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JZ10 Coaching Session: Demanding Times and Demanding Clients

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, discusses the increase in demanding customers. How can you build a relationship with them? What can you do to make things go smoother? Tune in to hear Joe’s five self-reflective tips!

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: It Doesn’t Always Have To Be Shaved

In this video, Lisa Leady shows you a fabulous way to deal with a thick and wiry coat. In the end, she’s able to solve the client’s problem of shedding coat. Plus, she’s super cute too! The grooming is fast. It’s easy when you use the right tools. And Lisa brings out her personality by leaving longer hair in the right places.

In this video you will learn:

  • What are the benefits to not clipper cutting a coat like this
  • What tools work best to remove dead undercoat
  • What type of thinning shear works best with this type of grooming
  • What dangers do you have if you get too aggressive with your thinners
  • What is the overall goat for a dog with this coat type

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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.


New Spotlight Sessions: Poodle Prep, Guarded Legs and Clipped Ears

Prep Work Mini Poodle Cleanse Coat and Skin

In this spotlight session, Judy Hudson discusses cleansing the coat and skin on a Miniature Poodle Running Time: 5:30

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

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Everyday Maltese Establishing Leg Length

In this spotlight session, Kathy Rose demonstrates “blocking” in the legs with a guard comb on a Maltese Mix Running Time: 4:51

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Everyday Salon Styling on a Maltese Mix

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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Correct Ear Clip

In this spotlight session, Lindsey Dicken demonstrates a shaved ear on a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Running Time: 3:48

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

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JZ10 Coaching Session: The GRAND Finale’

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, discusses how to make a great Grand Finale’ when your customers come to pick up their pet! What is going to WOW your customers? What simple things can you do to make your customers loyal?

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 a Silver Poodle Like a Kerry Blue

In this three-part series, Judy Hudson changes up a more traditional Poodle style for Kerry Blue Terrier haircut. As Judy says, these types of trims make grooming fun. You can take one breed and turn it into another. Or you can take a mixed breed and put a purebred trim on it. In either case, you get a fun personality type trim. It gives the dog style. Plus, you get to learn and try something new.

In “Grooming a Silver Poodle Like a Kerry Blue” you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to thoroughly brush and comb out a dog prior to starting the haircut
  • What’s one of the best tools to use to speed up your work
  • How to utilize proper canine structure when grooming
  • Why these types of trims make grooming fun
  • How to trim the eyes without making a mistake

Start Learning with Judy

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.


New Spotlight Sessions: Dematting & De-Shedding

De-Shedding a Golden in the Tub

In this Spotlight Session, Judy Hudson teaches an efficient way to de-shed a Golden Retriever.  This method works great to minimize mess with blowing hair – an important consideration for small shops and mobile groomers.  De-shedding in the tub contains the mess and gets the job done fast. Running Time: 03:33

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Hydro-Bathing and De-Shedding a Golden Retriever in the Tub

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Easy Dematting Tips - Use a Dryer & Brush on a Clean Coat

In this Spotlight Session, Karen Tucker demonstrates effective and efficient dematting techniques that combine brushing and a dryer for incredible results. Running Time: 10:12

This Spotlight Session is from a series of videos: Easy Dematting Tips – Using Fingers to Break Tangles Apart & The Importance of Having a Sequence When Dematting

 

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How Working with a High Velocity Dryer in the Bathing Process Saves Time

In this spotlight session, Melissa Verplank shares tricks on how to get this type of dog clean. She shows you the benefits of using a high velocity dryer during the bathing process to cut time and water usage. Running Time: 09:09

This Spotlight Session is from the full video: Salvage Work on a Heavy Coated Dog

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JZ10 Coaching Session: Just Do What I Need You To Do!

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, “why won’t my staff just do what I need them to do”?

We will also tackle some solutions that will help you and your staff understand each other better.

 

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!


Stephanie Zag

Stephanie Zag stumbled upon the grooming industry when she was working as a certified veterinary technician in 2002. Her office needed a groomer and she stepped up to fill the role – then was completely sold.

With a desire to take care of animals, and an added love of art, Stephanie found that grooming was the direction she was meant to go.

“I love it,” she said. “The groomers I know, who are artists, do a fabulous job [in this career]. There are so many different avenues you can take. It’s a constant learning process and I love it because [the industry] is so versatile.”

Throughout Stephanie’s grooming education, she found that it was difficult finding access to a grooming school in her area. Paragon’s Learn2GroomDogs.com instructional videos were Stephanie’s aid during much of her learning process.

“Finding a good school in the area is challenging,” she said. “Learn2GroomDogs.com is so helpful. I watched my grooming improve, even going back to learning the basics.”

For a short period of time, Stephanie left grooming to pursue other interests, but said she didn’t stay away for long, “I missed it so much, I just had to come back to grooming. There is just so much in it, you can do anything.”

Stephanie wants to encourage those who love animals to look into grooming as a career, and has this advice to give:

“Do your research, you aren’t going to get bored,” she said. “Grooming is essential. This is something people more and more, want good quality. It’s no longer just shave-down a matted dog, its taking care of them and getting a spa treatment.

“There are all kinds of ways to get your education, there are all kinds of learning experiences to go through. Have fun. Reach out to some of the trade shows, seminars and keep learning.”


New Release: What Did the Fox Say?

In this four-part series, Angela Kumpe shows you how to bring a creative design to life and apply color with high precision. Take a front row seat as Angela creates fun character on a senior Bichon. She’ll walk you through which products give you brilliant colors and where to find super cute clip art images. By the time you finish this lesson, you will have the knowledge you need to successfully create a similar design all by yourself!

In “What Did the Fox Say?” you will learn:

  • What products are the easiest to work with giving you vibrant colors
  • How to set in and shape the design
  • Why different coat textures matter
  • How to work with foil and why
  • Why hairspray in important component for any creative styling design

Start Learning with Angela

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.


Jillian Anderson’s Story

Jillian Anderson’s grooming journey started 18 years ago, when her father, who is a certified groomer, taught Jillian to groom their Great Danes. Her desire to learn more kept her close to her father as she continued to soak up all the grooming lessons he gave her. She even continued grooming overseas in Israel when her family was transferred there for work. Now, she lives in Florida, still grooming and doing what she loves and taking care of the dogs.

Jillian’s education and grooming career seemed to be going smoothly, but when faced with serious medical issues, she continued to pursue her passion despite it taking a major toll on her body. What kept Jillian going were the dogs, or as she puts it “looking out for the little guy.”

“I am stubborn,” she said. “[the medical issues] are super frustrating, but I have a passion for this and would do it for free if I could.”

Despite severe heart problems, Jillian worked her way through school and became a certified groomer. She also keeps up to date on grooming techniques by watching Paragon’s Learn2GroomDogs.com video tutorials. Learn2GroomDogs.com has helped boost her confidence, refine her finishing techniques, and improve her scissor work.

“I always want to be an inspiration to others who struggle in this career,” Jillian said. “Don’t doubt yourself, if you love art and love animals, there should be no stopping you. I’m not one to preach, but I’ve managed to be successful in this industry.”

She also said that, for her, grooming is not just about the proper haircut, but connecting with the dog and their owner. She wants to make sure everyone is comfortable and has a good experience.

Now, Jillian feels like she found the area of grooming that works best for her, working at a mobile pet care business. She says she loves this business because she is able to groom dogs in their home or environment, which keeps them comfortable.

“I’ve never had this confidence before,” Jillian said. “I care about the animals, hands down. I want my dogs to look like show dogs, but I care about the dogs first, some dogs have issues (like anxiety) and I want to do what’s best for them. What’s important to me is that the dogs are comfortable.”

When reflecting on where she is today in her career, Jillian credits her father for encouraging her to pursue her passion, which involves care for animals within grooming as well as specializing in service dog training.