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Video DescriptionAbout Danelle German


28 minutes, 50 seconds



In 2015, we sat down with Danelle German to talk about the National Cat Groomers Institute of America. There were changes on the horizon.

Here it is, one year later. The school has been shut down. However, Danelle has not turned her back on cat grooming education. Instead, there are new opportunities to help people – online training.

Danelle knew it was difficult for people to attend their 2-week program in South Carolina. Finding two weeks out of their already packed schedules was nearly impossible. Paying for the full education was also a challenge. Students typically spent between $8,000 and $10,000 for the training once you combined all the travel expenses. Whew. That’s a chunk of change!

Danelle’s goal was to make the training more economical. She had to find a new way to teach. She needed to embrace technology. Succeeding in that arena meant exclusive new opportunities.

What are Danelle’s favorite parts about her new cat grooming program? The core program is totally online. It’s highly accessible. There is no waiting. You can have instant access to all the critical information. You can review it as many times as you like. Not only is it a great resource for new people entering the field – it’s also a great refresher for any of the NCGIA past graduates. Plus, it’s a great way to get more information if you caught Danelle speaking programs around the globe.

One of Danelle’s unique characteristics is her ability to create effective study material. Danelle comes from a homeschool background. She found it so successful that she homeschooled her own children. She has over 26 years developing creating and implementing training programs. If anybody can be successful at building an online curriculum, it is Danelle German.

For more information about on-line clases, please go to the National Cat Groomers Institute of America at

In this video you will learn:

  • what led to the changes in the National Cat Groomers Institute of America training program.
  • what types of programs will be online.
  • the advantages of paying for online training versus free material.
  • where you go to get hands-on training.
  • one of her most popular programs.

Danelle German

Certifications: CFMG, CFCG

Danelle German, CFMG, CFCG, owned CFA’s Bara Cattery from 1999-2005. During that time, she produced and showed many National and Regional award-winning Persians, including CFA’s 3rd Best Cat in Premiership in 2005. In 2005, she retired from showing to focus on her feline-exclusive spa and resort, The Catty Shack, Ltd., formerly located in Simpsonville, SC.

Danelle is the founder of both the National Cat Groomers Institute and the world’s first feline-exclusive grooming school which was in Greenville, SC. She currently serves as President and Certifier/Instructor for the NCGI and is a member of Wahl’s Elite GroomTeam. Along with her husband, Michael, she is the inventor and patent holder of the Catty Shack Vac™ drying system and the inventor of Chubbs Bars shampoo for pets.

Danelle has authored the Ultimate Cat Groomer Encyclopedia, Cat Grooming Ain’t for Pussies, NCGIA Culture Books, and many articles for a variety of grooming publications. She is also the author of certification study guides for cat groomers. Danelle has appeared on Animal Planet’s Cats 101 and Must Love Cats and has been interviewed and filmed numerous times for Discovery Channel, local TV stations, Kittens USA and other media. She is the winner of the first Groomers Got Talent competition held at Groom Expo in 2009 and has won each creative dog grooming competition that she has been allowed to compete in with a cat.

Speaking regularly on all topics related to cat grooming and behavior, Danelle is a true pioneer in the field of feline grooming. Her lectures and training materials can be found around the world. In addition to speaking, Danelle has judged cat grooming competitions at various shows in both the US and Europe and has served as a judge for the Cat Writer’s Association.

Danelle German
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Catty Shack Vac
Chubbs Bars


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