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The grooming industry is buzzing with a strong crop of profitable salons, but some continue to feel the pinch of local struggling economies.

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 The Rock Your Fur dog grooming product line from Fetch...for pets! (fetch4pets.com) was developed in a licensing partnership with Rock Your Hair by celebrity hairstylist Michael O’Rourke. The line includes shampoos, conditioner, sprays and wipes.'“The debut of Rock Your Fur adds a salon brand pet grooming line to our portfolio,” said Steven Shweky, president at Fetch...for pets!.

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 Earthbath (earthbath.com) has introduced 2.5 gallon bottles of its concentrated shampoos and conditioner. The larger sizes offer groomers an economical way to use earthbath products in their salon.

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 Newly rebranded as The Big Apple Show, Intergroom—an annual international grooming conference—has changed the date and venue of this year’s show. It will be held Friday, June 5, through Monday, June 8, and is returning to the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, N.J. The Double Tree Hotel will be the host hotel.Joey Villani, who acquired half ownership of the show said, “I’ve been a part of Intergroom for 27 years, and I consider it an honor to be a part of its great history.

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Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky has launched his own line of high-quality pet grooming products—Jorge Bendersky by M Boutique. The line of natural products launched in October at mboutique.com, an online shop specializing in earth-friendly spa products for the home. The products use organic essential oils and do not contain any engineered fragrances.

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SynergyLabs (synergylabs.com) has reformulated its Groomer’s Blend products for dogs and cats. The line’s nine reformulated options include 100-percent natural dog and cat grooming products that contain no parabens or soap. The line includes: Puppy Fresh, Pure & Simple, Ultra White Shampoo, Oatmeal Protein Shampoo and Oatmeal Protein Conditioner, Herbal Extract Shampoo, Flea & Tick Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo and 3 in 1 Shampoo. They are available in 18.4-oz.

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Bobbi Panter Pet Products (bobbipanter.com) has rolled out updated labels for its Bobbi Panter Natural Line. The change is based on customer feedback and highlights product features. “I am excited to introduce the improved labels for my Natural line,” said Bobbi Panter.

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Raleigh, N.C.-based RunningK9.com will distribute Sweden-made K9 Competition grooming products. K9 Competition products include natural ingredients like 100-percent-certified pure aloe vera and d-panthenol (vitamin B5). All of the company’s products have a calming effect on sensitive skin and scalp. The active ingredients nourish and moisturize for optimized coat quality. The products are easy to work with, shorten drying times and provide long-lasting results.

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Pet industry veteran Jaime Damato Midgal has launched FetchFind.com, an online platform that helps pet industry professionals find qualified and dedicated employees. The website, which is in beta form, will soon offer the opportunity for aspiring pet industry professionals to increase their expertise through online learning modules, as well as locate job opportunities by browsing jobs posted to the site. FetchFind will also offer high-level recruitment services for C-level and sales-type positions for the pet industry.

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Canine Approved Groomers (canineapprovedgroomers.com) has debuted a website designed to be an informational hub for groomers and grooming salons.  The site offers professional training, job postings and a place where groomers can share their experience and knowledge with their peers.

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New Wag’n Tails Van Rolls In
November 18, 2014

Wag’n Tails Mobile Conversions (wagntails.com) has added the Ultra Groom van to its offerings. Among the van’s features are front-wheel drive to provide better traction, higher carrying capacity and better fuel economy. The interior lighting features Cree LED technology, for more natural color, fewer shadows and energy efficiency. The van also offers innovative storage solutions that put tools and product in easy reach, while keeping them dry and hair-free behind cabinet doors.

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 For the past year, the economy has continued to be the beast that keeps many a grooming salon owner up at night.

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For many business owners, the end of year often ushers in a time of reflection and self-assessment. It’s a time to take stock and evaluate which business practices, products or services proved profitable and which didn’t. It is also time to look ahead and make plans and projections for the upcoming year.

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The Science of Skin
October 16, 2014

When groomers are bathing, they must consider the fact that the skin is the largest organ on the dog’s body. They must also remind themselves that they are the caretakers of this organ. Groomers have contact with the skin of a pet more than even a veterinarian does, in most cases. Being the keeper of a dog’s skin is an important job. The skin is the front line of the dog’s defense system, and often, it  displays the first indicator when something is not functioning well internally.

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Cat Bathing Made Easier
October 2, 2014

Some groomers may say that because cats do not enjoy water, they are difficult to bathe. However, that is not the case with many cats. It is not the water they dislike; it is the sounds, smells and sights in their environment that put cats on edge. Cats are reactive to their surroundings, so groomers have to be proactive in making them feel secure, not defensive. Cats like to feel in control at all times, and if placed in a tub that smells like dog, they can become stressed, anxious and more likely to act out.

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Humane Cat Handling
September 18, 2014

There may be no better time for professional groomers to remember the old adage about grooming smarter, not harder, than when working with feline clients in the salon. Cats, by nature, react to their environment. So, if the environment in the grooming salon is cat friendly, the use of restraints can and should be reduced drastically. However, due to most pet salons’ hectic and often chaotic environment, keeping a cat calm can be quite challenging.

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Handle with Care
September 4, 2014

In an ideal world, all dogs would enjoy being groomed. They would stand immobile like statues for as long as we wished, and turn around on the table or in the tub on a simple verbal request—“Come on, Fluffy, turn around so I can get the other side.” We would ask, “Paw, please,” and they would lift each foot in turn to have nails trimmed or dremeled. And they’d politely close their eyes and hold still to have their heads soaped and rinsed, or dried.

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  For the past couple of days, the topic de jour at many water coolers has been the dramatic weight loss achieved by the winner of the NBC TV show The Biggest Loser. Here at Pet Business Media, however, we’ve been awaiting the results of a very different weight loss program: the Pet Shape Up Challenge, a Dog and Cat Weight Loss Program.  Fetch!

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Brought to you by PetBusiness.com.   There was a time when the saying “spare the rod, spoil the child” described a widely accepted approach to rearing children. Today, not so much.Views on child raising are always evolving and changing with the times, as research and just plain old observation give experts—and parents—new perspectives on the best ways to both nurture and discipline children. A similar dynamic is at play in dog training.

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Fetch! Pet Care, a nationwide dog walking, pet sitting and boarding franchise, has joined forces with natural pet food manufacturer Halo, Purely For Pets, to fight a growing—literally, growing—problem: pet obesity. It is well known that people aren’t the only mammals fighting the battle of the bulge these days. Statistics reveal that more half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are classified by veterinarians as overweight or obese. Paul Mann, the CEO/founder of Fetch!

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Photo Courtesy of PetPaint The 31st of October will usher in the usual parade of ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses.

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Events Calendar

Feb 14 2015-Feb 15 2015

3rd Annual World of Pets Expo

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Va.

(800) 882-9894

worldofpets.org

Feb 16 2015-Feb 17 2015

The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

Madison Square Garden

New York, N.Y.

westminsterkennelclub.org

Mar 4 2015-Mar 6 2015

Global Pet Expo

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Fla.

(800) 452-1225

globalpetexpo.org

Mar 5 2015-Mar 7 2015

NAPPS 2014 Annual Conference

(856) 439-0324

petsitters.org

Mar 5 2015-Mar 8 2015

Atlanta Pet Fair

Hilton Atlanta Airport

Atlanta, Ga.

(770) 908-9857

atlantapetfair.com

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