Attending a hands-on clinic is still one of the best ways to learn. These events often feature stylists that have proven their skill level around the globe. Despite their busy workshop travel schedules, celebrity pet stylists can still be found at their grooming tables every day, just like you, grooming regular clients.
Have you ever had the opportunity to train with a celebrity pet stylist? It's a great way to improve your skills and get super energized!
Many top professional pet stylists love to help the next generation of groomers. Some of these teaching opportunities may be demonstrations or lectures. Others might be workshops where you supply the dog or cat (as well as the grooming tools) and have the opportunity to be personally coached as you work.
So, how do you get the most out of one of these coaching sessions?
1. Make sure your core/foundation skills are strong. Core or foundation skills include:
Proper coat preparation
Knowledge of basic anatomy
Basic (and correct) usage of tools: brushes, combs, clippers, scissors, carding tools, and stripping knives
- nails trimmed
- ears cleaned
- 100% tangle free coat
2. Make sure to bring a quality practice pet.
If you do not come to the session with an adequate pet to work on, you only hurt yourself.
- select a dog or cat with enough coat to demonstrate your skills
- the pet must have an appropriate temperament
- the pet should be a good representative of the breed
There are a wide variety of very accomplished pet stylists. Many specialize in a certain breed, grooming technique, or topic.
The better prepared you are to participate in the hands-on workshop, the more you're going to get out of it. Step into the session with a very open mind.
If you are young and fresh to the industry, the information shared in these clinics can be almost overwhelming. Be the driest sponge that you can be - soak up every bit of knowledge that you can.
As your knowledge and skills develop, the clinics won't be intimidating. They will become a great tweaking session for your skills. They will keep you abreast of advanced grooming skills and trends. Plus, these types of functions are a great way to invigorate your career.
These principles remain valid for many forms of advanced learning in the pet grooming industry. If you aren't able to attend a hands-on training session, there are other ways to learn from the experts. Be part of the audience at a trade show or pet grooming competition. Watch a grooming video lesson featuring one of these top stylists. The better you can execute the core skills with your everyday grooming, the easier it will be to successfully transfer their lessons to your own grooming table.
If you are not as accomplished as these award-winning and highly successful pet groomers, keep at it. You can learn a lot from observing their well-developed skills. Learning new skills, tips, and tricks make grooming pets all that more fun!