Hair Shears As Grooming Tools

Hair Shears As Grooming Tools
A hair salon can never be complete without the presence of hair shears. Just as how a carpenter relies on his hammer for construction, so does a hair stylist depend on his hair shears for styling purposes – hence it is an indispensable salon tool. The hair styling jobs involved in hair salons demand durable styling tools which could cater the clients’ needs and expectations.

But this does not mean that hair shears can only be found on salon counters. These can also be located at ordinary households, in drawers and grooming nightstands. Truly, hair shears had been a part of our every day attempt to properly tidy ourselves and make ourselves appear more decent and presentable.

The perfect hair cuts are only achieved by having the necessary tools, say a set of styling equipment. These typically have handles and drawn out blades. These blades are available in different types such as curved, pointed, and blunt, along with other blade types.

Among those who frequently use hair shears are the male population. Being their self-conscious selves, men usually find time to groom themselves appropriately, no matter how demanding their work load gets. Taking a sharp pair of styling tools in hand, men would often go for the polished look in order to look fresh and as neat as a pin. Still, there are men who would use shears in trimming their overgrown facial hair – thick bushes of beards and mustaches. Having the shears in their bags or safety kits, men would be able to remain smoothly groomed in between rough schedules.

Similarly, women use hair shears in trimming their excess hair strands, or in order to attain a new, stylish look. Even yet, there are tinier hair shears which are especially designed for trimming hair strands which grow in delicate body places, such as the nose and the ears.

As one could see, proper grooming does not merely entail wearing good, fabulous clothes. What is deemed more important is to maintain a clean, presentable appearance, which can be achieved primarily by getting a nice haircut.

Called the Doctor of Hair by many, Stephen M. Jackson is a teacher at heart who loves to help young hair stylists become hair professionals. He is a very big believer that quality scissors are an essential component to creating a memorable look. He only uses the best hair cutting tools on the market: Hattori Hanzo Shears.

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The Pet Grooming Field – Do You Know Where Do You Fit?

Discovering the Meaning Behind the Job Titles


I have always struggled with this word. Stop and think about it. Is it really the best definition for the wide variety of skills necessary to do our job? Personally, I think the term “Groomer” is too broad a term to use within our field.

Think about how the medical profession is organized… when you need a routine annual medical exam, do you book an appointment with a Podiatrist? No. You’d get an appointment at your regular clinic, where they deal primarily with routine and preventive health care. Depending on your condition, you might get an appointment with a nurse practitioner who is qualified to treat a certain spectrum of illnesses. For situations requiring more formal training and experience, you’d see your family doctor. If a health disorder required attention from an expert in a particular field of study, you would seek the help of a specialist.

Another point to ponder… how do you think their pay scale is structured? I would bet the medical specialist takes home a much larger paycheck than the nurse practitioner or even the family physician.

Let’s flip this over to what we do. Bottom line – we’re pet specialists with three distinct skill levels:

  1. Bather, Assistant, or Bathing Technician
  2. Groomer, Pet Groomer, or Grooming Technician
  3. Stylist or Pet Stylist

Here are my definitions for each of those areas.

1. Bather, Assistant, or Bathing Technician

These folks have a basic knowledge base of core grooming skills. In some cases, the Bather’s duties may cross over into other job descriptions. In many smaller salons, the Bather might act more as a personal assistant to the Groomer or Stylist. A Bather’s duties might include any task that could be easily delegated by the Groomer or Stylist so they can focus on getting dogs completed in a timely manner.

Bathers, Assistants, and Bathing Technicians should have a basic understanding of:

  • Selection and Care of Equipment
  • Canine Psychology and Temperament
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Anatomy
  • Pet Handling
  • Breed Identification
  • Skin and Coat Conditions
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Parasites and Their Control
  • Diseases and Preventive Vaccination
  • Nutrition
  • Common Illnesses and Skin Disorders
  • Common Grooming Products
  • Equipment Handling
  • Coat Pre-Assessment and Pre-Work
  • Bathing and Drying Skills
  • Brushing and Combing Skills
  • Mat Anatomy and Safe Removal
  • Equipment Handling
  • Nail and Feet Trimming
  • Ear Cleansing
  • Tooth Care
  • Anal Gland Expression (Optional)

Although the Bather role in a busy salon is typically considered an entry level position, in reality it’s one of the most important roles of a successful salon. If a dog is not washed perfectly and dried properly, quality work can never be achieved. No matter how talented the Groomer or Stylist is when it comes to trimming and styling pets, they will never be able to do a good job on a dirty or incorrectly dried pet. Period.

Earning Potential – Entry Level

2. Groomer, Pet Groomer, or Grooming Technician

A Groomer deals with basic grooming needs. They can get dogs clean, dried properly, and thoroughly brushed out. They can do everything the Bather does but they kick it up a few notches. Groomers can complete challenging bath and brush pets with ease. Plus, they can trim pets safely and efficiently with clippers. Groomers are comfortable with a variety of clippers and blade choices. They can handle a wide range of coat types on both bath and brush style pets as well as simple, low maintenance haircuts. They have basic knowledge of how to work with scissors and blenders, getting adequate results for non-discriminating clients.

Pet Groomers should have advanced knowledge and understanding of the previously mentioned areas and be able to work with greater speed and efficiency without sacrificing quality and safety.

The Groomer in almost any salon is the workhorse. They focus on non-nonsense, low maintenance trim styles. Their concentration is on getting the dog thoroughly brushed out, mat free, and super tidy. Trim work focuses more on the neat and clean aspect of grooming than creating highly stylized haircuts. Advanced training and continued education in this area can vastly improve grooming speed, quality, and enjoyment of the job.

Earning Potential – Mid-Range Level

3. Stylist or Pet Stylist

A Pet Stylist molds and shapes the coat in a manner that accentuates the features of the pet. They have a firm understanding of anatomy, breed profiles, as well as structure and movement. They have a firm comprehension of technical skills. An accomplished Pet Stylist can apply those skills in an artistic manner. Their personal tools are of the highest caliber, allowing them to create remarkable trims in a very short amount of time. A seasoned Stylist will often also specialize in particular breeds, grooming techniques, or personality types.

Pet Stylists should have expert knowledge and understanding of the previously mentioned areas, be able to work with greater speed and efficiency without sacrificing quality and safety, and have expert control of clippers, shears, combs, brushes, blades, and stripping knives.

Serious Pet Stylists are generally highly motivated. They advance their careers through continued education. It’s common for an aspiring Pet Stylist to seek out many forms of advanced learning. Many of them turn it into a personal goal or an enjoyable outlet. Conformation dog shows, grooming trade shows and competitions, certification testing, books and magazines, videos, clinics, workshops, private coaching and training, and canine trials are just a few areas the motivated Stylist can use to ramp up skill levels.

Earning Potential – Highest Level

The term “Groomer” is just not descriptive enough. It just doesn’t cover it all – especially if you wear multiple hats in your salon like Receptionist, Accountant, and Cleaning Crew. When a business starts to grow, layers of expertise will develop within your team.

Just like in the medical profession, the more you learn, the more you earn. The stronger your knowledge base and the more proficient you are, the more money you’re going to make. And knowledge has a wonderful side effect – confidence. Why not take steps toward building your skills and confidence every day?

Using a generic term like “Groomer” just doesn’t work for me. I bet it doesn’t work for you, either. Jump over to the Learn2GroomDogs Facebook page and tell us what woks best for you!

Happy trimming!


Author of “Notes From the Grooming Table”

What?s Better for Your Dog: The Groomer Or Should You Groom Her?

What?s Better for Your Dog: The Groomer Or Should You Groom Her?

You fell in love with this loveable dog and now she is going to be part of your family. This is your first dog, ever, so making sure that you are ready for her is very important, isn’t it?

As Nancy hands you Cleo, she gives you a bag that contains Cleo’s favorite blanket), a brush, a furminator, shampoo and two rawhide bones. You ask Nancy about the brush and shampoo.

“Well, the brush is to keep her fur from getting all over your furniture. You want to brush her at least once a day; she’s a shedder. You will still want to vacuum or sweep daily as well. Aren’t you planning on bathing her yourself?” Nancy asks.

Grooming: It’s Not Just for Cleanliness

Fortunately you had the forethought to ask about the shampoo, which meant there was a great teachable moment for you, the new dog owner.

It’s true that you can take Cleo to a groomer to have her bathed and groomed once a month, and yes, she will come home smelling really clean, donning an adorable purple bow. However, by doing so, you are missing out on a wonderful bonding opportunity by not bathing her yourself. One thing that all mammals do, including all dogs in the wild and Cleo’s ancestors, the wolves, is that they groom their young. Your mother did it to you when you were growing up and if you have kids, you will bathe them, brush their hair and teach them to brush their teeth. It’s part of hygiene, yes, but it’s also an important thing that parents do for their young.

Part of the bonding process with dogs begins when you start bathing them. This does a few things. For one thing, it allows you to get to know each and every part of Cleo’s body – from the inside of her ears to her toenails. It gets her used to being touched, which builds trust between the two of you. When it’s time to clean out her ears, she lets you and doesn’t squirm away. If she is ever sprayed by a skunk, what are you planning to do, take her to the groomer because you never bathed her and now you are the last person she wants taking that stench away? Knowing that dogs tend to get sprayed in the middle of the night, this is not a discussion you want to have when you are half asleep. 

It also means that if Cleo ever gets hurt, she will come to you to make it better. Already used to touching her, when you start palpating various parts of her body, she doesn’t wriggle away, without letting you find out what is causing her pain. This could be a matter of life and death.


Apart from minimizing the amount of hair buildup in your home, brushing is extremely important in the bonding process, as well. Initially Cleo will resist, because it’s different. But if you do it every single day, something cool will happen. You no sooner pick up the brush and walk toward her and she will start whimpering, which is her way of saying, “please mommy/daddy, brush me!” After she’s finished running around the room, she will sit quietly and look forward to each stroke of the brush.

You can cancel Cleo’s grooming appointment and let them know you plan to bathe her yourself. You won’t regret that decision, ever.

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Animal Antics, LLC

Job Description
Master Groomer & Groomer

Full-time & Part-time positions available
Pet Boutique & Spa


We at Animal Antics believe that the animals in our lives deserve the love and respect that they so freely give to us. We hope to share our knowledge about the wonders of animal behavior, communication, nutrition and wellness so that the relationships that we share with our pets are a source of joy and trust. Our goal is make things better for our pets, their guardians and the planet. We are looking for qualified personnel that can enhance our goals through knowledge, compassion, and understanding.

Position Description:

Provide basic grooming and spa services and outstanding customer service. There a variety of tasks involved to fulfill this position, so applicant must be able to perform all duties and responsibilities.


A qualified applicant to this position will demonstrate knowledge in the grooming industry with certification from a recognized grooming school, and a high school diploma. In addition, the applicant should have at least five year\’s experience in grooming under the leadership of a professional groomer and must successfully complete a personal skill evaluation. A groomer with experience grooming cats and dogs are preferred.

Dog Nail Grooming – Dog Nail Clipping

Dog Nail Grooming – Dog Nail Clipping

Nail clippers are the essential tools for dog nail grooming, working for both professional and home use. There are many sizes and models available for clippers, it is all about choosing the model that best suits your dog’s needs. Medium-sized clippers usually work on all breeds except for very large dogs. Grinders are an alternative to clippers and lots of groomers used them for more delicate dog nail grooming tasks.

Clippers cut and grinders smooth off edges.Dog nail grooming is complex and it usually requires a combination of tools for maximum of efficiency. There is a guard attached to some clippers which prevents cutting too much nail, yet, because of this guard, you may not see the nail when cutting and you could injury the toe veins. Such accidents are frequent in home grooming because of the wrong use of tools.

More advanced equipment for dog nail grooming stems the bleeding and cauterizes the vein if the clippers touch it. The problem with dog nail grooming is that you have to be very careful and maximize the dog’s comfort, or you risk to make the animal nervous and agitated, thus reducing the chances of trimming the nails properly.

Even so, dog nail grooming should not be neglected. Well, long nails can be very painful for animals, particularly when they live indoors and have few opportunities to smooth the nails against the ground. Improperly trimmed nails also carry the risk of ingrown nails, which are both painful and uncomfortable. If you can hear the dog’s nails clicking against the floor, then, you should cut them right away.

Sometimes, dog nail grooming requires smoothing or filing because lots of dogs have very brittle nails that splinter when you cut them short. Consider your dog’s tolerance and disposition when trimming nails. Don’t attempt at cutting them all at once; breaks are usually necessary in order to allow the animal to relax. There have been cases when pets have bitten their masters during this kind of grooming episodes.

With many pets it takes a lot of time to get used to nail trimming. Tolerance can be helped with careful handling, but this doesn’t always work. Try the reward system and give your pet a tiny treat after each nail cut. Wait for a while, then move on to the next nail.

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How to Avoid Visions of the Hangman’s Tree – or – Cleaning Up Industry Jargon So Your Salon Makes A Positive Impression

Every industry has its own set of technical terms. Those of us behind the grooming table are familiar with them, but have you stopped to think how our terminology sounds to customers? The words we use can paint a very negative picture to the client. Of course, we never intend it that way – we’re just using words and phrases that groomers have used for years.

In grooming salons around the world, we are dealing with a very precious commodity: the owner’s beloved pet. Most of these clients put their pets on the same pedestal as their children. We need to be extremely cautious of the types of technical jargon that we use within earshot of our clients. Or better yet, simply clean it up so it’s client friendly.

Today, I want to look at one of these commonly used terms. I’m going to give you a few ideas for optimistic alternatives to use. These alternatives will paint a much more polished – and professional – image in the clients mind.

The Grooming Noose.

Let’s face it. In order to groom a dog safely, we need control. One of the tools we routinely use in the grooming shop is a “grooming loop” or “noose.”

Correctly adjusted, a grooming loop will limit the amount of movement a dog can make on a tabletop, reducing the risks of accidentally falling or stepping off. If the dog were to try to bite or nip, the grooming loop can minimize the reach the dog has to your hands and face. By limiting their movement on the table, it makes our job easier while brushing, clipping, and scissoring, while again minimizing the risks to the pet.

Although this is a major safety item used in most salons, the term I hear routinely to describe this piece of equipment is the word, “noose.” Every time I hear it, the hackles on the back of MY neck stand up.

The word “noose” just conjures up all kinds of negative emotions with me. All I can think about are things associated with a hangman’s noose. Gallows. An eerie tree. Death. If your client hears this term used loosely in your grooming speech, my guess is they have the same type of thought process going on in their mind. The term “noose” does not create a warm, caring, and compassionate atmosphere in any grooming establishment.

The term needs a serious face lift! Focus on the positive aspects of what this piece of equipment does. Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Loop
  2. Safety lead
  3. Safety loop
  4. Pet seatbelt

Think about how your terms can negatively affect your clients. Most of the time, we are so busy just trying to stay ahead of the grooming game, we never stop to think how we sound to the client. We may love our four-footed customers, but it’s our two-legged clients we really need to win over – gaining their trust – and their business.

Take a moment to step back and listen to yourself. Do you need to clean up your shop language? Do you use the old fashion term “noose’ instead of one of the much more positive terms?

What term do you like to use in your business for this valuable piece of grooming equipment? Jump over to the Learn2GroomDogs Facebook page and tell us what term you like to use!

Happy trimming!


Author of “Notes From the Grooming Table”

Dog groomers can help spot flea problems before they spread

Dog groomers can help spot flea problems before they spread

In the warmer parts of the United States and even in the milder areas of the country, fleas are still a huge problem. As the winter frost sets in, many of these pesky critters move indoors and are much more aggressive at this time of year. While keeping up with your flea prevention products is wise during the winter, taking a regular trip to the dog groomer can improve your dog’s overall well-being, and he may be able to spot the initial signs of a flea infestation, so you can act accordingly.


Many dog groomers know the tell-tale signs of an infestation, and can spot fleas, eggs, larvae and their leftover filth as soon as they begin washing your pooch. Additionally, a groomer may also be able to notice flea bites, which can only be found at the skin level and could be a sign of a bigger problem in your household. Most professionals also have flea shampoo and other anti-flea products that will begin the process of eliminating these insects, so making an appointment is a wise choice for any pet owner during the winter.


A groomer’s helpful eye could also come in handy to find any hot spots or signs of dry skin that may be apparent. This could be an indicator of allergies, poor nutrition and countless other factors that a trained eye can pick out. Simply put, grooming is a necessary factor in your canine’s overall health, and it comes with its own unique benefits.


Of course, you don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of bringing a flea-ridden pooch to your local groomer, so be sure to keep up with your monthly flea treatments. Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea and Tick Drops are applied at the skin level in between your dog’s shoulder blades and dispensed down the length of his back to the tail. This will kill fleas at any stage of their life cycle, as well as ticks and mosquitoes on contact for up to 30 days. This simple procedure will spare your four-legged friend and your home from the risk of a flea infestation.


Visiting your groomer can be a worthy complement to your flea care, and it could be a crucial step in spotting and eliminating fleas and their larvae before they have a chance to spread to the rest of your home.  






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