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Grooming is Like Making a Batch of Spaghetti Sauce
Tips and Tricks
Grooming the Springer Spaniel
Presenting the Dog for Inspection/Judging
National Cat Groomer's Institute of America
Upselling Spa and Teeth Services
Grooming the Australian Terrier
Grooming the Shih Tzu/Pug Mix
Feline Temperament and Handling
Basic Feline Health and Anatomy
Shear Basics
Grooming the Pet Afghan
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 Grooming is Like Making a Batch of  

Spaghetti Sauce


How do you make your spaghetti sauce?  Is it thick and full of ingredients?  Maybe you like to spice it up with sausage.  Or maybe you opt to go with a vegetarian version.  There are so many variations, who's to say what is right or wrong?  A grasp of basic cooking skills and a creative mind is all you need to have some fun in the kitchen when making spaghetti.


There are a few traditional foundation ingredients used to make spaghetti sauce: tomatoes, garlic, and Italian seasonings.  From that point forward, there are endless variations.  Does it have a pleasant balance of flavors?  Does it have a nice consistency?  Does it make you want seconds?  In the end, it's all in the taste.


Grooming a specific breed is much the same as making spaghetti sauce.  There are some foundations 'rules' that make the breed what it is - but there are many variations on how to get the 'look.'


Which trimming procedure you select for each dog will give it its essence.  How you apply those grooming techniques will yield a dog that is either a beautiful representation of the breed or a sorry mess.  Some of you have mastered your spaghetti recipe.  Others still have to figure out how to turn on the stove - or call the closest Italian restaurant for reservations!


At (and cats), we know there are many variations to each breed.  That's why you will see multiple Training Partners demonstrating how to groom the same breed.  One Training Partner will show you how to style the pet one way - and a few months later you'll see another Training Partner doing a lesson on the same breed using slightly different techniques on a different pet.


Is one better than the other?  That's up to you to decide.  All of our Training Partners are among the best stylists in the world.  Most of them have learned how to groom these breeds via professional breeders and handlers or they are breeders and handlers themselves.  They have worked out grooming methods that can be easily applied to every day pet dogs.


We encourage you to watch and learn from as many quality sources as you can find.  Every high quality handler, breeder, and stylist has a wide range of grooming techniques - just like an excellent cook has a pantry full of ingredients.  What works well on one pet may not be the best solution for another.


A seasoned cook can adapt many ingredients to a single dish.  The wider your range of knowledge, the easier it will be for you to blend different techniques.  With experience and practice, you'll perfect your trimming style.  This will allow you to come up with a winning recipe that brings your clients back again and again. 



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Tips and Tricks

Searching the Website

Many of you have asked how you can find the videos you want to watch. has a great feature that allows you to search for any video by keywords or phrases. 


Look for this search bar that appears on every page of the website...


Once you find it, click in the box that reads, "Search Dog Grooming Videos," as shown above.  You can then type in any word to look for a specific breed, topic, tool, technique, or Instructor.  Are you looking for videos presented by Melissa Verplank?  Simply type her name into this area, then click "Go." will pull up a list of all videos that use her name in the title or description.


If you're not sure what you're looking for, your keywords can be as vague as, "heads."  Maybe you are looking for ways to groom curly coated dogs?  Type in "curly" and see what pops up!  Try "scissors," "cat," or any other word to see what videos are available.  This feature allows you to be as specific as "bathing and brushing the heavy coated dog" or as general as "Bichon."  Experiment with terms and ideas that interest you and I'm sure you'll find the videos you need.  You may even find related videos that you never even considered looking for!

June 20, 2011

Welcome to, the first streaming video library for the professional pet groomer and stylist!  Select from over 100 training videos - all available with just a few simple mouse clicks! (and cats) is a unique way to get the edge on your competition.


Stay curious.  Challenge yourself.  Let your drive and creativity increase your success.  As the saying goes, 'the more you learn, the more you earn.' (and cats) can help.  All of our Training Partners are at the top of their field.  For the first time ever, you don't have to travel to shows or clinics to learn the secrets of the masters - we bring them right to you from the comfort of your computer! (and cats) is for you if:

  • You are a solo stylist and want to see how your work compares to top level stylists
  • You work in a small shop and want to know how your work compares to top level stylists
  • You struggle to complete 6-8 or even 12 grooms a day with ease  
  • You are looking for an easy way to visually enhance your current grooming skills
  • You struggle with efficient tool use
  • Handling difficult pets drives you crazy

Here are a few of the items you'll learn in the videos that are going up for full view today.

  • Grooming the Pet Springer Spaniel: Learn what causes 'corduroy marks' and how to fix them. (Misty Fowler, CMG)
  • Presenting the Dog for Inspection/Judging: Why it's important to always pay close attention to your judge. (Lisa Leady, CMG and Suesan Watson, CMG)
  • Show Case Facility Tour The National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. (NCGIA)  (Danelle German CFMG, CFCG)
  • Upselling Spa and Teeth Services Infomercial at Intergroom: How to effectively ask for upsells to your clients. (Joe Zuccarello with Tropiclean)
  • Grooming the Australian Terrier: How to style the head to show off the 'thumb print' (Debbie Beckwith, CMG)

We have some amazing footage to share with you.  See what is on our editing table in these fabulous Sneak Peeks for our latest release. 

  • Grooming a Shih Tzu/Pug Mix  (Misty Fowler, CMG)
  • Feline Temperament & Handling - Know Your Enemy  (Danelle German CFMG, CFCG)
  • Basic Feline Health & Anatomy  (Danelle German CFMG, CFCG)
  • Shear Basics from Intergroom  (Mike Mailman & 4420 Shears)
  • Grooming the Pet Afghan in a Low Maintenance Trim  (Debbie Beckwith CMG)

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Happy Trimming,

Melissa Verplank   


Great Videos Going Up for Full View  


Grooming the Springer Spaniel   

 by Misty Fowler, CMG   


In the perfect world, all Springers would be hand stripped.  However, this is not a reality for professional pet groomers. We clipper cut many breeds that should be hand stripped.  In this session, Misty Fowler guides you through clippering a Springer.  She'll show you how you get a natural look that emphasizes the breed standard. Typical pet grooming techniques using clippers, thinning shears, shears, and simple carding methods are used.  She also highlights some tips for eliminating common problems such as pattern setting, minimizing corduroy tracks, and blending.

In this video you will learn:   

  • How to use the dogs anatomy to set the pattern
  • What causes 'corduroy marks' and how you can fix them
  • How to blend with clippers
  • How to shape the foot into a 'cat foot'
  • How to determine what length to leave the ears

Approximate running time: 60 minutes

Presenting the Dog for Inspection/Judging    

Lisa Leady, CMG

and Suesan Watson, CMG 


Are you thinking about entering the contest area or considering certification testing?  Your presentation can make a huge difference!  You can also learn a great deal about your OWN grooming if you pay attention to what the judge is seeing as they comb through the coat. Let these seasoned competitors and award-winning contest judges give you their best tips on how to present your dog to the judge or certifier.  If you are new to the ring or thinking about taking the leap, you don't want to miss this session.    


In this video you will learn:    

  • What the judge is looking for
  • Why it's important to always pay close attention to your judge
  • How to stack your dog to best show off your work
  • The importance of good sportsmanship
  • Tricks to let the judge know how much work you really did!

Approximate running time: 20 minutes 

Show Case Facility Tour

- The National Cat Groomers Institute of America -   

Danelle German CFMG, CFCG 


Danelle German is your guide through a video tour of her educational facility, The National Cat Groomers Institute of America - the only cat grooming school in the world!  Located in Greenville, South Carolina, this facility was once a private home built during the early 1900's.  The original hardwood floors and other preserved features have been coupled with state-of-the-art cat grooming equipment.  This unique combination makes for a wonderful learning environment when it comes to grooming felines. 

  • The bathing room outfitted with Forever Stainless Mini Tubs.
  • The drying room is complete with Catty Shack Vac™ drying systems and Romani dryers.
  • The grooming room has ten stations with cat grooming tables, Clipper Vacs, and storage for grooming equipment. 

To learn more about the school, training, classes, cat grooming products and Danelle's blog, please visit:


Approximate running time: 20 minutes

Upselling Spa and Teeth Services   

Informercial at Intergroom

Joe Zuccarello with Tropiclean 


Would you like to earn an additional $4 - 10,000 (or more) each year?  What if you could do this without adding more hours or days into your schedule?  Joe will show you a simple way to make more money without losing valuable time - and in our business, time is money.


Join the master of selling extra services as he shows you how you can increase your daily revenue for only pennies a day.  In the first session, Joe talks about the Fresh Breath product line that addresses the oral and dental hygiene needs of your pet clients.  His tips for battling bad breath are simple and easy for the groomer or the pet owner to use on any dog - and they'll help you earn more money.


In the second session, Joe discusses the Tropiclean Spa product line.  Learn the benefits of adding a luxury line of spa products that can easily increase earnings with every pet that comes into your salon.


In this video you will learn:    

  • What is the easiest way to increase your bottom line with the least amount of effort
  • Multiple ways to combat 'doggie breath'
  • How to effectively ask for upsells to your clients
  • How to market extra services
  • Ways to get your clients talking about YOU in a positive way

 Approximate running time: 20 minutes

Grooming the Australian Terrier   

  Debbie Beckwith, CMG


Long time stylist and trainer, Debbie Beckwith, takes you through the process of correctly grooming an Australian Terrier.  She uses hand stripping techniques, combined with thinning shears to get the proper look on this harsh-coated dog.  You may not have Australian Terriers walking through your salon door, but if you do, this is the video for you!  As a bonus, she'll show you how you can easily apply these grooming tactics on any Terrier or mixed breed dog with a similar coat type.  The simple techniques Debbie uses promote a harsh coat that is rich with color.  Throughout the video lessons, you'll hear tips and tricks to make your grooming job quick and safe. 


In this video you will learn:    

  • The key points of the breed standard
  • What tools to use and in what order?
  • How to 'finger pluck'
  • How to style the head to show off the 'thumb print'
  • How to shape the ruff

 Approximate running time: 51 minutes

5 New Sneak Peeks!  


Grooming a Shih Tzu/Pug Mix 

Misty Fowler, CMG


How many of you get this type of dog in the shop?  They are so unusual looking, they are cute!  But what the heck are you supposed to do with them?  Luckily, the owner likes a rough and tumble look.  Misty takes you through the steps she takes to highlight key features of this little dog.  She uses a combination of hand stripping and carding techniques along with lots of thinning shear work.  With this pet, less is going to be more.  The result is a shaggy look that is tidy, easy to care for, and appealing to everyone!




Feline Temperament and Handling  

- Know Your Enemy (exerpts)  

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG    


If you are going to groom cats, one of the first things you notice is that they are unpredictable!!  There are many ways to gain the upper hand.  The key is safety for both you and the cat.  In this session, you will hear the first part of a much longer presentation at Danelle's cats-only grooming school, The National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. (NCGIA).  Even though this is an excerpt of the full lecture, it's packed with great tips for anyone who grooms felines!  



Basic Feline Health and Anatomy (excerpts)  

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG  


If you groom cats, you need to have a strong understanding of their basic health and anatomy.  You are the 'eyes in the field.'  Knowing what is normal or abnormal is critical when it comes to identifying potential problems.  This information will allow you to solve basic hygiene problems in a flash.  Being informed in this area will also enhance your relationship with local veterinarians.  It will allow you to build trust and referrals from cat owners throughout your area.  In this lecture excerpt, Danelle leads you through the most common situations you need to be aware of when you groom cats from the general public.  


Shear Basics from Intergroom   

Mike Mailman and 4420 Shears   


Are you baffled and overwhelmed by the choices of shears on the market?  Don't know what to buy or how much to spend?  In this mini lesson, Mike leads your through the confusing world of how shears are made.  He discusses different types of metal and the quality of that material in the end product - the scissor.  How can coatings enhance a shear's life?  What different type of edges can be put on a shear blade?  Why is the harness scale important when selecting shears?  By the end of this lesson, you'll have a much firmer grasp of how to select your next pair of shears!



Grooming the Pet Afghan in a  

Low Maintenance Trim 

Debbie Beckwith, CMG    


Maintaining the long, silky coat of an Afghan can be daunting.  Ms. Beckwith is a long time Afghan breeder and handler of AKC champions.  In this session, she outlines the breed standard while talking about their personality.  Debbie also shares typical coat changes you'll find as a dog ages or if it's been altered.  She'll demonstrate a trim she does on a regular basis to keep the coat easy to care for while retaining the flair all Afghans seem to have.  She'll show you which blades to select to shorten the long furnishings and how to work with them.  She also discusses the 'saddle' of this breed and how to retain it with hand stripping techniques.