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    hello all,

    I am new here and wanted to know if anyone knows anything about the maryland school of dog grooming??? i plan to go in Oct. if everything works out ok. im really excited. ive been a bather for years now im in a office and hate it. so i just bit the bullet and signed up. any advice on new groomers?? thanks laura


    Stephen: Did someone buy it, or the name. I remember when it closed. Maybe a name transfer??

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    As far as I know no one has purchased it. I went there 20 years ago. They were always busy even when I went there. The building needed a lot of work though. If someone had the time and energy to put into it they could probably make a fortune!

    Stephen: I remember when Tim Wray was selling and closed supposedly. The number provided at yellowpages.com is disconnected.

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    • #3
      Stephen I heard the same thing....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by barknpurr View Post
        Stephen I heard the same thing....
        I live in MD and have never heard of it.

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        • #5
          ok next question then. are there any other places in maryland to learn how to groom?

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          • #6
            Ask around

            I went to a grooming school in Manassas Virginia and had a horrible experience. I needed to be retrained once I entered the workforce. The owner of the school harrassed the students and made jokes about video taping the students in the restrooms. It was a disaster. While I was preparing to graduate, I started job hunting. A few shops were familiar with the school I was coming from and asked if it was possible for me to transfer to a different school. Area shops knew the quality of students my school turned out.

            Before you commit to a school, visit area grooming shops and ask if they are familiar with the school and if they have any ideas for you. A true professional won't bash a bad school but they won't have anything nice to say about it either. Good luck to you.

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            • #7
              I went to Nash in Kentucky.. it's a bit of a drive, but if you can be away from your home for a couple months, the education is worth it.

              I wasn't sure right when I graduated how well/not well I was trained, but I went right into working for myself, and so far (knock on wood) everyone has really been happy with the quality of my work. Since I went to Nash with no prior experience, whatever I'm turning out is due to them

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              • #8
                Canine Clippers

                I HIGHLY recommend Canine Clippers in Dumfries, VA. It's very accessible. When I finished my 650 hrs I went straight into abrand new WagnTails and felt very well-trained, capable and confident. And they are always a phone call away -- the relationship does not end at graduation.

                Feel free to PM me for more info.

                Meesh

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                • #9
                  thanks everyone for the feedback. i was wondering what everyone thought about petco or petsmart training. i saw they have a learn to groom program. i have never really been fond of either places so im not sure if they would be good. also in the next couple weekends i am going to start going around to shops to see what people have to say. id like to get into a groom shop rather a kennel or vet clinic, and eventually on my own. i have years of bathing experience with alittle trimming and basic shave down skills but im nervous around head feet and privates. i have a interview with the baltimore school of dog grooming this coming up week. are there any questions i should be asking them.

                  thanks everyone
                  laura

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                  • #10
                    There is another school in MD. The Baltimore School of Dog Grooming.
                    I attended three years ago. Excellent curriculum and learning experience.
                    Knowledgable instructors.

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                    • #11
                      Groomin Schools

                      I once taught in Oxnard, Ca. Years ago. I didn't like it so much, because the owner of the school did not want me to correct the students when they were using bad techniques. I came to the conclusion that schools were mostly "you pays your money, you pass".

                      Schools have improved since the 70's but I still think that new groomers should spend time at dog shows and watch the real artists at work. Learn conformation as well, it will help in your handling of the dogs and the way you groom them.

                      I had hired a new groomer that been out of school for a couple of months and she was a real know it all. After all she had her certificate that said she was a "professional dog groomer". She didn't think well of me because I didn't go to grooming school. She didn't think I was a professional. Mind you the pictures on my walls were of me and my mini poodles in the show ring. One of which was a Best In Show dog.

                      Hired another one from school and she knew that I could and would offer her the knowledge and training to help her make a living grooming. She worked for me for five years. What a great employee she turned out to be. Her mind was open for new experiences and willingness to learn.

                      Even after all the years I've been grooming I need to update my techiniques and learn about all the new equipment out there. So on June 4th I'm meeting a mobile groomer in my area and she being very generous will show me and instruct me in the equipment in her mobile unit. She does know I'm planning on going mobile in the near future. Isn't it nice she's willing to teach this old dog new tricks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fast Ellie View Post

                        Even after all the years I've been grooming I need to update my techiniques and learn about all the new equipment out there. So on June 4th I'm meeting a mobile groomer in my area and she being very generous will show me and instruct me in the equipment in her mobile unit. She does know I'm planning on going mobile in the near future. Isn't it nice she's willing to teach this old dog new tricks.
                        I'm about 8 pages behind. Did you ever mention what area you lived in? I just picked up my trailer this weekend. YAY!

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