A Groomer’s Guide to Purebred Dogs



Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

This fast-paced overview of the world of dogs will provide context and back story for groomers to better understand what we see every day in our canine clients. Deeply rich in scientific and historical information, attendees will receive a Certificate for this academically substantive workshop. This must-see program will be especially helpful to the more novice groomer. But even the well-established dog professional will meet the most cutting-edge thinkers in our field and learn all new science, history, and organizational approaches to grooming the various coat types based on an evolutionary understanding of dog breeds and groups.

Discover how both nature and nurture combined to create the closest relationship of any two species on this planet: the unique bond between humans and the dog. Attendees will learn the origins, genetic makeup, and evolutionary forces that led to the anatomy and diversity of dog breeds, coat types, amazing abilities, and engaging behaviors of dogs that we see today. What is a “purebred” dog and how does the recent fad of designer crossbreeds fit in to the bigger picture? Why are the modern dog breeds “grouped” into certain common functions, abilities, and even coat types? How does the origin of the seven groups help us better understand their grooming needs? What are the major dog coat types and how should each be groomed correctly? Why was each coat type created?

We will identify and cover basic information on over 200 breeds, categorizing their coat types for easy organization into grooming approaches. We will also cover dog shows: what they are, how they can be accessed, and how groomers can benefit from them, as well as what tools, equipment, and grooming procedures are right and wrong for each type of coat. Also find out what differences exist between “pet” and “show” grooming for each of the coat types. By the end of the day every groomer will have acquired have a deep understanding of, and powerful evidence for, the importance of the grooming profession.