Vanessa Byrne – Energy Flow in the Salon…a recipe for calmer dogs and easier grooms

Everything is and has energy.  When we lack energy, we feel low, things are slow, we don’t feel on top of our game.  Now think of your salon (or wherever you groom) as an energy system.  This means all the furnishings, sounds, and smells, the equipment you use, you, and the dogs you work with, and the humans that are dropping off the dogs.  Everything within it has energy and all the parts make a whole. 

Dogs are feeling beings and they feel our energy.  How many times have we said or heard people say, ‘the dog is picking up on me?’  For dogs to be in balance are calm their energy needs to flow. 

When a dog is at a groomers’ every process puts in additional energy (they already have life force energy and the energy from whatever else has happened before they come to us).  Dogs express and ground their energy to keep their energy flowing.  This then can make things difficult for both the dog and us as groomers because when the dog is on the table it is limited in the ways it can ground and express its energy.  The result is often a dog that is unsettled and awkward or difficult to groom.  This can then cause stress, agitation, and frustration for us and a whole host of other emotions, which are in turn is passed on to the dog and the situation builds.

With Energy Flow in the Salon, we look at every aspect of your salon (you, your equipment, the techniques you are using, your environment).

Benefits include:

  • Knowledge of handling techniques that support energy flow
  • A toolbox of alternative techniques that make it easier for the dog in terms of energy flow
  • A greater connection to the dogs you groom
  • Less pain for us as groomers
  • Ways to help you manage the emotions caused by your more challenging clients (both dog and human)
  • A working environment that supports energy flow

All these parts add up to creating an energetic environment that supports the energy flow in the dogs you work with to enable calmer dogs and easier grooms.

Obviously, Vanessa can’t cover all of this in a 45-minute seminar, but she is really looking forward to sharing some of her knowledge with you. Book Vanessa’s talk here.

Scissoring Master Class with Louisa Tandy

Louisa Tandy LCGI GMG is a Multi-Award winning groomer of almost 30 years. She judges and gives seminars and demonstrations around the UK and is also the newly appointed ambassador for Simpsons Grooming Supplies.  

Louisa will be demonstrating the different types of scissors and the kind of finish they leave. She will also include tips on how to improve your finish and how to get an almost scissor-perfect finish with a comb attachment. Book Louisa’s masterclass here.

Adam Dunn – Dogs’ minds matter

Dog Bites – A Real Risk To Groomers

Adam is qualified to degree level (Adv.Dip.Canineprac) and experienced Canine behaviourist and Psychologist. Using positive reinforcement methods and the most up-to-date scientific studies to develop greater knowledge and understanding. Member of ISCP and ICAN and working towards full INTO membership.

Specializing in:

Separation & related behaviours

Fear and anxiety



Canine body language

OCD type behaviours

Improving well-being and self-confidence

How homeopathic remedies can improve your dogs’ lifestyle

Working with rescue dogs from across Europe to adjust to life in the UK.

His talk is called: Dog Bites – A Real Risk To Groomers

In his talk, Adam will explore the causes of some of the most common forms of aggression that may be presented in the grooming salon environment. What is the risk of groomers having to deal with aggression in the salon and how are grooming businesses and associations working together to reduce this? We will then look at some of the most common stress behaviours that a dog may show and how you may respond to them to reduce any escalation of the behaviour. Working closely with your clients and developing a screening process may reduce some of the risks, but how do you do that? Taking on one-off grooms at short notice on dogs with no behaviour history may make short-term financial sense, but is it really worth the risk? Book Adam’s talk here.

Grooming Demonstration with Mike Wildman

Mike Wildman ICMG has supported Style to the Rescue right from the start as one of our first judges in 2018. In 2020 he is presenting one of our grooming seminars. Mike is extremely talented and has won more than one BIS at grooming competitions, so it will be an opportunity to learn from one of the best.


Mike will demonstrate and talk about coat care on the cocker spaniel. He will cover :
Coat colors, Stripping ages, Timing your groom, Salon styles, Time saving advice, Prep work, Handling tools, and more. Everyone who attends this demo will have a trim guide for the breed to take away and follow.

Plus all will be entered into a free prize draw at the end of the seminar to win a free 1-1 training day with Mike. All proceeds from tickets purchased into this draw will go directly to the charities supported by Style to Rescue. How fantastic! Book Mike’s grooming demo here.

Reiki for Dog Groomers by Rob Fellows

Reiki is a very simple to do complementary healing therapy which can help lower stress and instill calm, which everyone can easily learn to do. It can help people and animals with physical, mental, or emotional issues.

If you have any anxious or stressed dogs you groom, and you’d like to know how you can help to calm them, as well as make your grooming work much easier – then we recommend you attend Rob’s talk.

Rob is a Reiki Master Teacher who has been giving Reiki to dogs for over 20 years and has trained many groomers so that they can give gentle Reiki healing to their dogs, to their family and friends, and even to themselves … which is especially helpful after a busy day in the salon! Do you want to learn more about Reiki? Book now!

More info on Reiki and Rob at

What People Say...

When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.

As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.
Natalie Griffiths