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  • A Better Me

    A Better Me     I used to think that grooming kept me fairly active. I walk from the table to the tub, from the tub to the kennels, from the kennels to the table, from the table to the kennels, all day long. I was surprised when I got a fitness tacker bracelet that I was not hitting any...
  • Groomer Strong: Fair Pricing

      My neighbor has had a housekeeper for many years.  She lives alone, no kids, no pets. She keeps her house very tidy, but needs a hand with dusting and doing the floors. She's a great client really. She has never once complained about a price increase, and the cleaning company has them r...
  • Notes from Bettye

    I met Bettye and her husband many years ago when their senior Westie became too grouchy for their regular groomer. He was at the point to be too grouchy for any groomer really....... I believe I was safely able to groom him one time before he passed.   They soon welcomed another Westie and ch...
  • Groomer Strong: A Look at IRS Rulings

    While these are not rulings coming out of cases against groomers, the hair industry is about the closest industry to grooming in how businesses are set up with clients and workers. You can see in these, the common issue seems to be in who the clients pays for the services.     Wolfe v. ...
  • Groomer Strong: Understanding Flea Products

      We often hear clients complain that their dog still has fleas even though they treat monthly with a topical or oral product. It is assumed the products are not working.  In reality, they likely are working, just as promised, but many people do not understand just how they work and their...
  • Groomer Strong: Your Dream Vacation in 10 Minutes a Day

    What does health insurance, a new reliable car, your own home, or a dream vacation have in common?   Many groomers, consider them only dreams. They seem completely unattainable. The reality is that they are easier to get than you may think.   The first, and hardest part, is convincing ...
  • Groomer Strong: 5 Simple Things to Work Less and Make More

    5 Simple Things - Work Less and Make More   Proper Prep Work Dry coats like you want them to lay. Most sporting breeds and terrier coats should lay nice and flat down the back. If you are drying them against the lay of the coat, making them 'fluffy' you will spend far too much time trying to...
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  • Groomer Strong: Knowing Your Rights -The waiting game

    Groomer Strong: Knowing Your Rights -The waiting game   In the pet grooming industry, a large number of groomers are still being paid on a commission only basis.     In many cases, groomers are required to stay until their dogs have been picked up or until closing time if the salo...