National Association of Professional Creative Groomers

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On the Topic of Bleach

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (25)

Originally written by Kelcie Brown on July 13, 2012

Being a creative grooming organization, the NAPCG supports and encourages creatively grooming and coloring domestic pets… as long as the safety and the comfort of the animal are not sacrificed. While most creative coloring products are safe, there are a few that raise concern. Bleach, or a hair lightener product, is one such example, which is why the NAPCG does not support or condone the use of bleach on pets. Note th...

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A Labor of Love

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (6)

As the owner of a private grooming salon as well as president of the NAPCG, I want to dispel a myth that many pet owners have about the professional groomer.

“Groomers love dogs and get to play with them all day”

While every groomer out there wishes this was true, it simply isn’t. We do not get to ‘play’ all day. We are urinated on, defecated on, bitten, scratched, vomited on…..these are all occupational hazards that we accept. But these things ...

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Oh the Shame!

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (2)

You know, as president of the NAPCG, I often have to answer questions regarding skepticism about creative grooming. Some of these concerns are very legitimate, the most obvious being, “Are these products safe for pets?” While there still groomers out there using very dangerous products, I can honestly and confidently defend the members of the NAPCG and will spend as much time as necessary explaining exactly how these products work as well as what is (and what is not) safe for use ...

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Hey.... Wanna Buy Some Swampland

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (5)

There are so many resources available now to research professional grooming products, but it gets a little tricky when referring to creative grooming products. Because groomers sometimes delve into human labeled products and even products intended for “art” caution must be used to the extreme. Just like we can’t believe everything we read on the internet, we can’t believe everything we hear at tradeshows and read in magazines that do not cite published research either....

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New Certifier in Town!

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (4)

The NAPCG is thrilled to announce the addition of a new certifier to our ranks! Michele Grenkow of Surrey, British Columbia passed both her written and practical exams with flying colors. Michele is owner of world renowned Animal Haven Grooming School.

This will make the certification process more accessible for those on the west coast. With two certifiers now in place (Michele on the west coast and Erica Chou in Toronto) Canadian members will have an...

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Define 'Animal Abuse'

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (7)

Animal abuse…it’s not something that’s hard to define. Wikipedia defines animal abuse as – Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.

Some forms of abuse are easily recognized and acknowledged, such as kicking a dog, starving a dog, or leaving a dog outdoors during inclement weather. But other forms of animal abuse are more s...

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Creative Grooming: Toxic or Trendy

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (2)

As president of the only organization that is dedicated to both the art and science of creative grooming, I know firsthand about the controversial topic of ‘creative coloring’. Hands down, the most common concern of pet owners, as well as the public, is the safety of the animals. This is a very legitimate concern and theNAPCG addresses this issue on almost a daily basis.

Let me start by informing you that the pet industry is completely unregulated. That’s right, no man...

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Ammonia Free?! You've got to be kidding me..

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)

With the professional grooming industry, as well as the public, becoming more aware of the dangers and health risks posed by using hair bleach on pets, it’s no wonder that the proponents of bleach are scrambling to find ways to justify their careless actions.

There have been lots of attempts at justifying their actions, but the public is not as stupid as those using hair bleach on pets would like to believe. They use elusive terms such as ‘color lifting’ or ‘reve...

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Posted on September 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Many of my fellow writers here at Zen Dixie are Canadian…or at least Canadian at heart. What’s the one love Canadians share? Hockey.

Now, I am not a sports fan. I do know that the object of the game is to get that puck into the opposing teams net…but that’s about the extent of my knowledge concerning hockey. Basically, if it doesn’t involve a dog, I don’t really know much about it.

Seeing that I am surrounded by hockey fans, I have heard about t...

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Thanks and Giving

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

I’ve noticed this thing going around on social media such as facebook, where people list something daily that they are thankful for. I’m not so sure why November seems to be the time that everyone gives ‘thanks’ for what they have, it’s really something we should be doing every day of our lives. I’m guilty too…we live in a fast paced, materialistic world and we often forget to be thankful for the simple things in our lives; things like a home, food, w...

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