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  • #31
    [QUOTE=RudyRoo;352003]
    Originally posted by Particentral View Post
    Getting my certificates made me a better groomer. I still feel that. AS for pushing certified grooms on clients, HECK I sometimes do more 7 all overs in a week than anything else! .[/QUOTE

    I am so glad I'm not the only one doing # 7's all over. I went back to work part time grooming at the shop I worked for last year. Fri, I had 7 dogs, only one was a real haircut, the rest were # 7's with short faces,, gets me so depressed.
    NAh, you aren;t the only one doing this. this time if year (there was ICE on my windsheild this morning which rather freaked me out after being 93 last Tuesday) I get a comb on the body, c on the legs with the vac, or zero on the body, b on the legs OVER and OVER and OVER. I called Scott one day last year after three days of the same haircuts over and over and said I was grooming my cocker just for something DIFFERENT! I felt like a robot.

    THe way I make it through without getting depressed is seeing the money at the end of the day and I KNOW I made the clients happy.

    BTW I "specialize" in small fluffies. Shih-tzus, mixes there of, maltese (local breeder found out I dont think a maltese has to be skint or all the way to the floor and I get all their puppies), mixes thereof, yorkies, mixes thereof.....you get the idea. MOST of my client base is under 8 pounds. I learned how to do those clips by certifying. It improved my scissoring so much and I learned about angulation. Competing helped with that as well. And my attention to detail is higher than it was before I did those two things.
    <a href="http://www.groomwise.typepad.com/grooming_smarter" target="_blank">My Blog</a> The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

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    • #32
      [QUOTE=Particentral;352260][QUOTE=RudyRoo;352003]

      NAh, you aren;t the only one doing this. this time if year (there was ICE on my windsheild this morning which rather freaked me out after being 93 last Tuesday) I get a comb on the body, c on the legs with the vac, or zero on the body, b on the legs OVER and OVER and OVER. I called Scott one day last year after three days of the same haircuts over and over and said I was grooming my cocker just for something DIFFERENT! I felt like a robot.

      THe way I make it through without getting depressed is seeing the money at the end of the day and I KNOW I made the clients happy.


      There was ice on the windsheilds in SC too!! You are right, the money thing does help... I guess it's all revelant to where a person is in their grooming career,, I feel like I'll never get better shaving down Shih's all day,, and pink wishes she could do more than just baths & nails. I guess the grass is always greener over yonder,,,lol

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      • #33
        I learned a long time ago to NEVER ask for more poodles, or say "I never get to groom" unless you REALLY REALLY want to do them! LOL They WILL Show up. Like the day I said I never got to do a lot of scissored poodles, then ended up with 5 or 6 the next day that were ALL scissored including a standard who gets bellbottoms.....I was sore for days!
        <a href="http://www.groomwise.typepad.com/grooming_smarter" target="_blank">My Blog</a> The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

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        • #34
          I am late to conversation but despite the fact that I am certified and won some awards, my grooms with exception of my competition dogs are simple maintenance grooms (by owners choice)that range from 7 blade to #1snap on all over, scissored face and round feet.
          I am glad I certified with NDGAA and I am working on my certification with ISCC now, but I am doing for myself, to keep me from getting bored, getting a certificat is just a goal post to me and gives me a feed back if I am in rigth track in my studying and my breed understanding.
          My clients are happy with their seven strips and could care less if I was a chop shop and poured kerosine on their dogs instead of expensive la pooch, IOD and CC products tailored to their dogs skin and coat type.

          Originally posted by Particentral View Post
          I learned a long time ago to NEVER ask for more poodles, or say "I never get to groom" unless you REALLY REALLY want to do them! LOL They WILL Show up. Like the day I said I never got to do a lot of scissored poodles, then ended up with 5 or 6 the next day that were ALL scissored including a standard who gets bellbottoms.....I was sore for days!
          My fortune is wicked.
          I was wishing for more excitement and practice in my every day grooming and what did I get?
          A cocker in full coat who is being groomed every two weeks, but... the owner is cheap, and wants leg coat to drag on the ground not beveled and skirt cut off.
          I also got a bedlington a size of a kerry, who looked like a poodle from fourties, with pantaloons about 5 inches long, poodle top knot, MUSTAGE AND BEARD, mohawk on bridge of teh nose and matted. The dog was a doll to groom and I was happy to do some scissoring. Owners were happy with the transformation but wanted to know why do I charge 20 more than the previous groomer did and could I possibly drop the price that low?

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          • #35
            It's all about the

            dollar bills! Oooh & egos! I can hear the backlash now!

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Nikya View Post
              dollar bills! Oooh & egos! I can hear the backlash now!
              We are most likely to see faults in others that we have in ourselves. I will state it plain, maybe for YOU it would be about $ and your ego, but that doesn't mean that is why others seek it.

              My seeking certification has absolutely NOTHING to do with money or my ego.
              I am certifying for the exact same reason that I just took an online course through Nash and for the same reason I get Jodi Murphy's DVDs, I want to know as much as I can about grooming. I want to be the best [B]I[/B] can be.
              "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." -Ambrose Bierce

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              • #37
                I've been grooming for 11 years. I went to a great school where I got a fantastic education in grooming, nutrition, breeds, skin and coat, etc. I am finally working for myself and now at the "what's next?" stage in my career. Master Groomer certification seems like the next step to me. Not because i want to pay someone a bunch to say I'm good at what i do. Happy clients tell me that. But for me, i would like to brush up on my skills, remember why i got into this business in the first place, and prove to myself that i can do it. 5 years ago i had no interest. But for me, this is a way to keep myself in check and make sure I'm not taking shortcuts and that I'm turning out my best work every day. It's about the personal challenge, not a piece of paper.

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                • #38
                  I know old thread, but S_Toast if you are around, did you go forward?

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