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Debi Hilley has written articles for the GroomTeam USA newsletter, NEPGP newsletter, the Groomer’s Gazette and publishes her own website, Grooming Smarter. Some of the topics she covers include wet clipping, dematting, using snap-on combs and grooming the Cocker Spaniel. Debi has written a book on CD for dematting and another for Teddy Bear head styling. Currently she is writing another groomer book for every day pet grooming styles for use in the salon.

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Owner and stylist of Pawsitively Pretty Mobile Grooming Salon in Danbury,Connecticut, I am one of only 13 Certified Master Pet Tech Instructors worldwide. My well-attended first aid and other pet educational seminars are offered across the country. I take a holistic approach to handling animals, and this is evident in my titles of both Reiki Master and Certified Crystal Therapist. I am the East Coast Chair of the Professional Cat Groomers Association of America, as well as a Certified Master Cat Groomer and certifier. I am a proud member of the New England Pet Grooming Professionals organization, and am a Certified Canine Specialist with PIJAC.I am the founder of Pawsitive Educational Training, The online source for continuing pet education. I was nominated for the coveted Cardinal Crystal Mobile Groomer of the Year in 2011. My passion is to bring educational opportunities to groomers and pet owners everywhere. I share my heart and home with my husband Ernesto and 4 spoiled dogs.

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Daryl Conner is a certified Petcare Dermatech Specialist, Master Pet Stylist, Meritus and Certified Master Cat Groomer. She serves as Vice President of the Professional Cat Groomers Association of America. She is the recipient of the coveted 2005 Cardinal Crystal award for Journalism and the ’06 and ‘07 award for Congeniality, and the 2013 Barkleigh award for writing. A frequent contributor to grooming industry magazines, pet related websites and blogs, she enjoys sharing hard-won knowledge from 32 years of grooming experience with others. Daryl’s abiding love of animals and passion for her trade radiates out to everyone she touches through her work.

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Hi everyone. Thank you for visiting my blog page. I have been a four time member of Groom Team USA and ranked one of the top groomers in the country. I am a multiple Best In Show and Best All Around competitor. An International medalist winning a gold and bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain in 2004 and a gold medal in Milan, Italy in 2007 competing among 13 countries of world renown groomers. In 2005 and 2006 I was awarded Best American Groomer. I captured the title of World Grand Champion in the Oster Invitational Tournament of Champions. This tournament was by invitation only. Forty-two competitors from around the world were invited, and I was thrilled to take the Championship title. I am currently a speaker and contest judge traveling nationally and internationally educating groomers here and abroad. I love to educate groomers around the world. I hold seminars, workshops and training sessions for groomers who want to perfect their skills. I am a two time Master Pet Stylist. I am Master Certified with ISCC as well as National Dog Groomers Association of America. I am also a Certifier with National Dog Groomers.I have produced the most complete instructional video series available to help educate new groomers as well as help seasoned groomers perfect their skills. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience and help people perfect their skill. I have published the newest most innovative grooming book in the industry, Dog Grooming Simplified, a must-have educational tool for all groomers. Dog Grooming Simplified was awarded Book of the Year by Barkleigh Honors in 2014! I have manufactured my own line of Grooming Apparel bringing fashion to our industry. My grooming apparel is fitted, slimming and extremely professional made with breathable, lightweight nylon. Be sure to check my website at jodimurphy.net for my complete product line.

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Ellen Ehrlich has been a mobile groomer since 2006. She is the author of The Successful Pet Groomer, Go Mobile And Succeed, 49 Essays On Pet Grooming, and is the creator of Go Mobile and Succeed – The Seminar DVD. Ellen has been nominated for eleven awards in the grooming industry since 2009, including “Contribution To The Industry”, “Mobile Groomer of the Year”, “Up And Coming Speaker”, “Journalist Of The Year”, “Writer Of The Year”, and “Blog of the Year”. Her book, The Successful Pet Groomer, was nominated for “Book Of The Year,” a Barkleigh Honors Award. She has appeared on Animal Planet as a guest mobile groomer and writes a popular blog called The Successful Pet Groomer. She is published in Groomer To Groomer and PetGroomer.com magazines, has been interviewed numerous times on GroomerTalk™ Radio, and is a Certified Feline Master Groomer. Ellen is an industry speaker and has mentored pet stylists from all over the world. She won the essay contest Driven To Groom and created the first Facebook page devoted to mobile grooming. Ellen spent two years presenting online webinars with Pawsitive Educational Training. She was a consultant for Hanvey Engineering. Ellen is on the Board of Directors for G.E.A.F — Groomers Emergency Assistance Fund. Her goal for the future is making the world a better place for pet stylists as she inspires, motivates, and empowers groomers. Ellen’s endless amount of passion and enthusiasm motivates her to explore and take advantage of new opportunities in the grooming industry. For more information on Ellen’s products use the link on her blog to visit her website.

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Jeff Andrews is “One of America’s Favorite Sharpeners.” Along with his years of grooming experience in two of his own shops, he is a “World Class Sharpener” that can sharpen all grooming equipment to better than new condition. Jeff is an author and pioneer of many maintenance and grooming video’s and articles. They are for groomers who want to make their equipment last longer and save money on their sharpening costs. These videos and articles are on his website free to download and keep for reference. Along with his mobile route along the Gulf coast, and the extensive mail-in business from all over the world, Jeff lectures at private grooming schools, corporate grooming schools, and veterinary colleges all over the south. He definitely lives up to his motto “You NOW have a better choice.” Jeff is also a member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America, and is still a part-time groomer in Mobile, Alabama.

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On the air for over 10 years by PetGroomer.com. Live shows are typically recorded via BlogTalkRadio.com starting in Fall of each year and then several weeks during winters when grooming trade show season is less active. Listen on demand to past shows any day of the year by accessing our archive. All shows are free and no donations sought. Perhaps while surfing PetGroomer.com and GroomWise™ Blogs you will want to listen to GroomerTALK Radio in the background. Click the banner above to access the big archive. Some shows cater to pet grooming career seekers and not just today’s groomers.

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Snout to Tail Assessment Form by Pet Tech (PDF, 193K) DOWNLOAD PDF

Mary Oquendo, GroomWise Blogger, discussed this form in her article, Professional Check-in Procedures, now published in the GroomerTALK Magazine (see link above), in the “Professional” section. Mary made arrangements for readers like you to view and use this form, but you must leave the Pet Tech logo on the form intact. This form is copyrighted by Pet Tech and you may only use it for your personal use. Downloading this form represents your agreement to fully abide by this stipulation.

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Outfit a Grooming Business with Planners & Shopping Lists Grooming Business in a Box®

Grooming Business in a Box® professionals have developed 4 Planners for you. They can be used by career seekers and long-time groomers. Find the one(s) suitable for your needs. Fill them out to track 1) project costs, 2) brand names and model numbers, 3) vendors and 4) quantities. Once you are in business there is even one to track your restocking needs for supplies, tools and equipment and more. Career seekers can include grooming education costs along with business start-up costs! Finish your data entry and voila, you have summary and detail costs and a convenient shopping list describing who, what, where and how many for every purchase. You’re organized! Well done! Use the PetGroomer.com Resources Buyer’s Guide to find resources for education, services for groomers, supplies, tools, cages and equipment.

PDF Versions

If you are not computer savvy with “spreadsheets” the PDF versions are for you. You can print our Planners on your computer and manually fill them out. We suggest using pencil, not ink, to allow for corrections and changes. If your computer already has the free Adobe Reader software installed, our PDF Planners load on your screen when you click the Download PDF link. If not, you may need to install Adobe Reader. It’s a straightforward download and install. Once open in Reader, you can also save a copy of each PDF for use later.

CHOOSE YOUR PLANNERS AND SHOPPING LISTS

There are 4 planners for grooming startups, expansion plans and simple daily operational needs like making a shopping list of items you need to restock, whether retail inventory, or grooming-related products. By filling in all the blanks, noting prices, and sources of products/services you plan to purchase, you can EASILY tally the costs and come up with a grand total of your projected spending. Our planners cover everything from simple grooming powders all the way to grooming education, major tools and equipment. It’s never been so easy to project the financial costs of your dream in grooming, and then to have an printed, easy-to-use shopping list to keep your organized. You can print a copy to use as a “shopping list.” Check off items as you place your orders!

PDF Downloads: Easy! Click the PDF links below next to the form titles below. They open in new windows. Print copies on your computer printer. You can then save them to your computer drive too.

Mobile Business – New or Expanding DOWNLOAD PDF

Home-Based in Groomer’s Home or Commercial Location – New or Expanding  DOWNLOAD PDF

Groomer’s Daily Shopping List – Restocking Supplies, Tools & Equipment DOWNLOAD PDF

Retail Inventory – Restocking Boutique, Pet Products & Food DOWNLOAD PDF

Don’t forget the GroomerTALK Message Board is also a great source for additional information.