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AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Program with Susan Sholar

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The American Kennel Club believes that grooming safety should be a top priority and is a genuine concern. We also recognize the importance of proper grooming for the health, well-being and overall comfort of dogs. As a result, the AKC has specifically designed its AKC S.A.F.E (Safety, Assurance, Fundamentals, Education) Grooming Program to support the grooming industry’s self-regulation effort through education. Show your commitment to your clients and community by setting the standard in groom safety. 


The AKC Safety in the Salon course is the central component of the program. This comprehensive, three-part class is taught by Susan Divine Sholar, founder of the International College of Pet Careers, to provide vital information on safety measures and protocols within the grooming facility. Sholar has been grooming dogs and cats for more than forty years, including fifteen years as a grooming instructor. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life’s work.

Course Topics:

- Covers best practices focusing on pet care, health and safety
- Learn groomer and salon safety protocols and how to handle special cases
- Become informed about pet and zoonotic diseases, accident avoidance and sanitation
- Understand the best techniques to ensure pet safety while in groomer/salon care

You can take the AKC Safety in the Salon course online via Canine College, AKC’s educational portal. It is also available as an in-person class at groom expos and industry trade shows around the country. Click the AKC banner on this page to find a list of the 2018 shows where the course will be offered.