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FALL 2018

Show Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018

Time: Noon Pacific, 3PM Eastern
Guest: Angela Gastaldi, Just 4 Paws Pet Spa Academy, New Jersey
Just 4 Paws Pet Spa and Academy is philosophically unlike any other grooming academy that exists today. At Just 4 Paws Pet Spa and Academy we teach that a pet’s comfort, safety, and wellness always come first.  To ensure this dedication to pets remains our Priority #1, we teach our Mission as though it were a mantra:   “We, as groomers, exist solely to help people help their pets”. This focus on our Mission Statement is front and center in everything that we proudly teach at the Just 4 Paws Pet Spa & Academy. We weave a sense of respect, balance, and integrity into all that we teach.  The result is a new wave of talented, loving pet guardians and professional pet stylists who will enhance and ultimately raise the bar for this burgeoning, grooming industry. Our Just 4 Paws Pet Spa and Academy trainees not only learn the importance of becoming expert pet stylists, but are also shown the way to becoming true pet guardians.  They are given the knowledge, tools and resources to expertly groom and serve pets in this recession resistant industry.  The ultimate goal? To restore respect and build integrity into the Grooming & Pet Care Industry. Want to get in on this exciting and transcending new career path?  Then turn your passion for animals into a long-lasting and lucrative career that you love?! We are a grooming academy that is reinventing the pet grooming industry. Join us in our impassioned mission by reaching out to us today! 

Show Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Time: Noon Pacific, 3PM Eastern
Guest: Barb Hoover, Author of Barkleigh Honors 2018 for new book, The Difficult Dog
Barb has been active in the pet grooming industry since 1985. She owns one of the world’s largest and oldest international websites for groomers, The Groomers Lounge at Believing in the importance of continuing education, Barb organizes, attends and teaches classes throughout the country on all aspects of the grooming industry. She has been interviewed by, and written articles for various trade magazines, been nominated for several Barkleigh Honors awards and won the prestigious David G. Salzberg Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Grooming Industry in 2007. The Difficult Dog was awarded the 2018 Barkleigh Honor Award for Book of the Year. She is a member of the NDGAA and is certified in the Non Sporting and Terrier groups. Her love of dogs extends to the community through her work with various rescue groups where she specializes in special needs foster and adoption. 


Show Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Time: 1PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern
Guest: Angela Clark, ICMG, CMCG, MCGC, President of American Grooming Academy,  California
Leading a 30+ year career involving pets and their people Angela Clark is a leader in the pet industry. Starting at a modest privet pet grooming shop as a bather brusher, it was through dedication, passion, training, an obtaining a BA in business administration from Sacramento state University that Angela became the owner and operator of a successful Pet Grooming Salon and Retail Store. Angela also motivated and managed a multi million dollar national company holding positions such as, Salon Pet Stylist, Salon Manager, Grooming Training Center manager, Regional Pet Services Manager and National Mobile Service Manager. Since opening the doors of American Grooming Academy Angela has become a Certified Master Groomer through International Professional Pet Groomers association, an IPG Practical Certifier, A Professional Cat Groomers Association of America Certified Feline Stylist and Practical Certifier. She is also Certified for Pet CPR through Pet Tech. Angelas career is long and she has many advantages but the most important is her love for pets. An avid animal lover and especially the AGA mascot Poodle breed, Angela wants everyone who has a dream of working with pets to be able to make that dream reality!


Recorded June 3, 2018
Guest: Annette Uda,
Topic: Benefits of UV Sanitation of Surface and Air in Pet Grooming Shops & Mobile Vans

Recorded: May 20, 2018
Guest: Susan Sholar, Instructor, AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Program
Topic: Susan describes the program, and how to take the course in-person or online. She also talks about the AKC S.A.F.E. Salon program and the AKC Groomer Finder.

Recorded: May 19, 2018
Guest: J. L. Campbell, Author, Dog Wash. Can I Help You?
Topic: Groomer and author shares her ventures writing her humorous book about a pet groomer, dogs and a Mynah bird.

Recorded: March 4, 2018
Guest: Lori Lovell, Grooming Employment Specialist website
Topic: Assistance for both groomers and grooming employers to find employment or employees.

Recorded: February 3, 2018
Guest: Jodi Murphy, Master Pet Stylist
Topic: Updates, new instructional products, grooming tools and apparel, appearances in 2018 trade shows, much more.

Recorded: January 27, 2018
Guest: Michelle Valle, Director of Pet’s Playground Grooming School website
Topic: Careers in grooming, education and student financial aid.

Recorded: January 21, 2018
Guest: Laura Hearn, Author, A Practical Guide to House-call Grooming, website
Topic: Definite guide to setting up and operating a house-call grooming business.

Recorded: January 20, 2018
Guest: Leel Michelle, owner grooming apparel
Topic: Grooming apparel, and selling retail to grooming customers, updates.

Recorded: January 14, 2018
Guest: Donna Owens, CMG, GroomTeam USA Gold Medalist, HeathlySpot Academy (S. California), HealthySpot Academy
Topic: Careers in pet grooming, educational opportunities, Healthy Spot Academy, Studio City, CA.
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Recorded: November 5, 2017
Guest: Tammy Rodgers, Puparazzi Mobile
Topic: Mobile grooming businesses.
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Recorded: November 4, 2017
Guest: Debi Hilley, and GroomingSmarter Blog, a blog
Topic: Updates on her expansion of various grooming educational materials, and recent awards, and more. RECORDING: CLICK TO LISTEN

Recorded: October 29, 2017
Guest: Melissa Verplank,  Topic: Updates about Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Whiskers Pet Resort, Notes From the Grooming Table, eyeing the future of the grooming industry and much more. RECORDING:CLICK TO LISTEN

Recorded: October 28, 2017
Guest: Jeff Andrews, Northern Tails Sharpening,
Topic: Groomer safety with sharpening and maintenance procedures for shears, blades and clippers RECORDING: CLICK TO LISTEN

Recorded: October 26, 2017
Guest: Mitzi Hicks, Golden Paws Schools & Consultation,
Topic: Opportunities for opening grooming schools, and grooming industry in general

Recorded: Thursday, October 22, 2017
Guest: Barbara Bird CMG and Susy Scott, The GroomPod (podcast show) Topic: The latest in online schools of grooming and distance learning. Going about opening a school of grooming and more.  RECORDING CLICK TO LISTEN

Recorded: October 1, 2017
Guest: Joana Tucker, Vice Pres of Services, PetSmart
Topic: The new Groomery salons, and PetSmart employment. Website:

Recorded: September 30, 2017
Guest: Leel Michelle, owner grooming apparel
Topic: Grooming apparel, and selling retail to grooming customers. Website:

Listen Now to 2016 Recorded Shows Available at

Daryl Conner and Mary Oquendo – Holistic Pet Grooming – What is it All About? – Recorded  Visit Daryl’s Web Site   Visit Mary’s Web Site

Danelle German – Cat Grooming Talk – National Cat Groomers Institute of America – Recorded January 3, 2016   Visit Danelle’s Web Site

Tammy Rodgers, Mobile Grooming, Puparazzi Mobile Franchise – Recorded January 10, 2016  Visit Tammy’s Web Site

Christina Pawlosky CMG – Multiple Award Winning Groomer – Oster Pro Products Rep. – Recorded January 17, 2016  Visit Osterpro Web Site

Mitzi Hicks, NCMG – Opening a Pet Grooming School – Recorded January 23, 2016 – Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Jeff Andrews, Northern Tails Sharpening Answers Your Sharpening & Repair Questions – Recorded January 24, 2016  Visit Jeff’s Web Site

Jodi Murphy, Master Pet Stylist – Publisher of How to Grooming Books & DVDs and Professional Groomer Apparel – Recorded February 21, 2016  Visit Jodi’s Web Site

Greg Docktor of Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Recorded March 6, 2016  Visit Greg’s Web Site

Mary Oquendo, CMPTI, CSS  – Pet Emergency & Disaster Planning – Recorded March 20, 2016  Visit Mary’s GroomWise Blog


Some of the best information provided live to groomers came from our telephone conference calls over a period of 3 years with several knowledgeable guests. Here are the best calls. Don’t miss listening to them! Please adjust your volume levels as needed, some recordings are soft.

Visit Daryl’s Web Site

Ask Daryl Conner     

Visit Danelle’s Web Site

Ask Danelle German #1     
Ask Danelle German #2     
Ask Danelle German #3     

Visit Lisa’s Page

Ask Lisa Leady     

Visit Jodi’s Web Site

Ask Jodi Murphy     

Visit Dawn’s Web Site

Ask Dawn Omboy     

Visit Dina’s Wag’n Tails Mobile Conversions Web Site

Ask Dina Perry     

Visit Jay Scrugg’s and Sue Zecco’s Web Site

Ask Jay Scruggs & Sue Zecco     

Visit Melissa Verplank’s Web Site

Ask Melissa Verplank     








2013-2014 Guests

Visit Jeff’s Web Site

Jeff Andrews     

Visit Barbara’s Web Site

Barbara Bird     

Visit Ellen’s Web Site

Ellen Ehrlich     

Visit Danelle’s Web Site and Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Mitzi Hicks & Danelle German     

Visit Debi’s Web Site

Debi Hilley     

Visit Jodi’s Web Site

Jodi Murphy     

Visit Mary’s Web Site

Mary Oquendo     

View Christina’s (Oster Pro) Web Site

Christina Pawlosky     

Visit Christein’s Web Site

Christein Sertzel     

Visit Colin’s Web Site

Colin Taylor     

2011-2012 Guests

Visit Jeff’s Web Site

Jeff Andrews     

Visit Danelle’s Web Site

Danelle German     

Visit Petco Employment Web Site

Linda Healy Petco Employment     

Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Mitzi Hicks     

Visit Sue’s Web Site

Sue Kopitz     

Visit 123Pet Software’s Web Site

Kevin Kukay 123Pet     

Visit Mary’s Web Site

Mary Oquendo     

Visit Christina’s (Osterpro) Web Site

Christina Pawlosky     

Visit Christein’s Web Site

Christein Sertzel     

2009-2010 Guests

Visit Lorrie’s Book Web Site

Lorrie Bracaloni     

Visit Daryl’s Web Site

Daryl Conner     

Visit Ellen’s Web Site

Ellen Ehrlich     

Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Mitzi Hicks     

Visit Teri Payne Jones & Justin Jones Web Site

Teri Payne Jones & Justin Jones     

Visit Mary Oquendo’s Web Site

Mary Oquendo     

Visit Kathy’s Web Site

Kathy Sanders     

Visit Jay Scrugg’s & Sue Zecco’s Web Site

Jay Scruggs & Sue Zecco     

Visit Melissa’s Web Site

Melissa Verplank     

2005-2008 Guests

Visit Jeff’s Web Site

Jeff Andrews     

Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Mitzi Hicks #1     

Visit Mitzi’s Web Site

Mitzi Hicks #2     

Visit Chris’s Web Site

Chris Jackson     

Visit Candy’s Web Site

Candy Jackson     

Visit Jodi’s Web Site

Jodi Murphy #1     

Visit Jodi’s Web Site

Jodi Murphy #2     

Visit John & Vivian’s Web Site

John & Vivian Nash     

Visit Maddie’s Web Site

Madeline Ogle     

Visit Dina’s Wag’n Tails Web Site

Dina Perry     

Visit Chuck’s Web Site

Chuck Simons     

Visit Melissa’s Web Site

Melissa Sirianni     

Visit John’s Web Site

John Stazko     

Visit Melissa’s Web Site

Melissa Verplank #1     

Visit Melissa’s Web Site

Melissa Verplank #2     

Visit Melissa’s Web Site

Melissa Verplank #3     



Stephen, Webmaster of has been a member of the industry for over 50 years. His parents owned a distinctive pet grooming salon, one of the largest ever in the industry with over 5,000 regular clients and defied the adage that you cannot have the very best quality with quantity. His mother asked him to join him as the editor and illustrator of her classic business book, From Problems to Profits: The Madson Management System for Pet Grooming Businesses. Stephen went on to create 4 more books with CD-ROMs as a series titled Grooming Business in a Box®. Here are a series of recordings where Stephen shares insights on some of the most popular topics of the business side of pet grooming and how they turned around hundreds of grooming businesses with consultation and products, allowing groomers to fall in love once again with their businesses.

Appointment Frequency is Everything     
Biggest Mistake When Growing a One Person Business     
Tips for Buying or Selling Grooming Businesses     
Where Are the Client Relation Programs     
Let Your Groomers Stay in the Zone     
Can I Make a Living in Grooming?     
Finding Your Way in the Maze of Grooming Education