Friday Programs

Canine Massage Certificate Course

Malissa Conti-Diener

Join Malissa Conti-Diener in this certificate class that will show you how to add pet massage techniques to your current grooming business. She will cover anatomy & physiology, touch points and how to utilize them, basic tub and table massage techniques, reflexology and acupressure. Learn how to calm and balance the pet before, during and after the grooming session.

The first hour of this course will be an intro to pet massage and will cover the history and importance, canine anatomy & physiology, basics on the skeletal and muscular systems and safety for the pet and the practitioner. The second hour will go over massage techniques, the 4 foundation strokes of massage, and touch points for calming and relaxing the pet. The third hour of this certificate course will review reflexology and acupressure, tub massage techniques, and table massage techniques. The last hour of this course will go over the business side of enhancing your spa services with pet massage and adding pet massage to your services.

The Healthy Salon: Sanitation & Disease Prevention Certification

Corina Stammworthy

Learn how to disinfect like a microbiologist! Corina will teach you sanitation techniques used in the laboratory that she has incorporated into her regular salon practices. This class will cover how to disinfect everything in your salon using both chemical and mechanical methods, as well as an overview of the common pathogens that cause problems in the industry.

PLUS, disease prevention through vaccination! Learn the science behind how canine vaccines work, and why they need some boosters more often than others. We will discuss what vaccines you should require in your salon to maintain a safe working environment for you and the dogs.

A certificate will be mailed after completion of this four-hour course.

Grooming the Herding Group

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

How does an Aussie tail "smile"? Why does the Bouvier have such a huge head? Why did the AKC create the Herding Group in 1983? Learn all about this newest of the AKC groups, what breeds are in it, and their unique grooming needs. We will cover the history, behavior, Breed Standards, as well as grooming oddities and specifics of these agricultural workers. We will even dare to tackle the controversies surrounding the correct care of most common of all dog coats: the Double-Coat!

Delighting the Doodle Owner

Chris Anthony

Doodles; love them or loathe them, they are only growing in popularity. But decoding exactly what their owners want, much less actually delighting them, can be challenging. In this class, Chris will discuss breaking the news of the dreaded “shave down” gently, realistic coat maintenance, and with the help of a living unicorn (a tangle-free Doodle in long coat), learn some quick & easy chunker tricks to add some style to the traditional doodle trim.

Oh Those Super Short Styles

Mindy Dinwiddie

Living in farm country, Mindy has learned how to make the super short styles still look cute. As much as we don’t like it, we still have clients that want the 5F all over. Learn how to make those cuts look cute so that your clients keep coming back.

Poodle Pet Trim

Julie Pantages

Join Julie in this exciting seminar as she demonstrates an easy maintenance Poodle in a pet trim. She will use a combination of snap-on combs and scissor work, and she will share her secrets to getting a Poodle in and out and looking good in no time at all.

A Groomers Guide to the 15 Coat Types

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

While there has never been an official list of dog coat types for the grooming industry, maybe there ought to be! While individual dogs vary even within breeds, knowing what products, tools, and techniques are appropriate to the coat type in front of you on the grooming table is essential. Jennifer has compiled a list that is helping to change the industry and standardize what specific and separate grooming strategies are required for each of the 15 Coat Types. Each one has "Do's and Don'ts" based on the scientific, genetic, and physical structure of the hair or fur of that type dog. All coat types fall into two general genetic categories - Hair and Fur. "Hair" coat types are most associated with matting and trimming. Fur Types are mostly known for their shedding, but have other specialized variations. We will resolve any remaining controversy about the proper care of the Double Coat, which the majority of all dogs worldwide have. We will identify the most effective products, tools, and techniques for grooming each of the Coat Types. Combination coats, that have the problems of both Fur and Hair, will also be addressed. After this seminar, you will be able to set yourself apart as the groomer who is expert on differentiating coat types and, instead of treating them all the same, the groomer who gives each unique dog's coat its proper care.

Supercharge Your Grooming

Victor Rosado

In this seminar you will find out how to make the best out of your grooming by adding up extras that will make your cash drawer smile. These are the financial aspects that can maximize your everyday grooming.