September 2015

With the right approach, mobile grooming can provide more money and less stress than a traditional salon.

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Express Drying Suites from Stone Mountain Pet Products are attractive, commercial-grade units that come in two sizes and multiple configurations. Commercial-grade fans mount on either the side or in the back of the suite, depending on the salon’s needs. The suites are built with premium anodized aluminum framework, colored HDPE panels and stainless steel hardware. The sleek, high-end design has no loose parts and assembles in minutes with easy-pull connectors.

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PL360 Debuts Durable Wipes
September 1, 2015

PL360 has introduced grooming wipes that are designed to be durable enough to clean paws and claws and made with a mild, plant-based formula safe for use around pets’ eyes and ears. The wipes are suitable for daily use on dogs, cats and small animals. Made with a blend of natural, cold-pressed seed oils, they nourish and protect sensitive skin while removing dirt and dander. They are made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, lanolin and alcohol.

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 Lindsey Dicken was named Best Pet Stylist in Show and Mackensie Murphy won Best All Around Pet Stylist in Show at the Groomer Supershow grooming competitions held at the SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas in July. More than $45,000 in prizes was at stake during the GroomTeam USA-sanctioned competitions, which featured multiple divisions for each regular breed class, plus Rescue Rodeo, Creative Styling and Groomer Super Jackpot contests.

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The Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) announced the conclusion of a year-long initiative to review and establish a set of best practices regarding safety and sanitation that will serve as a foundational building block for industry grooming standards.During a session at the World Pet Association’s (WPA) recent Groomer Supershow in Las Vegas, WPA president Doug Poindexter and representatives from International Pet Groomers, Inc. (IPG), the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists (ISCC) and the National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc.

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 Double K Industries ( has named the winners of its 2015 Rags to Riches Ultimate Groomer Contest. Melanie Ingram of Doggie Style, in Yucca Valley, Calif., snagged the first-place prize.Klee Settle of Shaggy to Chic Pet Salon in Amarillo, Texas, came  in second place and Nancy Lockett of Petsense Tifton in Tifton, Calif., won third. The international winner is Erzsebet Ududne Gal of Hungaria Kutyakozmetika in Kistarcsa, Hungary.

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Groomers Helper ( has added the Dog Fashion Spa line of premium pet grooming supplies to its product offerings. The upscale line—which includes professional  items, as well as products formulated for at-home use by pet owners—offers grooming salons the opportunity to offer their clients upgrades on their regular services or something to bring home for further pampering.

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   Lindsey Dicken, a National Certified Professional Groomer from Altamonte Springs, Fla., was named American Groomer of the Year at the 27th Annual Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards at the SuperZoo trade show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  For the first time in the history of the event, award winners each received a cash prize of $1,000 along with their Crystal obelisk statue.

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Groom Texas, a new two-day grooming show organized by Barkleigh, will kick off on July 18.  Barkleigh has teamed up with the Houston World Series of Dog Shows—which holds a series of indoor dog shows at Houston’s NRG Park complex—to host the event, which will feature grooming contests and educational seminars. Competitions will include Poodle, All Other Purebreds and Creative contests.

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Andis ( has released a limited-edition version of its popular UltraEdge 7FC blade, dubbed the Patriot Blade, in honor of America’s veterans.

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Wag’n Tails ( has introduced the Dyna Groom mobile pet grooming van, the company’s second new model in the past 12 months.  The Dyna Groom van fills an important space in the Wag’n Tails van offerings, between the smaller Ultra Groom van and the diesel-powered Endurance Sprinter models. It is spacious, with 6.5 ft. of headroom and nearly vertical walls.

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 The mobile pet grooming business is flourishing these days, as groomers increasingly recognize the advantages of taking their trade on the road. By going mobile, many find that they are able to leave behind the many hardships that come with running a brick-and mortar-salon. For example, finding the right real estate becomes a non-issue.

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Grooming Business: What attracted you to creative grooming? What attracted you to competing in this area?  Lori Craig: I had been grooming for several years and always dabbled in my shave downs, making patterns and Mohawks, but it was when I saw Angela Kumpe’s dragon [design] at my first grooming show that I knew this is what I wanted to do. So, I came back to Oklahoma and acquired my first Standard Poodle, Falcor. He was blue within a few weeks.  The attraction of creative grooming for me is getting to express my art in what I do everyday cutting hair.

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There is nothing better for a pet grooming salon owner than having happy customers with happy pets walk out the front door grinning and proud to show off their groomer’s handiwork. Nothing, that is, except perhaps having them walk back in for their next appointment.  No matter how good a grooming salon is or how well liked its groomers are, once a customer walks out the door, there is no guarantee that he or she will be back. Any number of circumstances can conspire to keep a pet owner from returning—a move out of the area, the loss of a job or even the loss of the pet.

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 For the past year, the economy has continued to be the beast that keeps many a grooming salon owner up at night.

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For many business owners, the end of year often ushers in a time of reflection and self-assessment. It’s a time to take stock and evaluate which business practices, products or services proved profitable and which didn’t. It is also time to look ahead and make plans and projections for the upcoming year.

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The Science of Skin
October 16, 2014

When groomers are bathing, they must consider the fact that the skin is the largest organ on the dog’s body. They must also remind themselves that they are the caretakers of this organ. Groomers have contact with the skin of a pet more than even a veterinarian does, in most cases. Being the keeper of a dog’s skin is an important job. The skin is the front line of the dog’s defense system, and often, it  displays the first indicator when something is not functioning well internally.

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Cat Bathing Made Easier
October 2, 2014

Some groomers may say that because cats do not enjoy water, they are difficult to bathe. However, that is not the case with many cats. It is not the water they dislike; it is the sounds, smells and sights in their environment that put cats on edge. Cats are reactive to their surroundings, so groomers have to be proactive in making them feel secure, not defensive. Cats like to feel in control at all times, and if placed in a tub that smells like dog, they can become stressed, anxious and more likely to act out.

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Humane Cat Handling
September 18, 2014

There may be no better time for professional groomers to remember the old adage about grooming smarter, not harder, than when working with feline clients in the salon. Cats, by nature, react to their environment. So, if the environment in the grooming salon is cat friendly, the use of restraints can and should be reduced drastically. However, due to most pet salons’ hectic and often chaotic environment, keeping a cat calm can be quite challenging.

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Handle with Care
September 4, 2014

In an ideal world, all dogs would enjoy being groomed. They would stand immobile like statues for as long as we wished, and turn around on the table or in the tub on a simple verbal request—“Come on, Fluffy, turn around so I can get the other side.” We would ask, “Paw, please,” and they would lift each foot in turn to have nails trimmed or dremeled. And they’d politely close their eyes and hold still to have their heads soaped and rinsed, or dried.

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  For the past couple of days, the topic de jour at many water coolers has been the dramatic weight loss achieved by the winner of the NBC TV show The Biggest Loser. Here at Pet Business Media, however, we’ve been awaiting the results of a very different weight loss program: the Pet Shape Up Challenge, a Dog and Cat Weight Loss Program.  Fetch!

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Events Calendar

Sep 17 2015-Sep 20 2015

Groom Expo

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Hershey, Pa.

(717) 691-3388

Sep 19 2015-Sep 20 2015

The Long Island Pet Expo in the Park

Tanner Park

Copiague, N.Y.

(800) 677-4677

Oct 2 2015-Oct 4 2015

The New England Grooming Show

Sturbridge, Mass.

(717) 691-3388

Nov 7 2015-Nov 8 2015

New Jersey Family Pet Expo

Garden State Exposition Center

Somerset, N.J.

(631) 423-0620


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