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Mr. Groom Pet Products ( has redesigned its packaging. The new look features sparkly, eye-catching metallic labels to highlight the products’ ability to bring a healthy sparkle and shine to coats. The labels are available on 12-oz. shiny,  white bottles for shampoos, and on purple bottles for conditioners. The company’s line of all-natural shampoos and conditioners provide lasting solutions to common skin and coat problems, while creating a healthier, fuller and shinier coat. Mr.

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Photographer Paul Nathan has captured and showcased the art of transforming an animal into a well-groomed masterpiece in his new book, GROOMED. Kicked off with a forward by celebrity groomer Jorge Benderksy, the book features portraits of Poodles, Cockerspaniels, Bichon Frises, Bedlington Terriers and more. Nathan photographed most of his subjects at a high-profile grooming competition, highlighting the accomplishments of top dog groomers. Published by Pelluceo Publishing, it contains 56 color photos.

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Professional dog-training products company Ray Allen Manufacturing, LLC, ( has purchased J&J Dog Supplies (, which also manufactures and distributes training products for dog trainers, handlers and pet owners.J&J’s Galesburg, Ill.-based business will move into Ray Allen’s facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. John Oakley, current president of J&J, joins the combined company as vice president of operations and will lead J&J’s obedience and agility equipment sales efforts.

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SynergyLabs ( has refreshed its logo to more clearly communicate what the company has done and will continue to do in the future—produce more natural and organic pet products in the grooming, oral health, training and nutritional supplement categories. “The new SynergyLabs logo is better in tune with our beliefs, mission and slogan—‘Because they’re more than just pets,’” said Richard Ticktin, CEO of SynergyLabs.

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Lindsey Dicken, a National Certified Master Groomer from Altamonte Springs, Fla., received the honor of Andis Groomer of the Year during the Purina Pro Plan’s 59th Annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards dinner, held Feb. 8, at Gotham Hall in New York City. The event is held two days before the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. “Being a professional dog groomer means you are part of a small, elite group of individuals who have answered a calling,” said Karen Formico, vice president of marketing for Andis.

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Coastal Makes Magic Donation
February 26, 2014

Coastal Pet Products donated more than 100 Safari Shed Magic grooming tools to the Stark County Humane Society of Louisville, Ohio.The company made the donation to thank the shelter for its help in the development of the latest edition of its Safari Shed Magic De-Shedding Tool, which removes loose hair and stubborn mats or tangles without irritating a dog or cat’s skin.“The shelter provided a perfect setting for Coastal to efficiently groom many different dogs and cats with vario

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DE-SKUNK Gets New Packaging
February 26, 2014

SynergyLabs has updated the packaging of its DE-SKUNK product. The packaging features a sealed, yellow dispensing cap. The company believes the change will result in higher visibility of the product’s packaging at the store shelf level. DE-SKUNK can be used promptly after a dog has been sprayed by a skunk to remove the odor left behind. It comes in a 32-oz. bottle. 

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  The search for America's dirtiest—make that adorably dirtiest—dog is over. Wahl and Petfinder Foundation's 2013 Dirty Dogs Photo Contest, which kicked off during Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month to help clean out America's shelters, ultimately came down to River, a wide-eyed Chihuahua and Pug mix with a clear nose for dirt.  As the winner, River will receive a year supply of Wahl grooming products, as well as a $5,000 grant to her nominated shelter, the Secondhand Hounds Rescue in Minnetonka, Minn.

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  GroomTeamUSA secured the gold medal at the World Team Grooming Championships held this fall in Barcelona, Spain, snagging a clear victory over 15 competing teams from around the world.  Four members (one reserve) of each six-member team compete in four classes: hand stripped, gun dog, scissor class and poodles. The team won the competition with 153 combined points; France and Russia took second and third place, respectively. This bi-annual event brings out the best pet stylists across the world.

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   Award-winning author and certified master groomer Colin Taylor recently debuted his book What Would Colin Do? 100 Situations and Solutions for Every Dog Groomer. The book, published by Melissa Verplank Enterprises, draws upon Taylor’s 25 years of experience in the professional dog-grooming world to give readers practical and helpful advice in a lively, comical read.

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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   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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 The recent Las Vegas outbreak of a new strain of parvovirus is an important reminder of the necessity for grooming salons to have strict policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of their clients’ pets. Because parvovirus is so contagious and difficult to kill, the real key is to prevent infected dogs from entering the salon in the first place. Here are six tips to help keep your salon and clientele safe from this deadly virus. 1.

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Crystal Foundations
June 28, 2013

In 1981, grooming industry icon Shirlee Kalstone partnered with Cardinal Pet Care to create a first-of-its-kind awards program to honor top professional groomers—The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. Since then, the program has undergone some changes, including a move from the Intergroom trade show to the Groomer Supershow at SuperZoo (July 23-25 in Las Vegas), as well as the inclusion of awards for grooming businesses.

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Road to Success
June 5, 2013

Opening up a full-scale, brick-and-mortar pet grooming salon can be daunting. The challenges range from having to secure a location to buying equipment and supplies to finding reliable employees.

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Cool, Cool Summer
May 31, 2013

  It is no longer a forgone conclusion that people will leave their pets at home or in a kennel when they hit the road for vacation. Pet owners are increasingly traveling with their pets. In fact, many tourist-bound destinations and businesses—such as hotels and even restaurants—are opening their doors to pets. But while this is good news for many pet owners and their companion animals, travelers need to be aware of the precautions they should take to keep pets safe this summer.

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Inspired by stories of people searching through rubble for their pets in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado, two Branford, Conn., pet grooming entrepreneurs have launched a drive to collect pet food, toys, bowls and other supplies to donate to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. Angel Paws Dog Grooming and Spa owner Colleen Hainsworth—who is running the drive with Michelle Cicarella, owner of Lucky Dog Grooming—says they are collecting donated goods through noon on Saturday.

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Groomer Aims High
May 15, 2013

Mobile grooming is certainly not a new trend. For years, it has served as a mutually beneficial way for groomers to deliver their services quite literally to customers’ front doors. So, what happens when the customer’s front door is 200 above the ground? Taria Avery, owner of Philadelphia-based Avery’s Mobile Pet Spa, seems to have cracked that particular nut. Completely undaunted by Philly’s vertical geography, Avery is carving herself a niche among residents of high-rise luxury condominiums in her area.

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Events Calendar

Sep 19 2014-Sep 21 2014

Backer’s Total Pet Expo Fall Trade Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Ill.

(800) 826-1375

Nov 14 2014-Nov 16 2014

Meadowlands Pet Expo

Meadowlands Expo Center

Secaucus, N.J.

(631) 423-0620


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