a day with one of the top groomers and learn trims that can be executed in your own salon!

Hour 1) Bichon: From Show to Pet Trim

If you were able to choose someone to teach you Bichon grooming secrets, you would probably pick Olga. She has won some of the top grooming contests with her Bichon and has groomed them for the conformation ring for years. In this seminar, Olga will demonstrate how to balance a dog, avoid common mistakes, and create the soft expression of the Bichon.

Hour 2) Poodle Olga's Way

In this demonstration Olga will go over her tips and strategies to create a cute trim in no time at all. She will show you what tools she uses to make her grooms efficient and give an overall nice finish.

Hour 3) Mixed Breed with Asian Flare

Olga will show you and explain how to take a mixed breed dog and groom it to look like a baby doll, teddy bear or stuffed animal. Japanese or Asian style of grooming helps to "sell" your grooms, attract new customers and bring your grooming ability one step up to a creative way of dog grooming. You can take a mixed breed that's a drop coat or curly coat and create a mixed breed masterpiece.

Hour 4) Drop Coat

In this seminar you will watch Olga take a drop coat and transform it into a cute and trendy trim. She will use blending as well as shaping to demonstrate a balanced trim and give the dog a round head and fluffy legs. This is a traditional trim that clients will love and it can be modified shorter for low maintenance.

Thursday Evening

Table Topics: A Groomer’s Roundtable

Khris Berry & Sue Zecco

Join fellow groomers and pet professionals in round table discussions focusing on pet industry topics. Small group formats will allow opportunities to meet, discuss, and share ideas with like-minded pet professionals. Casual, educational, and fun, Table Topics will allow you to gain new friends as well as new information. Come learn and share!

The Stages Of Hand Stripping

Jared Lane

In this new exciting demonstration, Jared will share his secrets to successfully hand stripping terriers. He will discuss the different stages of hand-stripping and the details of each process. Jared will share the products he uses along with his techniques such as stripping, carding and rolling. Jared will explain the differences between blown coat, show coat or prime coat, in addition to showing you how to tackle the coat with the right tools.

Going Mobile With Adriane Pope

Adriane Pope

24 years, 6 vans, and a trailer later…come learn how to start or improve your mobile grooming business by experiencing Adriane’s ride through the years. In this class, we will discuss building your own mobile unit vs commercial built, maintenance, scheduling, the dos and don’ts of mobile grooming, and more. During your time in this session, we will also work through any questions or concerns you have about running a successful mobile grooming business. Adriane will also share a couple of personal experiences with some of her special clients, such as Anna Nicole Smith! Come enjoy the ride!

Adding Pizzazz To Your Pet Poodle Trims

Mackensie Murphy & Anne Francis

Are your poodles looking plain? Anne and Mackensie will share their tricks to add pop to poodle trims. With years of competing, they have taken their knowledge and transferred it to their pet clients. Learn how to set lines, scissor and bring your poodle trims to the next level!