PATS Sandown has lined up a star-studded list of professional groomers for a series of demonstrations at the UK’s Spring’s Pet Industry Exhibition on March 26-27, 2023.
With an increasing number of pet retailers introducing grooming salons into their stores, the PATS programme of seminars and demos will provide invaluable insights into this side of the business.
On both days of the show expert groomers will be giving free-to-attend demonstrations of specialist grooming techniques as well as advice on how to grow your grooming business.
The demonstrations will highlight the knowledge and expertise required to complete traditional grooming techniques successfully as well as showing off a few modern and creative ideas. There will also be information on tools and products for the everyday groomer, plus tips and tricks to increase salon revenue.
The grooming activity at PATS Sandown is being produced in association with Peanut & Pickle, an all-natural canine skincare brand.
One of the professional groomers will be Kara Boyd. Kara appeared in the BBC One series Pooch Perfect, which became an instant hit with viewers during the pandemic.
Kara, who runs Fairy DogMother in Cambridgeshire, said: “I’m honoured to be making an appearance and taking part in this year’s PATS pet trade show. I can’t wait to be able to share the knowledge I have gained over the years, and exchange tips and advice with other groomers. It is such a valuable occasion, being able to learn more about our pet industry, and meet new people. See you there.”
Kara will be joined by Laura Cook, an International Certified Master Groomer, who also holds the City & Guild Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming. Laura has over 20 years of experience with all breeds and regularly competes at international level. Laura will be demonstrating a traditional Cocker Spaniel groom and will be able to answer all gun dog questions.
Emma Darlington is an award-winning Asian Fusion Stylist, who was crowned International Asian Groomer of the Year in 2022. She will be demonstrating how to prep and groom in an Asian Inspired pet trim. She will be able to answer questions on all things Asian Fusion and creative grooming.
Rachel Downes was named International Up and Coming Groomer of the Year in 2022. She started her Greater Manchester-based dog grooming business ‘Oh My Dog’ in 2015, and the business has since gone from strength to strength.
The grooming demonstrations are as follows:
Emma and Rachel will be appearing on Sunday, March 26, from 10:30am-2:30pm.
Kara and Laura will be appearing on Monday, March 27, from 10:30am-2:30pm
The groomers will also be on the Peanut & Pickle stand (T1 in Esher Hall) throughout the show to talk with people and offer one-to-one Q&A and extra demos.