2024 Dog Grooming Shows & Expos

2024 Dog Grooming Shows & Expos

Dog grooming competitions and expos happen worldwide throughout the year and are held by multiple organizations including the World Pet Association, Barkleigh, and others. Whether you are a dog grooming competitor, just want to attend for the expo shopping, educational seminars, and to spectate the competitions, or are looking to get a booth at the expo for your grooming-related business, you can find all of the upcoming 2023 dog grooming events and expos below. Information is subject to change at any time. This post is updated periodically, so be sure to save it and check back for updates!

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Upcoming 2024 Grooming Shows & Expos:

Date Event Location
January 6-7 P.S.G. Grooming Show Poland
January 19-21 ⭐️ Windy City Grooming Show (p.k.a. Whitman’s Grooming Expo) Schaumburg, IL
January 20-21 Top Groomer Portugal Portugal
January 26-28 ⭐️ Charm City Grooming Competition Timonium, MD
February 10-11 Master Show Bologna, Italy
February 15-18 ⭐️ Groom Expo West Pasadena, CA
March 8-10 ⭐️ GROOM’D (p.k.a. Atlanta Pet Fair) Atlanta, GA
March 15-16 Artero Jornadas Madrid, Spain
April 4-7 Intergroom Secaucus, NJ
April 21-22 Diamex Master Groomer Belgium
April 25-28 ⭐️ Northwest Grooming Show Tacoma, WA
April 26-28 ⭐️ St. Louis Groom Fest Wentzville, MO
May 3-5 T.O. Grooming Show Georgetown, Ontario CA
May 10-12 Teton Grooming Expo Salt Lake City, UT
May 18-19 Grooming Art International Championship Belgium
June 1-2 Artero Grooming Slam Ciudad Real, Spain
June 6 CYMRU Groom Wales
June 9-10 Hydra Mega Grooming Show USA Orlando, FL
June 14-16 Petguru Grooming Show Cluj-Napoca, Romania
June 14-16 West Coast Groom Fest Chilliwack, BC
June 20-23 ⭐️ PetQuest Wilmington, OH
June 28-29 MASTERGROOM Frome, England
July 19-21 Rocky Mountain Groom Expo Colorado Springs, CO
July 19-21 ⭐️ Groom Texas Houston, TX
August 14-16 ⭐️ SuperZoo Las Vegas, NV
August 15-18 ⭐️ All American Grooming Show Schaumburg, IL
September 5-8 ⭐️ Groom Expo Hershey Hershey, PA
September 6-8 Des Moines Kennel Club Grooming Extravaganza Des Moines, IA
September 26-29 ⭐️ New England Grooming Show Springfield, MA
September 21-22 Groomania Kortrijk, Belgium
October 10-13 ⭐️ Fun in the Sun Grooming Show Orlando, FL
October 13 Groomers Unite England
November 1-4 ⭐️ U.S. Pet Pro Classic Las Colinas, TX
November 16-17 GROOMPHORIA Coventry, England
November 23-24 Artero Grooming Slam Barcelona, Spain
December – TBD ⭐️ Groom South West Palm Beach, FL

Do you have or know about an expo that should be on this list? Submit the info to us here to be added!

What are your favorite shows to attend and why? Leave a comment below!

Groomer’s Lung Symptoms & Prevention

Dog grooming is a gratifying profession that allows individuals to follow their passion for working with dogs while enhancing their well-being. Yet, beneath the joy of grooming lies a concealed threat that many groomers remain unaware of – “Groomer’s Lung.” This occupational health concern can lead to serious respiratory problems if groomers do not adopt proper safeguards. In this article, we’ll delve into what Groomer’s Lung is, its symptoms, the associated risks, and essential precautions to protect your respiratory health.

Groomer’s Lung, also known as “Hairy Lung,” refers to the health issues arising from inhaling airborne particles commonly found in grooming environments. These minuscule particles encompass pet hair, dander, nail dust, and a range of allergens, all of which become suspended in the air during the grooming process. Over time, continuous exposure to these particles can trigger a spectrum of respiratory issues, including:

Symptoms of Groomer’s Lung:

  1. Allergies: Groomers may experience allergic reactions like frequent sneezing, a persistent runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes, due to repeated exposure to pet dander and other allergens.

  2. Asthma Flare-ups: Prolonged inhalation of airborne particles can exacerbate asthma symptoms or even induce asthma in previously unaffected individuals. Symptoms may include wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

  3. Chronic Bronchitis: Inhaling irritants from the grooming environment can lead to chronic bronchitis, characterized by a persistent cough, excessive mucus production, and breathing difficulties.

  4. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: This severe condition results from an immune response to inhaled allergens, potentially causing scarring of lung tissue and irreversible damage if not addressed.

  5. Reduced Lung Function: Over time, Groomer’s Lung can diminish lung function, making everyday activities challenging and compromising one’s overall quality of life.

The good news is that you can take proactive measures to prevent Groomer’s Lung and protect your respiratory well-being. Here are some essential steps to consider:

  1. Invest in Protective Gear: Acquire high-quality face masks like this one, ideally N95 respirators, to effectively filter out airborne particles. Ensure a secure fit to maximize protection.

  2. Prioritize Ventilation: Maintain well-ventilated grooming areas by using fans, opening windows, and deploying air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters to minimize airborne particle concentration. Also make sure you are switching or cleaning your A/C filters regularly.

  3. Adopt Proper Grooming Techniques: Implement grooming techniques that minimize the release of particles into the air. For instance, do as much de-shedding as you can in the bath to release the dead hair before doing the blow-out to reduce airborne hair.

  4. Frequent Cleaning: Regularly clean and vacuum your grooming workspace to eliminate accumulated hair and dander. Clean grooming tools and equipment routinely to prevent allergen buildup.

  5. Don Protective Clothing: Wear grooming smocks or aprons to prevent hair and particles from adhering to your clothing and change into fresh attire after work to prevent taking allergens home. 

  6. Regular Health Check-ups: Schedule routine check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your lung health. If you experience any respiratory symptoms, seek medical attention promptly.

As a dedicated dog groomer, safeguarding your lung health should be paramount to ensure a long and thriving career. Groomer’s Lung is a genuine occupational hazard that can pose serious risks if underestimated. By embracing precautionary measures and remaining informed about its symptoms, you can continue to enjoy your work while preserving your respiratory health. Remember, your well-being is as vital as the pets you care for, so take action today to shield your lungs from this hidden threat.

Common Grooming Terms – The Unofficial Groomer’s Dictionary

If you are new to grooming or interested in learning the meaning of some common grooming terms, you are in the right place! Below is a list of some common (as well as some not-so-common) grooming terms and definitions that we like to call the Unofficial Groomer’s Dictionary.

A-B

Alligator/Gator Roll – when a dog starts rolling while on a loop and tries to unalive themselves

AO/AOLHC – all-over or all-over haircut

Ball Skirt/Ball Curtain – hair left to hide testicles

BBNE – bath, brush, nails, ears

Blenders – shears with teeth on only one cutting edge spaced close together and used to blend in harsh clipper/cut lines as well as remove more hair than thinners would (great for use on most coat types, especially drop coats)

Bracelets – the round poms on the ankles of a Poodle in the Continental, English Saddler, and Lion trim among others

 

C

Carding – removing the loose, dead undercoat using a blunt-edged tool like a carding knife or stone

Cat Feet – trimming the hair between the toes the same length as the hair on top of the foot to emphasize the toes and show the nails

Chunkers – shears with large teeth spaced farther apart on one cutting edge and used to de-bulk quickly without the commitment of a straight shear cut (great for use on curly coats)

Clam Diggers – when feet are shaved too high on a Poodle 

Clean Face – shaving the muzzle, cheeks, and chin to a short length

Clean Feet – shaving the feet to expose the nails and the entire foot up to just above the knuckles

Cocker Crud – nasty skin issues common on Cockers caused by dermatitis

 

D-F

Dead Baby Hands – flat feet, typically on a Poodle 

Dick Wick – hair left to prevent a dog from peeing on himself

Dingleberries – bits of dried poop stuck around butt

Eastie-Westie Feet – when feet point outwards

FFF/FFS – face, feet, fanny -or- face, feet, sani

Furnishings – the longer hair left behind a dog’s legs, on their chest, mustache, and eyebrows

 

G

Gobbler/Neck Meat – the extra neck skin on a dog’s neck

Grinch Feet – hair that grows up from between toes

Groomer’s Lung – when pet hair and dander is inhaled, the tiny hairs and other harmful particles can travel down into the lung and stay there which can inflame the lung lining and scar the airways eventually turning into a chronic lung condition

Grooming Loop/Grooming Noose – a loop with hook at other end that can be attached to a grooming arm or tether and is used to keep dog safe on table or in tub 

GSD – German Shepherd Dog

 

H-L

Hair Splinters – embedded hair in the skin that can occur between fingers, cleavage, neck, and even eyes and can cause infections if not removed 

Hair Tumor – a bump of hair that needs to be thinned out in haircut 

Hand Stripping – a technique in which a stripping tool (stripping knife, stone, or fingers) are used to remove the dead outer coat of wire-haired breeds

Hock – located on a dog’s back leg below the stifle (knee), corresponding to the ankle joint of a human the hock creates that sharp angle at the back of the dog’s rear legs

Hula Skirt – when a skirt is left around the bottom of a dog’s underline and not blended into the body 

 

M-O

Mucking – quickly removing dead hair on a dog’s top coat as part of the hand stripping process

NCNS – no call no show, when a client does not show up for their appointment and does not call to cancel 

Newfie – Newfoundland

Occiput – bone on the back of the head/skull

OES – Old English Sheepdog

 

P-R

Pants – the long hair (furnishing) on a dog’s back legs

Pelted – a coat that is HEAVILY matted, usually shaved off in big whole pieces

Pom-Pom – the round poof of hair on the tail of most Poodle trims

Puppy Cut – a show Poodle trim and/or trim a pet owner will ask for when they don’t really know what they want

PWD – Portuguese Water Dog

Rear Angulation – the angle at which the pelvis and upper hind legs meet 

Rosettes – the poms on each hip of a Poodle Continental or HCC trim

 

S-T

SALT – “Same As Last Time”

Skirt – the long hair that falls on either side of a dog’s body between the front and back legs

Spoo – Standard Poodle

SRF – Short Round Face

Stacking – positioning a dog according to official breed guidelines typically done at dog shows and grooming shows when being reviewed by judges (“free stack” is when the dog positions itself like a boss)

Stickie-Outies – the random bits of hair that you miss while grooming that pop out and have to be trimmed

TBH – “Teddy Bear Head”

Thinners – shears with teeth spaced close together on both cutting edges and used to blend in harsh clipper/cut lines (great for use on most coat types, especially drop coats)

Topknot – the hair on top of a dog’s head when it is shaped, banded, or sprayed-up

Topline – the area from the last rib to the hip bone on a dog which is typically supposed to be straight with the exception of some breeds like the Bedlington Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier among others

Are we missing any common dog grooming terms you think should be added? Leave a comment below with the term and definition!

Pricing Dog Grooming Services: All-Inclusive vs. Add-ons

When it comes to pricing their services, dog grooming business owners have two main options: all-inclusive pricing and base pricing with add-ons. Both models have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences between them so you can choose the one that’s right for your business.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Under this model, a single price is charged for the entire grooming service, which includes all of the standard services and any additional services or special products needed. For example, a dog that comes in needing a special conditioning treatment or sensitive skin products will be charged the same as a dog that does not. 

PROs:

  • Simplicity: All-inclusive pricing is straightforward and easy for clients to understand. 
  • No surprises: With all-inclusive pricing, clients don’t have to worry about unexpected charges or add-ons, which can be a turn-off for some clients. They know exactly what they’re paying for and can budget accordingly.
  • Increased customer loyalty: Clients appreciate the transparency and simplicity of all-inclusive pricing as well as the idea that they “get it all” no matter what, which can lead to increased loyalty.
  • Higher profit margins: If priced properly, the “extra” time and products used on certain dogs will lead to higher profit margins.

CONs:

  • Lower profit margins: If not priced properly, the “extra time and products used on certain dogs can lead to lower profit margins on those particular grooms. 
  • Price hagglers: You may have to deal with clients who will try to haggle down your pricing because “they don’t need” any extra services.
All-inclusive dog grooming pricing is a great way to make sure that every dog that comes to you is getting exactly what they need on that day and is a great “luxury” service structure for pricing. This method of pricing can still be variable based on their breed, size, and coat type/condition, but there are no “add-ons” for special treatments or services. You may still want to implement fees for certain things like extreme matting, special handling for aggressive dogs, and late pick-ups or no-shows. Specialty services like hair dye, creative grooming, and nail polish should always be a separate charge.

Base Price with Add-ons

Under this model, a base price is charged for the standard grooming services (whatever you decide those to be), and clients can then choose to add additional services, such as nail buffing, teeth cleaning, or a flea or deep conditioning treatment, for an additional fee.

PROs:

  • No surprises: By charging for additional services, you know that any additional time or products used will be accounted for.
  • Customizable services: Clients can choose the services that they want, which can lead to increased client satisfaction.
  • Special offers: With paid add-ons you can advertise specials on particular days or times of the year where you offer the add-on for free to push for more client appointments. This is also a great way to advertise the service as once they see the difference in the add-on you are giving them, they will be more inclined to ask for it on the next visit. 

CONs:

  • Confusing for clients: Clients may find it confusing to understand which services are included in the base price and which are additional services that they need to pay for. Be as clear as possible when displaying pricing and services and explain to them exactly what they can expect and what you recommend to add-on as needed.
  • Unpredictable revenue: With base pricing, it can be difficult to predict how much revenue you will generate, as clients may choose to opt for different services each time they visit.
Base prices with add-ons for dog grooming services can be more straightforward when it comes to calculating your profit margins, but also less predictable. If you decide on offering add-ons, it is best to highlight them as much as possible, and “upsell” your clients when they come in every time based on what you recommend for their dog. If you are not selling the add-ons, you clients may not be aware of them or think to ask. 

 

CONCLUSION

Ultimately, the choice between all-inclusive pricing and base pricing with add-ons for your dog grooming business comes down to what works best for you and your customers. If you want to offer a simple, straightforward pricing model that allows your more flexibility and freedom in what you can do for the dogs, all-inclusive pricing may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you want more control over your pricing and profit margin and the ability to offer special deals, base pricing with add-ons may be the better choice.

If you are torn on HOW and WHAT to price your dog grooming services at, read more on pricing here.

 

If you are a Groom Haüs Member, you can utilize our handy-dandy Pricing Calculators in your Business Tools library on your Member Dashboard to quickly and easily determine your minimum per hour pricing, average per pet pricing, as well as how many total regular clients you will need to meet those minimums. Not a Member yet? Click here to learn more about member perks and sign up today.

New Dog Grooming Education Membership Just Launched by Groom Haüs

Groom Haüs, a leading production company in the dog grooming industry, is celebrating their 3-year anniversary by relaunching as a membership-based platform. Groom Haüs is known for its high-quality production and content, awesome close-ups, and top-tier instructors..

Groom Haüs is now offering a single all-access membership for $35/month, giving members complete access to their full course library, live webinars, bonus content, business tools, affiliate discounts, and other awesome member perks. The membership is month-to-month and can be canceled at any time. Access to the Club Haüs social community on the Groom Haüs website is always free and serves as a safe space for all groomers and pet care professionals to network, share ideas, and connect without algorithms.

Members of Groom Haüs can enjoy complete access to their Course Library, which offers high-quality educational dog grooming courses available from beginner to advanced continued education taught by top instructors in the industry. The Course Library is ever-growing with multiple new courses and tutorials being added monthly, as well as live webinar events to give members the opportunity to join in, ask questions, win giveaways, and interact with other members in the live chat.

“We are so excited to relaunch Groom Haüs as a Membership platform and provide groomers of all levels with an affordable all-in-one resource for their professional development,” said Nina, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Groom Haüs. “This is more than just a dog grooming educational library – it is a community and platform for groomers to network, connect, and learn!”

The launch of the Groom Haüs membership program marks a significant milestone in the company’s goal to make high-quality dog grooming education more accessible to groomers worldwide. The membership program provides dog groomers with tools to help them learn and grow in the industry. With their growing library of educational resources, exclusive content, and member perks, Groom Haüs is hyper-focused on their vision to revolutionize the dog grooming industry and inspire the next generation of groomers.

How To Determine Pricing For Your Dog Grooming Business

If you are thinking about starting your own dog grooming salon or mobile grooming business one of the hardest things to determine is how much you should be charging for your grooming services. Determining HOW to price and how MUCH to price is part math, part preference. 

HOW to Price

Before you even think about how MUCH you should be pricing your services, you have to decide HOW you are going to price them. Many groomers opt to leave off any public pricing of their services as they prefer to quote each new client based on a better understanding of all the factors that go into figuring out the price of a grooming service. 

In order to do this, you have to evaluate each new client first (either over the phone, through text/DM with photos, or a form on your website) then base the price off how long you think it will take to complete the groom and multiply that by your hourly rate. Estimating how long you think it will take to complete a groom is just that – an estimate. So always be sure to communicate this to the client and let them know if during the groom it seems like it may take longer than you originally anticipated (i.e. the coat is much more matted than you thought, or the dog is being difficult).

If you decide you would like to have more of a menu of services that list your “starting at” prices (never lock yourself into a set price with grooming services) you will most likely be charging based on size (i.e. toy, small, medium, large, giant). Charging based on size leaves things a bit up to interpretation for the pet parent, so you may come into issues where they get upset because they consider their dog small when it is really medium-sized. You can list weight ranges under the sizes to better define them, but to keep people honest you will have to invest in a scale and weigh the dog before each visit. 

The issue with charging by weight/size is that dogs come in many shapes and coat types. One 50lb dog breed (let’s say a Bulldog) may require much less time to groom than another 50lb dog breed (let’s just go with a Doodle 🙃). On the same note, a 10lb dog (Shih-tzu in full coat) may require far more time to groom than a 50lb dog (that same Bulldog). Unfortunately, there is no easy way to determine pricing based on weight/size so you may have to adjust your pricing and add disclaimers as needed.

Whatever you decide, you want to make sure it is as simple as possible and easy to understand for a pet parent. It is also good to note visibly by your menu of services (whether it has pricing or not) that: “Pricing is determined by your pet’s coat condition, temperament, time since last groom, and other factors and can change from appointment to appointment.” Every pricing structure for dog grooming has its pros and cons. You must determine what will work best for you and your grooming business and adjust accordingly and regularly.

How MUCH to Price

Now that you have decided HOW you will price (hourly/per-pet vs. size/weight) you now have to figure out the actual prices. What you charge should be based on multiple factors including your cost to operate, your salary, how many days per week you plan to work, how many hours/dogs per day, your experience level, your business structure, the area you are servicing, and more. The same groomer working out of Podunk, Mississippi is going to be charging much less than if they were working out of Boca Raton, FL. On the same note, that same groomer working out of a mobile van is going to charge more than if they were working out of a salon in the same area.

Pricing is largely subjective, but luckily there are ways to figure out at least the minimum of what you should be charging. To start – total up ALL of your business expenses (or projected expenses) and round up. Think long and hard about every little expense you have including rent, insurance, utilities, and supplies, and don’t forget about taxes and write-offs like continued education and sharpening! Knowing your total monthly business expenses gives you a minimum goal of what you should be bringing in each month. 

Now take the # of days you plan to work each week and multiply by 4.5 (average # of weeks per month) to figure out about how many days per month you will be working. Do you ever plan to take a day off? (You should, you deserve it.) Think about how often you may need to take off or vacations you may want to plan throughout the year and come up with a certain amount of days per month you will be “taking off” even if you don’t take them off each month, they will accrue over time.

Once you have your adjusted “working days per month” multiply that by how many hours per day you plan to work to get your total working hours per month. Take your total expenses and divide that by your monthly working hours to calculate your minimum per hour rate. If you are in an affluent area, raise that amount. If you are very experienced/skilled, raise it even more. If you are a mobile groomer or have a high-end all-inclusive salon…you guessed it – raise it more! If that still doesn’t feel right, raise it until it does. The idea here is to make sure you are not underpricing yourself. 

If you are a Groom Haüs Member, you can utilize our handy-dandy Pricing Calculators in your Business Tools library on the Member Dashboard to quickly and easily determine your minimum per hour pricing, average per pet pricing, as well as how many total regular clients you will need to meet those minimums. Not a Member yet? Click here to learn more about member perks and sign up today.