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Getting Familiar with the History of Grooming for Pets

Getting Familiar with the History of Grooming for Pets

We know that humans have had pets for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And, currently, grooming competitions are held almost every day across the whole world. But, have we always had to maintain their fur with grooming efforts? Well, grooming for pets had to start somewhere. The history of grooming for pets can help us to understand more about the benefits and need for grooming services. So, learning about this history can help us to remember the need for these useful services. A History of Dogs as Pets and the First Dogs to be Groomed It’s well known that […]

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Grooming Techniques That Help Minimize Shedding

Grooming Techniques That Help to Minimize Shedding

Every pet owner struggles with the frustration that is shedding fur. One day your floors are clean and the next it seems as though a ball of fur exploded all over the living room. There has to be a better way than sweeping your floors every day. But, what is it? Fortunately, there are a number of grooming techniques that can help with your fur frustrations. And, ultimately, help your pooch maintain a naturally healthy coat! Brush Regularly Between Groomings The best way to minimize shedding is to get it before it reaches the ground. Brushing your shedding dog every […]

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The Technique for Dog Show Grooming

The Basics of Dog Show Grooming

What Makes Dog Show Grooming Different? This may come as a surprise, but there is a massive difference between pet grooming and dog show grooming. Dogs that are pets and not show dogs are groomed to stay clean and healthy. Getting brushed and having nails clipped now and then is usually enough. Maintenance for a pet is pretty easy. Show dogs, however, need special grooming in order to be at their very best when representing their breed at a dog show. Grooming for show dogs is much more time-consuming and tedious. Planning needs to be done well in advance of […]

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The Difference between Our Grooming School and Others

The Difference between Our Grooming School and Others

Now that you’ve made the decision to become a professional dog groomer, the first step is simple: go to grooming school! Like any college or university, grooming schools offer courses that help you learn about the industry and sharpen your skills. There are many grooming schools out there, and while all of them are unique, there are several things that Merryfield School of Pet Grooming makes sure to offer to all students. Hands-on Learning and Course Work Dog grooming is a hands-on business that requires hands-on learning. Any groomer in training will need lots of practice before entering the field. […]

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Professionally and Safely Treating Dog Eye Tear Stains

Professionally Treating Dog Eye Tear Stains

Everyone has seen them; the brownish-red discoloration dog eye tear stains. Most visible on dogs with white fur like the Maltese, these stains are a common concern. For professional groomers and pet owners alike, these “angel eyes”, as they’re so affectionately nicknamed, are a hassle to deal with. But, before you can learn how to treat them, you must first determine what they are and why they are there. What are Dog Eye Tear Stains? Although they are quite common, dog eye tear stains can actually insinuate the workings of a bigger issue. Or, they can simply be a side […]

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National Dog Day 2017

National Dog Day 2017

This Saturday is National Dog Day! August 26th is the annual celebration of man’s (and woman’s) best friends. Back in 2004, the first National Dog Day was founded by an animal advocate, Colleen Paige. According to Paige, she created the national event to “celebrate dogs for their capacity to love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.” She also founded similar national days such as National Cat Day, National Puppy Day, and National Mutt Day with the intention of bringing attention to the welfare of animals and inspiring higher rated of pet adoption. […]

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Reasons Why Professional Pet Grooming is a Great Career

Reasons Why Professional Pet Grooming is a Great Career

If you are considering professional pet grooming as a career, there are many reasons for you to do so! If you love animals and want to help pets be their healthiest selves, professional pet grooming may be a perfect career choice for you. There are many benefits of choosing a career as a pet groomer. And, by choosing to attend Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, you can be one step closer to obtaining these benefits. A Career Working with Animals Obviously, one of the biggest pros of becoming a professional pet groomer is that you’ll get to spend your days […]

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Being Aware of Dog Safety During the Summertime

Being Aware of Dog Safety During the Summertime

During the summertime, especially here in South Florida, temperatures can be unbearable. As pet owners, we need to be aware that it’s just as hot for our pets! As humans, we have natural ways to cool down by producing sweat. Dogs don’t have the same natural cooling systems, and their health can become in jeopardy as a result of extreme heat. Fortunately, as a pet owner, there are a few things that you can do as far as dog safety goes to protect your furry pal. Don’t Leave Your Dog Outside During the Day During the summer months, South Florida’s […]

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Shelter and Pet Shop Grooming Contributes to Pet Adoption Rates

Shelter and Pet Shop Grooming Contributes to Pet Adoption Rates

There’s a saying that goes “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the book and put in the extra effort to maintain its cover. For dogs, grooming carries more importance than most people realize. It can be easy to think that something like grooming is a luxury, but in reality, it is a necessity. So much so in fact that many dogs in shelters and pet shops rely on grooming to find their forever homes with loving families. Shelter and pet shop grooming has a heavy influence over pet adoption rates, […]

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All You Need to Know About Grooming Certification

All You Need to Know About Grooming Certification

A lot of people seem to be confused about how to earn grooming certification. When groomers say that they have been “certified by [the name of their grooming school],” this does not mean that they have board certification. In fact, most grooming schools don’t have the power to certify professional pet groomers; instead, groomers in training have to voluntarily earn certification formal associations like the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Completing Grooming School When students graduate from pet grooming school, they leave with a degree after having completed the school’s program. While this is not the same as […]

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