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    hey, i started the AADG and am really impressed with the information i am learning. is making me feel really confident and the material is very down to earth, and makes sense. i was torn between AADG and Groomadog and JKL and there is a groomer that has a BOOMING shop here in my area that took the AADG course. i also have 3 friends that are groomers which helps too. maybe things will actually turn my way for once. YAY. just wanted to share for those of you that are thinking about home schooling. you just have to take all the materials seriously and WANT to learn. good luck to all you guys! and to me lol. and by the way this board has giving me soooo much info and for all you posters out there thank you. i know this might sound dumb but i felt alone by thinking/deciding of doing this. but just by reading your guys posts and all i really felt like its a big family and everyones here for another. gave me a little boost and hope. so thank you all!!!!

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    aadg

    Originally posted by PuppiesNPonies View Post
    hey, i started the AADG and am really impressed with the information i am learning. is making me feel really confident and the material is very down to earth, and makes sense. i was torn between AADG and Groomadog and JKL and there is a groomer that has a BOOMING shop here in my area that took the AADG course. i also have 3 friends that are groomers which helps too. maybe things will actually turn my way for once. YAY. just wanted to share for those of you that are thinking about home schooling. you just have to take all the materials seriously and WANT to learn. good luck to all you guys! and to me lol. and by the way this board has giving me soooo much info and for all you posters out there thank you. i know this might sound dumb but i felt alone by thinking/deciding of doing this. but just by reading your guys posts and all i really felt like its a big family and everyones here for another. gave me a little boost and hope. so thank you all!!!!
    i started this 2 must say i,ll b a pro in no time ha

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    • #3
      well congrats to ya both for taking the step towards a very rewarding career! As my signature used to say, "its the hardest job you will ever love". When you're finished, get a job working at a successful grooming salon, and learn all you can..there is sooooo much more. You're at the tip of the iceberg! good luck!!

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      • #4
        How about a follow up report on AADG and other home study programs. I'm about to purchase a home study program and of course I want the best one. I'm also considering videos. I read some past posts that encouraged Sarah Hawks and Debbie Stover videos. Any comments will be much appreciated. Book suggestions will also be appreciated. I have "Notes" and would like to purchase "The Theory of 5" but don't know who sells it - not at Amazon or Dogwise. I understand from a previous post that there was a lot about home study on the old forum, however I couldn't access it. I'm not sure if it is my computer ignorance or if it is gone. Anyway, I'm hoping there is someone here who would be kind enough to offer an opinion one more time. Thanks.

        Stephen: The old board is now in its demise period. Bye. So few were looking up past posts, time to go.

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        • #5
          If I'm not mistaken Sonnen videos

          & Debbie Stover's videos under Vanity Fur are the same.

          If you go toward the viedos/ home learning- focus on the content, not the mistakes with grammar, camera oopses & etc..

          This route helped me get going, but I still completed an apprenticeship for lots of hands on.

          The more groomers you talk to, most will tell you pluses & minuses about the route they went.

          This board is a great education in itself.

          I did not learn with a Clipper Vac system, but have used one in my own grooming almost from day one. Trial & error but overall this one piece of equipment makes me the groomer I presently am. And I was introduced to the CV here!

          Hands on gives you handling experience too, like nothing else will.
          I groomed a new dog today in front of her owner & the owner just kept saying how neat she thought my equipment was. Not how fancy my shop is- it's not. Not what a great location, she drove a ways. This dog always had to be muzzled to be groomed & bites her Mom when she wants her way.

          Knowing what to do with this dog made for a completed groom. No rough handling, just patience & firmness when she tried to be bossy with me. Everyone was happy.

          I kinda rambled but I hope this helps you.
          Erica

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          • #6
            Home Sutdy

            Thanks for the reply Eli. You didn't ramble at all. I'm glad you warned me about paying attention to the content of the videos. I think it's great you have clients who can see what is really important (ie grooming and animal behavior skills) rather than the superficial stuff. I have already learned a lot from this forum. I run an in home dog boarding business and want to start doing grooming also. Since the dogs stay in my home rather than a kennel, I am limited to how many I can accommodate. To pay the bills, I'm working at a vet office and they want to add grooming. this being said, now seems to be the time for me to learn. My plan is to do the videos and also learn from helping a groomer at the animal shelter. I'd also love to go to some seminars. OK, sorry now I'm the one rambling.
            Bee

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