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October 23, 2014 Newsletter
A Discussion on Speed Techniques
for the Pet Salon 
with Lindsey Dicken, NCMG, Marc LaFleur, CMG, and Melissa Verplank, CMG



Let's face it - if you're a pet professional, figuring out how to shave off a few minutes with each groom is paramount to your success.  It doesn't matter whether you are a solo groomer - or working with the team of pet professionals - the need for speed is always there.  Quality grooming tied with efficiency is what creates gratifying paychecks and get the bills paid.


Seasoned pros Marc, Melissa, and Lindsey agree that most small to medium sized pets should take between 45-60 minutes to do from start to finish.  Occasionally, it might take a little longer - but those grooms are few and far between.  Generally, small dogs should take under an hour for the bath, blow-dry, and finish work.


If you are not hitting this mark, or a team member is struggling to keep up, don't miss this lesson.


In this lesson, you'll get a few examples of breed specific haircuts and how long it takes to complete each one.  They also discuss three of the major categories that we deal with every day.  You'll hear their personal tips on how to get through the process the quickest without sacrificing quality for:

  1.  bathing
  2.  drying
  3.  finish work

This 35 minute lesson is absolute peppered with great ideas that you can apply immediately in your salon.  Most of the ideas are easy to implement see you can start saving time right away while boosting your bottom line.


Approximate total running time:  35 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  • the number one speed technique to master.
  • products and tools that can make the bathing process go more quickly.
  • the number one time robber in most salons.
  • ideas that can help you get through the drying room quicker.
  • the most important area of focus on when you are running out of time.

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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 

As a professional pet groomer, you know it's going to happen.  


Sooner or later you're going to accidentally trim a nail too close to the quick - and it's going to bleed...


...what happens if it starts to bleed once the dog gets home? 



Sculpting a Dog Using Hand Stripping Techniques 

Hand stripping is a whole different way to sculpt the dog.  Award-winning stylist Michell Evans demonstrates the different methods to remove the dead coat on a hand strip dog.  She also shows you how to create a level topline and the best way to handle stripping coat on the tail of almost any dog.


Approximate running time:  

4:30 minutes.


Mini Lessons are only available to Members of  

From the Archives!  

Turning a Poodle into a Kerry Blue Terrier Step-by-Step From the Breed Standard                 

Turning one breed of dog into another is one of Pina's favorite haircuts. And she's very talented at it. She's won awards across the country at grooming competitions doing this type of trim. 
This is an amazing lesson - one not to miss by any serious pet stylists looking to take their grooming skills into the certification or contest ring.


Estimated Run Time:  

1 hour 15 minutes  

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!  

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