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New Veterinary Assistant School in St. Louis

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ST LOUIS, MO – January 13, 2020 – With the recent closing of Vatterott College, not far behind Hickey and Sanford Brown, the St. Louis veterinary community is left with an unprecedented demand for qualified pet professionals.  The Academy of Pet Careers hopes to fill this void by opening St. Louis’ only Vet Assistant School.  …

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Tips to Improve Your “All Over Trims”

Dog demonstrating what an all over trim looks like in dog grooming

It is important for dog groomers to know how to make all over trims look good, despite not having much fur to work with. Even if a dog is being trimmed short due to matting, we should try to make the trim look cute. Here are some helpful hints.   Fluff Drying All Over Trims…

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Sequential Overload in Pets

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Stress isn’t all bad.  Stress is needed to avoid potential dangers; it’s part of animals’ natural responses to threats: if they don’t respond to threats in nature, they don’t survive!   Some level of good stress (eustress) is even needed for learning. Learn more in this blog on The Canine Learning Stress-O-Meter.   Certainly, too…

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How Much Stress Is Too Much Stress?

The Canine Learning Stress-O-Meter Infographic

In the force free training world (aka positive reinforcement), we try to minimize the amount of stress our pets experience during training. But in order to answer how much stress is too much stress, we must first understand a little bit more about “stress.”   Types of Stress There are two types of stress an…

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When Medical Problems Are Found in Grooming

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Assessing Medical Problems   Most of the dogs that we groom see the groomer more often than they see their vet. It’s important for us as groomers to be an additional set of eyes. During grooming we often find problems that owners weren’t aware of or we take a closer look at something that they’re…

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State Licensing for Dog Groomers and Trainers

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Many states in the USA are looking into requiring licensing for groomers and for trainers. What is driving this perceived need for licensing? Owners want their dogs to be safe when they’re dropped off with the groomer, trainer, or other pet professional.   Many of these states started off with a story of an injury,…

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9 Tips to Improve the Longevity of Your Grooming Career

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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

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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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