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GroomTeam USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the applications for the GroomTeam USA Scholarship Fund. There are two levels of awards; One for college education, and the other for grooming education. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. GroomTeam USA, Inc. employs the aid of The International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. of Nashville, TN, a professional scholarship selection company. Using this outside source insures that the selection of the recipients is professional, fair and unbiased. Level 1 will provide one recipient with $2,000 in college money. These funds may be used toward college education in any field and will be paid directly to the school. The only stipulations are that the applicant must be a US citizen and the child, stepchild or grandchild of a bona fide, professional groomer. No other students may apply. This is strictly for the families of groomers! Level 2 is open to any and all US citizen applicants, and provides one recipient with a full scholarship to their choice of one of a selected, participating group of nationally acclaimed grooming schools approved by GroomTeam USA, Inc. GroomTeam USA, Inc. will also provide up to a maximum of $1,000 toward the purchase of the standard grooming tool kit available through the selected school. The participating schools include Maser’s Academy of Fine Grooming (Kenmore, WA), Merryfield School of Pet Grooming (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Nanhall School of Dog Grooming (Greensboro, NC), Paragon School of Pet Grooming (Jenison, MI) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Pet Grooming (Indiana, PA). This is just a brief synopsis of the scholarship program. More detail is listed below. For complete scholarship details please visit the GroomTeam USA, Inc. website (www.groomteamusa.org).

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2016 U.S. Pet Groomer Wages & Earnings Survey In 2016 we conducted the industry’s most extensive wage surveys for both employed pet bathers and groomers, and personal earnings of self-employed groomers from their businesses. Unlike any other groomer wage survey our results are by U.S. region. It is no surprise that grooming price surveys show four U.S. regions having the top grooming prices, 1) New England, 2) Middle Atlantic, 3) South Atlantic and 4) Pacific. We learned that employment wages and self-employment earnings are likewise the highest in these regions (see tables on next page).

figure for annual gross wages for fulltime pet bathers was $21,899. In the last few years some independent researchers outside of the grooming industry created websites with analytical formulas to derive what they believe pet groomers earn. Their figures are reasonable projections based on commission wages. They are not derived from actual surveys of numbers of groomers, and have little or no regional results. It is quite problematic that federal and state government agencies sometimes present shockingly low annual wages for groomers. It can be difficult for our educational vendors, such as schools, to receive the credibility they deserve when government figures are not that far above poverty level at times! How do they glean their figures. We guess they confuse bathers and groomers, and fulltime and part-time wages.

The median figures for self-employed groomers versus employed groomers indicate self-employed groomers earn about $4,000 more a year. Selfemployed mobile groomers had the highest median annual incomes (before taxes) of all groomers at $37,190 a year (after paying operating expenses, We are proud to offer industry results not gross sales of services). However, based on wage surveys of over 2,500 the median figure was easily topped by groomers, and with detail by job posisome mobile groomers reporting figtions and employment status. Better ures around $68,000 a year (versus self yet, we provide regional results. It is a -employed commercial location groomfirst for the industry! ▀ ers ateGroomer $66,000 median U.S. Journala year. TheCopyright © 2011 Find A Groomer Inc. All rights reserved 15 PetGroomer.com Magazine www.petgroomermagazine.com Subscribe Free

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2016 U.S. PET GROOMER WAGES & EARNINGS SURVEY In 2016 we asked employed full-time pet groomers and bathers to anonymously complete annual gross wage surveys based on their 2015 records. Results are differentiated by U.S. regions and (1) mobile vehicle and housecall groomers (in pet owners’ homes) and (2) commercial location groomers working in shops, salons, spas and departments in retail, vet clinics, boarding facilities and daycares. Figures are annual gross wages before any deductions and are U.S. dollars. We surveyed self-employed pet groomers requesting their personal income from their businesses prior taxes, not their annual gross sales of services for 2015. Surveys completed: 2,552. F/T PET GROOMERS Employed (30 or more hours weekly)

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

23,352

32,205

55,045

24,667

33,730

53,224

Middle Atlantic

24,098

33,298

57,376

22,564

35,588

54,099

South Atlantic

24,877

36,784

59,398

23,550

35,289

54,222

East South Central

21,456

28,097

42,980

23,844

31,280

41,698

West South Central

22,755

29,489

44,921

21,446

30,477

42,323

East North Central

23,660

28,893

46,845

22,501

26,554

43,007

West North Central

20,694

27,845

42,005

20,223

29,489

41,478

Mountain

24,541

30,223

47,040

23,994

31,576

45,270

Pacific

25,314

35,876

58,521

27,367

37,897

59,365

23,416

31,422

50,459

23,350

32,431

48,298

Overall U.S. Average F/T PET BATHERS Employed (less than 30 hours weekly)

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

17,687

23,889

27,360

16,543

22,032

24,355

Middle Atlantic

18,589

24,005

26,176

17,212

22,570

24,490

South Atlantic

17,666

23,702

26,702

16,946

22,112

25,679

East South Central

16,342

19,556

20,498

15,589

18,489

21,476

West South Central

15,487

18,278

20,660

15,000

19,447

20,846

East North Central

15,771

20,187

22,781

15,290

19,389

23,944

West North Central

16,008

20,338

23,832

15,786

19,289

22,558

Mountain

17,662

22,589

25,290

17,662

22,367

24,342

Pacific

18,720

24,547

28,447

18,173

24,098

26,378

17,103

21,899

24,638

16,467

21,088

23,785

Overall U.S. Average PET GROOMERS Self–Employed (personal income from business)

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

28,980

39,389

61,649

27,490

39,047

63,476

Middle Atlantic

27,378

37,274

62,389

28,467

38,556

61,378

South Atlantic

26,559

39,268

60,267

25,999

40,278

62,576

East South Central

26,287

32,111

47,269

28,367

36,798

48,465

West South Central

25,302

31,487

47,383

26,476

33,478

46,339

East North Central

24,480

32,446

49,379

25,390

35,687

47,432

West North Central

23,277

29,378

44,590

25,378

31,005

46,321

Mountain

27,386

36,378

48,281

28,001

37,378

49,389

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DRYER INDUCED ‘SEIZURES’

By Debi Hilley If you have been grooming for any period of time you are likely to have seen this incident. You are drying a dog you have previously groomed many times, usually a dog that is getting older (but not always), and out of nowhere they start pacing, screaming and acting like they have no idea who you are, what you are doing or what is going on around them.

assist). You do everything you can to calm them down. But nothing works. You hold onto the dog until the episode stops and hope no one gets hurt. It can be scary if you are unaware of what is going on. These episodes may last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Nothing you do will stop them once they start. They have to resolve on their own.

You struggle to turn off the dryer and hold onto the dog. If you are lucky you have someone who can

What happened? Most of us refer to these as “dryer seizures.”

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Some people think these episodes are panic attacks, but not me. In panic mode dogs try to get away. They want to run, to get away. They bite. But they do not scream, pee, stare blankly into space, and act as if they are not even aware of their surroundings which is more common with dogs having dryer seizures. These episodes resemble seizures in many ways. But is there proof of whether they are actually seizures, or not? Until recently, no. However, a client (or rather the groomer she went to) unexpectedly proved in my opinion that these are real seizures. I will tell you the story of Lexie, a 12 year old Poodle. I messed up with her. She began having these seizures a little over a year ago and I never told her mother. I did tell her, “She doesn’t like the dryer.” I advised her we would not push her

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limits and Lexie “would not look as good as used to” as a result. I had been her owner’s groomer for 20 years. Lexie is her fourth dog with me so I never thought I needed to go into further detail. This was my mistake and it left me shaken to my core after an incident that I had zero control over, but for which I felt 100% responsible. In November 2016 Lexie’s mom called for an appointment and we were booked solid. She had missed an 8 week appointment, making it almost 16 weeks since they were groomed. The dogs were matted (she has Prince also, a Pom-a-Poo). The dogs visited another groomer who could get them in the same day. Lexie experienced a dryer induced seizure and the groomer DID NOT STOP DRYING HER! Lexie spent the next two days at the vet clinic under treatment. She had a full-blown Gran Mal seizure as a

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result of the continued drying. I always wondered if this would happen, but of course I would never EVER push a dog to find out. That would be unethical and cruel. Any groomer deliberately pushing a dog past its limits should not be grooming. Needless to say no one was going to test my theory. I resigned myself to never having to face such an incident, and I was perfectly OK with that! Needless to say it was bittersweet. I was upset for a few days after this incident and kicked myself over and over for not being fully upfront with Lexie’s owner. I found solace from the research that had been done for me and I had an answer to the question that had been lingering in the back of my mind since I started researching this topic. Brady is a 12 year old Cock-a-poo

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we groom. When I originally wrote this article you could not dry him. We had to cage dry him most of the way and then use a hand dryer to fluff. He had a dryer seizure and it was 20 minutes before it completely stopped. He was not in danger but he was agitated for that long. He was thrashing so badly that Brian, who was drying him, got injured in the process of trying to put him in a crate. Brian ended up with scratches all over his arms, hands, face and even threw out his back. Thankfully Brady was not hurt. His owners took him to their vet and okayed our grooming him. Generally when seizures occur in dogs it is usually after a few minutes of drying, but not always. More commonly it seems more likely to happen when you are drying closer to pet heads. These seizures remind me of the ones reported on Medlink under the "hot (Continued on page 21)

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water epilepsy" topic. Here is a link to read more on reflex seizures. Click here. Because we never know when these episodes are going to occur it is virtually impossible to "catch one" on video. However, groomer Deanne Olson Morris, was determined to video one and then have a veterinarian review it. Deanne set up a camera up in her drying area and turned it on every time she had a dog with a past history of a dryer seizure, or what she thought might have been one. It took several tries because when you know a dog is possibly susceptible you do not want to provoke an episode. She had to proceed with caution to prevent one. But now we do have her video for study, and we can learn from it and share with groomers and vets.

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The link to the YouTube video is here: Dryer Seizure Video. WARNING! This video shows a real dog having a real seizure while being dried. IT MAY BE DISTURBING TO WATCH! I always take into account the health and safety of every dog groomed first, and their haircut last. But having done some serious thinking and experimenting, I have figured out that these dogs can be dried without incident if certain precautions are taken. I took two video clips recently that show you CAN successfully dry to completion without causing a repeat seizure. These videos are on YouTube at this address: Dryer Success!!! Brady is the first dog in this video. I figured out that he CAN be successfully dried if we take certain precautions. Lexie is also featured

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in that same video. Their health is the most important thing and haircut quality is secondary. However, if it can be done safely there is no reason why drying cannot be done. Below is a list of my preferred procedures from my experience that made a difference for susceptible dogs. 1. DO NOT use a force dryer with a nozzle (especially a cone nozzle) to dry a dog that has had one. 2. Use cotton balls in the ears and if you have them add a Happy Hoodie as well. 3. Use a force dryer with heat or a stand dryer you have allowed to warm up first. 4. Use slow or low speed whenever possible. 5. Keep a hand on the dog being actively groomed at all times.

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What to do if it a “dryer seizure” happens to a dog in your care? 1. It is critical you do not force the dog through one of these episodes. Stop drying, do not risk damaging the dog. 2. Turn off the dryer as fast as possible. 3. Remove the dog as quickly as possible from the area and the sound. 4. If possible, comfort the dog by holding it close to your body until it calms down. 5. If (#4) is not possible, place them in a kennel with a pad or towel for their own safety. 6. If the dog does NOT come out of it quickly, contact the owner and take them to their vet! After their seizures resolve most dogs act as if nothing has happened and grooms may continue as normal.

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I learned from my experience with Lexie to always tell owners of the events that happened to their pets. I give them enough detail to explain it to them yet not scare them. I warn them should they never use the services of other groomers without advising them of their pet’s past reactions to dryers, and to be extremely cautious with drying. I also suggest they mention it to their vets and watch for other seizures at home. I write up an incident report and include the link to the dryer seizure video so that the vet (or owner) can actually SEE what I am talking about. Usually these are isolated events, and no other activity is ever noticed, but I believe it needs to be documented. Some people say we should not use the term “seizure,” because we are not vets and that might be diagnosing. Personally. I don't see

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an issue with it, but if you are not comfortable then use the words "episode" or "incident.” Most owners are extremely grateful for your disclosure and advice. Not once in 20 years grooming have I had a veterinarian call me giving me a hard time or accusing me of diagnosing after these situations. Maybe what I shared here will help you and pets in your care have better, safer experiences. ▀ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debi Hilley has written articles for the GroomTeam USA newsletter, NEPGP newsletter, the Groomer's Gazette and publishes her own website, Grooming Smarter. Some of the topics she covers include wet clipping, dematting, using snap-on combs and grooming the Cocker Spaniel. Debi has written a book on CD for dematting and another for Teddy Bear head styling. Currently she is writing another book for every day pet grooming styles for use in the salon.

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Doggone Back! GroomFit by Vera Needham Have you ever bent over to pickup your furry client only to feel a biting pain in your low back? You may be dealing with SI Joint pain. This affliction could be described as a sharp pain in your lower back. It can also affect your buttocks, thighs, groin and travel down your leg. Many times the pain is on one side of the back, low down and near where your belt would be. Pain may be worse in the morning and then settle as the day progresses. If you sit while grooming for a prolonged period you may notice pain worsens when you stand up.

SI affects about 30 percent of groomers and is one of the more common back problems. WHAT IS A SI JOINT? Its full name is the Sacroiliac Joint. There are two of them in your lower back. The SI is where the Sacrum joins to the hip. The Sacrum is a triangle-shaped bone at the base of your spine, and below the lumbar region and above your tailbone. It is jagged and fits together with the hip joint like pieces of kids building blocks.

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You can see these joints from outside your body. They appear as two dimples on each side of the low back. Usually the SI is stable with little movement. The SI Joint is held together by several strong ligaments much the way old fashion wooden barrels were held together by metal hoops. If ligaments are torn due to a fall or become jarred loose because of misalignment the pelvis can become unstable. Pregnancy may cause instability too. Ligaments around the pelvis loosen in preparation for childbirth. The third, and I believe the most common cause in groomers is our posture especially as we age. Mix poor posture patterns when standing and sitting with muscle weakness and problems increase. Many groomers tend to lean on one leg when working or sitting in a twisted manner not directly facing the animal they are grooming. Imagine bending a coat hanger back and forth. If we do this once the coat hanger will remain relatively stiff. Repeat the movement over and over and eventually there is breakdown in the hanger until it snaps.

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The body works in much the same way. The term for this in our body is “cumulative trauma disorder.” Cumulative trauma simply means continuous use over an extended period of time. In stylists CTD is often the result of repetitive force on the joint as a result of improper body positioning at grooming tables. There is good news. Proper exercises and body awareness can help. As pet groomers we must be very aware of how we distribute our bodyweight. Placing more weight on one leg for most of the day will cause most of the load to be placed on that side of the hip. Over time ligaments on this side may breakdown. Minimize this breakdown by increasing your body awareness. When standing at a grooming table or bathtub check if your weight is evenly distributed on each foot. Wear quality footwear and place feet hip wide apart. Imagine a tripod. The wider its base of support the more stable it stands. Our body works in much the same way.

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When seated it is important to take notice of your position. Focus on staying centered and trying not to lean to the right or left. Imagine you have flashlights attached to both of hip bones. The lights on both hips should always be shining the direction you are grooming. Many times we sit with our hips slightly turned. Over time leaning and twisting will stress your pelvis and destabilize your SI. Do your best to be aware of your posture during workdays. The older we get the more likely joint problems will arise. Prevention helps. I am suggesting a few simple that can bring relief. Always get a diagnosis from your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Refer to the photo above. 

Make certain your back is pressed securely against the frame or chair.

Lift the leg of your painful side and press firmly against the other side of the doorframe.

DOORWAY RELEASE This simple exercise can be performed either sitting or standing with your back against one side of a doorframe.

This exercise can help to reset your alignment.

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PUSH AND PULL Refer to the picture above. Start by lying on your back with your knees in tabletop position and resting feet on a wall. 

Next press one foot against the wall while simultaneously pressing the other knee against your hand or The BarberStick for extra resistance.

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CONTRALATERAL HIP BRIDGE ARM PRESS Refer to the picture on the next page. Start by lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. 

Place your right elbow at your side bending your forearm with the hand towards the ceiling (as shown with Barber Stick in side pressing up).

Place energy on your toes and then squeeze your buttock muscles as you lift your hips into a bridge.

Next press your left foot into the mat

Alternate sides. Repeat ten times.

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and lift your right foot slightly off the floor. 

Press down on the mat with your right elbow and left foot while holding the bridge for a 5 count. Alternate arms and legs and repeat 5 times each.

Side Lying Knee Roll or Slides Refer to the picture on the next page.

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like you are sitting in a chair. If you have The Barber Stick place it between your knees. 

Try to slide or roll the top knee directly forward initiating the move from your hip.

Next pull the hip back.

Repeat 10 times each side.

To keep your SI Joint functioning properly and reduce pain stay aware of your posture, hip mobility and stability.

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A few minutes of GroomFit exercises daily can have you romping like a puppy in no time. ▀ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Vera Needham is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Pilates Pro Trainer and creator of the Barber Stick. She has been a professional dog groomer for over 30 years. Who better than a dog groomer to know the vulnerabilities of the trade? We seem to accept pain as a way of life. With proper exercise and a Barber Stick it doesn’t have to be. For more information contact groomfit@yahoo.com. eGroomer Journal www.egroomer.com Subscribe Free PetGroomer.com Magazine www.petgroomermagazine.com Subscribe Free

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Ceramic Blades by Jeff Andrews, Northern Tails Sharpening Ceramic blades come from the factory perfect. As they are used cutter teeth get imperfections along cutting edges. Imperfections tend to create “saw-toothed” sides of the ceramic teeth and the result is dragging, snagging or dullness. If even a tiny piece of something, like sand, gets into the teeth of the ceramic cutter there is “fragmentation” on the sides of cutter teeth. This is a more difficult fix. Too much damage to the ceramic cutter and it may never cut properly again and must be replaced. My best advice is to use ceramic blades on clean dogs, and never for roughing-in dogs. Sharpeners have to take enough ceramic material off the bottom of the cutter to get past imperfections and fragmentations. Then the cutter will slice hair again rather than ripping it. Sharpeners do this by hand on a diamond surface, and most of the time sharpeners charge a little extra for ceramic blades for this reason. Ceramic material is actually used to sharpen metals, and the ceramic cutter on your blade is no different. As it passes back and forth across the lower blade (metal), it “seats” itself to the metal blade and gets rid of any imperfections. Tension is very important. Ceramic material is like glass so the tension must be between 2 ½ to 3# side pressure. Any tighter and the ceramic cutter could shatter just by dropping the blade on a grooming table. Here is a suggestion when you get freshly sharpened ceramic blades back from sharpening, and even on new ceramic blades. Instead of taking them right out of the package and running them through fur, oil them first and then run the blades on clippers for a minute. As the ceramic cutter moves back and forth across the metal comb I believe it gets rid of any im(Continued on page 37)

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perfections and “seats” itself to the metal blade below. Blades seem to cut perfectly when this small break–in period is done. You only have to do this break-in period once after sharpening or when brand new. When ceramic blades seem dull it is likely the dirt and dander collecting in the divots on the bottom side of cutters (see previous page). Inspect affected blades by pushing cutters half-way to one side and turn the blades upside down. The divots are located right behind each tooth. These divots fill up with dirt and pet dander and as a result it raises the cutters up enough from bottom blades causing drag and snag. To clean dirty divots, push the cutter out half-way to one side. Turn the blade over. Scrub the divots with a toothbrush in blade wash. If the divots are heavily impacted with it could take aggressive scrubbing to get them spotless. Clean one side then the other in the same way. Note: Running the blade on the clipper in blade wash does not clean divots. In some cases it may add to problems. After you are done cleaning, wipe off excess blade wash. Center the cutter on the blade and apply blade oil. Usually the blade will start to cut again. If not, it could be dull or fragmented and needs to be resharpened. Beware! Tips of ceramic cutters can break off. When this happens you may get drag or snag. Tips break for these reasons: 1) using them on dirty coats and tips make contact with the dirt, and 2) when you use a blade with a ceramic cutter on a comb attachment. The ribs of the comb can slide between the teeth of the bottom blade enough to cause breakage while moving back and forth. Either reason can result in your having to replace, not fix. Many groomers replace a ceramic cutter (Continued on page 38)

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Cleaning Wahl 5-n-1 Trimmer Blades All Wahl trimmers (Bravura, Chromado and Arco) use 5-N-1 blades. They are durable, quiet running and capable of re-sharpening. They do have a drawback. If not cleaned properly they may dull quickly. These suggestions should help. with a steel cutter. Steel cutters can be used in all situations. To start, take the blade off the trimmer and clean the hair out of the “spring deck.” Use a HV or vacuum, but don’t submerse it in blade wash because it will turn messy. Many styles of trimmer blades, as well as the 5-N-1, use a wire spring to put tension on the cutter to hold it against the comb (bottom blade). These springs can trap hair between the cutter and comb. When enough hair collects it pushes the cutter up just enough to make the blade snag or drag. At this point you will think the blade is dull. Check for hair by looking at the blade from the side. If you can’t see all the way through the blade halves, it is packed with hair as shown. You need to clean the blade. Before sending the blade in this condition to the sharpener, try cleaning hair trapped under the cutter. It is simple and you may save the expense of sharpening, or worse yet, throwing the blade away and buying a new one. (Continued on page 41)

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Figure 1. Get a small Zip-Tie or a pipe cleaner, or even a broom straw. Align your choice on either side of the blade at the space between the blade halves. You are going to push it through and in-between the blade halves. Figure 2. Push the Zip-Tie through the blade halves to force hair out the opposite side. It will remove a mixture of hair, dander or a solid form of hair that was melted by either heat or solvents. Cat hair melts at a lower temp than dog hair and tends to readily clump quickly under the cutter. Keep plunging the Zip-Tie between the blade halves until you are satisfied all the waste is removed. When done look at it from the side again. You should see clean space between the blade halves. Put the blade on the trimmer again and try using it at the fine or medium setting. If it cuts normally you are finished. If it continues to snag or drag through coat your blade may be dull. Send it out for sharpening. Several sharpeners around the country do sharpen the Wahl 5-N-1 trimmer blade along with other popular trimmer blades. Another way to clean the blade during a groom is to dip it in blade (Continued on page 42)

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wash and run a few seconds or until you feel it is clean. Cat hair tends to melt and cause buildup at a very low temp. You commonly see it on #10 blades if used for cat shaving. When a 5-N-1 blade starts to snag or drag during a groom, follow these few steps. Step 1. Brush or blow visible hair from the front of the blade before using the blade wash. Turn the trimmer on and gently submerge only the tips of blade into the wash. Don’t submerge more than the tips of the blade because only they do the cutting. I suggest doing this in the #40 or fine position Run it until you think it is clean or you hear the RPMs go up a little. Step 2. After cleaning, stop the trimmer motor. Remove trimmer from the wash and keep it pointed DOWN. If you tilt up to remove the blade the wash will run inside your trimmer and cause problems. While holding it DOWN, take the blade off with a rag in your hand and wipe it dry. Put a drop of blade oil on the front teeth and try it. If it still doesn’t work make sure there is no hair between the blade halves. If there is, clean it out as previously explained. If you drop your trimmer and the blade pops off and breaks either the rear tab or the side post, don’t throw it away. Sharpeners can replace the “spring deck” and make it a usable again. ▀

Jeff Andrews is "One of America's Favorite Sharpeners." Along with his years of grooming experience in two of his own shops, he is a "World Class Sharpener" that can sharpen all grooming equipment to better than new condition. Jeff is an author and pioneer of many maintenance and grooming video's and articles. They are for groomers who want to make their equipment last longer and save money on their sharpening costs. These videos and articles are on his website free to download and keep for reference. www.northerntails.com eGroomer Journal www.egroomer.com Subscribe Free PetGroomer.com Magazine www.petgroomermagazine.com Subscribe Free

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Ingredient Information 2017 By Barbara Bird, ICMG

“I just stopped in to see what condition my condition was in.” Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

The turn of the year is a popular time to assess our industry. We chose the moment to look at about 50 shampoo products on Internet shopping sites (PetEdge and Amazon) to get an overview of ingredient lists and the extent to which ingredients are currently being disclosed. We have been generally monitoring ingredient disclosure for over 10 years. The marketplace has mushroomed! So many

shampoos are now available that it is mind boggling. The good news is that there seems to be a gradual trend toward more ingredient disclosure. The biggest trend, however, is toward ingredient lists that appear to be lists, but contain descriptions of ingredients rather than actual identification or names of ingredients.

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Here is what a complete ingredient list looks like: Purified water, Sodium C1416 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide MEA, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyquaternium 7, Glycol Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, D&C Red #33, FD&C Blue #1, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin. This list follows the requirements of human cosmetics. The list is complete, starting with water and ending with colorants and preservative; ingredients are identified by their INCI names, not simplified names or trade names. INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. Ingredients are listed in order of their volume in the bottle. (Ingredients of one percent or less can be listed in any order). Compare to a descriptive listing: “Water, organic blend of (aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf extract, avena sativa (oatmeal)), mild coconut cleanser, vitamin E.”

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The Cloak of Trade Secrecy Many companies are still refusing to share much if any ingredient information on the basis that their ingredients are a trade secret, which the company protects so that other manufacturers cannot copy their formulas. Groomers are expected to understand this and respect the company’s right to protect this valuable “proprietary” information. Just what is a “trade secret” and do pet shampoo ingredient lists qualify for this cloak of secrecy? Here is the formal definition of trade secret: “A trade secret may consist of any formula, pattern, device or compilation of information which is used in one's business and which gives one an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use it.” Here is an important subtext: “ “they can only be known to a restricted number of individuals in order to be considered valid and they cannot generally be known to those skilled in the art.” An ingredient list is not a formula. Ingredient lists do not specify the amounts or percentage of each ingredient, and do not reveal the sources of the chemicals or chemical supplier trade name, which would be part of a formula. For example,

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sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a common primary surfactant, can be obtained as 1 mole, 2 moles or 3 moles, depending on the degree of ethoxylation. Ingredient lists simply identify “sodium laureth sulfate” without the mole value. Ingredient lists do not give away all of the details pertaining to a formula. Shampoo ingredients are easily figured out through reverse engineering. This fact, plus the fact that professional formulators know all there is to know about shampoo bases and formulating with additives, leaves the industry without any valid basis for claiming general “trade secret” status. The truth is that shampoo formulas are more similar than unique. Therefore, the conversation about trade secrecy being necessary to protect companies from competitors is invalid; the real reason for this claim is to avoid disclosing ingredient information to users. In only a few instances is the term “proprietary” appropriate to pet shampoo. An example of a valid “proprietary” claim would be the EZ Groom enzyme complex.

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descriptive phrase is any of several variations of “coconut based cleansers.” So called coconut cleansers are actually derived from coconut oil. A coconut derived ingredient can be any of at least two dozen common surfactants ranging from the stronger detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate to ultra mild cleansers such as disodium cocoamphodiacetate. None of them are produced directly from coconut oil, and coconut oil itself is not a cleansing ingredient. Sodium lauryl sulfate is one of the most common coconut derived surfactants. It is produced from lauryl alcohol, which is created from lauric acid that has been fractionated from coconut oil. The lauryl alcohol is reacted with sulfuric acid (sulfur is burned to produce sulfur dioxide, which is oxidized in the presence of a vanadium oxide catalyst yielding sulfur trioxide which is dissolved in water to get sulfuric acid). Lauryl alcohol plus sulfuric acid yields hydrogen lauryl sulfate. Hydrogen lauryl sulfate is then reacted with sodium carbonate to obtain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). When SLS is treated with ethylene oxide, the milder sodium laureth

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sulfate (SLES) is produced. None of these surfactants maintain any properties of coconut oil. Another “from coconut oil” surfactant, aka “mild coconut cleanser” is cocomidopropyl betaine (CAPB). CAPB is produced by taking the lauric acid from coconut oil and reacting it with Dimethaminopropylamine (DMAPA) creating amidoamine which is then carboxymethalated with chloracetic acid to form the betaine. It’s very mild, but it is also very far from the coconut. Any of the shampoo ingredients that have names using “-coco” or “laur” can be characterized as “from coconut”. And all of them have been obtained by chemical manipulations. There are two good reasons for this oversimplification of naming the shampoo surfactants: it makes them appear more natural and it associates them with the very favorable image of coconut oil. The truth is that shampoo surfactants are synthetic chemicals. The shampoo companies are simply pandering to our chemo-phobia. The are practicing something of an “alternative reality” and concealing ingredients at the same time. Clever!

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Plant based ingredients. These can be coconut oil or palm oil derived surfactants made to appear more like botanicals. Coconut and palm oil surfactants make up the vast majority of surfactants used in shampoos. They are not unique or special. Coco Betaine – a synonym for cocamidopropyl betaine. Amphoteric surfactant – can be several substances but usually refers to cocamidopropyl betaine. Conditioning Agent – The most common conditioning agent in shampoos is the silicone, dimethicone. Polyquarternium 7 is another one. Kathon CG – This is the trade name for a common preservative combination of methylchloroisothiazolinone & methylisothiazolinone. Trade names are not allowed on human product ingredient lists. Essence – Refers to a synthetic fragrance oil, such as “mango essence.” Fragrance oils are often passed off as natural ingredients. The smell might be natural, but unless it is identified as an essential

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oil, the oil is synthetic. “Jasmine Oil” is almost always a synthetic. The real essential oil is hugely expensive. Two ingredients that show up on ingredient lists of 2017 more than any others are aloe vera and panthenol. Why would that be? One reason is because these two ingredients have high recognition value. They are recognized as good ingredients, so they add value to any list. So much so that formulators will add a pinch just so one or both of these can be on the ingredient list. The only way the consumer would have to determine if the aloe vera is truly functional in a formula would be to see the complete list of ingredients. If the ingredient is among the first five or six it is probably making a much larger contribution to the formula than if it is at the end of the list hanging out with the preservatives and colorants.

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sulfates, or silicones. This negative marketing or “free from” advertising is very popular in the human cosmetics industry, but is banned from use in Canada, France and South Africa. It is just another way to appear to be giving information about products without actually disclosing what is in the bottle, and it perpetuates baseless negative stereotypes. Groomers and pet owners need to keep pressuring companies to disclose ingredient information. A complete ingredient list is the only way we have to determine if a product is consistent with how it is advertised. Just last week we discovered a baby shampoo touting the calming effects of natural lavender and the ingredient list showed NO lavender essential oil. They were claiming aromatherapy value from fragrance oil. If there had not been a list, I could not have discovered the discrepancy. Groomers deserve to know what is in their products. Learning about products through trial and error and by anecdotal sharing on Facebook is not consistent with the evolution of the grooming industry. Product manufacturers need to treat groomers like the educated adults we are.

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5 REASONS GROOMERS NEED INGREDIENT INFORMATION 1 To be able to assess the extent to which a product is consistent with how it is advertised.

2 To be able to identify the primary ingredients and those that are minor players.

3 To be able to know if/when the ingredient line-up of a product changes.

4 To be able to make generalizations about what sort of products work or don’t work for us under our individual conditions of use.

5 To identify and avoid specific ingredients that are problematic, especially those that might be irritants or allergic sensitizers. Link to complete article at GroomWise.com

And as our products evolve and become more complex and sophisticated, the more information should be shared. Is the “cloak of secrecy” lifting in 2017? Yes, although there is further lifting to accomplish. While a significantly few manufacturers are forthcoming with complete ingredient information, more are providing ingredient lists which generalize or describe ingredients. There are many new players in the pet shampoo playing field, but few new

complete ingredient lists. An estimate would be that less than 10% of pet shampoo companies are completely disclosing ingredients. However, the number of manufacturers that are providing “sort of” lists reflects a general trend toward becoming more like human shampoos. It suggests at least that pet shampoo manufacturers are recognizing an interest of their consumers to know more about what’s in the bottle. They are still dodging and dancing, but the cloak of secrecy is beginning to lift. ▀

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Barbara Bird, ICMG Known to her Internet friends as “BBird”, Barbara has become one of the most important voices in the pet grooming industry. Her grooming career spans four decades, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to any topic. Barbara’s spontaneity and sense of humor serve up any subject in a fun and unforgettable manner. An ability to research and explain information to groomers has been acknowledged with her two Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards for “Best Grooming Journalist,” 2006 and 2007. Over 100 articles for groomers can be found at her blog site, www.groomblog.blogspot.com. The BBird’s Groomblog was awarded the Barkleigh Honors Award forJournal “Best Blog” in 2011 and 2012. has owned Transformation Pet Center in Tucson,51 AZ eGroomer Copyright © 2011Barbara Find A Groomer Inc. All rights reserved for 38 years and is an International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG) with IPG, Inc. PetGroomer.com Magazine www.petgroomermagazine.com Subscribe Free

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19th Annual PetGroomer.com Industry Report

RESULTS OF OVER 11,000 SURVEYS USA, Canada & Australia Grooming Prices Expanded Groomer Wages & Earnings Results ► Opportunities

► Where the Groomers Are

► Company

► Marketing & Advertising

► Mobile Grooming

► Tools, Equipment & Spa

► Stress, Health & Well-Being ► Personnel ► Finance

► Career Education

► Independent Contractors

► Grooming Prices

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AT A GLANCE SURVEY RESULTS 19th Annual Grooming Industry Report by PetGroomer.com

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

Surveyed groomers (58%) reported business was better in 2016 compared to 2015, and 40% indicated “very little difference.” Better yet, 81% were “not very concerned.” Those saying “very concerned” about 2016 and possibly closing businesses held at 2%.

GROOMING PRICES

All U.S. regions reported average grooming price increases. U.S. average full groom price was $53.00 for non-mobile groomers (up $2.00 from previous year), and $72.25 for mobile groomers, also up $2.00 from previous year.

SALES OF GROOMING

Self-employed groomers (52%) said sales of grooming services were up 7% or more from prior year’s survey. Staffed businesses (42%) sales projected 2016 sales of $151,000+. Soleproprietors (50%) projected $51,000 to $100K.

GROOMER WAGES

Get ready to view the results of the industry first nationwide employed groomer wages and selfemployment income survey, and bathers too! Results provided by U.S. region too. There has never been a survey of this magnitude.

GROOMER SPENDING

Most business owners (74%) projected to spend $1,001 to $2,000 in 2016 for their grooming supplies, and 44% of groomers stated the same range for tools and equipment. Fifty-nine percent stated they use 2 –3 rechargeable clippers.

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Over 72% of groomers are willing to at least consider some form of vocational certification or licensing. Yet less than 2% are motivated to get involved in the process. Over 90% do not trust enforced legislation.

MOBILE GROOMING

The vast majority of mobile groomers love being mobile, and according to our groomer wages surveys the self-employed ones earn some of the top range personal incomes from grooming while rarely working more than 5 days-a-week.

STRESS & WELL-BEING

Stress in the workplace is a major industry issue and actually not well-studied, until now. In fact, 18% of groomers surveyed said medications are part of their life due to groomer stress. What else? Read our revealing analysis!

ADD-ON SERVICES

The fastest growing add-on service for two years in a row is mud treatments, and satisfaction to high satisfaction with them is over 80%. Less than 12% said they offer no natural, organic or holistic products on grooming pets.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

Website and Facebook advertising remains the biggest online factor by business owners (90%). Commercial location owners (62%) indicated at least one-third of new customers originate from customer referrals, and one-third from signage.

CAREER SEEKERS

The appeal of being a groomer is alive and well. Most (96%) were “very surprised” groomers are not vocationally licensed. Expectations of first year earnings were more realistic, but concerns for the availability of financial aid remains.

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19th Annual Grooming Industry Report by PetGroomer.com

Another year gone by, and another record survey with 11,000 surveys completed. Our “big dog” of thanks to thousands of pet groomers and grooming industry career seekers for their participation. They make this report possible year after year. The 2016 surveys included 27 new survey questions and an all-new expanded Groomer Wages & Earnings Survey. We now have amazing information for the first time from employed pet bathers groomers as well as self-employed groomers. Not only that we are presenting the information by U.S. regions, something we have never done before. To our dismay for years we have seen federal and state government reports indicating most full-time groomers earn $21,000 or less a year (gross before personal taxes) and they do not differentiate wages between bathers and groomers. Sure some members of the industry earn similar incomes, yet having been a member and employer of the industry for nearly 60 years, we knew there were many earning more.

In 2016, which best describes how the economy is affecting your business? 58% Business is better in 2016 than 2015. 40% Very little difference. 21% I hired more employees to meet demand. 3%

I had to let one or more employees go.

7% Clients are cutting back about 1 groom a year. 3% Clients are cutting back about 2 grooms a year. 28% I am selling more add-on’s to boost sales. 32% I raised prices to maintain sales projections. <1%

I might have to close my business.

2% Clients ask for more baths instead of grooms.

Which best describes your feelings about the prospects for 2016? 24% No reason to believe 2016 will be much better. 81% Not very concerned. Expect much the same. 2%

Very concerned, I may close my business.

85% Too many unreliable employees. 53% Demand is good but short steady employees. 21% I may switch to independent contractors. 58% Will need to do a small price increase.

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OPPORTUNITIES We devised our survey with groomers in Highest Concentration of Grooming Jobs mind, something state and local governments don’t do. Our more specific U.S. STATE ESTIMATED JOBS results help schools to better inform grooming career seekers and CALIFORNIA 18,798 government agencies the true earning capabilities of pet groomers. As in past years we maintained a close look at business owners and the changing “attitudes” of groomers toward their industry. Once again groomers expressed anguish over the issue of independent contractor status foisted upon them by employers with questionable compliance, and which led some to troubles with tax agencies. To our surprise we found that the accuracy of the independent contractor issue is one of the leading stress factors of employed groomers.

FLORIDA

18,770

TEXAS

11,832

NEW YORK

11,212

PENNSYLVANIA

8,094

OHIO

7,709

ILLINOIS

6,945

Are groomers stressed by their profession in other ways? You bet! Inside you will see the results of the Groomer MICHIGAN Stress Survey.

4,907

There is an abundance of great news WASHINGTON too. Overall more groomers (81%) reported satisfaction with the industry in 2016. There are areas of concern. We NEW JERSEY will look at those in pages ahead. eGroomer Journal www.egroomer.com Subscribe Free PetGroomer.com Magazine www.petgroomermagazine.com Subscribe Free

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Where the Groomers Are 2015 - 2016 COMPARISON OF BUSINESSES ADVERTISING GROOMING 2015 # of Businesses Advertising Grooming

US State

% of Total

2016 # of Businesses Advertising Grooming

% of Total

Alaska

101

0.26%

107

0.27%

Alabama

522

1.34%

541

1.35%

Arkansas

403

1.04%

410

1.02%

Arizona

778

2.00%

776

1.93%

California

3,235

8.33%

3,251

8.10%

Colorado

808

2.08%

819

2.04%

Connecticut

512

1.32%

504

1.26%

21

0.05%

23

0.06%

155

0.40%

161

0.40%

Dist. of Columbia Delaware

3,050

7.85%

3,277

8.16%

Georgia

890

2.29%

870

2.17%

Hawaii

61

0.16%

59

0.15%

Idaho

244

0.63%

262

0.65%

467

1.20%

470

1.17%

Florida

Iowa

1,914

4.93%

1,929

4.81%

Indiana

899

2.31%

909

2.26%

Kansas

412

1.06%

400

1.00%

Kentucky

499

1.28%

509

1.27%

Louisiana

587

1.51%

601

1.50%

Massachusetts

858

2.21%

888

2.21%

Maryland

603

1.55%

599

1.49%

Maine

199

0.51%

201

0.50%

Illinois

1,445

3.72%

1,567

3.90%

Minnesota

653

1.68%

650

1.62%

Mississippi

289

0.74%

299

0.74%

Missouri

855

2.20%

878

2.19%

Montana

167

0.43%

151

0.38%

Nebraska

280

0.72%

302

0.75%

Nevada

389

1.00%

419

1.04%

New Hampshire

333

0.86%

320

0.80%

1,459

3.76%

1,565

3.90%

Michigan

New Jersey

312

0.80%

299

0.74%

1,675

4.31%

1,802

4.49%

North Dakota

99

0.25%

90

0.22%

North Carolina

976

2.51%

1003

2.50%

New Mexico New York

1,828

4.71%

1,955

4.87%

Oklahoma

601

1.55%

591

1.47%

Oregon

632

1.63%

644

1.60%

1,890

4.87%

1,906

4.75%

Rhode Island

225

0.58%

222

0.55%

South Carolina

570

1.47%

599

1.49%

South Dakota

98

0.25%

87

0.22%

690

1.78%

707

1.76%

2,501

6.44%

2,651

6.61%

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Tennessee Texas

312

0.80%

297

0.74%

Vermont

94

0.24%

96

0.24%

Virginia

775

2.00%

805

2.01%

1,423

3.66%

1,602

3.99%

West Virginia

198

0.51%

196

0.49%

Wisconsin

756

1.95%

777

1.94%

Utah

Washington

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PERSONNEL STATS How do you pay your hired groomers?

Do you provide job descriptions to candidates?

55% Commission

31% Yes

27% Salaries

69% No

18% Hourly How do you pay your hired pet bathers? 91% Hourly 7%

Commission

2%

Salaries

In 2016, how many departing employees left to become selfemployed? 20% Most

Do you require employees to have one or more preventative vaccinations? 9%

Yes

91% No Do you offer healthcare benefits to fulltime employees? 17% Yes 83% No

73% Few

Do you offer paid time off to full-time employees?

7% None

37% Yes

What is your biggest challenge with employees?

63% No

84% Reliability 9%

Skills

7% Teamwork In 2016, how many job openings were available in your business for grooming positions (not management or client relations)?

If you are an I.C. employer how sure are you that you are in legal compliance with independent contractor classification requirements? 9%

Very Sure

15% Sure 76% Not Sure

65% One 30% Two 5% Three or More

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PERSONNEL STATS Did you review your I.C. employer compliance with an attorney or the I.R.S.?

How often do you provide job performance evaluations for your employees?

1%

Yes

29% Once a Year

99%

No

5%

Twice a Year

How many full-time employees do you have?

66% Never

64% 1 or 2

Do you make grooming assignments to employed pet groomers?

27% 3 or 4 9%

5 or more

40% Customers choose 48% I assign some

How many part-time employees do you have?

12% I assign all

65% 1 or 2

Do you require employees to wear smocks, aprons or similar apparel?

30% 3 or 4 5%

5 or more

Do you hire new graduates of grooming schools? 86% Yes

17% Yes, company provided only 58% Yes, their own but must be approved 25% No, optional

11% Sometimes

Where do you advertise for employees?

3%

91% Online

Never

Do you provide new hires with an employee handbook? 20% Yes

11% Local publications 21% Local bulletin boards 40% Sign at business

80% No

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PERSONNEL & COMPANY DISCUSSION Some of the personnel trends of last year’s result trended up once again in 2016. The chronic lack of skilled grooming employees detracted over 64% of business owners from hiring even one employee, up from 57% last year. Employees complaining about being forced into independent contractor status increased to 74%, up from 39% in 2013. In the face of IRS actions against some employers misclassifying few employers are returning their I.C,’s to employee (W-2) status. There was a modest increase in business owners changing their business setup to entirely renting workstations more like the hairstylist industry. Once again the number of employees indicating they want to be self-employed at some point in their career held strong but not increasing adequately to indicate a changing trend. However, do realize they are already the large majority. Today 74% of employers report they would be pleased to have a full-time groomer stay with them for 2 to 3 years. Employed groomers (71%) believe they will earn more personal income if they go selfemployed.

Reliability factors of their personnel is the biggest challenge for 84% of employers. Recruiting employees is being largely on the Internet. PetGroomer.com Classifieds was listed as one of the preferred places on the Interest to place help wanted ads, or to view job search ads. Nearly 70% of employed groomers want more control of their workdays and hours. In fact, 33% reported they would accept less compensation if they had that control. Proper management of a personnel department seems to be lagging every year. Most grooming employers maintained minimum employment files, and 81% said they don’t maintain I-9 records. Some never offer job performance evaluations, but providing job descriptions increased to 31%, barely one-third. Graduates of grooming schools have a better of chance of getting hired in 2016. Eighty-six percent of employers will consider hiring graduates, a record high for our survesy. Sole-proprietor (76%) remains the most

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COMPANY STATISTICS popular form of company. There was no significant increase in self-employed groomers seeking professional help when forming a corporation or LLC, yet 71% did get some professional assistance. Nearly half indicated they did it online, and not with a local professional in person. Using tax software for business tax returns is becoming increasing popular.

Before self-employment were you an employed groomer? 77% Yes 23% No What is your company organization? 76% Sole Proprietor 5%

Corporation (S or C)

14% LLC or LLP

The majority of self-employed groomers were not concerned with increased responsibilities for managing an organization. Frustrations with management and work schedules made the extra effort of being selfemployed worth it.

5%

Seventy percent of independent grooming companies indicated they could not afford to offer benefits to employees other than up to one week or less of paid time off for full-time staff. However, offering health insurance increased 9% in 2016.

49% Bookkeeper Only

Almost 38% of business owners are considering adding additional pet care services to generate more revenue. Daycare has the strongest potential.

38% Some

Other

Did you consult with an attorney to form your corporation or LLC? 71% Yes 29% No Do you use a bookkeeper and/or CPA?

24% Bookkeeper & CPA 27% CPA only Is “teamwork” a part of your operation? 11% Very much

12% Little 39% What’s that?

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MARKETING & ADVERTISING DISCUSSION Online advertising of pet grooming services remains the modern powerful factor in 2015 by grooming business owners (90%). However, commercial location business owners (62%) said at least one-third of new customers come from referrals and another third from the visibility of their road signs. Business owners (74%) surveyed had a web site, yet (22%) used their Facebook page as a web site replacement. Directories such as Find A Groomer Directory for Pet Owners and mass ad sites such as Craigslist were used by 51%. Nearly 73% of business were on Facebook with a page for their businesses, and 17% had marketing presence on other social media sites besides Facebook. Almost 81% said they got 25 or less new customers from Facebook annually, and 25 or less from Craigslist. Eight percent indicated they got 39% of their new customers from Facebook. Most said Facebook allowed their customers to post things rather than serve only as a strong marketing tool. Sixty-six percent reported social media

has not yet out performed the two biggest sources of new customers, referrals and signage (signage includes van or trailer signage for mobile groomers). Three-percent purchased Google ads or similar online banner advertising (down 2% from prior year). Groomers (70%) responded that they read pet groomer forums and groomingrelated “groups.” Eighty-one percent said they occasionally or regularly read grooming-related forums outside Facebook (up 2%). A large majority (96%, up 4%) said they have studied marketing and advertising by reading grooming forums, and 20% read business books. Cat grooming showed modest growth in 2016 after being the largest growth sector in the prior two years. Cat-only groomers held steady in numbers at 7% in 2016. Although few in number 2% of cat groomers operate mobile cat-only grooming operations. Just a few years ago there were no responses in the cat-only mobile category. Interest in cat-only “luxury spas” held steady at 20% in 2016.

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MARKETING & ADVERTISING STATISTICS Do you primarily groom…?

Do you offer customers a brochure?

19% Dogs Only

31% Yes

3%

69% No

Cats Only

76% Both Dogs & Cats 2%

Dogs, Cats & Exotics

Do you offer pickup and delivery? 14% Yes

Do you use “group-on” type advertising? 4%

Yes

96% No

86% No

How much of your gross sales income do you spend on advertising yearly?”

How much do you market “add-on’s?”

52% Less than 5%

32% Strongly

25% 5% to 10%

45% Modestly

19% 11% to 15%

11% Lightly 12% None Which best describes your competition? More than one answer allowed. 39% Corporate Stores 38% Other Shops 23% Mobile Groomers 3%

Vet or Kennels

4%

Over 15%

What retail sells best in your business?” 64% Toys & Treats 15% Flea & Tick 11% Pet Foods 2%

Boutique Items

8%

Shampoo, Spa, Brush, Combs

How many days a week are you open?”

17% Home Based

18% 6 or 7

1%

52% 5

In-Home Groomers

30% All of the above

22% 4

27% None of the above (no concern)

8%

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MARKETING & FINANCE STATISTICS Do you use display ads in yellow pages?”

Do you have a business plan and financial projections?

19% Yes

27% Yes

81% No

73% No

Do you accept credit and debit cards?” 89% Yes 11% No How many hours a week are you open? 4%

80 or more

For staffed businesses, what do you project for 2016 gross sales? 17% Over $250K 25% $151K to $250K 28% $101K to $150K 29% $51K to $100K

19% 60-79

1%

59% 40-59

For 1 person businesses (all types including mobile) what do you project for 2016 gross sales?

15% 20-39 3%

Less than 20

Does your business insurance cover groomer “malpractice” professional liability and fleeing pets? 41% Yes 22% No 37% I don’t know Do you use a “Release and Hold Harmless Agreement” or similar form? 32% Yes, all customers sign one 40% Yes, some customers sign one 28% No

3%

Up to $50K

$151K to $250K

32% $101K to $150K 50% $51K to $100K 15% Up to $50K Do you use financial planning or taxrelated services of the following: 19% Certified Public Accountant only 7%

Bookkeeper and CPA

43% Tax return service (i.e. H.R. Block) 31% Tax return computer software

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FINANCE STATISTICS & DISCUSSION What do you expect your 2016 gross personal income to be after deducting operating costs (and prior taxes)? 8%

Over $100K

17% $76K to $100K 30% $51K to $75K 36% $26K to $50K 9%

Up to $25K

What percentage of clients have their pets groomed at least 6 times a year? (at least every 8 to 9 weeks) 6%

0 to 25 percent of my clients

20% 26 to 50 percent of my clients 46% 51 to 75 percent of my clients 28% 76 to 100 percent of my clients What percentage of clients have their pets groomed at least 9 or more times a year? 16% 0 to 25 percent of my clients 41% 26 to 50 percent of my clients 25% 51 to 75 percent of my clients 18% 76 to 100 percent of my clients If you are not a mobile or in the home of pet owners groomer, what type of stationary business do you own? 60% Shop or salon, commercial location 32% In my personal home / property 8%

Dept in vet, kennel, daycare etc

In 2016 we conducted the most extensive wage surveys for employed pet bathers and groomers, and personal earnings from their businesses by selfemployed groomers. Perhaps it is not a surprise that grooming price surveys consistently show that four U.S. regions have the highest grooming prices, 1) New England, 2) Middle Atlantic, 3) South Atlantic and 4) Pacific. We learned that employment wages and selfemployment earnings are likewise the highest in these regions (see next page). The median figures for self-employed groomers versus employed groomers indicate self-employed groomers earn about $4,000 more a year than employed groomers. Self-employed mobile groomers had the highest median annual gross personal incomes of all groomers at $37,190 a year (after paying operating expenses, not gross sales of services). However, selfemployed mobile groomers reported figures as high as $68,000 a year, and self-employed commercial location groomers $66,000 a year. The median U.S. figure for full-time pet bathers was $21,899. See tables on next page.

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2016 U.S. PET GROOMER WAGES & EARNINGS SURVEY In 2016 we asked employed full-time pet groomers and bathers to anonymously complete annual gross wage surveys based on their 2015 records. Results are differentiated by U.S. regions and (1) mobile vehicle and housecall groomers (in pet owners’ homes) and (2) commercial location groomers working in shops, salons, spas and departments in retail, vet clinics, boarding facilities and daycares. Figures are annual gross wages before any deductions and are U.S. dollars. We surveyed self-employed pet groomers requesting their personal income from their businesses prior taxes, not their annual gross sales of services for 2015. Surveys completed: 2,552. F/T PET GROOMERS Employed (30 or more hours weekly)

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

23,352

32,205

55,045

24,667

33,730

53,224

Middle Atlantic

24,098

33,298

57,376

22,564

35,588

54,099

South Atlantic

24,877

36,784

59,398

23,550

35,289

54,222

East South Central

21,456

28,097

42,980

23,844

31,280

41,698

West South Central

22,755

29,489

44,921

21,446

30,477

42,323

East North Central

23,660

28,893

46,845

22,501

26,554

43,007

West North Central

20,694

27,845

42,005

20,223

29,489

41,478

Mountain

24,541

30,223

47,040

23,994

31,576

45,270

Pacific

25,314

35,876

58,521

27,367

37,897

59,365

23,416

31,422

50,459

23,350

32,431

48,298

Overall U.S. Average F/T PET BATHERS Employed (less than 30 hours weekly)

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

17,687

23,889

27,360

16,543

22,032

24,355

Middle Atlantic

18,589

24,005

26,176

17,212

22,570

24,490

South Atlantic

17,666

23,702

26,702

16,946

22,112

25,679

East South Central

16,342

19,556

20,498

15,589

18,489

21,476

West South Central

15,487

18,278

20,660

15,000

19,447

20,846

East North Central

15,771

20,187

22,781

15,290

19,389

23,944

West North Central

16,008

20,338

23,832

15,786

19,289

22,558

Mountain

17,662

22,589

25,290

17,662

22,367

24,342

Pacific

18,720

24,547

28,447

18,173

24,098

26,378

17,103

21,899

24,638

16,467

21,088

23,785

Overall U.S. Average PET GROOMERS Self–Employed

Commercial Location Groomers1 Low

Median

High

Mobile Vehicle & Housecall Groomers2 Low

Median

High

New England

28,980

39,389

61,649

27,490

39,047

63,476

Middle Atlantic

27,378

37,274

62,389

28,467

38,556

61,378

South Atlantic

26,559

39,268

60,267

25,999

40,278

62,576

East South Central

26,287

32,111

47,269

28,367

36,798

48,465

West South Central

25,302

31,487

47,383

26,476

33,478

46,339

East North Central

24,480

32,446

49,379

25,390

35,687

47,432

West North Central

23,277

29,378

44,590

25,378

31,005

46,321

Mountain

27,386

36,378

48,281

28,001

37,378

49,389

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66,389 71 54,641

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MOBILE GROOMING DISCUSSION Forty percent of mobile groomers prefer mobile rather than working in a commercial location. Another 36% preferred the freedom of running their own business. Working alone was a strong factor for 22%. A large majority (79%) said they would recommend mobile grooming to groomers. Most work 5 days-a-week yet 40% opt to work only 4 days-a-week. Of those surveyed 81% were between the age of 25 and 45, and 12% were over 45 and up to 63 years of age. Only 6% were males. The large majority (79%) reported that bath-only pets account for less than 25% of their business with at least 74% being “full grooms.” Only 12% reported a 50/50 share. Only 6% of mobile groomers regularly used grooming coupons. Sixty-eight percent had vans or trucks, and 32% trailers. Those operating more than one vehicle unit were 11% of those surveyed. On an average work day 41% groomed 4 to 5 pets, and 49% groom 6 to 8 (about

the same as prior survey years). No one indicated grooming more than 11 pets a day and they numbered less than 2%. The average daily mileage for all U.S. responses was 31 to 50 miles for 64% of those surveyed, and 22% indicated under 30 miles a day. The remaining 14% travel over 50 miles a day. Vehicles equipped with inverters were driven by 20% of those surveyed. Only 11% relied solely on hook-ups at pet owner homes. A commanding majority (88%) said they always feel safe grooming in their vehicles, and 89% keep their doors locked most or all of the time. When buying a new mobile unit about 67% expect to keep it 4 to 5 years before trading it in and/or keeping it as a backup unit. Mobile groomers (87%) accepting credit and debit cards held the clear majority. When asked how many regular clients it takes to keep them booked year round the majority (74%) said 150, and 20% said 100. Only 6% said more than 150 Continued on next page regular clients.

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MOBILE GROOMING STATISTICS Do you prefer mobile vans and trucks or trailers?

What is your largest operating expense other than gasoline or vehicle loans?

68% Vans & Trucks

77% Hired mobile employees

32% Trailers

21% Repair and maintenance

Do you operate more than one unit?

2%

Vehicle storage

11% Yes

2%

Insurance

89% No Would you recommend mobile grooming to others?

How many regular clients (you groom their pets 4 times a year or more) do you have?

79% Very much so

35% 50 or less

19% Yes

49% 51 to 100

2%

14% 101 to 150

No

How many days a week do you operate?

2%

2%

40% 4

40% Not working in a commercial location

43% 5

36% Freedom to run my business

14% 6

2%

1%

22% Working alone

3 or less

7

151 or more

What do you love best about mobile?

Working as a mobile employee

How many vans or trailers did you own before your present one?

How much of your grooming prices is allocated as a mobile convenience fee?

12% None

70% 25% or less

34% 1

22% 26% to 35%

38% 2

8%

36% to 50%

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TOOLS, EQUIPMENT & SPA PRODUCTS Do you buy used tools and/or equipment? 40% Often

How much do you plan to spend on tools and equipment (not supplies) in 2016?

54% Not often

7%

6%

17% $501 to $1,000

Never

Up to $500

How many types of shampoo do you keep in regular stock?

16% $1,001 to $1,500

14% 1 or 2

24% $2,001 to $2,500

22% 3

6%

$2,501 to $5,000

2%

Over $5,000

44% 4 10% 5 10% 6 or more Which of the following do you use most often to purchase new tools, equipment and grooming supplies? 81% Online Internet 15% Mail order catalog 2%

Trade shows

1%

Store

1%

Sales call

How much do you plan to spend on grooming supplies (not tools and equipment) in 2016? 4%

Up to $500

28% $1,501 to $2,000

What is your preferred tub even if you don’t own one? 81% Stainless steel 12% Porcelain 3%

Plastic

4%

Other

What is your preferred table even if you don’t own one? 26% Hydraulic 70% Electric 3%

Basic four leg

1%

Other

17% $501 to $1,000

What is your preferred caging even if you don’t own them?

43% $1,001 to $1,500

66% Cage Bank

31% $1,501 to $2,000

32% Individual cages

3%

$2,001 to $2,500

2%

2%

Over $2,500

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TOOLS, EQUIPMENT & SPA PRODUCTS Describe your drying setup? 20% Large HV only

How often do you use the services of a professional sharpener?

5%

Small HV only

27% Monthly

5%

Cage dryer only

56% Quarterly

26% Cage & HV 20&14stand 5%

Stand dryer only

17% Every 6 or more months

37% HV & stand dryer

How many different types of shears do you use regularly?

1%

5%

Handheld only

Do you use any all-in-one shampoo and conditioners? 31% Yes, often 19% Yes, occasionally 36% Yes, rarely 14% Never

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61% 2 or 3 34% 4 or more Do you buy tools, equipment or supplies at trade shows? 79% Rarely or never

Do you use natural, organic or holistic product on pets?

18% At least once a year

18% Yes, often 22% Yes, rarely

Do you use grooming positioning equipment for pets on your table other than a grooming arm?

8%

34% Yes, a lot

52% Yes, occasionally Never

3%

More than once a year

Do you use cordless / rechargeable clippers?

44% Yes, somewhat regularly

61% Yes, often

4% Almost never, or never

21% Yes, occasionally 18% No How many cordless / rechargeable clippers or trimmers do you have?

18% Yes, but not often Do you use a clipper vacuum system? 11% Yes, a lot 22% Yes, somewhat regularly

26% 4 or more

40% Yes, but not often

59% 2 to 3

27% Almost never, or never

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GROOMING CAREER SEEKERS DISCUSSION Over 2,000 grooming career seekers completed a survey in 2016. A record (86%) reported they had a very strong interest in an occupation as a groomer. Over 70% envisioned self-employment within 5 years. Dog grooming (82%) was their primary interest, and cat grooming (17%) second. Being employed (69%) after grooming school or other form of grooming training ranked higher in 2016 as part of an initial start in the industry. A whopping 96% were very surprised when they learned that pet groomers are not vocationally-licensed. Their two biggest obstacles are 1) finding a local grooming school and 2) the cost of grooming school. However, where financial aid is available 78% said they would consider applying for it. Traveling out of their current area to attend school limits 69% of them from immediately entering the field. Seventy-seven percent do not want to share pets with other students while attending school. A similar amount favor moderate to low cost housing while attending schools outside their

present residences. Nearly all (94%) prefer an apprenticeship basis to learn to groom, and nearly the same amount have found few availabilities. The appeal of home study is strong with 47% studying the possibilities, followed by employment to gain more experience. Sixty-five percent are willing to spend up $1,750 for home study and basic toolkits. Almost 80% are considering purchasing DVDs and streaming for continuing after their initial training. A significant 72% are willing to apply for training by retailers with grooming. About 20% have previously applied without being accepted. Fifty-seven percent expect to earn $20,000 to $30,000 gross income their first year as a pet groomer. Just a few years ago a similar amount expected at least $10,000 more than this range. Because our survey of full-time pet bathers showed a median U.S. income in the lower share of this range, we conclude their expectations are reasonable. Just 5 years ago their expectations were significantly higher.

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CAREER EDUCATION STATISTICS Which best describes your current and prior work experience? (More than 1 answer OK.

Have you considered an apprenticeship with an independent groomer?

16% Office worker

6%

16% Sales

Have you considered working for a corporate chain offering possible educational opportunities?

7%

Management

17% Military

94% Yes, if I could find one No

76% Yes, Interested

17% Veterinary

14% Yes, no luck

4%

10% Not Yet

Retail

10% Medical (human) 21% Computer 1%

Agriculture

14% Student 2%

Other

How much income do you expect to earn in your first year as a full-time pet groomer whether employed or self -employed? 9%

Up to $20,000

48% $20,001 to $30,000 19% $30,001 to $40,000 22% $40,001 to $50,000 2%

Over $50,000

Would you relocate 75 or more miles away for a great grooming job? 19% Yes 81% No How important is the availability of tuition financing for grooming school? 69% Very 10% Somewhat 11% Not Very 10% Not If you are planning to be self-employed someday will you write a business plan? 72% Yes 11% No 17% I don’t know

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CAREER EDUCATION STATISTICS Are you willing to travel out of your area to attend the school of your choice?

Will you check the credentials of your instructors to teach pet grooming?

37% Yes

21% No

21% No

17% I don’t know

42% Maybe

18% I didn’t know I could

Are you considering formal certification by a grooming association?

If you have worked with pets before learning to groom, what type of work or experience was it?

68% Yes

32% Vet tech

10% No

13% Training / obedience

22% Maybe

11% Pet daycare

Which best describes your dream business if you were self-employed?

18% Boarding kennel tech

32% Mobile 27% Home-based 31% Salon/Shop/Spa

44% Yes

18% Receptionist in pet care 4%

Pet retail sales

4%

Dog or cat rescue

2%

Vet office

How much do you think you will have to spend for your student toolkit?

1%

Pet daycare or boarding

24% $500

3%

In pet owner homes “housecall”

39% $750

4%

None, employed

19% $1,000

Have you considered the extreme patience required to groom pets? 82% Yes 11% No

18% Over $1,000 Is your goal to be a cat only groomer? 6%

Yes

94% No

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STRESS, HEALTH & WELL-BEING DISCUSSION Based on 19 years experience operating one of the industry’s largest community forums, GroomerTALK™, we have read thousands of discussions on the topic of groomer stress, or its symptoms. For 2016 we decided to expand our stressrelated survey of today’s groomers. Here we present these results including the several origins of their stress complaints. Right off the proverbial bat we found 46% take no or few 30 minute breaks during a typical workday. Over one-third (36%) rarely or never eat a meal during a full workday by taking a break. When they do eat during a workday the strong majority (70%) eat fast food or snacks. Without being health experts we still feel confident in saying the lack of adequate breaks and healthy food, or no food, increases stress. What does stress cause groomers? Nearly all those surveyed said at times or regularly they have joint issues, muscle aches, vision issues, headaches, feet and skins issues. If stress isn’t the source, certainly these issues can aggravate or open the door to stress.

However, stress does not source from their working habits. To our amazement 91% said that worries about being classified properly as an independent contractor causes moderate to “a lot” of stress. Does anyone realize this in our industry? Sixty-five percent said most of their stress comes from the management they work for and 28% from the human clientele. Forty-four percent said the lack of adequate employment benefits causes them stress. Fifty-four percent indicated they feel groomers are somewhat to surely underpaid, and yes that increases their stress. Sixty-two percent said they would continue to work as an independent contractor even if not classified correctly because “I need a job.” When asked how they deal with groomer stress 52% reported working less hours, and 18% medication while 28% do nothing in particular. The groomer stress issue is industry-wide and deserves more attention. We will be working on it for 2017. ▀

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STRESS, HEALTH & WELL-BEING STATISTICS Do you take a 30 minute or more break during a full work day?

What do you usually eat while on break or while grooming?

20% Yes, always

42% Fast food

34% Yes, sometimes

17% Meal I packed

29% Yes, rarely

28% Snacks

17% Not really

13% Smoothie or health shake

Do you eat a meal during a full workday?

Does grooming cause any ailments for you? More than one answer is OK. 39% Yes, joint issues

31% Yes, while I work on grooms

31% Yes, muscle aches

33% Yes, during a break

10% Yes, vision issues

26% Yes, but not every day

15% Yes, headaches

10% Not at all

12% Yes, feet issues 19% Yes, skin issues

What bothers you most about working as a pet groomer? Having to work as an employee instead of being self-employed. Not getting paid enough as an employee. Not earning enough net income from the business I own. The management of the business I work for. Physical wear and tear from grooming. Having to work with other groomers instead of working alone. Lack of professional recognition and respect by the public. Getting bit by pets. Not being able to get more continuing education. Self-doubt of my grooming and/or customer skills. Pet owners that do not care properly for their pets. Lack of adequate jobs in my area.

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STRESS, HEALTH & WELL-BEING STATISTICS Do you think as an industry employed pet groomers are underpaid? 20% Yes 34% Somewhat 29% Almost right 17% Not really

If you are an independent contractor, are you mostly grooming the clientele of another grooming business owner who cannot groom all of the demand of their clientele or the clientele you own?”

Would vocational licensing of pet grooming earn groomers more professional recognition?

79% Only employer’s clientele

45% Yes

6%

21% Yes, but not sure it is worth it

15% Some of both My personal clientele only

7%

Not at all

What factors cause you the most stress while working as groomer? More than one answer is OK.

1%

If we must license, won’t groom

28% Human clientele

26% No, probably not

Would you accept a position as an independent contractor groomer even if you knew you were not legally classified as one? 62% Yes, I need a job 38% No

65% Management 5%

Behavioral pets

39% Work schedule 44% Lack of benefits

If you are an independent contractor, do you “rent a table” or “grooming dept?”

How do you deal with groomingrelated stress? More than one answer is OK.

3%

52% Work less hours

Yes

97% No Does the independent contractor issue cause you stress? 69% Yes, a lot 22% Yes, moderately 9%

Nope, or don’t pay attention to it

11% Exercise after work 18% Medication 7%

Hobbies

28% Nothing in particular END OF REPORT

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Tennessee Court of Appeals

Independent Contractor Pet Groomers Ruling

Classifying pet groomers as independent contractors has become even more difficult in the State of Tennessee. The state joins many others that no longer rely on simplistic tests or even notions when determining I.C. status. What notions are these? Too many pet grooming business owners believe that if groomers working for them have their own business phone number, insurance, pay for their supplies and sharpening they are on their way to maintaining they have properly classified independent contractors. These are becoming false notions albeit with some background support, yet outdated. U.S. states can set entirely different qualifi-

cations from those of the federal government (Internal Revenue Service), and often do. If you employ groomers properly classified as independent contractors by federal guidelines you must also ensure they are properly classified by your state level regulator. Based on our experience the large majority of employers do not verify state compliance, and it can be costly. More U.S. states are clamping down. An excellent example is a recent ruling by the State of Tennessee Court of Appeals. In fact they ruled on independent contractor status based on an actual case against a grooming employer and

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the impact on all grooming businesses in Tennessee is profound and should wake-up most employers there. All these little notions, or details, like they have their own insurance, their own phone, they get their own supplies can become near meaningless now in the eyes of Tennessee state regulations. Similar details and several more specific to the appeals case of a grooming shop with retail in Knoxville were considered. Other factors included the groomers did participate in occasional retail sales, and the business owner pro-

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vided grooming supplies. The groomers were allowed to work for others but when working for the owner did so onsite and received 50% commission. It seems the more an I.C. determination relies on a list of factors the more the regulators are looking for a blanket regulatory definition instead of having to weigh a basket of factors based on determination “tests” by state law. Tennessee has taken a leap not overriding all of its related employment status (Continued on page 88)

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tests, but certainly making it simpler. Ford & Harrison LLP summarized this important State of Tennessee ruling, “Individuals performing the main function of your business cannot be classified as independent contractors in Tennessee. At least, that's what the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled recently when analyzing whether the Tennessee Department of Workforce Development properly held a pet groomer liable for unpaid unemployment taxes from 2006 through 2011.” 88

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2016 Grooming Prices Survey Results Widespread Modest Grooming Price Increases in 2016 Over 6,000 groomers completed 2016 grooming price surveys. Surveyed groomers in 2015 showed widespread price increases across every region of the United States, as well as Canada and Australia. Generally their increases were moderate yet greater than the previous four years. The trend to raise prices continued in 2016 but overall price increases were modest. Whereas the West South Central and West North Central regions of the United States (AR, LA, OK, TX, IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE SD) appeared to catch-up in 2014 with some of the largest relative increases, no one region of the U.S. showed a reluctance to modestly raise prices more than any other region in 2016. Nationwide the average grooming fee in 2016 increased by a modest $1.25 for non-mobile groomers, and by $1.75 for mobile groomers. As a result the average U.S. grooming fee broke the $50.00 barrier for the first time coming in at $51.00. Likewise, mobile groomers broke the $70.00 barrier for the first time with an average U.S. grooming fee of $70.25. Housecall groomers (grooming inside pet owner homes, no mobile conversion) recorded a similar modest increase of an

average price increase of $1.50. The average housecall fee in 2015 rose to $57.00. Specialty grooming such as handstripping or show grooming Poodles, whether mobile or non-mobile, rose the most. However, surveys in the past show specialty grooming prices tend to change significantly year to year by region. In the end, specialty grooming in 2015 rose modestly overall. The majority of groomers (63%) indicated they would increase prices modestly in 2016. The average predicted price increase was $2.25 for non-mobile groomers and $3.25 for mobile and housecall groomers. Over 71% of groomers surveyed were not worried about raising prices in 2016. Twelve percent were concerned about the effects of raising prices in 2016. Six percent said they would wait until 2017 before raising prices. Overall 2016 was yet another good year for pet groomers to keep up with rising costs. Our new grooming price surveys for 2016 will be available beginning in early Spring. Use the link below to go online and take an appropriate survey. Thank you! ♦ www.pegroomer.com/surveys.htm

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U.S. GROOMING PRICES 2015 - 2016 COMPARISON* All 50 U.S. States Combined - Take a Survey at www.petgroomer.com/surveys.htm

BREED / SERVICE TYPE

NON-MOBILE GROOMING RESULTS Change 2015 2016 2015/2016

MOBILE GROOMING RESULTS Change 2015 2016 2015/2016

Overall Avg. Grooming Fee

51.00

53.00

2.00

70.25

72.25

2.00

Bichon Frise (Complete**)

53.25

55.25

2.00

72.75

75.50

2.25

Bichon Frise (Bath-Only***)

36.75

42.00

5.25

60.50

63.75

3.25

Min Poodle (Complete/No Pattern)

51.00

53.75

2.75

69.50

72.25

2.75

Min Poodle (Complete Pattern)

53.75

56.75

3.00

75.00

1.50

76.50

Min Poodle (Bath-Only)

36.25

36.75

.50

58.50

61.00

2.50

Std Poodle (Complete/No Pattern)

79.50

84.00

4.50

98.50

102.00

3.50

Std Poodle (Complete Pattern)

86.50

89.75

3.25

109.75

111.25

1.50

Std Poodle (Bath-Only)

50.75

50.50

-.25

75.50

76.50

1.00

Cocker Spaniel (Complete)

54.00

57.00

3.00

76.25

80.75

4.50

Cocker Spaniel (Bath-only)

42.25

43.75

1.50

70.25

73.00

2.75

Min. Schnauzer (Complete)

52.00

57.00

5.00

74.00

75.50

1.50

Min. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

34.50

37.00

2.50

62.50

66.00

3.50

Std. Schnauzer (Complete)

68.50

73.00

4.50

87.75

91.00

3.25

Std. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

45.50

47.25

1.75

70.00

75.00

5.00

Golden Retriever (Complete)

68.25

71.00

2.75

87.75

90.00

2.25

Golden Retriever (Bath-Only)

49.75

51.75

2.00

73.25

74.75

1.50

Shih Tzu (Complete)

51.75

53.50

1.75

69.75

71.25

1.50

Shih Tzu (Bath-Only)

36.25

37.75

1.50

64.50

66.50

2.00

Sheltie (Bath-Only)

51.00

53.00

2.00

69.50

71.50

2.00

Beagle (Bath-Only)

34.75

35.50

.75

60.25

62.25

2.00

Labrador (Bath-Only)

52.00

53.25

1.25

70.25

69.50

-.75

Old English Shp. (Bath-Only)

72.25

74.00

1.75

97.75

97.25

-.50

German Shepherd (Bath-Only)

55.25

56.50

1.25

70.50

72.50

2.00

Great Pyrenees (Bath-Only)

88.50

90.50

2.00

108.50

112.00

3.50

Hand Strip Medium Terrier

91.50

89.75

-1.75

99.50

100.50

1.00

108.50

108.50

.00

119.25

118.75

-.50

Formal Show Min. Poodle

91.00

97.00

6.00

126.50

132.50

6.00

Formal Show Std. Poodle

147.00

158.25

11.25

185.50

192.50

7.00

16.00

15.25

-.75

17.00

16.75

-.25

8.75

7.50

-1.25

13.50

13.00

.50

Avg. Nails Only Fee

12.50

12.75

.25

33.25

36.25

3.00

Hourly Grooming Rate

44.75

46.75

2.00

74.00

75.75

1.75

Hand Strip Large Terrier

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OVERALL AVG GROOM FEE Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

56.25

58.75

2.50

77.50

79.00

1.50

Middle Atlantic

57.50

59.00

1.50

80.50

82.50

2.00

South Atlantic

53.75

55.00

1.25

75.25

77.00

1.75

East South Central

48.00

52.00

4.00

64.00

66.25

2.25

West South Central

45.00

47.75

2.75

61.00

63.00

2.00

East North Central

47.25

48.50

1.25

63.50

65.00

1.50

West North Central

43.00

45.00

2.00

53.75

58.25

4.50

Mountain

48.75

49.00

.25

74.50

76.50

2.00

Pacific

60.00

62.50

2.50

81.75

83.00

1.25

51.00

53.00

2.00

70.25

72.25

2.00

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

BICHON FRISE Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

59.25

61.00

1.75

81.00

84.25

3.25

Middle Atlantic

60.50

61.50

1.00

82.50

85.50

3.00

South Atlantic

56.00

59.25

3.25

80.00

81.00

1.00

East South Central

48.25

49.50

1.25

70.00

72.25

2.25

West South Central

47.25

47.75

.50

61.50

64.00

2.50

East North Central

46.25

48.25

2.00

67.50

71.25

3.75

West North Central

43.75

46.00

2.25

59.00

61.25

2.25

Mountain

54.25

57.50

3.25

69.50

72.50

3.00

Pacific

63.50

66.00

2.50

84.00

86.50

2.50

53.25

55.25

2.00

72.75

75.50

2.25

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

BICHON FRISE Bath-Only Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

40.50

47.00

6.50

67.00

68.00

1.00

Middle Atlantic

40.75

46.75

6.00

69.75

71.00

1.25

South Atlantic

37.00

41.25

4.25

63.75

68.25

4.50

East South Central

35.00

39.50

4.50

50.75

59.00

8.25

West South Central

38.00

42.50

4.50

56.75

59.75

3.00

East North Central

31.50

36.75

5.25

52.50

56.50

4.00

West North Central

30.25

35.50

5.25

55.00

58.25

3.25

Mountain

35.50

41.25

5.75

57.25

59.75

2.50

Pacific

41.50

47.00

5.50

71.50

72.50

1.00

36.75

42.00

5.25

60.50

63.75

3.25

US Average

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Results represent averages of actual prices both above and below the averages shown here. The higher or lower amounts could be as much as $10 to $30, and sometimes higher for large pets and specialty services such as show grooming and hand stripping. Your prices are likely to vary from those shown here.

Non-Mobile Results

MIN. POODLE (no pattern) Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

58.50

62.00

3.50

77.25

81.00

3.75

Middle Atlantic

58.00

60.75

2.75

81.75

84.50

2.75

South Atlantic

56.25

59.50

3.25

75.25

74.75

-.50

East South Central

48.00

50.00

2.00

61.25

66.00

4.75

West South Central

47.75

49.25

1.50

63.00

67.50

4.50

East North Central

42.00

44.50

2.50

64.25

66.50

2.25

West North Central

41.25

42.75

1.50

56.75

59.25

2.50

Mountain

49.25

52.50

3.25

64.75

67.50

2.75

Pacific

59.00

61.75

2.75

81.75

83.00

1.25

51.00

53.75

2.75

69.50

72.25

2.75

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

MIN. POODLE (pattern) Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

58.75

62.50

3.75

82.25

86.00

3.75

Middle Atlantic

63.00

64.75

1.75

86.25

87.50

1.25

South Atlantic

63.50

66.00

2.50

81.75

82.50

.75

East South Central

47.75

51.25

3.50

69.75

71.25

1.50

West South Central

45.00

47.75

2.75

65.75

67.50

1.75

East North Central

47.75

49.75

2.00

67.50

68.75

1.25

West North Central

42.50

45.75

3.25

60.50

61.50

1.00

Mountain

52.75

58.00

5.25

70.75

72.00

1.25

Pacific

62.75

64.25

1.50

90.75

92.25

1.50

53.75

56.75

3.00

75.00

1.50

76.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

MIN. POODLE Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

38.75

39.00

.25

63.25

66.00

2.75

Middle Atlantic

43.00

42.00

-1.00

65.50

67.25

1.75

South Atlantic

39.75

39.25

-.50

67.00

68.50

1.50

East South Central

32.50

33.50

1.00

55.00

57.25

2.25

West South Central

31.75

32.25

.50

52.25

55.00

2.75

East North Central

33.00

33.50

.50

53.00

56.75

3.75

West North Central

31.75

32.00

.25

46.25

51.00

4.75

Mountain

35.00

38.25

3.25

57.00

57.75

.75

Pacific

41.00

42.25

1.25

66.00

69.50

3.50

36.25

36.75

.50

58.50

61.00

2.50

US Average

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New England: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT Middle Atlantic: South Atlantic: DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV East South Central: West South Central: AR, LA, OK, TX East North Central: West North Central: IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD Mountain: Pacific: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA Complete Grooming Service: Fee includes bathy, style, ears, nails, not matted. Results rounded to nearest quarter in US dollars. Non-Mobile Results

STD. POODLE No Pattern Complete Grooming Service

NJ, NY, PA AL, KY, MS, TN IL, IN, MI, OH, WI AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

90.25

97.50

7.25

114.00

116.50

2.50

Middle Atlantic

91.25

97.00

5.75

111.25

114.50

3.25

South Atlantic

83.75

88.25

5.50

109.75

110.75

1.00

East South Central

75.25

79.50

4.25

83.50

91.25

7.75

West South Central

67.00

70.50

3.50

85.00

90.50

5.50

East North Central

69.25

70.50

1.25

86.00

89.25

3.25

West North Central

71.25

69.25

2.00

82.25

88.50

6.25

Mountain

81.75

91.50

9.75

99.50

99.00

-.50

Pacific

85.25

92.75

7.50

114.00

116.50

2.50

79.50

84.00

4.50

98.50

102.00

3.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

STD. POODLE Pattern Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

107.00

109.50

2.50

120.50

121.00

.50

Middle Atlantic

96.00

102.00

6.00

125.75

127.25

1.50

South Atlantic

94.50

96.25

1.50

125.00

129.25

4.25

East South Central

73.25

80.50

7.25

91.25

92.75

1.50

West South Central

76.25

78.50

2.25

97.75

99.25

1.50

East North Central

76.75

78.00

1.25

100.50

99.75

-.75

West North Central

68.50

71.00

2.50

97.75

98.25

.50

Mountain

91.00

93.25

2.25

106.25

108.25

2.00

Pacific

96.00

98.00

2.00

122.00

124.75

2.75

86.50

89.75

3.25

109.75

111.25

1.50

New England

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

STD. POODLE Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

61.25

62.00

.75

84.25

85.00

.75

Middle Atlantic

55.75

52.50

-3.25

85.00

86.25

1.25

South Atlantic

51.50

52.00

.50

82.50

84.00

1.50

East South Central

47.75

48.00

.25

72.00

75.50

3.50

West South Central

46.00

45.25

-.75

70.25

71.50

1.25

East North Central

45.75

46.50

.75

68.75

69.25

.50

West North Central

43.50

42.75

-.75

57.50

59.50

2.00

Mountain

45.50

46.00

.50

69.25

68.75

-.50

59.25

60.00

.75

88.75

88.75

.00

50.50

-.25

75.50

76.50

1.00

Pacific US Average

50.75

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Results represent averages of actual prices both above and below the averages shown here. The higher or lower amounts could be as much as $10 to $30, and sometimes higher for large pets and specialty services such as show grooming and hand stripping. Your prices are likely to vary from those shown here.

Non-Mobile Results

COCKER SPANIEL Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

60.00

63.00

3.00

90.50

95.25

4.75

Middle Atlantic

59.25

61.75

2.50

90.00

92.75

2.75

South Atlantic

61.25

62.25

1.00

81.25

87.50

6.25

East South Central

49.75

54.00

4.25

71.00

74.50

3.50

West South Central

49.75

53.25

3.50

69.50

72.50

3.00

East North Central

45.25

49.25

4.00

68.50

73.75

5.25

West North Central

47.00

48.75

1.75

63.25

68.50

5.25

Mountain

50.75

54.00

3.25

69.75

74.00

4.25

Pacific

64.00

65.50

1.50

83.00

88.00

5.00

54.00

57.00

3.00

76.25

80.75

4.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

COCKER SPANIEL Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

48.50

48.00

-.50

81.00

82.25

.00

Middle Atlantic

49.25

48.75

-.50

82.00

83.00

.00

South Atlantic

40.75

43.00

2.25

81.75

83.00

.00

East South Central

39.25

41.00

1.75

61.50

70.25

.00

West South Central

40.50

42.50

2.00

66.25

69.75

.00

East North Central

36.75

39.00

2.25

58.50

60.25

.00

West North Central

39.50

41.25

1.75

62.25

64.25

.00

Mountain

41.00

42.00

1.00

66.25

68.50

.00

Pacific

45.00

47.25

2.25

73.50

75.00

.00

42.25

43.75

1.50

70.25

73.00

2.75

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

MINIATURE SCHNAUZER Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

58.25

64.00

5.75

79.00

84.25

5.25

Middle Atlantic

59.50

61.75

2.25

80.00

84.50

4.50

South Atlantic

58.50

60.00

1.50

81.75

83.75

2.00

East South Central

46.25

55.50

9.25

70.25

74.50

4.25

West South Central

45.75

52.75

7.00

65.00

69.50

4.50

East North Central

43.00

47.25

4.25

68.00

63.50

-4.50

West North Central

42.50

44.50

2.00

66.50

67.50

1.00

Mountain

52.00

55.00

3.00

68.50

69.50

1.00

Pacific

61.50

67.25

5.75

85.50

82.50

-3.00

52.00

57.00

5.00

74.00

75.50

1.50

US Average

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MIN. SCHNAUZER Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

37.00

38.50

1.50

71.00

74.50

3.50

Middle Atlantic

41.25

42.00

.75

72.00

75.00

3.00

South Atlantic

36.00

38.50

2.50

69.25

75.50

6.25

East South Central

34.25

36.00

1.75

61.25

62.50

1.25

West South Central

31.00

33.00

2.00

58.25

58.25

.00

East North Central

31.50

36.25

4.75

57.25

60.50

3.25

West North Central

29.00

33.00

4.00

52.00

57.25

5.25

Mountain

31.75

34.25

2.50

58.00

59.25

1.25

Pacific

39.50

41.00

1.50

63.75

70.50

6.75

34.50

37.00

2.50

62.50

66.00

3.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

STANDARD SCHNAUZER Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

77.25

81.25

4.00

104.75

107.50

2.75

Middle Atlantic

78.50

83.00

4.50

99.50

105.25

5.75

South Atlantic

77.75

81.75

4.00

104.50

106.50

2.00

East South Central

59.75

64.50

4.75

81.75

84.50

2.75

West South Central

57.50

62.50

5.00

77.75

80.00

2.25

East North Central

55.50

61.00

5.50

77.75

80.50

2.75

West North Central

59.75

62.00

2.25

72.25

77.00

4.75

Mountain

73.00

78.50

5.50

77.75

79.25

1.50

Pacific

76.25

83.50

6.75

93.25

98.75

5.50

68.50

73.00

4.50

87.75

91.00

3.25

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

STANDARD SCHNAUZER Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

51.25

53.00

1.75

80.25

92.50

12.25

Middle Atlantic

53.00

56.25

3.25

78.25

86.50

8.25

South Atlantic

53.75

55.25

1.50

77.75

85.00

7.25

East South Central

42.00

43.50

1.50

61.50

64.75

3.25

West South Central

41.00

42.75

1.75

63.00

66.50

3.50

East North Central

38.75

40.25

1.50

56.50

64.25

7.75

West North Central

41.00

42.50

1.50

59.50

62.50

3.00

Mountain

43.00

44.00

1.00

64.50

63.50

-1.00

Pacific

45.00

47.75

2.75

87.50

88.50

1.00

45.50

47.25

1.75

70.00

75.00

5.00

US Average

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Non-Mobile Results

GOLDEN RETRIEVER Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

74.00

77.50

3.50

92.25

94.00

1.75

Middle Atlantic

72.50

75.75

3.25

96.75

98.50

1.75

South Atlantic

75.50

77.00

1.50

98.50

97.25

-1.25

East South Central

65.25

67.25

2.00

84.50

86.50

2.00

West South Central

62.00

64.25

2.25

85.00

87.50

2.50

East North Central

61.00

62.50

1.50

77.75

80.00

2.25

West North Central

60.75

64.00

2.25

75.00

79.75

4.75

Mountain

69.25

71.75

2.50

85.00

88.25

3.25

Pacific

73.75

78.75

5.00

95.50

97.75

2.25

68.25

71.00

2.75

87.75

90.00

2.25

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

GOLDEN RETRIEVER Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

51.75

54.25

2.50

78.50

79.75

1.25

Middle Atlantic

61.00

62.25

1.25

84.00

83.50

-.50

South Atlantic

60.75

61.50

.75

83.25

84.00

.75

East South Central

46.50

48.00

1.50

68.50

71.25

2.75

West South Central

43.50

47.75

4.25

69.25

71.25

2.00

East North Central

41.25

43.00

1.75

61.25

63.00

1.75

West North Central

39.50

42.75

3.25

61.25

64.00

2.75

Mountain

46.25

48.00

1.75

69.50

70.00

.50

Pacific

57.75

58.50

.75

83.50

85.75

2.25

49.75

51.75

2.00

73.25

74.75

1.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

SHIH TZU Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

58.50

61.00

2.50

76.50

78.75

2.25

Middle Atlantic

59.50

60.50

1.00

78.00

78.50

.50

South Atlantic

60.00

62.00

2.00

73.50

77.50

4.00

East South Central

49.50

51.25

1.75

66.00

66.00

.00

West South Central

46.25

48.00

2.75

65.00

64.00

-1.00

East North Central

41.00

42.50

1.50

54.75

58.75

4.00

West North Central

43.50

44.00

.50

62.25

62.00

-.25

Mountain

46.50

49.25

2.75

70.25

72.25

2.00

Pacific

60.25

62.00

1.75

82.00

83.50

1.50

51.75

53.50

1.75

69.75

71.25

1.50

US Average

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SHIH TZU Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

40.25

41.00

.75

68.00

69.50

1.50

Middle Atlantic

41.25

42.00

.75

69.00

70.75

1.75

South Atlantic

41.50

42.50

1.00

67.00

70.25

3.25

East South Central

35.50

38.25

2.75

61.00

63.00

2.00

West South Central

30.75

32.25

1.50

63.00

64.50

1.50

East North Central

30.00

31.75

1.75

61.50

62.25

.75

West North Central

32.25

32.00

.25

60.25

61.25

1.00

Mountain

34.50

36.50

2.00

60.75

62.00

1.25

Pacific

41.00

43.25

2.25

70.75

74.00

3.25

36.25

37.75

1.50

64.50

66.50

2.00

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

SHELTIE Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

58.75

59.25

.50

75.00

77.00

2.00

Middle Atlantic

57.75

60.00

2.25

80.50

82.25

1.75

South Atlantic

55.75

58.50

2.75

79.75

82.00

2.25

East South Central

49.00

51.00

2.00

66.50

68.25

1.75

West South Central

42.00

46.25

4.25

62.00

63.75

1.75

East North Central

43.25

44.75

1.50

60.50

62.50

2.00

West North Central

44.75

45.00

.25

56.75

58.50

1.75

Mountain

52.50

54.50

2.00

64.25

66.75

2.50

Pacific

54.25

57.75

3.50

79.50

82.75

2.25

51.00

53.00

2.00

69.50

71.50

2.00

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

BEAGLE Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

34.00

35.50

1.50

65.00

67.25

2.25

Middle Atlantic

38.00

36.75

-1.25

62.50

61.00

-1.50

South Atlantic

37.25

38.00

.75

65.50

67.75

2.25

East South Central

33.50

34.00

.50

59.25

61.00

.75

West South Central

31.50

33.25

1.75

56.00

59.75

3.75

East North Central

32.00

31.00

-1.00

53.00

55.00

2.00

West North Central

33.00

34.50

1.50

54.25

55.00

.75

Mountain

34.50

38.00

3.50

56.75

60.25

3.50

38.75

39.50

.75

70.50

72.25

1.75

34.75

35.50

.75

60.25

62.25

2.00

Pacific US Average

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Results represent averages of actual prices both above and below the averages shown here. The higher or lower amounts could be as much as $10 to $30, and sometimes higher for large pets and specialty services such as show grooming and hand stripping. Your prices are likely to vary from those shown here.

Non-Mobile Results

LABRADOR Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

59.75

60.75

1.00

77.50

78.50

1.00

Middle Atlantic

56.50

58.75

2.25

75.00

76.25

1.25

South Atlantic

57.50

59.50

2.00

76.50

78.00

1.50

East South Central

48.75

49.50

.75

68.50

69.75

1.25

West South Central

48.50

49.25

.75

68.25

62.00

-6.25

East North Central

44.75

47.25

2.50

65.25

61.75

-4.50

West North Central

46.50

47.00

.50

62.50

60.50

-2.00

Mountain

49.75

49.00

-75

60.75

62.25

1.50

Pacific

59.75

59.00

-.75

77.75

77.00

-.75

52.00

53.25

1.25

70.25

69.50

-.75

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

83.25

85.50

2.25

112.75

114.00

1.25

Middle Atlantic

82.25

84.75

2.50

111.25

110.25

-1.00

South Atlantic

81.00

80.00

-1.00

108.50

107.00

-1.50

East South Central

66.50

68.25

1.75

89.75

91.75

2.00

West South Central

67.00

69.25

2.25

90.50

91.00

.50

East North Central

68.00

67.75

-.25

84.00

83.50

-.50

West North Central

57.25

60.50

3.25

82.25

80.50

-1.75

Mountain

65.00

68.00

3.00

88.00

86.50

-1.50

Pacific

79.75

81.75

2.00

112.00

110.50

-1.50

72.25

74.00

1.75

97.75

97.25

-.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

GERMAN SHEPHERD Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

59.25

60.50

1.25

81.50

82.00

.50

Middle Atlantic

61.25

62.00

.75

75.75

77.25

1.50

South Atlantic

67.50

66.75

-.75

79.25

80.00

.75

East South Central

54.50

55.25

.75

66.00

67.50

1.50

West South Central

48.00

49.25

1.25

66.25

67.50

1.25

East North Central

47.00

48.50

1.50

63.50

65.00

1.50

West North Central

46.00

46.00

.00

57.25

60.50

3.25

Mountain

54.25

58.75

4.50

63.75

68.00

4.25

Pacific

60.00

62.25

2.25

81.00

84.00

3.00

55.25

56.50

1.25

70.50

72.50

2.00

US Average

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GREAT PYRENEES Bath-Only Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

100.00

105.25

5.25

131.25

133.00

1.75

Middle Atlantic

102.25

104.00

1.75

120.50

127.75

7.25

South Atlantic

101.00

99.75

-1.25

114.50

116.25

1.75

East South Central

83.50

85.50

2.00

102.25

103.25

1.00

West South Central

80.75

84.00

3.25

99.75

105.25

5.50

East North Central

82.00

83.75

1.75

102.50

106.50

4.00

West North Central

75.00

78.50

3.50

80.00

88.00

8.00

Mountain

78.75

81.25

2.50

103.00

102.00

-1.00

Pacific

93.50

93.00

-.50

123.00

124.50

1.50

88.50

90.50

2.00

108.50

112.00

3.50

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

HANDSTRIP MED TERRIER Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

108.00

95.75

-12.25

111.25

112.75

1.50

Middle Atlantic

103.50

94.50

-9.00

124.00

119.75

-4.25

South Atlantic

106.25

96.50

-9.75

104.00

105.50

1.50

East South Central

93.00

90.50

-2.50

91.50

93.25

1.75

West South Central

85.75

91.00

5.25

93.75

96.00

2.25

East North Central

82.50

86.00

3.50

82.75

84.50

1.75

West North Central

77.50

77.00

-.50

78.00

81.25

4.25

Mountain

74.50

76.75

2.25

97.50

99.00

1.50

Pacific

93.50

99.25

5.75

113.50

112.00

-1.50

91.50

89.75

-1.75

99.50

100.50

1.00

US Average

Non-Mobile Results

HANDSTRIP LG. TERRIER Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

126.50

115.50

-11.00

142.75

130.50

-12.25

Middle Atlantic

124.00

119.75

-4.25

137.50

140.00

2.50

South Atlantic

110.00

108.25

-1.75

126.75

125.75

-1.00

East South Central

97.00

99.75

2.75

113.50

112.25

-.75

West South Central

90.00

97.25

7.25

104.50

106.25

1.75

East North Central

89.50

94.50

5.00

102.00

104.75

2.75

West North Central

95.25

97.00

1.75

101.75

99.50

-2.25

Mountain

121.00

118.50

-2.50

102.00

104.50

2.50

Pacific

124.25

126.00

1.75

143.00

144.25

1.25

108.50

108.50

.00

119.25

118.75

-.50

US Average

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Non-Mobile Results

SHOW MIN POODLE Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

91.50

96.75

5.25

137.50

151.00

13.50

Middle Atlantic

101.00

110.00

9.00

145.50

152.50

7.00

South Atlantic

103.50

108.00

4.50

147.00

161.25

14.25

East South Central

90.25

94.25

4.00

104.75

111.25

6.50

West South Central

84.50

86.00

1.50

114.25

108.50

-5.75

East North Central

80.75

84.25

3.50

126.25

122.75

.-3.50

West North Central

81.00

84.50

3.50

112.25

116.00

3.75

Mountain

83.00

92.50

9.50

114.00

117.75

3.75

103.25

115.75

12.50

136.75

151.50

14.75

91.00

97.00

6.00

126.50

132.50

6.00

New England

Pacific US Average

Non-Mobile Results

SHOW STD POODLE Complete Grooming Service

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

175.50

175.00

-.50

173.50

189.25

15.75

Middle Atlantic

178.00

181.50

3.50

202.50

210.50

8.00

South Atlantic

199.25

190.75

-8.50

213.75

209.75

-4.00

East South Central

127.50

151.50

24.00

174.00

178.50

4.50

West South Central

131.50

133.75

2.25

148.00

155.50

7.50

East North Central

112.75

129.00

16.25

186.00

177.25

-8.75

West North Central

114.75

131.00

16.25

180.75

190.00

9.25

Mountain

119.25

143.50

24.25

182.75

199.25

16.50

Pacific

164.75

188.75

24.00

207.75

221.50

13.75

147.00

158.25

11.25

185.50

192.50

7.00

US Average

DE-MATTING AVERAGE

Non-Mobile Results 2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

19.00

17.00

-2.00

29.00

23.50

-6.50

Middle Atlantic

19.75

16.50

-3.25

17.00

19.50

2.50

South Atlantic

20.25

16.00

-4.25

17.00

16.25

-.75

East South Central

14.75

14.00

-.75

13.25

14.00

.75

West South Central

12.00

11.50

-.50

14.00

15.00

2.00

East North Central

13.00

14.75

1.75

17.00

16.75

-.25

West North Central

13.25

17.00

3.75

11.75

13.25

1.50

Mountain

13.75

12.25

-1.50

13.00

13.00

.00

Pacific

19.25

17.50

-1.75

20.00

19.50

-.50

16.00

15.25

-.75

17.00

16.75

-.25

US Average

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TREATMENTS

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

8.00

7.00

-1.00

14.00

12.50

-1.50

Middle Atlantic

14.25

8.50

-5.75

15.00

14.25

-.75

South Atlantic

8.50

9.25

.75

12.50

11.75

-.75

East South Central

5.25

6.00

.75

12.00

12.25

.25

West South Central

8.50

7.00

-1.50

14.00

12.75

-1.25

East North Central

6.50

5.00

-1.50

16.50

14.00

-2.50

West North Central

8.00

7.00

-1.00

12.75

12.50

-.25

Mountain

9.00

7.25

-1.75

10.00

11.00

1.00

11.00

10.50

-.50

14.50

15.50

1.00

8.75

7.50

-1.25

13.50

13.00

-.50

New England

Pacific US Average

Non-Mobile Results

NAILS ONLY

2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

15.00

14.00

-1.00

33.00

35.50

2.50

Middle Atlantic

14.50

14.00

-.50

34.00

37.50

3.50

South Atlantic

14.25

15.50

1.25

36.25

41.00

4.75

East South Central

11.00

12.25

1.25

37.50

39.00

1.50

West South Central

11.75

11.00

-.75

31.50

35.25

3.75

East North Central

11.00

12.50

1.50

31.00

30.50

-.50

West North Central

9.75

10.25

.50

31.00

29.75

-1.25

Mountain

12.25

11.75

-.50

29.00

36.00

7.00

Pacific

13.25

14.00

.75

35.00

40.75

5.75

12.50

12.75

.25

33.25

36.25

3.00

US Average

HOURLY RATE GROOMING

Non-Mobile Results 2015

2016

Mobile Only Results Change

2015

2016

Change

New England

50.00

52.25

2.25

87.25

88.00

.75

Middle Atlantic

50.25

51.50

1.25

80.50

82.25

1.75

South Atlantic

52.25

54.00

1.75

79.00

77.75

-1.25

East South Central

39.00

40.75

1.75

72.75

73.75

1.00

West South Central

32.75

36.00

3.25

62.50

66.25

3.75

East North Central

42.00

41.00

-1.00

73.00

72.50

-.50

West North Central

40.00

41.50

1.50

60.00

69.00

9.00

Mountain

45.25

48.50

3.25

68.50

68.00

-.50

Pacific

50.75

55.00

4.25

82.25

85.00

2.75

44.75

46.75

2.00

74.00

75.75

1.75

US Average

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IN-HOME “HOUSE CALL” GROOMING PRICES 2015 - 2016 COMPARISON* All 50 U.S. States Combined BREED / SERVICE TYPE

2015

Change 2015/2016

2016

Overall Avg. Grooming Fee

57.00

58.25

1.25

Bichon Frise (Complete**)

50.75

51.50

.75

Bichon Frise (Bath-Only***)

46.50

46.00

-.50

Min Poodle (Complete/No Pattern)

48.50

49.00

.50

Min Poodle (Complete Pattern)

50.50

51.50

1.00

Min Poodle (Bath-Only)

42.75

45.00

2.25

Std Poodle (Complete/No Pattern)

89.50

90.00

.50

Std Poodle (Complete Pattern)

106.25

110.50

4.25

Std Poodle (Bath-Only)

53.75

57.00

3.25

Cocker Spaniel (Complete)

58.25

60.25

2.00

Cocker Spaniel (Bath-only)

45.25

49.50

4.25

Min. Schnauzer (Complete)

50.00

52.50

2.50

Min. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

39.00

42.00

3.00

Std. Schnauzer (Complete)

74.00

78.50

4.50

Std. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

50.50

52.75

2.25

Golden Retriever (Complete)

68.25

70.50

2.25

Golden Retriever (Bath-Only)

54.00

55.25

1.25

Shih Tzu (Complete)

50.00

51.50

1.50

Shih Tzu (Bath-Only)

40.25

44.00

3.75

Sheltie (Bath-Only)

50.00

52.75

2.75

Beagle (Bath-Only)

43.50

42.00

-1.50

Labrador (Bath-Only)

59.00

61.00

2.00

Old English Shp. (Bath-Only)

82.75

88.50

5.75

German Shepherd (Bath-Only)

52.50

54.00

1.50

Great Pyrenees (Bath-Only)

94.50

89.25

-5.25

Hand Strip Medium Terrier

112.00

121.25

9.25

Hand Strip Large Terrier

150.00

160.75

10.75

Formal Show Min. Poodle

194.25

200.50

6.25

Formal Show Std. Poodle

199.25

207.50

8.25

Avg. Dematting Fee

19.50

15.25

-4.25

Vet Bath Treatments Add-on

11.00

12.50

1.50

Avg. Nails Only Fee

28.00

33.50

5.50

Hourly Grooming Rate

50.00

52.25

2.25

* Fees shown were averaged by combining responses by survey year. ** “Complete” Grooming service includes bath, style, ears, nails, not matted. *** “Bath-Only” Grooming service includes bath, ears, nails, not matted. Prices are US Dollars and rounded to the nearest 25 cents.

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INTERNATIONAL GROOMING PRICES 2016* CANADA 2016 (CAD $)

BREED / SERVICE TYPE

NON-MOBILE

January / March 2017 PetGroomer.com Publications

AUSTRALIA 2016 (AUD $)

MOBILE

NON-MOBILE

MOBILE

Overall Avg. Grooming Fee

69.25

85.00

67.25

89.50

Bichon Frise (Complete*)

61.00

78.00

69.50

79.75

Bichon Frise (Bath-Only**)

41.50

68.00

47.75

68.50

Min Poodle (Complete No Pattern)

58.25

75.00

63.50

71.00

Min Poodle (Complete with Pattern)

61.50

77.25

60.25

72.50

Min Poodle (Bath-Only)

42.25

71.00

42.50

60.50

Std Poodle (Complete No Pattern)

108.25

114.25

98.75

105.50

Std Poodle (Complete with Pattern)

113.50

127.75

103.25

110.50

Std Poodle (Bath-Only)

69.50

82.25

68.00

80.50

Cocker Spaniel (Complete)

63.00

77.25

68.75

80.50

Cocker Spaniel (Bath-only)

45.50

69.50

52.50

76.25

Min. Schnauzer (Complete)

59.00

77.25

68.50

83.50

Min. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

42.25

60.50

49.50

66.50

Std. Schnauzer (Complete)

89.25

107.00

87.75

96.00

Std. Schnauzer (Bath-Only)

49.50

70.50

66.75

84.50

Golden Retriever (Complete)

78.25

88.50

84.00

88.00

Golden Retriever (Bath-Only)

63.50

71.25

60.50

69.75

Shih Tzu (Complete)

61.50

72.25

62.75

78.50

Shih Tzu (Bath-Only)

38.50

58.75

41.00

72.25

Sheltie (Bath-Only)

56.25

68.25

62.00

78.50

Beagle (Bath-Only)

35.25

61.25

40.25

70.25

Labrador (Bath-Only)

58.50

73.50

67.75

80.50

Old English Shp. (Bath-Only)

89.25

105.50

98.50

100.25

German Shepherd (Bath-Only)

56.50

75.25

67.75

82.25

Great Pyrenees (Bath-Only)

102.25

120.00

104.75

125.50

Hand Strip Medium Terrier

103.50

99.25

127.50

124.50

Hand Strip Large Terrier

120.25

117.25

130.25

150.25

Formal Show Min. Poodle

106.50

152.25

117.25

159.00

Formal Show Std. Poodle

155.50

201.25

148.50

187.75

13.25

14.50

12.50

21.50

7.00

9.50

8.00

7.25

Avg. Nails Only Fee

13.25

39.25

12.25

40.75

Hourly Grooming Rate

61.50

75.25

68.25

81.50

Avg. Dematting Fee Vet Bath Treatments Add-on

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January / March 2014 111 is not commonly known relates toPetGroomer.com It’seGroomer commonly Journal known that all brands of A-5 blades fit any brand of A-5 clippers. What blade sizes. Most Publications brands of A-5 blades have similar sizes, but how they perform varies. Manufacturers must use design differences in order to avoid patent and copyright infringement. The most common difference between brands is the blade thickness. Similar manufacturer sizes may cut at different heights. You could be in for a surprise if you change brands of the same size blade only to discover the cut is different! For your convenience Jeff at Northern Tails Sharpening prepared the multiple manufacturer reference charts below for blades and snap-ons. Be sure to check Jeff’s web site at www.northerntails.com for more helpful articles, videos and descriptions of his mail-in services. ♦

Clipper Blade Cutting Heights by Manufacturer BLADE SIZE

BLADE CUT

MASTER GRM.TOOLS

LAUBE

WAHL

KLEAN CUT

OSTER

ANDIS

#

Inches

MM

MM

MM

MM

MM

MM

50

1/125

0.2

0.2

0.5

0.2

0.2

0.2

40

1/100

0.3

0.3

0.6

0.1

0.3

0.3

35

3/50

0.4

30

1/50

0.5

0.5

0.8

0.2

0.5

0.5

15

3/64

1.2

1.0

1.3

1.0

1.2

1.2

10

1/16

1.6

1.5

1.8

1.5/1.6

1.0

1.5

10W

3/32

2.4

9

5/64

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.0/2.0

2.0

8.5

7/64

2.8

2.8

2.0

2.8

7

1/8

3.2

3.2

4.0

3.2

3.0

3.2

5

1/4

6.4

6.4

6.0

6.3

6.0

6.3

4

3/8

9.5

9.6

8.0

9.5

9.0

9.5

3

1/2

12.7

13.0

10.0

12.0

13.0

12.0

5/8HT

5/8

15.9

16.0

16.0

3/4HT

3/4

19.0

T-84

3/16

2.4

Snap-On Comb Sizes & Cut Lengths by Manufacturer COMB SIZE

LAUBE SELF ADJ & X-LARGE

WAHL STAINLESS STEEL

MDC ROMANI

OSTER UNIVERSAL

MILLERS FORGE

#

Inches

MM

MM

MM

MM

1/16

1/16

1/8

1/8

1/4

1/4

1/2

3/4

9/16

1/2 3/4

3/4 0

7/8

5/8

5/8

1

5/8

1/2

1/2

1

5/8

1 1/4

1 1/4 1 1/2

1/2

2

3/8

3

5/16

4

3/16

3/8

3/8

7/16

1/2

3/8

3/8

5/16

5/16

1/4

3/16

5

1/16

1/8

1/16

A

1

3/4

B

1 1/4

C

1 1/2

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1 3/4

E

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