Dog Grooming

9 Tips to Improve the Longevity of Your Grooming Career

Longevity Of Your Grooming Career Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

The grooming job is hard work. We can take steps to keep ourselves healthy and strong and to be able to continue grooming as long as we would like. I’ve accumulated the following 9 tips to help you improve the longevity of your grooming career.   1. Ear Protection The noise from dryers, shop vacs,…

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Talking to Owners About Behavior Problems In Grooming

Groomer Talking To Owner Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

When we’re grooming a dog who is stressed, scared, aggressive, or even overly silly the risk of an accident or injury goes up. For many years the grooming industry has completed trims and grooms on dogs without doing much about the behavior problem. It’s common for our customers to think that it’s our job to…

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Giving Our Pets Choices

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So much of our pets’ lives are dictated by us. We determine when they have access to outside, food, water, resting areas and games. We decide what food they eat. We restrict our dogs’ movements by attaching a leash to them when we take them out. We determine when, or if, they have play dates…

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The Power of Happy Visits

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Is your dog afraid to go to the vet’s office or grooming salon? Do they resist going through the door? Does she pant, pace or drool? Does she suddenly start shedding while waiting in the lobby? You and your dog are not alone. And when one dog is fearful, they exude stress hormones which every…

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The Myth of Reinforcing Fear

Reinforcing Fear, The Academy of Pet Careers

The Myth of Reinforcing Fear There is a school of thought in the training world that says you shouldn’t comfort or give treats to a frightened dog because you are reinforcing fear. For example, if your dog is frightened while getting groomed, you should not stroke them or distract them with treats because this could…

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Noise Phobia in Dogs

Noise Phobia In Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

How to Help Your Dog’s Fear of Loud Noises Is your dog afraid of loud noises? Does she pant, pace, drool, shake, try to hide or try to escape whenever the thunder booms or the pops and bangs from fireworks happen? Noise phobia in dogs is a serious problem in some households. My dog used…

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The Benefits of Using a Dog Muzzle

Dog Muzzle, The Academy of Pet Careers

At The Academy of Pet Careers, all students (both grooming and training) learn to acclimate dogs to wearing a muzzle because it’s such an important skill to have. And as a professional trainer and behavior consultant, I believe that every dog should learn to be comfortable wearing a muzzle.   Many people cringe at the…

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How to Help Your Dog Overcome A Fear of Nail Trims

Fear of Nail Trims, The Academy of Pet Careers

Nail trimming is often one of the scariest parts of the dog grooming process for the dog, but it’s also a part that is critical for the health of any pet, whether they have long hair or short hair. If you have a dog that is scared of having his nails trimmed, there are several…

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How To Become A Dog Groomer

How To Become A Dog Groomer

Starting a new career can be exciting, but you may have questions about how to get started. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a dog groomer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this guide just for you that lays out all your options. Before you get started, it’s important to define…

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Dog Massage Classes

Dog Massage

Massage is beneficial for dogs of all ages and sizes. Using techniques at home can build the bond between pup and parent. Dog massage can play an important role in the emotional and physical well-being of your dog! Learn more about massage classes below. About Dog Massage Classes Classes are taught by Ash & Oak…

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