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May 2015

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Professional groomers Kristie Kingsland and Emily Rupe are joining forces to launch a new grooming trade show: Mardi Paws Pet Expo (mardipawspetexpo.com).  The two-day expo and trade show will kick off on May 30, at The Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport. It will feature a lineup of seminars and special certification courses. Speakers will include industry experts Pam Lauritzen, Scott Wasserman, Vero Da Sylva, Dawn Omboy and Danelle German.

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Splash and Dash for Dogs (splashanddashfordogs.com) has expanded its Pet Groomerie and Boutique franchise with over 14 new franchisees since its initial launch in June 2014.

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GroomTeam USA, Inc. is accepting applications for the Lonnie Lange Memorial Scholarship Fund. The program includes two levels of awards:  Level 1 will provide two recipients with $1,000 that may be used toward college education in any field and will be paid directly to the school. Applicants must be the child, stepchild or grandchild of a professional groomer.Level 2 is open all applicants and will provide one recipient with a full scholarship to their choice of one of a selected, participating group of nationally acclaimed grooming schools. GroomTeam USA, Inc.

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Michell Evans was named Andis Groomer of the Year during Purina Pro Plan’s 60th Annual Showdogs of the Year Awards dinner held February 14 at Gotham Hall in New York City, prior to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.As the Groomer of the Year, Evans and a companion received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to accept the award. “I’m honored and excited to be recognized by Andis for the Groomer of the Year Award,” said Evans.

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 The Rock Your Fur dog grooming product line from Fetch...for pets! (fetch4pets.com) was developed in a licensing partnership with Rock Your Hair by celebrity hairstylist Michael O’Rourke. The line includes shampoos, conditioner, sprays and wipes.'“The debut of Rock Your Fur adds a salon brand pet grooming line to our portfolio,” said Steven Shweky, president at Fetch...for pets!.

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 Earthbath (earthbath.com) has introduced 2.5 gallon bottles of its concentrated shampoos and conditioner. The larger sizes offer groomers an economical way to use earthbath products in their salon.

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 Newly rebranded as The Big Apple Show, Intergroom—an annual international grooming conference—has changed the date and venue of this year’s show. It will be held Friday, June 5, through Monday, June 8, and is returning to the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, N.J. The Double Tree Hotel will be the host hotel.Joey Villani, who acquired half ownership of the show said, “I’ve been a part of Intergroom for 27 years, and I consider it an honor to be a part of its great history.

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Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky has launched his own line of high-quality pet grooming products—Jorge Bendersky by M Boutique. The line of natural products launched in October at mboutique.com, an online shop specializing in earth-friendly spa products for the home. The products use organic essential oils and do not contain any engineered fragrances.

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SynergyLabs (synergylabs.com) has reformulated its Groomer’s Blend products for dogs and cats. The line’s nine reformulated options include 100-percent natural dog and cat grooming products that contain no parabens or soap. The line includes: Puppy Fresh, Pure & Simple, Ultra White Shampoo, Oatmeal Protein Shampoo and Oatmeal Protein Conditioner, Herbal Extract Shampoo, Flea & Tick Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo and 3 in 1 Shampoo. They are available in 18.4-oz.

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Bobbi Panter Pet Products (bobbipanter.com) has rolled out updated labels for its Bobbi Panter Natural Line. The change is based on customer feedback and highlights product features. “I am excited to introduce the improved labels for my Natural line,” said Bobbi Panter.

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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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Brought to you by PetBusiness.com.   There was a time when the saying “spare the rod, spoil the child” described a widely accepted approach to rearing children. Today, not so much.Views on child raising are always evolving and changing with the times, as research and just plain old observation give experts—and parents—new perspectives on the best ways to both nurture and discipline children. A similar dynamic is at play in dog training.

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Events Calendar

Apr 23 2015-Apr 26 2015

Northwest Grooming Show

Murano Convention Center

Tacoma, Wash.

(717) 691-3388

www.nwgroom.com

May 1 2015-May 3 2015

Groom Classic 2015

Kansas City, Mo.

(800) 705-5175

groomclassic.com

May 30 2015-May 31 2015

Mardi Paws Pet Expo

Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport

Kenner, La.

800-222-8733

www.mardipawspetexpo.com

Jun 5 2015-Jun 8 2015

Intergroom

Garden State Convention Center

Somerset, N.J.

(781) 326-3376

www.intergroom.com

Jun 25 2015-Jun 28 2015

PetQuest

Roberts Conference Centre

Wilmington, Ohio

(717) 691-3388

www.pqgroom.com

Jul 21 2015-Jul 23 2015

SuperZoo

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, Nev.

(800) 999-7295

superzoo.org

Aug 6 2015-Aug 9 2015

All American Grooming Show

The Westin Chicago North

Wheeling, Ill.

(717) 691-3388

www.aagroom.com

Sep 17 2015-Sep 20 2015

Groom Expo

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Hershey, Pa.

(717) 691-3388

www.groomexpo.com

Sep 19 2015-Sep 20 2015

The Long Island Pet Expo in the Park

Tanner Park

Copiague, N.Y.

(800) 677-4677

www.horseandpetexpo.com

Oct 2 2015-Oct 4 2015

The New England Grooming Show

Sturbridge, Mass.

(717) 691-3388

www.newenglandgrooms.com

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