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August 8, 2014 Newsletter
The Benefits of Professional Grooming Certification
with Michell Evans, ICMG, NCMG, MPS


Michell Evans has done what few others have done in the pet grooming field. She has earned the triple master groomer\stylist status from all three voluntary testing organizations. This is not an easy feat - even for the most accomplished professional pet stylist.


In this lesson, L2GD founder Melissa Verplank has a discussion with Michell about why she choose to get certified. More mystifying, why in the world she opted to get tested in all THREE organizations!


Michelle has always been passionate about her career.  Until she got out there and compared her work to others - she didn't even know her grooming skills were not up to snuff.  She always had plenty of clients.  Her salon was always busy.  Why would she need to have her skills tested?


Her first evaluation was an eye opener.  She thought she'd breeze in and pass the tests with flying colors.  At the time, she didn't even know what she didn't know!  Her first set of grades proved she needed to learn a lot more.


Michell is enthusiastic about her career and doing the best job possible. With each certification test, she learned a little bit more.  The more she understood - the more she wanted to know.  She became addicted to education.  That knowledge gave her the confidence to truly respect herself as a professional pet stylist. That type of self-assurance will always enhance your career.  


Approximate total running time:  26 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  • why she chose to get certified by all three pet grooming organizations.
  • why you should get certified even if you don't groom "fancy" dogs.
  • which dogs are needed for certification - and where to get them.
  • how to prepare for certification testing.
  • how long it takes to get certified.

 The voluntary professional pet grooming organizations from which
Michell has earned Master status are:


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There is something for everyone from beginning groomer to seasoned pet stylist. You will also find cat grooming videos, creative styling lessons, business building topics, and product reviews.

New Blog From Melissa Verplank 

How to Get Your Clipper Work Smooth -  

Like a Summer Hay Field


The first time I watched a talented pet groomer give a dog a haircut with clippers, I was amazed.  The clippers went through like butter.  She made it look so appealing and so easy.

But when I tried it...

...not so much.



Setting the Body Pattern on a Pet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with Clippers  



Award winning pet stylist, Kendra Otto shows you how to mimic the correct breed profile look on a pet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She uses clippers to quickly set in the pattern and length on this pet dog. Even though this is a pet dog, Kendra firmly keeps the proper breed profile etched in her mind as she trims this cute little dog.


Approximate running time:  

8 minutes.


Mini Lessons are only available to Members of  

From the Archives!  



Goldens should be athletic and muscular with a soft, pleasing expression. When grooming them, you want to show off these traits. Lisa shows you how to work with carding tools to make even a couch potato look athletic. She strategically removes bulk to bring out the angles of this dog. This may not be a show dog, but by the time Lisa gets done with her, she looks show ring ready.    



Estimated Run Time:  

59 minutes  

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