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Sam Kohl – Groomer to Groomer


Sam Kohl is canine grooming.

His roots in schooling run deep and his contributions to the trade attain far and huge. As a visionary with a expertise for creating assets and instruments for pet groomers all over the world, he began the very first nationally acknowledged pet grooming college and has authored a few of the most influential publications about grooming canine in existence at present. His revolutionary instruments have modified the working lives of pet groomers all over the place—and he doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime quickly.

Sam took a while from his busy schedule to talk with me and share his unbelievable journey within the pet grooming trade…

Jonathan: Hello Sam, I’m so excited to share your legacy with our readers. You’ve contributed a lot of your life to this trade and have completed a lot for groomers. Inform me concerning the very starting of your profession within the pet trade; the place did all of it start?

Sam: I all the time needed to be concerned within the animal world. As a teen, I dreamed of turning into a farmer. So, in highschool, I enrolled in an agricultural course in Queens, NY.  Later, after I used to be discharged from the Marine Corps, I opened three companies on the aspect; a tropical fish retailer and two small pet outlets. Not one of the three have been worthwhile, so I closed them after some time. 

My subsequent transfer was to take a course in a small, new college referred to as “The New York College of Canine Grooming.” After commencement, I took a job in a pet store that was situated in a division retailer in Harlem. This gave me the thought to open a grooming store near that pet store.  I then went downtown to the grooming college to purchase all of the provides and gear to open my very own grooming store, and this was after I acquired my massive break! Ben Stone, the college’s director, stunned me by providing to promote me a 50% share within the college! With no second’s hesitation I mentioned, “In fact I’ll do it!” 

Two years later, I purchased the opposite half of the college. It was then that I used to be in a position to make main enhancements. I turned the New York College of Canine Grooming into the New York State Division’s first and solely licensed college of canine grooming in New York State, and first in all the nation! I improved and lengthened the programs, transformed 4 flats within the college constructing into dormitories and acquired permission to show overseas college students to study to groom. I employed a supervisor and introduced my spouse, Cynthia, on board to handle the workplace, and me.

Jonathan: That’s fairly a starting! And that leads me to my subsequent query…In 1972, you printed your first grooming e-book, The All Breed Canine Grooming Information, arguably one of the vital widespread grooming guides of all time. There wasn’t something prefer it out there in the marketplace. The place did the inspiration come from and what was the method for such a brand new idea?

Sam: Properly, now we wanted a textbook to work with in order that we might adhere to a unified course of research. The issue was there was nothing adequate out there on the time to unravel this vital downside. I contacted all of the canine breed golf equipment to ask them precisely how their explicit breed needs to be groomed in a pet fashion. So as to add to this, I additionally contacted established AKC canine breeders across the nation for his or her enter on grooming pets that might look pretty much as good as present canine. And that’s how my first e-book was born. This was what began the canine grooming trade as we all know it at present. 

Jonathan: Since that very first grooming information, you’ve authored a number of books with a number of editions for the grooming trade and for pet house owners alike. Clearly schooling is a ardour of yours. The place does that zeal for persevering with schooling {and professional} enchancment derive from?

Sam: Think about how many individuals have discovered to groom, worldwide, from the over 100,000 gross sales of my All Breed Canine Grooming Information books. Due to my e-book as a studying instrument and my New York College of Canine Grooming that graduated over 20,000 college students, these graduates started educating others to groom; accounting for a big a part of the groomers worldwide at present. Our college additionally graduated a minimum of 10 individuals who opened their very own grooming faculties. My ardour comes from serving to so many individuals turn into higher at what they do and love…canine.

Jonathan: Your abilities and contributions aren’t restricted to writing books. You’ve additionally designed and developed numerous instruments to help pet groomers underneath your model, AARONCO® Pet Merchandise Inc. The place does your inspiration for brand spanking new merchandise come from?

Sam: Years earlier than I created AARONCO, I contributed to our trade by giving concepts for brand spanking new merchandise to different firms, freed from cost. I noticed the success of my concepts and knew I needed to design for myself. I now design my merchandise just for AARONCO.  My concepts emanate from what is required for the good thing about the groomers’ fingers and the canine’ our bodies. I’m as thrilled with every product I design as one is perhaps with a new child child.  

I’m presently engaged on a number of extra new designs, however my downside now could be discovering extra time to do them. One other enjoyment for me in producing new instruments is within the naming of every one. It retains me up about an hour every evening considering of the proper names, however I adore it.

 Jonathan: All of your contributions, publications and well-designed merchandise actually haven’t gone unnoticed. You’ve been the recipient of numerous awards within the trade. I’m certain it could be onerous to decide on, however if you happen to needed to choose one award that’s been essentially the most vital, what wouldn’t it be?

Sam: Properly, I’ve two. One is extra of an accomplishment and the opposite is an award.  The accomplishment that nobody is conscious of and that I’m very pleased with was, I feel it was about 1975, after I acquired indignant considering how little consideration the canine world was receiving from the media.  The Westminster Canine Present had simply ended and never a phrase of it was talked about within the press or on TV. I sat down and wrote postcards with a thick, black marker to 2 newspapers and two TV stations saying: “AMERICA’S SECOND OLDEST SPORTING EVENT JUST FINISHED AND YOU BLEW IT!”  Properly, the subsequent 12 months, each one among them and others featured the canine present, and have been that includes canine exhibits on their newscasts and columns ever since!

The award I’m most pleased with is the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the late, nice Sally Liddick and Barkleigh. She was actually an enormous of our trade, and her approval and recognition meant every thing to me. 

Jonathan: Properly, I feel you’ve actually made Sally proud. And being one of many founders of this trade, you’ve watched it develop and alter and enhance by the years, largely due to your contributions. What piece of recommendation would you give to the most recent era of groomers who could some day make their very own mark within the trade? 

Sam: My recommendation to new groomers—and all groomers for that matter—is to learn books, watch the movies, purchase the brand new instruments and develop your individual opinions about what works finest for you. Attend trade commerce exhibits and by no means ever cease enhancing!

Jonathan: Sage recommendation from one of many biggest inspirations in our trade! Thanks for sharing your story and recommendation with us, you actually have been an asset to groomers all over the place. ✂️



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