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New Spotlight Sessions: Finishing Heads and Necklines

English Springer Head

In this spotlight session, Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich demonstrates how to style the top of an English Springer’s head. Running Time: 4:26

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Grooming a Show Style English Springer Spaniel

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5 All Trim Neckline

In this spotlight session, Suesan Watson demonstrates the best way to set the neckline on a #5 All trim. Running Time: 2:21

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: The Simplicity of a #5 All Trim

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SCWT Fall Area and Beard Shorten

In this spotlight session, Lindsey Dicken demonstrates trimming the fall area and shortening the beard on a Pet Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Running Time: 4:12

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in an Easy Pet Trim

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Stacey Deshkulkarni’s Story

Stacey Deshkulkarni said she has been uniquely trained her entire working life for taking care of animals. She has worked in cosmetology, radiography, and higher education, and all three fields meshed together to set her up for success in the most unlikely of fields – professional dog grooming.

“It’s been a wild ride,” said the Tennessee native. “I asked myself what I actually WANTED to do, so I started pet sitting so I didn’t lose my mind at home, but it kind of progressed to a point where it turned into grooming.”

Cosmetology taught Stacey techniques on how to handle tools and be delicate with nails, radiography familiarized her with anatomy and working as a professor allowed her to not only further develop a love for learning but also grow communication and leadership skills.

“It is different between humans and dogs, but I think it gave me a head start,” she said. “I really feel like everything has led me to where I am now, where I’m actually really happy, I wish that when I was younger that this was an option.”

When Stacey knew grooming was the direction she was going to take, she wanted to “learn from the best in the industry,” and started studying with the Learn2GroomDogs.com video streaming service, and attended the Distance Learning Program offered through Paragon.

“I’m thankful that I had the option to learn all this stuff online,” Stacey said. “I didn’t have the choice to go to a grooming school and participate in a program from a recognized school [where I live].”

Unbeknownst to Stacey, her working career has given her a well-rounded stepping stone into the grooming world, but she needed that extra push to dive headfirst into the grooming industry with confidence. Stacey said that learning with Paragon gave her that boost.

“When I was first looking to get a van for my mobile business, I called and spoke to some other mobile groomers and asked, ‘Am I crazy for wanting to do this?’ and they would say, ‘no you’re going to one of the best schools in the nation,’” she said.

“The best advice I can give is if you feel like this is the career for you, go for it,” she continued. “Do what you have to do, this is a great profession, there are a lot of choices and you can build your business the way you want it.”

Now, Stacey runs “Stacey’s Mobile Pet Spa” in Johnson City, Tennessee, and foresees grooming as her permanent career.

“I love dogs, they are my whole world,” she said. “When people say you can’t learn online, I just say ‘Watch me.’”


JZ10 Coaching Session: Interviewing Dog Groomers

Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

In this episode, Paragon VP and pet business coach Joe Zuccarello talks about “Interviewing Dog Groomers.” Do you hire the best fit for your business or do you hire the best groomer!? Joe discusses important factors to consider when interviewing.

Joe is also the host of the “Hey Joe!” podcast where he interviews a wide range of pet industry subject matter experts.

Each month, members get a BRAND NEW JZ10 on a broad range of topics, from keeping your staff happy to nailing your finances. Stay tuned for more!


New Release: Grooming the Lakeland Terrier

In this video, Josh Morales demonstrates how to groom a handstripped Lakeland Terrier.

Handstripping Techniques for the Lakeland Terrier

Handstripping is one of the oldest grooming techniques. However, it’s not nearly as prevalent as it once was. Today, it can be confusing. Difficult to do correctly. And frustrating for both the pet and client who expect immediate perfection.

Joshua Morales is an enthusiastic Learn2GroomDogs viewer. He refined many of his grooming skills by watching countless videos from the library. Today, he’s proud to be an accomplished pet stylist, helping other achieve their grooming goals.

In this lesson, Josh demonstrates how to groom a handstripped Lakeland Terrier. This dog is routinely handstripped. He is accustomed to the process.

Throughout the entire lesson, Josh discusses the basic principles of the handstripping technique. He shows you what tools he likes to use and how to use them. He also talks about setting the classic long-legged terrier pattern. As he grooms, he shares plenty of great tips on how to make setting the pattern easy. He includes many visual illustrations to which make it easy to understand the look or shape he is going for. Plus, he shows you how to make mistakes in the coat disappear!

Start Learning with Josh

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New Spotlight Sessions: Show Bichons, Flowers, and Belly Bands

Capturing the Essence of a Show Bichon with an Outlining Technique

In this Spotlight Session, Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich shares a clever technique for a show-style Bichon Frise. Running Time: 5:31

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Grooming a Show Style Bichon

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Creating Simple Flowers with Dye on the Back of a Light Colored Dog

In this Spotlight Session, Angela Kumpe shows off a creative color technique for light-colored dogs. Running Time: 9:37

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Color Time Management in a Busy Salon

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How to Set the Belly Band on a Poodle Sweetheart Trim

In this Spotlight Session, Karen Tucker demonstrates the best way to set a belly band when working on a retro poodle trim. Running Time: 9:11

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Retro Poodle Trims: Seven Styles – One Dog

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JZ10 Coaching Session: Planning vs. Preparing

Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

In this month’s JZ10 coaching session, Paragon VP and pet business coach Joe Zuccarello addresses the difference between Planning and Preparing.

At the time of this recording, we are in the middle of the Covid-19 Crisis with many people wondering “what’s next” and “How can I prepare myself and/or my team for our return?” Get ready to take some notes!

Joe is also the host of the “Hey Joe!” podcast where he interviews a wide range of pet industry subject matter experts.

Each month, members get a BRAND NEW JZ10 on a broad range of topics, from keeping your staff happy to nailing your finances. Stay tuned for more!


New Release: Mobile or Salon – What is Right For You?

In this two-part video series, NCMG veterans Lisa Leady & Suesan Watson team up to offer a deep dive into the pros and cons of mobile grooming vs. salon grooming. Both Lisa and Suesan have worked in salons, been salon owners, and have owned mobile grooming vans. Both are award-winning pet stylists who have represented the USA in international grooming competitions. They bring a wealth of first-hand experience to this lesson’s topic!

In “Mobile Vs. Salon” you will learn:

  • What you need to be a successful mobile groomer
  • A few of the pitfalls of mobile grooming
  • What they like best about mobile grooming
  • Basic legal responsibilities of mobile operations vs salon-based grooming
  • Why it’s important to do your homework before choosing either one.

Join Lisa and Suesan as they share their experiences working in all types of grooming operations. They share with you the good. The bad. Plus, lots of personal thoughts in between.

Start Learning with Lisa and Suesan

If you’re a member, be sure to Log In and check out the video HERE so you can add it to your favorites and get the full details! If you’re not a member, click below to watch a free preview of the video.


Michelle Smith’s Story

Michelle Smith saw a need in her community south of Traverse City, Michigan, for dog grooming. As a recent graduate of the Paragon School of Pet Grooming, she opened her own business and dove right into working. Shortly, she gained a heavy workload, and Michelle found Learn2GroomDogs.com to be a lifesaver. “Learn2GroomDogs seriously saved me big time, it saved me anxiety and stress, it was exactly what I needed.”

In the past, Michelle has worked in multiple professions, including jobs in corporate America, and owning a horse farm. She became interested in grooming because of her love for animals and a desire to work from home. She then started her profession of dog grooming at the age of 55 and opened her in-home shop, Boardman Bath and Brush. She found that the close, home-like environment also works to make the clients feel comfortable in a safe and personal environment.

“I wanted it to be more of a family feel,” Michelle said. “I’ve been booked solid since I opened in November after graduating from Paragon. People are loving it.

“Many people in my area love the home shop more than corporate shops,” She continued. “People like the smaller, in-home and clean feeling. It’s also easier to build trust. I honestly haven’t even advertised; it’s been word of mouth and recommendations.”

The Paragon graduate found that being involved with the horse community before starting grooming helped find a community of people who also loved animals, making it easier to spread the word about her home business. Through this community she found herself grooming many farm dogs and educating people on grooming needs of the many breeds who run around farms.

“Farm dogs are a big [client for me],” Michelle said. “People wouldn’t probably consider bringing their farm dogs into a groomer. Because I’m smaller, I try to go all-inclusive and take care of them the best I can. That really draws people.”

Michelle said that jumping into a business so soon after completing Paragon’s program made her hesitant to start working. However, the resources Paragon offered in their program and Learn2GroomDogs.com has eased that pressure and given Michelle a new confidence in taking care of dogs.

“I’ve gone through [Learn2GroomDogs.com] for hours,” she continued. “It is a huge reliever and confidence builder. It’s continuing education to the MAX. You can select your level of expertise, and if the customer wants something special, I have the option to learn more in depth things.”

Michelle said her favorite part of the job is the dogs. Even with more energetic clients that are tough to groom, she finds joy in loving on animals and building trust with the pet owners.


New Spotlight Sessions: Grooming Trends, Smooth Finishes, and Towel Drying

The Importance of Towel Drying a Pet Prior to High Velocity Drying

In this spotlight session, Judy Hudson demonstrates toweling technique and explains why it’s a good idea to towel-dry before using a dryer. Running Time: 3:49

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Prep Work on a Poodle

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Where Grooming Trends Begin

In this spotlight session, Colin Taylor and Melissa Verplank talk about education, networking, and how trends appear in the grooming industry. Running Time: 5:07

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Why Breed Standards Matter To Pet Groomers

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How to Work With the Coat Growth to Get the Smoothest Finish

In this spotlight session, Kathy Rose shows you how to follow growth patterns for a smoother groom. Running Time: 4:00

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Short & Sassy Pet Trim on an Open Coated Mixed Breed

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JZ10 Coaching Session: How Can I Afford to Hire More People

Joe Zuccarello’s latest video is live for L2GD Members!

In this month’s JZ10 coaching session, Paragon VP and pet business coach Joe Zuccarello answers the question, “How Can I Afford to Hire More People?” Joe will talk about taking a step back and looking at your opportunity costs and turning it into revenue.

Joe is also the host of the “Hey Joe!” podcast where he interviews a wide range of pet industry subject matter experts.

Each month, members get a BRAND NEW JZ10 on a broad range of topics, from keeping your staff happy to nailing your finances. Stay tuned for more!