Debi Hilley, Author

  • Debi Hilley has written articles for the GroomTeam USA newsletter, NEPGP newsletter, the Groomer's Gazette and publishes her own website, Grooming Smarter. Some of the topics she covers include wet clipping, dematting, using snap-on combs and grooming the Cocker Spaniel. Debi has written a book on CD for dematting and another for Teddy Bear head styling. Currently she is writing another book for every day pet grooming styles for use in the salon.

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March 22, 2012


Avi Morali

Our dog grooming service definitely needs to start doing this. Here is how we operate now:

Jen Quinn

I feel like I need a grooming coach because when I do more than 4 dogs a day (all full haircuts/scissoring with no mats, by myself, no bather, no reception, sometimes no lunch) I feel my grooming work suffers and I feel exhausted. I already do some of the things you mentioned...will look to do more so I can add dogs. Definitely want to make more money!


On average I groom 8-12/day (dogs & cats) alone. When I worked in a shop with a bather, I would easily groom 14-16/day and I have to agree that it's all about having the right equipment. After finding your blog, my speed has picked up dramatically without losing the quality.

Debi Hilley

SO glad to hear that! I like it when I can make a difference!

Quynh Rodriguez

Great post Debbie, I am staffed very much like you and we do groom a lot of dogs. I find that a proficient and confident groomer will cause dogs to behave better therefore increasing the quality and speed of the groom and decreasing the risk for injuries.

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