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 sources and instruments for pet groomers around the globe, he began the very first nationally acknowledged pet grooming college and has authored among the most influential publications about grooming canine in existence at present. His modern 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 at all times needed to be concerned within the animal world. As a teenager, 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 had been worthwhile, so I closed them after some time. 

My subsequent transfer was to take a course in a small, new college known 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 concept 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 bought my huge break! Ben Stone, the college’s director, stunned me by providing to promote me a 50% share within the college! And not using a 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 capable of 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 the complete nation! I improved and lengthened the programs, transformed 4 residences within the college constructing into dormitories and acquired permission to show overseas college students to be taught 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 guide, The All Breed Canine Grooming Information, arguably one of the common grooming guides of all time. There wasn’t something prefer it out there available on the market. The place did the inspiration come from and what was the method for such a brand new idea?

Sam: Nicely, now we wanted a textbook to work with in order that we may adhere to a unified course of research. The issue was there was nothing adequate out there on the time to resolve this crucial downside. I contacted all of the canine breed golf equipment to ask them precisely how their explicit breed ought to be groomed in a pet model. 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 guide 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 realized to groom, worldwide, from the over 100,000 gross sales of my All Breed Canine Grooming Information books. Due to my guide as a studying software and my New York College of Canine Grooming that graduated over 20,000 college students, these graduates started instructing others to groom; accounting for a big a part of the groomers worldwide at present. Our faculty additionally graduated a minimum of 10 individuals who opened their very own grooming faculties. My ardour comes from serving to so many individuals grow to be 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 below 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 corporations, 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’ palms and the canine’ our bodies. I’m as thrilled with every product I design as one is likely to be with a new child child.  

I’m at present 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 definitely haven’t gone unnoticed. You’ve been the recipient of numerous awards within the trade. I’m positive it will be exhausting to decide on, however when you needed to choose one award that’s been probably the most vital, what wouldn’t it be?

Sam: Nicely, 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 happy with was, I believe it was about 1975, after I bought offended 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!”  Nicely, the subsequent 12 months, each one among them and others featured the canine present, and have been that includes canine reveals on their newscasts and columns ever since!

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

Jonathan: Nicely, I believe you’ve definitely 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 technology of groomers who might 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 greatest for you. Attend trade commerce reveals and by no means ever cease bettering!

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


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