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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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Handy Hacks for the Pro Groomer

A creative, novel, or unusual approach to solving a problem, or a tool used in an unexpected way, is often called a “hack.” Here is a list of some of my favorite grooming hacks.

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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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The Need for Speed

As the holiday rush nears, the need for speed grows. Time is always the most common concern for professionals in this industry. What areas in your day are robbing you of precious minutes? Here are the top 10 areas where pet pros can improve!

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First Aid for Animal Bites

When pets feel threatened or discomfort, their natural tendency may be to bite. Some animals have higher bite inhibition than others, but all of them are capable of biting in certain circumstances. Pet groomers are in harm’s way because we handle dogs and cats in an up-close and personal manner and sometimes inadvertently cause them pain merely by doing something as innocent as flexing a joint that we have no way of knowing is sore.

 If a bite happens, knowing the proper way to treat the wound and having first aid essentials on hand is crucial. Here are step-by-step instructions for what to do if you are bitten by a pet.

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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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Tool Organizing Tips

I am a self-confessed tool junkie. If I see a grooming tool that I don’t own and think would be useful, I’ll buy it. Sometimes the purchase is a win, other times a dud. Then there is the grey zone, a great tool for a few specific tasks but not something I will use on most pets. It turns out I have quite a few of those grey zone tools...

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Carding for Beginners

Picture this scenario… you are clipping a pet Spaniel with a thick coat, and you realize that you have unwittingly created what looks for all the world like a corduroy jacket on that pup. Usually, it’s not the fault of the blade, the clipper, or even your clipping technique. The problem is that the dog has a thick undercoat.

So, what’s a groomer to do? One choice is to clip the dog shorter, but that is not the best plan. Instead, spend a little time removing that undercoat. This will enable you to achieve a lovely, smooth clip while improving the dog’s skin health at the same time.

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What New Groomers Need to Succeed

I’ve been a groomer for decades and one of my pleasures has always been watching new groomers join the ranks and learn to perfect their skills. Newer groomers can sometimes be seen on social media wishing their abilities were better – and we should all be working to improve – but there are factors other than skill that can affect the quality of your grooms

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How Dog Grooming Shampoo Works

I once worked as a dishwasher and still remember being told to make my job easier; let the tough pots and pans soak in soapy water. I didn’t understand why at the time.

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