I apprenticed under a few groomers at a very busy vet clinic in an affluent area. I read everything I could online on the pro grooming forums, studied show dogs at shows, and attended every trade show/seminar within a days driving distance that I possibly could. I still do all that, and compete at the trade shows and have learned SO much from that. I would not be half the groomer I am now had I never started competing. The trade shows have great seminars, from the business side down to bathing and everything in between. I learn something new all the time. Thats what I love about this industry..you never stop learning and getting better.