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.

Advanced Hair and Skin Certificate Course

Dr. Cliff Faver

This is the advanced course for those that have already attended the Hair and Skin 101 course. In this course we will take the concepts learned in the first course to a deeper level of understanding. We will cover more of the science, talk about different techniques and misunderstood info on products as well as address how to approach skin issues in a logical manner for successful outcomes.

AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Certification 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 grooming 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.

Unlocking Your Trendy Dog Styles: A Day With Olga

Olga Zabelinskaya

More pets are on Instagram than ever before and everyone wants their pet looking like a top model dog! Spend a day with Olga while she shares her tips to get dogs' faces looking picture perfect! Trendy trims and Asian inspired grooming is Olga's specialty and now she wants to share that knowledge with all of you. From faces to feet and tail to ears, this seminar is packed with everything to make your clips cuter than ever. Want to go over once and for all what the "puppy cut" is all about? Olga wants to share with you how to explain this to your clients and execute the groom that will keep them coming back to you every time! Knowing what tools you should use to achieve certain looks can unlock your talents to the fullest potential.

Thursday Evening

The Complicated Combination Coat: How to Handle the Special Grooming Problems of Doodles and Other Cross-Breed Coats

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

In this two-hour seminar, Jennifer will explain the complicated genetic consequences of crossing shedding and non-shedding coats together (think Bernadoodle!), as well as how to assess the variety of combinations often presented to us in all the designer cross-breeds, and what tools and techniques will best work to manage their high tendency to mat. The seminar will also cover how to work with owners who have little information and often unrealistic expectations to manage these often unpredictable and complicated coats successfully.

Feline Safety Grooming Certificate Course

Dana Chavez-Rey

In this two-hour interactive course you will learn how to stock a versatile feline grooming kit. Dana will also go over the right questions to ask a new client and how to safely and effectively evaluate a feline. Lastly, Dana will show you how to prepare your grooming area for your feline friends.

Grooming for Structure

Kathryn Dixon

Ask any beautician and they’ll tell you every hair style doesn’t fit every face. The same is true in grooming—dogs come in 100 different shapes and sizes. In this demo you’ll learn how to evaluate the individual dog and groom to its strengths while honoring the pet parent’s requests.