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General Table Handling for Pet Grooming & Special Needs Dogs – Part 1

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Video DescriptionAbout Khris Berry




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Don’t you wish all dogs had excellent table manners? But many don’t. They dance. They pull. They struggle. They may even bite.

Poor behavior puts any pet at a higher risk for injury in the grooming environment. It also eats up your precious time. Plus, it can get extremely frustrating when working on a challenging pet.

How do you encourage good table manners table? There are plenty of ways to promote and train proper table manners. Here’s the deal. Much of it stems from YOU! Most dogs can be taught how to behave politely during the grooming process. So, the question becomes, how do YOU teach it?

Effective pet handling is a learned skill set. With proper knowledge, instruction, and practice, it can be vastly improved. Instead of blaming the dog, look at how YOU can improve your skills as a pet communicator. Excellent table manners aid in keeping the dog safe. It also allows you to focus on the groom instead of constantly correcting unwanted behavior. Thus, a well-behaved pet reduces groomer stress while increasing your speed. This is a win-win for both – the groomer – and the pet!

Understanding how you can influence the dog’s actions on the grooming table is an important skill set to have. Whether you are dealing with a new client or a special needs pet – safety, and compassion is a must in this field coupled with always being effective and efficient.

Khris Berry has been a canine behaviorist her entire 35-year working career. When not working with dogs, she’s playing with them on a competitive level. Khris has won dog sport titles in AKC conformation and obedience rings, along with herding trials, dock diving, lure coursing, and barn hunts. She’s also been an AKC Good Citizen Evaluator for over 30 years.

Khris thoroughly understands the behaviorism of the canine species. She knows how to bridge the communication gap to speak effectively with them whether it’s in the field, or in the ring. or on the grooming table.

In this lesson, she shares many of her best-kept secrets on how to win the trust and cooperation from a pet in a grooming setting. These ideas are easy to understand and apply instantly.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to compare a dog’s brain to a rubber ball
  • How to effectively manage canine energy
  • Why heart placement is critical in dog body language
  • What is the key form of communication with a dog
  • Highly useful holds to support the pet allowing you to groom easier

Approximate total running time: 50 minutes

  • Part 1: General Table Handling for a Dog (30:54)
  • Part 2: Table Handling Skills for a Special Needs Pet (19:59)

Khris Berry

Company: Co-Founder, See Spot Grooming & Daycare

Khris Berry has been working in the pet service field since 1987. She is actively involved with all aspects of pet grooming, and is also an accomplished canine behavioralist and trainer.

Khris runs multiple pet service businesses, including franchising the successful See Spot Grooming operation. She is an active advocate in trade associations focused on improving the professionalism of the grooming industry.

Khris worked with the American Kennel Club (AKC) to develop their Safe Handling course for groomers. She continues to teach the course periodically across the country. She is an tireless advocate for groomer standards and pet safety.

Khris also served as the Director of Grooming for the World Pet Association, a not-for-profit organization located in California. She worked tirelessly within this company to develop and promote programs for groomer education and advancement across the globe.

Khris believes strongly in continuing education. Her keen focus with processes has led to extensive curriculum and business development. She is one of the foremost thought leaders in the field of professional pet grooming and training.

Khris has been awarded the Pet Age Vanguard Award, Women of Influence, and multiple nominations for prestigious Barkleigh Honors Awards - Contribution to the Industry, Speaker of the Year, Journalist of the Year, and Book of the Year.


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