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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.

Skin Assessment Certificate Course

Dr. Cliff Faver

Groomers have seen it all! Dandruff, flea dermatitis, and alopecia are some of the common skin issues we have seen in our shops, but how do we go about recommending proper treatment? With the correct knowledge, groomers can resolve or prevent most skin issues that we see. Groomers are the first line of defense for pets since we see them more frequently than a veterinarian. And now, with the limited access to veterinarians at present, groomers serve a key role in keeping pets’ skin and coat healthy.

In this course, Dr. Cliff will help you decipher which ailments are within your ability to treat and what truly needs to be seen by the veterinarian. Empower yourself and your salon with the confidence to act as a consultant to pet owners for common skin issues. This course is presented by a veterinarian that has treated hundreds of thousands of cases by partnering with the groomers he works with.

Mixed Breed Mania

Cat Opson & Blake Hernandez

From doodles to shorkies, Cat Opson and Blake Hernandez from Foxy Roxy’s Elite Team will give you the tools to make any mixed breed look like a show dog. Learn how to adapt breed profiles from purebreds to create gorgeous mixed breed hairstyles. In this exciting demonstration, Cat and Blake will go over the techniques they use to disguise structural flaws on mixed breeds; bow legs, turned feet, nothing can stand in your way from making a pooch look perfectly proportionate.

Learn how to translate the phrase "puppy cut" and decipher what your clients really want. Cat and Blake will share tips on how to satisfy your customers by tailoring the groom to suit your clients and their ability to maintain the coat. It is possible to transform your clients into unicorn customers once they have realistic expectations.

Mixed Breeds give you the freedom to make personalities shine by disguising or accentuating features. Cat and Blake will utilize different breed heads to highlight the most important feature—the face. By mixing up breed standards, you can create unique haircuts that showcase each individual dog’s personality. Learn from the salon freestyle masters as they transform mutts into masterpieces.

Toque Master Para Tu Grooming de Salón!

Victor Rosado

Siempre hacemos mención de grooming de show y grooming de salón y este es un tema que nos divide en cuanto a una técnica tan universal como el grooming ...Producciones Barkleigh de una manera histórica y por primera vez nos presenta su primera propuesta de seminario en español!!!

Sea parte de la historia y venga desde cualquier parte a ser testigo de este evento que marca nuestra historia latina...serán 4 horas en español llenas de información para todos los groomers de habla hispana y para aquellos que les interese capacitarse en español.

Y para hacerlo más en grande hemos trabajado en equipo con Victor Rosado quién será el seminarista que los llevará en estas excitantes 4 horas de puro grooming!

Victor Rosado ICMG NCMG cuenta con licencias de juez para todas las razas y tambien juez de grooming para todas las técnicas, parte del equipo campeón mundial de grooming Groom Team USA y galardonado con más de 100 medallas en grooming competitivo con años de experiencia como peluquero comercial ya que su mayor cantidad de años como groomer profesional han sido dedicados al grooming comercial a través de Pet Supercenter, un seminarista completo con una carrera única en la industria que los instruira a través de esta presentación.

Este seminario exclusivo de Barkleigh contiene 4 horas donde Victor Rosado estará trabajando con diferentes perros y donde podrán adquirir técnicas dirigidas a poder darle este toque "master" a su peluqueria de salón y convertirte en un destacado groomer en su comunidad por ofrecer más con sus trabajos con toques magistrales!.

Es un momento histórico donde nuestra comunidad latina de groomers podrá disfrutar de un seminario en su idioma para garantizar un aprovechamiento dentro del marco de eventos de Groom Expo West 2022. No te lo puedes perder está hecho para tí!

Class Is in Session

Joey Villani

Joey Villani is responsible for teaching 2,138 groomers at the Nash Academy during his career as the NJ-based school owner. In this four-part series, Joey is “going back to the basics” of what every beginner groomer should know for a successful career.

Part 1:

  • Safety 101
  • Tools, equipment, and their care
  • Building a workable area

Part 2:

  • Anatomy and body type
  • Coat type and the correct tools

Part 3:

  • Bathing and drying (proper procedures, tools, equipment and products)

Part 4:

  • Preparation and finish checklists
  • Products to make a million dollar finish
  • Final notes

Thursday Evening

Fundamentals of Canine Aromatherapy Certificate Course

Malissa Conti-Diener

In this two-hour certificate course, Malissa teaches you how to diffuse essential oils correctly, safely and effectively. A brief history of aromatherapy and why it is used in specific situations will be discussed. Malissa will cover the safety guidelines of using essential oils around animals, and when you should seek help from a professional. Malissa will highlight five essential oil profiles that can benefit your canine clients.

Let’s Get Creative with the Color King!

Adrian Smith

The Color King, Adrian Smith of ABC’s Pooch Perfect, will cover all you need to know about adding creative to your salon in this two-hour seminar. The first step in coloring is prep work. Adrian will teach you how to properly pre-wash and prep to get the desired result—vibrant color work! Not every coat type is the same, and some dogs may need lightening before applying color. The Color King will show you how to safely lighten the hair with this extra prep step that will take your coloring skills to the next level. After applying dye, Adrian will cover post-wash and aftercare. He will share his tips on making this step a quick and easy process. As an added bonus, Adrian will teach you how to accessorize by applying gems, feathers, lashes and more!

Before adding coloring services to your salon menu, it is important to have the ideal dogs to work with. How do you know if the dog you are about to color will tolerate the entire process? Adrian will help you decipher which dog is a good candidate for creative, and which ones to politely decline. Marketing is everything when it comes to attracting your preferred client base. Adrian will detail his steps in transforming his business from an everyday pet salon to being known as the Color King!

Business Compliance Certificate Course

Corina Stammworthy

This is an important certificate course for staff, managers and owners. Corina Stammworthy will show you how to get and keep your shop compliant with current laws and ordinances. She will start with the basics including what safety signage needs to be posted in your salon, what is considered overtime pay, and how long you should be keeping your financial records. Next, she will cover how to deal with various Human Resources issues such as what information you can or cannot share, substance abuse policies, and how to properly handle harassment complaints. Workers’ comp and family leave will also be discussed along with the proper IRS rates for travel, mileage and meal per diems. She will give you the tools to make sure you are always compliant with Covid-19 protocols, even if they change. Corina will touch on some hard topics like reporting animal abuse to make sure you are prepared for any situation. Empower yourself and your staff by having the knowledge to protect yourselves and your business.