Daryl Conner

Daryl Conner has been devoted to making dogs and cats more comfortable and beautiful for almost 40 years.  You can find her happily working at FairWinds Grooming Studio with her daughter and infant granddaughter, or typing away at her latest grooming-related article. Daryl was awarded both a Cardinal Crystal Award and Barkleigh Honors Award for journalism.  She shares her meadow-hugged antique Maine farmhouse with her practically perfect husband and too many animals. 

The Tip Jar

Pet Grooming falls into the category of “service industry,” like human hair stylists and barbers.  However, many customers are a little confused when it comes to the topic of tipping.

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Choosing the right grooming table

When choosing a grooming table, the many options can be a little overwhelming. It can be helpful to narrow down your choices by looking at the basics. 

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Cat Grooming 101

Although cats and dogs may share people’s homes and hearts, their grooming requirements are as different as, well, cats and dogs. Approximately 40 million households have one or more pet cats in residence, making cat grooming a highly sought-after skill.

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The importance of back ups

In the military, they have a saying, “Two is one, one is none.” I scratched my head the first time I heard this, but what it means is that if you have one of an item and it breaks, you have nothing. However, if you have a spare, you are back to having one. What does this have to do with pet grooming? For example, if you are clipping a dog and it kicks the clipper out of your hand, and the clipper hits the floor and is broken, you are out of business unless you have a spare clipper on hand.

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Poodle Feet-Fast!

I’ve lost track of how many groomers have told me, “I hate clipping poodle feet.” Trimming poodle feet can be done quickly and safely with the right tools and techniques. With practice, a skilled groomer can clip four beautiful feet in around 5 minutes.

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Four Tools to Try for Under $50

A grooming tool does not have to cost a lot to be extremely useful. Read on to learn about four helpful tools that will improve your grooming and won’t break the bank.

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Ready for the Rush

Every year I make a note on my calendar two months before any anticipated seasonal rush. The memo reminds me to take a little time to get things in good order before the hectic days arrive. So here are some ideas that might make your busy times easier:

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Seasonal Spruce up

As I write this, the leaves outside my window are turning shades of gold and red, which signals me to give my workspace a stern look and a deep clean.

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The Art of Apology (Explaining minor injuries to pet owners.)

Even a minor injury can make a groomer feel terrible and potentially upset the pet owner. Therefore, how we handle the damage and present the news to the owner can significantly impact how the information is received.

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Self-care ideas for the professional groomer

Groomers work too hard, too long, and without paying attention to care for themselves. Overall, this can lead to emotional burnout or even affect physical health. As a busy stylist, your most important tool is yourself. You deserve to take good care of yourself, so you can continue to take good care of the pets you love. Here are some simple steps to consider incorporating into your daily routine to support oh-so-important YOU.

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