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In This Issue
Making $Money$ with Feline Grooming
Grooming the Pet Hungarian Pumi
Personal Interview with Awarding Winning Creative Stylist Angela Kumpe
Hand Scissor Trim on a Drop-Coated Dog
Maintaining a Rustic Coat
Slope Side Chats: What Do You Look for In a New Hire?
Tips for iPad and iPhone Users
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Hundreds of Videos to Watch At (and cats)!

For the first time ever, you can expand your educational horizon - and never leave home to do it! 

Did you know (and cats) now has over 237 videos in the streaming video library? We have hundreds of grooming demonstrations where you have a front row seat as award-winning stylists demonstrate how it's done. And grooming demonstrations aren't our only topics. Oh no. If it has anything to do with the pet grooming industry, we are seeking it out and bringing it to you.


With so much information on the site, finding the exact lessons you're looking for can be a bit of a challenge. For the first time ever, you can expand your educational horizon - and never leave home to do it! You've told us - and we've listened. You now have multiple ways to find titles that interest you.      


3 Simple Way to Search the Learn2GroomDogs Site


  1. Use the Learn2GroomDogs website search engine
  2. Search for lessons hosted by your favorite Learn2GroomDogs Trainer Partner
  3. Review all the titles on Learn2GroomDogs using our NEW PDF Master List


Using the Learn2GroomDogs

Search Engine


Learn2GroomDogs has a powerful search engine. You can find the Search Engine on the Home Page of the site. Simply type in a few key words of what you would like to learn more about. Do you want to learn about a particular breed? Type in the name of the breed you're looking for - such as 'Poodle.' All of the videos on the website that feature a Poodle will show up in the drop-down box. Are you trying to master a particular skill, such as scissoring? Type in the word 'scissoring' and you will be amazed at the number of videos at your fingertips. When working with the search engine, we suggest you limit the number of words. This will allow you to see the widest variety of videos available while focusing on your intended subject matter.  

Training Partners


Our Training Partners are some of the best in the business! All of the grooming demonstrations are presented by Certified Master Groomers from one of the voluntary national testing organizations. Many of the L2DG Training Partners have earned the right to be members of GroomTeam USA. We are constantly on the lookout for knowledgeable presenters in all aspects of our industry, whether it be pet massage, sales and marketing, product knowledge or a wide array of other topics.


To make it simple for you, all of our Training Partners are listed in just two groups - Grooming & Styling or Business & Management. Simply click on the name on the Home Page. The site will take you to their full bio. At the Biography area, you will see a listing of all the videos that particular Training Partner has on Remember, many of our Training Partners are multi-talented. You'll find their names listed in both areas based on the content of their videos.  

PDF Master List:  

Table of Contents


The Master List is a PDF list of all the videos currently available. We've included those video lessons that are in the process of being edited, as well. Technology is great, but sometimes having a hard copy in your hands just works better!


We have added key information right on the page. With just a quick glance, you can isolate the subject matter, title, Training Partner, release date, video length, and general category as it is listed on L2GD. With this easy-to-use reference guide, you can now navigate the site with ease.


The Table of Contents  

consists of...



  • Core Grooming Skills & Techniques
  • Sporting Group
  • Hound Group
  • Working Group
  • Terrier Group
  • Toy Group
  • Non-Sporting Group
  • Herding Group
  • Mixed Breeds
  • Miscellaneous Grooming

 Business & Operations

  • Sales & Marketing
  • Equipment & Grooming Supplies
  • Groomer Health & Well-Being
  • Pet Health & Well-Being
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Cats
  • Facility Tours
  • Creative Pet Styling (Color & Bling)
  • Personal Interview
  • Miscellaneous

So how do you use this as a tool? Find a video that catches your fancy and type in a few key words of its title into the search engine. If the title is "Grooming the Pet Bichon in a Modified Show Trim," just type "Bichon" or "Pet Bichon" to narrow the selection. The search engine will find all the videos on the site matching your search criteria. Or, you can simply type in the training partner's name. All of their videos currently available on the site will come up.


The wealth of knowledge packed into the site is simply amazing - and it's growing! Every month we add 10 new videos. Never before has learning been so easy - and so economical! It's like having a grooming show right on your computer!   


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 Sneak Peek Previews
Making $Money$ with Feline Grooming

Danelle German   

The Paragon School of Pet Grooming hosted a grooming clinic, but this time instead of dogs, the focus was on cats. These are excerpts from the opening lecture. Even if you don't groom cats, you  will gain some valuable insights. Not only is Danelle German an extraordinary cat groomer, she's a savvy business owner as well. Much of her information easily translates between dog and cat grooming

Part 1:  $$ Formula for Potential Revenue 

8.5 is a key number. Find out what it means! Danelle walks you through a dollar generating formula that works for any grooming salon. Find out why 8.5 is so critical to your bottom line!  

Part 2:  
Dispelling the Myths about Cat Grooming   

"Cats don't need to be groomed - they groom themselves" is one of the typical myths a cat groomer hears all the time. "My cat hates water - you'll never be able to bathe her" is another. And the list goes on, just like in dog grooming! So how do you turn these road blocks into sales opportunities? Education. Education. Education. In this session, Danelle guides you through the process of turning a prospect into a client. How can you identify problems? How can you solve those problems? She shows you how to create a win-win-win for everyone involved - client, cat, and groomer. 



Part 3:  
Before & After Images of the Groomed Cat



We all know pictures speak a thousand words. In this short session - volumes are spoken. See different examples of an oily coat - and what the kitty looks like after a professional grooming. View what a matted cat looks like and one of the many appealing options clients have to solve the problem. Learn why it's important to trim some cat faces and how appealing it can become with a few well-placed snips.    


Grooming the Pet
Hungarian Pumi

Kendra Otto  


Kendra Otto shows you how to groom this rustic coated breed. The biggest difference with a Pumi over other breeds - is it should appear 'messy'. For most stylists, this goes against our grain. We want things neat and tidy. A dog with velvet scissor work. With this breed, a polished finish is NOT what you are after. Kendra shows you how to get the correct look on this adorable pet Pumi.    


Part #1: Setting the Body Pattern, Tail, Feet Legs


In this session, she shows you how to clipper cut the pet Pumi to get the correct look for breed profile. Kendra does a fabulous job explaining her tool selection for this coat type.



Click Here for the Sneak Peek 



Part #2: Trimming the Head and Finishing the Coat



The head style of the Pumi is unique to the breed. Kendra shows you step-by-step how to get the wedgy head with high set, tufted ears. Exceptional camera work allows you to get right next to Kendra as she shows you how to trim this head. 


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Welcome to   


Select from 237 training videos - all available with just a few simple mouse clicks!


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! All of our Training Partners are at the tops of their fields. (and cats) is a unique way to get  

the edge on your competition.  


Join us! (and cats)  

is for you if:

  • You want to learn simple tricks to make every day pet grooming easier
  • You struggle to complete 6-8 grooms a day with ease  
  • You want to know how your work compares to other stylists
  • You are looking for an easy way to enhance your current grooming skills
  • Want to train with top professionals in the pet grooming industry

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


  • Personal Interview with Awarding Winning Creative Stylist Angela Kumpe: Learn how she brainstorms ideas
  • Maintaining a Rustic Coat - Kendra Otto:  Which products should be used to keep a coat in peak condition?
  • Slope Side Chats: What Do You Look for In a New Hire? - Kathy Rose, Melissa Verplank, and Teri DiMarino:  What are the most important things to look for in a new hire? 
  • Double Feature: Hand Scissor Trim on a Drop Coated Dog - Lindsey Dicken, NCMG 
    • Part 1: Trimming Body & Legs on a Drop Coated Dog - Learn reference points on a dog that will help guide you 
    • Part 2: Styling the Head & Finish Detail Work on a Drop Coated Dog - Learn how to frame and soften the eyes 

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

  • Triple Feature: Making $Money$ with Feline Grooming - Danelle German, CMFG
    • Part #1: $$ Formula for Potential Revenue
    • Part #2: Dispelling the Myths about Cat Grooming
    • Part #3: Before & After Images of the Groomed Cat
  • Double Feature: Grooming the Pet Hungarian Pumi - Kendra Otto
    • Part #1: Setting the Body Pattern, Tail, Feet, and Legs
    • Part #2: Trimming the Head and Finishing the Coat

Membership pricing as low as $33.60


  Click Here for Membership Information  


Please take a moment to check out our "Membership" tab and be sure to share this link with all of your friends and associates!




Happy Trimming,

Melissa Verplank



Videos Going up for Full View Today

Personal Interview with Awarding Winning

Creative Stylist

Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe     

How does a back-woods dog groomer become one of the top creative stylists in the nation? Angela Kumpe lives in a tiny town outside Little Rock, Arkansas. In a
community where the highlight is the local Dollar Store, Angela has been able to successfully build a creative styling career. It's hard to believe, but it's true! Even her everyday clients buy into her imaginative spirit. In this interview, she shares a wealth of insight into how she got her start. Who's her support team? How does she pitch her skills to the local community? Why she says, "Creative grooming is a license for FUN!" 

Private, hands-on classes are available at Angela's Grooming in Little Rock, AR.  Please contact us for availability.  501.888.3647 or angela@angela's

In this video you will learn:  

  • How she brainstorms design ideas
  • Why Angela is so passionate about helping others learn creative styling
  • What design she is most proud of
  • What happens when you take a dog in full color to Times Square in New York City
  • How to get started with creative styling if you've never done it before
Approximate running times: 25 minutes



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Hand Scissor Trim on a Drop-Coated Dog

Lindsey Dicken, NCMG      

You either love this coat or hate it. Lots of breeds have this coat texture - the drop-coat. How many of you have owners that want their pet styled a bit longer than even the longest guard comb can leave it? Lindsey shows you a fun and easy way to go 'freestyle.' She uses a great technique to freehand scissor this super cute little Lhasa mix. To get the soft, cuddly look, she uses mostly thinning shears and blenders. Lindsey shares tricks to get a beautiful, plush finish in no time. She talks you through the entire trim including how to use reference points as you work so you get a consistent look every time. 



In this section, Lindsey shows you how to establish the length of the trim by starting with a single cut. Once the length is established, then she works methodically around the dog in sections. As she works, she talks about common faults typically found in this type of dog and what you can do to help disguise them.


In Part 1, Trimming Body & Legs on a Drop Coated Dog, you will learn:              

  • How to establish the length
  • Reference points on the dog's body to help guide you
  • How to get a rhythm going
  • The overall vision you are aiming for
  • How to work around the dog to ensure proper balance

Approximate running times: 26 minutes


 Click Here to See the Video   


The most important part of this groom is the head piece. Even if the rest of the trim is a little off, if the face is super cute, the owner is going to love the haircut! In Part 2, she shows you how to get an adorable, soft little face that frames the eyes. This little dog had an overabundance of ear coat offering a great lesson on how to set the ears into the head piece.

In Part 2, Styling the Head & Finish Detail Work on a Drop Coated Dog,
you will learn:
  • How to frame and soften the eyes
  • How to avoid the 'tick' look
  • How to establish this line for the ears
  • How to shape and soften the muzzle
  • How to blend the head into the neck
Approximate running times: 23 minutes



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Maintaining a Rustic Coat
Kendra Otto


What the heck is a 'rustic coat?' That's just what we thought when we asked Kendra Otto to become a L2GD Training Partner. It turns out, Kendra has done her homework on this coat type. She shares how to properly care for this coat type, ensuring it does not become a shave down! This coat type comes on a variety of breeds including the Hungarian Pumi and the Italian Lagotto. In this session, Kendra focuses on the care and upkeep of this coat type.


In this video you will learn:

  • The look you aim for with a "rustic coated" breed
  • What tools work best to create the correct coat
  • What products help maintain the coat in peak condition
  • How you can rehabilitate a coat in poor condition
  • The correct drying procedure for this coat type
Approximate running times: 14 minutes



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Slope Side Chats: What Do You Look for In a New Hire?
Kathy Rose, Melissa Verplank, and Teri DiMarino


You're a one-person show and your business is booming. You're working long hours. You need help. But you've never hired anyone. Or maybe you have, but you haven't had much success finding the right 'fit' for your salon. What do you look for when hiring a new team member? With over 90 years combined experience, these seasoned pros have done their fair share of hiring. They share what they have learned over the years when going through the hiring process.    


In this video you will learn: 

  • The most important things to look for in a new hire
  • Why hiring is easier today than it was years ago
  • What to look for with a groomer fresh out of school
  • Where all new groomers should start when they first get hired
  • Why salons are like families
 Approximate running times: 13 minutes



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Come See Us at the Following Shows

Colorado Groomfest 2012

Hosted by: National Dog Groomer's Association of America

June 8-10, 2012  

Denver Crowne Plaza

Denver, Colorado                           


SummerFest 2012

Hosted by: New England Professional Pet Groomers

July 13 -15, 2012

Crowne Plaza  

Warwick, RI 


All American Grooming Show

August 9-12, 2012

Westin Chicago N. Shore

Ravinia Ballroom

Wheeling, Illinois


Groom Expo 2012

September 7-8-9, 2012

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Hershey, Pennsylvania


Superzoo West 2012

September 11-13, 2012

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, Nevada


Fun In The Sun 

Hosted by: National Dog Groomer's Association of America

October 26, 27 and 28th 2012

World Gate Resort

Orlando, Florida


Atlanta Pet Fair 2013

March 7-10, 2013

Atlanta Airport Hilton Hotel

Atlanta, GA