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Paragon School of Grooming Teams Up with Pet Connections Expo

Free educational offerings include Adding Grooming Services, Hiring, and Training Groomers

Pet Connections Expo & Paragon Pet School announced today that they will be partnering for the Pet Connections Expo 2019 show, October 15-16 in NJ. The expo sets itself apart by providing free education exclusively for pet retailers to grow their business and be able to compete with the larger retailers and online pet stores. Paragon will serve as the educational partner, with a free seminar by Paragon VP Joe Zuccarello, floor sessions plus a VIP coffee chat.

“We were thrilled to get the call from Pet Connections Expo, inviting Paragon to be the exclusive pet grooming education partner at this year’s event! We will have lots of opportunities at the event to meet retailers and show them this solution first hand,” says Joe Zuccarello, Vice President of Paragon and Host of “Hey Joe!” a podcast created by pet professionals for pet professionals.

Joe Zuccarello will be delivering a presentation on Tuesday morning entitled Build Your Retail Business by Finding and Keeping Good Groomers. In addition to this mainstage presentation, Paragon will be delivering sessions for retailers from their booth on the show floor throughout the two days of the show. These topics include:

  • Getting the Most Profit Out of Your Grooming Service
  • How Do I Find Groomers
  • Creating a Culture Employees Don’t Want to Leave
  • How to Make Grooming Services and Retail Work Together
  • Customer Experience Factor – Beyond the Product

 

Bill Doherty, Pet Connections Expo Show Director states, “We are excited to be working with Paragon on these educational offerings that are very important for independent retailers to stand out from their competition and gain market share. In addition, all retailers that register for Pet Connections Expo will receive a voucher to use towards Paragon’s Distance Learning Program.”

In addition to the sessions at the show, Paragon will also be holding a VIP Coffee Chat on Wednesday morning before the Retailer Boot Camp kicks off. This will be an informal discussion with a limited number of retailers that will address the realities of grooming services. Representatives from Paragon will share first-hand experiences and stories of retailers who have successfully planned, launched, and grown their grooming businesses and how they did it. This VIP Coffee Chat is limited to only fifteen retailers so it is recommended to register early.

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About Paragon School of Grooming

Paragon School of Pet Grooming sets the bar when it comes to excellence in pet grooming education. While Paragon has served thousands of On-Campus students in the last 30 years, our new approach called the Distance Learning Program captures the on-campus experience and delivers it to students all across the world. Blending technology, a proven curriculum, and support by world-class mentors, more students are graduating and starting their careers than ever before. This program is especially attractive to pet supply retailers who are looking to bolster their grooming services offering, but who continue to struggle with finding groomers and managing their salons.

 

About Pet Connections Expo

In its third year, Pet Connections Expo is a trade-only event for pet professionals, offering free, educational sessions that help independent retailers compete with the larger brick and mortars, as well as the online giants. Buyers and suppliers from around the country attend to buy and sell products, just in time for the holiday rush, network with partners, pitch and exchange ideas, and so much more. For more information, visit www.petconexpo.com, https://twitter.com/PetConExpo, and https://www.facebook.com/Petconexpo.

 

About ICDevents
International Conference Development, LLC (ICDevents) produces high-quality conferences and tradeshows in a broad range of industries. Utilizing intensive, detailed market research, ICDevents creates targeted events designed to encourage companies to send their entire teams to problem-solve, network, and brainstorm with other industry leaders, consultants, and suppliers. To learn more, visit www.ICDevents.com.

 


Studio Packages for Professional Development

Is your Salon short staffed? If you’re having trouble finding the right personnel in this job market, consider training a suitable but inexperienced candidate instead of competing with the ‘big dogs’ for highly trained talent. Paragon offers discounted package tuition suited to growing studios for comprehensive training of bathers, groomers and stylists.

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Complete Cat Groomer Training @ The National Cat Groomers Institute

The National Cat Groomers Institute is an international organization providing membership, training, products and certification for professional cat groomers. Founded in 2007 by Danelle German, the NCGI is dedicated to educating both groomers and cat owners on the special grooming needs of cats. This includes safe and efficient handling techniques, a complete knowledge of feline temperaments, breeds and personalities, correct color terminology, common health issues, and safety, and the ability to provide high-quality grooming services to cats of a variety of temperaments.

The heart of the NCGI’s cat grooming training program is called the “Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus.” It is a 10-week distance learning program that can be completed from anywhere! Included are books, DVDs and a series of online courses with video tutorials, lectures, articles, and more. Also included in the program is access to a private Facebook group where you join other students, NCGI staff, and instructors as you are guided through the 10-week program with Q&As, additional videos, experience sharing, and more.

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NDGAA 2020 – TBD

The National Dog Groomers Association of American (NDGAA) will be presenting an accredited workshop and certification testing session at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming.

Are you ready to take the next step in your grooming career?

Certification refers to professional recognition of mastery in the art and science of professional pet grooming. Testing allows you to demonstrate your excellence through a series of practical and written exams on one breed for each of the following Groups:

1. Non-Sporting (Toy, Miniature, or Standard Poodle, or Bichon Frise)
2. Sporting (American or English Cocker, Springer Spaniel)
3. Short Legged Terrier (West Highland Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier or Cairn Terrier)
4. Long Legged Terrier (Miniature Schnauzer, Wire Fox Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten or Kerry Blue Terrier)

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PETCPR+ Certification Course

Our program is based on the most current method of animal CPR called the RECOVER Initiative which was developed by emergency veterinarians. This class is designed to teach the participant how to administer emergency CPR and first aid to an animal until veterinary care is ascertained.

This course covers many aspects of handling emergency situations involving dogs and cats including how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Participants will learn how to safely restrain and transport dogs and cats that have been injured, manage common medical emergencies and perform CPR. This training is highly necessary for veterinary and animal professionals as well as pet owners who want to be prepared in the event of life-threatening situation with animals in their care. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Become a National Certified Master Groomer – What Aspiring Dog Groomers Need to Know

Paragon Pet School is a partner with the National Dog Grooming Association of America’s Workshop and Certification Program.

Hours and hours of practical work have led to this day. A staggering amount of study material has been reviewed and reviewed again, with detailed written exams – comprised of hundreds of questions on canine anatomy and covering all breed standards – completed. Groomers get their dogs to the table, ready to show their grooming prowess to judges, who are selected from nationally renowned master groomers. The goal? To sufficiently impress the judges with their technique to win the coveted designation of National Certified Master Groomer.

Welcome to the world of NDGAA Certification. Paragon is honored to be a workshop and certification partner of the National Dog Grooming Association of America, which hosts certifying and workshop events throughout the country. The organization was established in 1969 to create a forum of educational exchange and industry standardization. Read the rest of this entry »


Paragon Hosting National Dog Groomers Association Workshop

Judy Hudson and Melissa Verplank welcoming CMG Candidates at a past NDGAA workshop.

Watch the Masters at Work!

Paragon is delighted to be co-hosting the National Dog Groomers Association Workshop and Certification event Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at Paragon’s Pet Grooming School in Jennison, MI. You do not need to be a member of NDGAA to participate in the Saturday workshop, where NDGAA Certifiers Judy Doyle Hudson and Sue Zecco will be demonstrating on a sporting breed, poodle, short-legged terrier, and long-legged terrier. We’re looking forward to seeing two of our favorite GroomTeam USA cohorts!

If you’re an aspiring groomer and want to see the masters at work, sign up by April 19th to get the best discount.

Pre-Register at NDGAA

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Try Out Paragon Pet School’s New Shed Control Program

Paragon Pet School is delighted to announce our New Shed Control Program for West Michigan pet parents! Using a blend of tools, techniques, and products, we’ll remove the vast majority of your pet’s shed coat, making them more comfortable with the change in weather and reducing the amount of hair in your home.

During a full-service visit, you can add our de-shedding program to your pet’s standard bath and brush service, where we work to get most of the shedding hair out of the coat. Then, all you have to do is bring your pet in again within two weeks for a quick followup. Here, we will remove any shed hair that has fallen out after your first appointment using a shorter, “mini-version” of the same process.

To read more about our new shed control program, Click Here, or schedule your treatment today and leave the fur with us! Call (616) 667-7297 or Contact Us for more info.


Paragon School of Pet Grooming Launches New Online Pet Grooming Program

Newly Designed Website and the launch of the Paragon Distance Learning Program

Jenison, MI, October 2, 2018– The Paragon School of Pet Grooming has just launched its new Distance Learning Grooming School Program (www.ParagonPetSchool.com) featuring an enhanced state of the art user interface and comprehensive grooming education platform. This proven Michigan-based grooming school is now bringing the On-Campus experience to students everywhere!

Paragon’s “Synergistic Learning Experience TM” includes a combination of one-on-one attention from an assigned Mentor, textbooks and grooming guides authored by industry icon Melissa Verplank, dozens of embedded tutorial videos, quizzes and tests all delivered in an easy to follow, step by step, mobile-friendly, web-based program.

This affordable option is the perfect solution for individuals looking to enter into the professional grooming industry. Paragon’s Distance Learning Program is very attractive to Salon Owners or Managers who find it challenging to recruit groomers to work in their salons.

Now, Salon Owners and Managers can hire people who they feel are a good fit for their business. They are offering them a proven training program to help them acquire the skills they will need to become a productive member of the team! Many employers are even offering sponsorships or scholarships to pay for the entire costs of the program.

Paragon’s Distance Learning program goes well beyond grooming training. It also instructs on important topics such as professionalism, safe pet handling, sanitation, customer service and satisfaction, and much more. Paragon believes a person’s success in pet grooming also depends on their ability to represent themselves and this industry in a professional manner.
“Education is Everything. We are not just training groomers, we are creating Pet Professionals.”

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