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All American Grooming Show
NDGAA and IPG Discount
Congratulations Kathy Rose
Congratulations Emma Savill
Our Great Britain Adventure
4420 Shears
Feline Grooming Demo #1
Feline Grooming Demo #2
Are Thinning Shears Important?
Grooming the Welsh Terrier
Grooming a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Feline Grooming Demo #3
Great Britain Show Highlights
Grooming the Clumber Spaniel
Establishing Pricing and Times For Grooming
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Melissa Verplank  

at the  

All American Grooming Show! 

Meet the Author of

Notes From the  

Grooming Table


Theory of Five


Melissa will be available to talk about her books as well as, how shop owners can grow their own groomers, and The Paragon School of Pet Grooming!

Look for Melissa at her booth August 11-14.

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Congratulations Emma Savill  

of Great Britain


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Our Great Britain Adventure

Marc and I had just returned from 10 days in Great Britain. What a great week! We got to meet many wonderful new pet professionals. Plus, we were able to spend time with grooming superstar and longtime friend, Colin Taylor. (Yes, he's the new Training Partner with!)


What brought us over to Great Britain? I was asked to be the keynote speaker for the Festival of Grooming. This was a new two day celebration of grooming. Its focus was to promote the grooming industry and further the standard and knowledge of groomers.  Entertaining grooming demonstrations and informative talks were given by world leading authorities including myself, Colin Taylor, Bill Browne-Cole, Sharon Pine-Haynes, Louisa Tandy, and Chrissie Warwick.


The Festival of Grooming was held on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday 17th at The Belfry resort - a world-class golfing destination. The venue offered excellent accommodations in the heart of the West Midlands, about two hours northwest of London.




On Saturday night, I did a book signing for Notes from the Grooming Table and Theory of Five. I could not believe the line! I honestly had writer's cramp by the time we finally finished an hour and a half later. It was wonderful to meet so many new pet professionals who were so keen on education. For any of you that have photos from the book signing, please don't hesitate to pass them along - we'd love to see them and add them to the Notes Facebook page! 


There was plenty of educational information to absorb! As an added bonus, the hosts of the show put on a wonderful gala dinner on Saturday night. The atmosphere was electric, the food was superb, and the entertainment - even better. Marc and I just wished we been tipped off that the event required formal attire - Oops! Oh well. It didn't stop the fun and festivities. During the course of the evening there were thousands of dollars (or should I say pounds) of products given away through a very interactive raffle. As a bonus, all the centerpieces on the table were made up of clippers and grooming products which were also given away to one lucky person sitting at each table. Midway through the evening there was a super jazzed fashion show highlighting great grooming wear. The evening finished off with lots of dancing into the wee hours - of which Marc and I excused ourselves - after all I was their keynote speaker and I wasn't going to be able to do a good job with a hangover!


The positive energy of the show was something we rarely see - simply amazing. The sponsors of the show were Groomers, a major supply house for pet professionals in the UK, and the English Groomers Group. Paula, Graham, and Julie (plus their entire support teams) did a knock-out job hosting this event. Something that was truly astounding, the show SOLD OUT weeks ahead of time!! I was thrilled to be a part of such a magnificent production.



After the weekend, we went back to Blackheath, a suburb of London. Marc and I thought we'd have a fair amount of time to tour. Ha - hardly. On Monday, we stopped to meet the students at Absolutely Animals grooming school. After that, we spent the day learning all about time Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). We were able to tour the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. After that, we strolled through the park, admiring the beautiful gardens.



Tuesday lead us to our first train adventure. Actually, the public transportation system in London is quite easy to figure out. And those black cabs -- they're everywhere! We took the train into London and then hopped in a cab for a location scout. We have a special treat for our members. We got an opportunity to film an extremely unique facility tour - The Pet Spa at Harrods! Who knew Harrods had a grooming department on the fourth floor! Yep - and you get to see it in a few weeks!



After a location scout, we headed back for an evening shoot at Absolutely Animals with Colin and Heidi Anderton. We can't wait for you to see Colin's work on a Bedlington - he hasn't lost his touch! Colin gives us a unique angle, and he knows both the American and the European type styling differences on the breed.



On Wednesday we were off to Harrods. We even had to go in through the special service store for "staff, pick up "press passes" and wait for an escort up to the fourth floor from the PR department. As we stood and waited for our escort, Marc turns to me and says, "Boy, they don't hire ugly people here do they?" Every staff member that passed through the doors and slid the card through the security area was absolutely model perfect. At least I was wearing the proper color, black seemed to be the uniform color of choice for Harrods.



On Thursday we were able to do a little bit more sightseeing before we started our evening shoot with Colin and Heidi. By the time we finished the evening, every chip we had to put video footage on was full. It was time to put the cameras away -- and let our editor go to work. You will be seeing all of our footage that we shot from the UK in the upcoming weeks. I'm sure you'll enjoy many of the features.


July 30, 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.

  • Shear Basics from Intergroom, Part 2 - Learn about the different processes that go into creating a quality shear that will last. (Mike Mailman from 4420 Shears)
  • Feline Grooming Demo #1 - How to think in cubes and planes when clipping a cat. (Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG)
  • Feline Grooming Demo #2 - How to "pick and flick" for effective mat removal. (Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG)
  • Are Thinning Shears Important to Your Daily Grooms? How important are the number of teeth on a pair of thinners? (Melissa Verplank, CMG)
  • Grooming the Welsh Terrier: Clipped Pet Trim - How to change blade lengths to accentuate the structure of the pet. (Misty Fowler, 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 Caviler King Charles Spaniel - Misty Fowler, CMG
  • Feline Grooming Demo #3 - the Lion Trim - Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG
  • Great Britain Show Highlights, presented by Show Management
  • Grooming the Clumber Spaniel - Teresa Dreese, CMG
  • Establishing Pricing and Times For Grooming - Melissa Verplank, CMG

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Happy Trimming,

Melissa Verplank   


Great Videos Going Up for Full View  


4420 Shears, Part 2  

Mike Mailman  


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 you through the confusing world of shear manufacturing.  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 types 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.   


In this video you will learn:   

  • The difference between beveled and convex edges.
  • The advantages or disadvantages between edges.
  • How often you should have your shears sharpened.
  • The different treatments that affect the hardness of shears.
  • Whether titanium coated shears are worth the extra cost.

Approximate running time: 23 minutes

Feline Grooming Demo #1 

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG 


In this session, you get to be the 'fly on the wall' at the National Cat Groomers Institute of America.  Join a premier feline stylist as she leads a new set of students through the pre-work and bathing process of a cat.  In this demonstration, Danelle works on a Maine Coon that is unaccustomed to the grooming process.  She walks the class through the entire procedure of grooming this cat.  The lesson is filled with solid tips, tricks, and information that is extremely useful.  Whether you groom cats or are just thinking about it, this is a grooming demonstration not to miss.  


In this video you will learn:    

  • How to think in cubes and planes when clipping a cat.
  • Why it is important to keep the skin taut.
  • How to introduce a kitty to water.
  • How and why to monitor heart and breathing rates on felines.
  • What to use to clean the eyes.

Approximate running time: 13 minutes 

Feline Grooming Demo #2 

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG 


This session is a continuation of grooming out the Maine Coon.  Join the students at the NCGIA as they go through the drying and finishing process.  Watch as this kitty's personality changes once she's clean and beautiful.  This is another lesson filled with solid tips and tricks.  As a bonus, you get to see how beneficial the Catty Shack drying system is for any feline.  


In this video you will learn:    

  • How to introduce a kitty to the drying process.
  • How to work with a high velocity dryer for best results.
  • How to remove mats and tangles in a coat with air.
  • How to "pick and flick" for effective mat removal.
  • What "glide" is.

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


Approximate running time: 16 minutes

Are Thinning Shears Important  

to Your Daily Grooms? 

Melissa Verplank, CMG 


There are very few quality stylists who do not use thinning shears daily on almost every pet they groom.  This shear is used to blend, buffer, soften, and erase lines.  In this session, Melissa discusses the importance of this type of tool, including how they work and how they cut the coat.  She demonstrates proper holding techniques and how to run the shear correctly.  Melissa also tells you what to look for when comparing different thinning shears.  She also shares tips on where to learn about and buy great blenders that you'll be happy with for years.  Plus, she helps you understand what you can expect to spend on a new pair of thinners if you want them to run effortlessly.


In this video you will learn:    

  • The 3 main techniques used with blenders.
  • How important the number of teeth are on a pair of thinners.
  • Which types of coat work well with this tool.
  • How much to spend on this type of shear.
  • Where to find great blenders and thinners.

 Approximate running time: 23 minutes

Grooming the Welsh Terrier  

in a Pet Trim 

Misty Fowler, CMG    


In this demonstration, Misty shows you how to groom a typical pet Welsh Terrier.  This dog has a chunky body with lots of thick, coarse hair.  In this session, she shows you how to style this dog to breed profile using a combination of carding techniques to help retain the texture and color of the coat.  She then demonstrates setting the basic pattern with clippers.  Misty finishes the dog by scissoring the legs and working with thinning shears to detail out the head and final trim.  The end result is a stylish little pet groomed to breed profile using a wide variety of techniques.  


In this video you will learn:    

  • How and why to rake out the coat prior to clipping.
  • How to blend the pattern lines so they are invisible.
  • How to minimize a saggy top line.
  • How to set the pattern lines in the head.
  • How to change blade lengths to accentuate the structure of the pet.

 Approximate running time: 66 minutes

5 New Sneak Peeks!  


Grooming a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel   

Misty Fowler, CMG  


The charming Cavalier is showing up regularly in grooming salons across the country. Don't just assume when you see a Cavalier come across your books that it's a simple bath and brush job! Sometimes there is a fair amount of work that goes into the grooming of this breed. Join Misty as she demonstrates the grooming and styling process on this dog. She'll discuss different coat types, tools that work well, and pet styling options for the Cavalier that help owners maintain their pooch.





Feline Grooming Demo #3  

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG  


This is a continuation of the previous grooming demonstrations at the National Cat Groomers Institute of America. Join the students as they learn how to set a Lion Trim on this willing feline. Danelle walks students through setting the pattern on this cat. During the demo, she talks about how to work with the clippers to get super smooth results, what types of clippers to use, plus plenty of safety tips. 


Great Britain Show Highlights   

Show Management 


The first 'Festival of Grooming' was held in Great Britain the weekend of July 16-17, 2011. It quickly turned into a sold out event! The Festival was held at The Belfry resort in the West Midlands. Presented by Groomers Ltd. and The English Groomers Group, the 'Festival of Grooming' offered an educational insight to the world of premier pet grooming. Networking opportunities to meet and mingle with industry insiders in a casual atmosphere were plentiful.


Over 250 grooming professionals experienced a fun filled weekend. Melissa Verplank was the keynote speaker for this event. She is an award winning pet stylist, multiple business owner, and author of Notes From the Grooming Table and Theory of Five.


Other presenters were grooming greats, Colin Taylor and Bill Browne-Cole. They inspired participants with their 'hands on' grooming demonstrations, featuring a Bedlington Terrier and a Wire Haired Fox Terrier. Premier stylists Sharon Pine-Haynes, Louisa Tandy, and Chrissie Warwick conducted enlightening demonstrations on 'Show Coats & Top Knots' and 'Creative Grooming."


Great food, a fabulous fashion show, and dancing into the wee hours of the night filled the evening. During the evening, 21 lucky winners walked away with bounties of valuable raffle prizes. Plus, every table had a beautiful center piece containing clippers and grooming products for that one lucky diner.


Positive response from show goers was overwhelming at the close of the show. Discussions for next year's event are already in progress. L2GD is proud to showcase highlights from this amazing event.




Grooming the Clumber Spaniel

 Teresa Dreese, CMG 


When Teresa first hit the contest circuit with this breed, judges were baffled as to how to judge this breed. By the time Teresa retired from contest pet grooming, most judges had a firm grip on how this breed should be groomed - thanks to Teresa. In this lesson, she shows you how to groom the Clumber Spaniel to breed standard. She works the coat using hand-stripping and thinning shear techniques to bring out the essence of the breed.   


Establishing Pricing and Times For Grooming  

Melissa Verplank, CMG    


How do you set pricing for your work or your salon? Melissa shares a single page system she developed based on years of experience. The system allows for consistency across the board for both small and large pets and is fair to both the groomer and client. From the simplest jobs to the most complex, for new groomers just starting out or seasoned pros, the system works. Melissa helps you understand how and why the process works and how you can create your own pricing system. As a bonus, you'll learn how to provide pricing estimates to new clients for any breed of dog or cat