Head to Toe

March 8-11, 2018
Georgia International Convention Center

See below for 2015 information. Stay tuned for 2016 details…

Special Seminar Overviews.
These Special Seminars are offered at a price of $99 and take place on Thursday and Friday.  They are intensive courses that aim to give groomers detailed insight to the topics and encourage professional growth.

Thursday, March 5

8am-12:30pm

CPR-Pet Tech First Aid and Care for Your Pets
Presented by:  Beth Cristiano and Mary Oquendo
Suwanee Room
Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that is injured or ill.  Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death.  The topics covered are as follows: Bleeding, Shock, Restraining, Muzzling, Primary Pet Assessment, CPR, Rescue Breathing, Fractures, Limb Injuries, Insect Bites and Stings, Seizures, Heat and Cold Injuries, Pet Vitals, Poisoning, Choking Management, Snout to Tail Assessment and First Aid Kits.  A mannequin will be provided for each enrollee for this hands-on 4.5 hour certificated course.

12pm-6pm

Ready – Set – Go! Prep – Bathe – Dry!
Presented by:  Teri Di Marino
Sinclair Amphitheatre
A good bathing and drying job is easily 50% of a great groom and 100% of many! The bathing room has been the starting point for every successful stylist and the active salon needs to pay more attention to this important position. With an emphasis of safety and efficiency, Teri guides this fun and informative all-day seminar through an average day in a busy salon. Safe handling practices and a keen focus on time-saving tips and techniques will help save time and improve the finished work.   This seminar is a real eye-opener for the “groomer technician” as well as a lesson in efficiency for the seasoned salon owner.  From check in to check out.  Integrating a salons’ bathing staff into the check-in and prep process gives them responsibilities that will make a busy salon hum like a well-oiled machine.

  • Tools of the trade and their proper and efficient use:  Teri will demonstrate the efficient use (and alternative uses) of some common (and uncommon) tools. Safety restraints and their alternatives will be an area of focus. Tasks, such as nail trimming, ear cleaning and brushing will be discussed and made easy. Safety and comfort of the pet is always emphasized.
  • De-matting: It’s everybody’s problem! Everyone has a technique or tool that works well for them but you can save time, aggravation and money with a few easily applied techniques. Equipment and its proper use as well as handling the owner of a matted pet will be discussed.
  • Shampoos, Conditioners and Sprays:  Which one is the best? Teri will take a “groomers-eye” look at the bubbles. Why do they work and how can we get the best out of the bottles?
  • Bathing: It’s more than just getting them wet.  Quick, efficient bathing and proper application of the products you use can make all the difference in the “feel” of that coat at the end of the groom.
  • Drying: The finishing touch. Teri will discuss the proper use of the equipment as well as different drying techniques. Dry coats quicker and learn how to get that final “oomph” on the coat to help you get a better scissor finish.

Super Coats: A Skin and Coat Care Clinic
Presented by: Pam Lauritzen
Allatoona Room
A six part series concentrating on grooming techniques and an extensive education of coats.

  • Skin & Hair Anatomy
    Learn about skin and hair anatomy and its reproductive processes. Find out the differences between human and canine skin. Get the truth about some of the “urban legends” surrounding clipping of hair. For example, do clipping double coated breeds really damage their coats?
  • The Effects of Water, Air & Tools upon Coats
    In this outstanding seminar, you’ll learn about the effects of water, air and chemicals on skin and coat. You’ll learn about hydro-bathing, wet dressings and heavy rinsing.  This session will also include how to choose the correct brush, comb and stripping tools.
  • Shed Control Programs & Their Role in Skin & Coat Care
    Hand-stripping and Shed Control techniques and programs are the highlight of this informative lecture and hands-on presentation.
  • Skin & Coat Problems
    Learn how to topically evaluate and analyze skin and coat problems. Let Pam teach you how to determine and initiate the appropriate therapeutic programs. Learn about skin and coat types and how to identify skin problems such as follicular occlusions, lesions or microbial infections.
  • Topical Conditioning & Spa Treatment Programs
    Pet Spas have become the profit making trend of the decade. Learn how chemicals affect skin and hair and how you can develop effective therapeutic skin and coat care programs.
  • Case Studies
    A fun and interactive group participation session designed to teach analytical and developmental skills in order to effectively deal with canine and feline skin and coat problems.

1pm-5pm

Creative Grooming with Dawn Omboy the Queen of Color!
Presented by:  Dawn Omboy
Suwanee Room
Come join Dawn for a special look at Creative Styling. Dawn will present a live demo including techniques, the latest products and how to incorporate them into your salons service menu.  This Live demo will include cutting in a pattern and color application techniques with dyes, chalks, airbrush, PetPaint and more! Join us in this fast paced Creative Styling Event and learn how easy it really is to impress your clients with your creativity and flair. There is always something new happening in the world of Creative Styling, Dawn even got Mike Rowe to do it for his new show “Somebody’s Gotta do it”.  Temporary Tattoos and Poochie Bling may be just the thing for your clients. Colorful tails will be wagging while your clients are bragging.

6pm-10:30pm

CPR-Pet Tech First Aid and Care for Your Pets
Presented by:  Beth Cristiano and Mary Oquendo
Suwanee Room
Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that is injured or ill.  Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death.  The topics covered are as follows: Bleeding, Shock, Restraining, Muzzling, Primary Pet Assessment, CPR, Rescue Breathing, Fractures, Limb Injuries, Insect Bites and Stings, Seizures, Heat and Cold Injuries, Pet Vitals, Poisoning, Choking Management, Snout to Tail Assessment and First Aid Kits.  A mannequin will be provided for each enrollee for this hands-on 4.5 hour certificated course.

Friday, March 6

6pm-10:30pm

CPR-Pet Tech First Aid and Care for Your Pets
Presented by:  Beth Cristiano and Mary Oquendo
Suwanee Room
Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that is injured or ill.  Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death.  The topics covered are as follows: Bleeding, Shock, Restraining, Muzzling, Primary Pet Assessment, CPR, Rescue Breathing, Fractures, Limb Injuries, Insect Bites and Stings, Seizures, Heat and Cold Injuries, Pet Vitals, Poisoning, Choking Management, Snout to Tail Assessment and First Aid Kits.  A mannequin will be provided for each enrollee for this hands-on 4.5 hour certificated course.