Carol Visser

Carol has been involved in the pet industry since 1982 in various capacities, including grooming in and owning a busy suburban shop, teaching grooming, working as a product expert for PetEdge, teaching seminars and training dogs. She certified as a Master Groomer with NDGAA in 1990 and as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in 2007, and she continues to enjoy learning about dogs and grooming on a limited basis in rural Maine.

Favorite Combs

Everyone’s got a favorite comb and which type and brand is probably based on what breeds and coat types frequent that salon. But there are a few that I consider absolute necessities that I could not do without. Or, if you took all my combs away but these– I could still groom every dog that walked into the shop.

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Grooming Business Costs

Most business owners keep careful records of items and products used in the course of the business, simply because it’s a business expense that can be written off on taxes. There are reasons to take that record keeping much further.

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How to Clean Clipper Blades

The best way to keep your blades sharp and ready for use is to clean and oil them regularly and often. They will stay sharp longer if maintained properly and less likely to cause clipper irritation (commonly called clipper burn but it’s caused by dull or dirty blades or poor clipping technique more often than hot blades – or just by supremely sensitive skin on a dog).

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Groomers’ greatest strengths

There are a lot of things that groomers must be in order to succeed. Artistic, accurate, caring, competent, focused, fast, empathic, easy-going, knowledgeable, strong, multi-tasker, detail oriented, honest, enthusiastic…the list goes on and on. And no one can be all of those things, perfectly. We all have strong points and weak points and work to bolster our good attributes and correct what we see as weaknesses – but should we?

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What I learned at New England Grooming Show

Held again at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center right on a beautiful small pond, this show while not one of the biggest, may just be the one with the best atmosphere. People are friendly and smiling and competitors seem more relaxed. Vendors are ready to assist with general information as well as purchases. And the drive there will provide some spectacular fall foliage views. If you are near New England, plan to make the trip next year as it’s worth it.

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Customer Service for Groomers

Business people often talk about providing good customer service; making their clients feel valued, maintaining a reputation as honest and skilled tradespeople, and creating customer loyalty. And that’s incredibly valuable to a business.

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What use is a pinbrush anyway?

Unless you started your grooming career with long haired show dogs, you probably use a slicker brush as your go-to brush. I’ve heard groomers scoff at pinbrushes saying they didn’t do anything but smooth the hair. Used incorrectly that may be true but in practiced hands it can be as useful a tool as any in your tool kit. And there’s one important thing that it tends NOT to do – break and damage coat.

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Tips to Improve your Scissorwork

Scissorwork is an important skill to master if you're a professional groomer! Here are some tips to help you develop and master the skill.

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Dog Dryer Maintenence

Properly maintained equipment will always perform better and last longer. But in general, what are the things that need to be done for your dryers?

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To Groom Cats- or Not

To groom cats, or not to groom cats – that is the question.

Are you considering adding cat grooming to your services offered? That’s great as most people are willing to pay what it’s worth so it can be an excellent source of income. Cats tend to be fairly quick to groom, increasing their financial value to the salon...

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