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Linda Healy: CFO Canine Approved LLC
Linda Healy has been an active force in the Pet Industry since 1977, where she and her sister opened their first Pet venture “The Ark” pet shop and Grooming, through 1995 this business led to others including 2 Grooming shops (The Groomers and Scizzor Zoo), Twin City School of Pet Grooming Inc, Groomers Wholesale Club, Smocks Manufacturing, Groomtemps, and Pet Tech Business Consulting.

In 1995 Linda was hired by Pet Food Warehouse, (now Petco,) to develop and administer their Professional Grooming Training Program, which would later become national.

Through 2013 Linda held many roles within Petco Corporate, all in the interest of, improving programs and processes for Pet Services, Grooming and Dog Training, Staffing and Recruiting. Linda has since partnered with Karen Smith (internet marketing strategist), to form Canine Approved Groomers, a new web site that incorporates advanced business training , and continuing education for Groomers, as well as a job site, tips on recruiting for Business owners, Job posting, and searches

Linda also holds a degree in Business Administration, from the University of St. Thomas, and IPG certification. Having educated and spoken with groomers nationwide, Canine Approved Groomers, will now provide the platform for continued educating and sharing.

Karen Smith: CEO Canine Approved LLC
Karen Smith brings15 years business expertise as an Agency owner and Internet Marketing Strategist. Karen is the founder of Intuitive Pear, a successfu lnternet Marketing business in the Lakes area of Minnesota. Well known in the tech industry as a consultant and a Search Engine Optimization expert, she has recently opened the door to her knowledge and skills, with the Grooming industry, through the new training website, Canine Approved Groomers. 

An overview of her skills include:

  • Internet Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Management,
  • Email Marketing,
  • Web Development
  • Content Marketing 
  • Link Building 
  • Website Conversion,
  • Local Internet Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing,  



Canine Approved LLC, is dedicated to providing continuing education and networking resources to members, in support of their continued career success, to the benefit of the pet families they love and serve.