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Grooming Basics

Perfecting the Trim

While great scissor work depends on having the right tools and technique, it actually begins before you even pick up a pair of shears.

Catching the Judge’s Eye

Becoming a successful competitive groomer requires not only great grooming skills, but also careful preparation, smart dog selection and impeccable conduct in the ring.

Healthy Inside and Out

Retailers need to stay up-to-date on the latest oral, skin and coat care innovations.

Why Get Certified?

Certification helps professional groomers stay competitive and grow their businesses.

Safety First

The grooming salon can be fraught with peril for pets and groomers alike if you do not have the right processes, equipment and education in place.

Reaching for Optimal Health

Professional groomers must make maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing a priority if they want to have a long, productive career in a business that can be tough on the body and the mind.

Handling Difficult Dogs

How to keep aggressive and anxious pets—as well as groomers—safe during grooming.

Drying Efficiency

How to get the most out of your forced-air dryer.

Improve Your Clipper Work

There are several notable areas where a little extra attention can go a long way in enhancing a groomer's clipper work.

Making a Good First Impression

A positive first encounter is a critical part of building long-lasting relationships with your canine clients.

Summer Suds

As the seasons change, grooming clients will increasingly seek solutions for summer skin and coat issues caused by warmer weather, while manufacturers offer effective products that maximize business efficiency.

Tricks of the Trade

These 25 easy-to-follow tips are sure to not only improve your scissoring technique, but also save wear and tear on your body.

10 Nail Care Tips

An essential part of the grooming process, trimming a dog’s nails represents an opportunity to enhance your standing with clients—both canine and human.

Safety Rules

To ensure the health of both pets and staff, every grooming salon must have a comprehensive list of safe-handling policies in place.

The Delicate Feline Ear

Understanding that a cat’s ears play an essential role in its overall well-being, groomers should be prepared to contribute to their feline clients’ aural health.

Focusing on Felines

A growing population of cats and a customer base that is willing to pay a premium for knowledgeable and trustworthy pet care professionals make this the perfect time to add cat-grooming services.

Nail Care Basics

Ensuring proper nail care and health is an important aspect of the grooming process and involves much more than simply trimming off the excess.

Comprehensive Check-In Procedures

The right check-in process in the salon will go a long way in reveal much about a furry client's overall health.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Details Released About New Professional Grooming Standards

The Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance unveiled new standards for the grooming industry at this year’s Groom Expo.

At a Good Clip

Mastering the use of comb attachments and proven clipper shortcuts can be key to more efficient grooming with great-looking results.
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