The Dance: Business Practices of the Professional Pet Groomer

Friday, March 10, 2023 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Italian Suite

Like a dance, grooming is methodical, rhythmic, and expressive. This class emphasizes business practices, such as professionalism, client communications, stress reduction, and positive connections with colleagues. In this fun-filled session, an energizing dance activity replaces a PowerPoint presentation. Because laughter is a component in dance therapy, this activity acknowledges the need for stress relief in a groomer’s daily life. Along with learning to remain professional when dealing with challenging clients, take care of yourself by releasing tension and stress. Elbert teaches the class a simple line dance mixed with a catchy set of tunes. Daily salon events don’t go as planned: dropped clippers; a dog with fleas; a phone ringing nonstop, and owners complaining. Elbert tosses stress balls representing distractions and frustrations during the line dance; students must catch the balls and not step out of line. Whoever is the last one dancing is the winner and wins a set of shears worth over $500.00 New Moon Shears sponsored by Harebone Shears. The dance party isn’t over yet. Participants return to the dance floor with a basket to catch the stress balls. The baskets contain Elbert’s advice on communicating with demanding clients, finding joy in your career, and time-saving techniques to empower students. Charging your worth and valuing yourself as a professional are key learning steps.

*This is a PGC badged course and is eligible for 1 CE Unit. Please visit our website for more information about the Professional Grooming Credential.


Sierra Elbert, PGC, ICPG, PDS, MPS

Owner-Operator Glamorous Paws