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Judy Hudson, NCMG
Lindsey Dicken, NCMG
Karen Tucker, NCMG
Greg Doktor.
How to Deal with Geriatric Pets
Dealing with a Geriatric Dog on the Grooming Table
Grooming a Pomeranian Mix
Grooming a Maltese Puppy
How to Groom a Pet Old English Sheepdog in a Long Puppy Cut
Setting the 'Desi' Trim on a Poodle
How to Find Dogs for Certification Testing or Competition
Creative Styling Products & Product Safety
Grooming the English Cocker.
The Merryfield School of Pet Grooming
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  1. Angela Kumpe - Creative Styling
  2. Annette Quick, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  3. Best Shot, Shampoo
  4. Chuck Simon, Groomers Helper
  5. Colin Taylor, Member of GroomTeam USA
  6. Courtney Ramstack, CMG
  7. Danelle German, CCMG - Cat Grooming
  8. Debbie Beckwith, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  9. Dina Perry, Business Leader, Mobile Grooming, Luxury Pet Resorts
  10. Dr. R. Smith, Veterinarian
  11. Gregg Docktor, Grooming School Owner
  12. Heidi Anderton, Grooming School Owner
  13. Hilaire Boelkins, CMG
  14. Irina Pinkusevitch, NCMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  15. Jarbas Godoy, Industry Speaker
  16. Jennifer Hecker, CMG
  17. Jeri Hoppe, Member of GroomTeam USA
  18. Joe Zuccarello, Business, Marketing
  19. Joelle Asmondy, Marketing
  20. Judy Hudson, NCMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  21. Karen Tucker, NCMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  22. Kathy Rose, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  23. Linda Claflin, Member of GroomTeam USA - Massage
  24. Lindsey Dicken, NCMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  25. Lisa Leady, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  26. Lori Lawrence, Business Owner
  27. Lorri Keller, CMG
  28. Marc LaFleur, CMG
  29. Melissa Verplank, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  30. Mike Mailman, Shears
  31. Misty Fowler, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  32. Ren Netherland, Pet Photography
  33. Sadie, Business Owner
  34. Suesan Watson, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA
  35. Teresa Dreese, CMG
  36. Teri DiMarino, CMG - Member of GroomTeam USA

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Welcome New Training Partner
Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe is a self-taught pet stylist who has worked professionally for over 17 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her career path began the first time she saw a creative design featured on the cover of a grooming magazine. She entered her first creative grooming competition in 2002. She has had over 57 placements in competitions around the country. In 2011 she won Barkleigh's Competitive Creative Groomer of the Year award.


In 2007 she wrote a one-of-a-kind book, 'A Creative Collection.' Her book helps other pet stylists master the art of Creative Styling. Shortly after the book was published, she started a website focusing on products and education material to assist other pet professionals. Today Angela attends industry trade shows teaching, competing, and running the Creative Collection booth.


Angela's creative styling abilities have been featured on a number of national TV and news programs including; TLC's Extreme Poodles, Animal Planets Most Extreme, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and The Today Show. She's also had numerous articles in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times.


Angela is a world-renowned speaker, judge, retailer, author, and competitor on the creative styling circuit. She also owns a salon called Angela's Grooming. You can find more information about Angela, creative styling, and products on her website: www.angelasgrooming.us 



Please contact us for availability.  

(501) 888-3647  

E-Mail: angela@angelasgrooming.us



Welcome New Training Partner
Judy Hudson, NCMG


Judy Hudson holds an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology and is an International Speaker and Judge.  She is a National Certified Master Groomer and certifier for National Dog Groomers Association of America. Her grooming career started on a shoestring and a prayer.  Now she owns and operates Groomingtails Mobile Pet Grooming in Nashville, Tennessee, a very successful mobile business that stays booked a year in advance.    


Judy has been awarded Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer on multiple occasions.  She stayed in GroomTeam's top 10 groomers for 4 years.  Traveling with the team to France in 2005, she won a gold medal with her American Cocker Spaniel and helped the team bring home the silver.  


In 2004, she was nominated for the prestigious Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year Award.  In 2002, she was awarded the coveted Sybil Trophy for having the most harmonious relationship with her dogs.  


Now retired from the contest ring, she still enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others, and coaches some of the industries up and coming groomers.  Judy just completed training for the Pet Tech Organization to teach CPR and Pet First Aid, the only organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association for this purpose. She is proud to be an ambassador for Jarden Consumer Solutions and Oster Professional Products.   


Judy lives in Kingston Springs, Tennessee with her husband, Bubba, and her two children, Cody (22) and Annie Kate (15). 



Judy is available for Private Consulting & Coaching.  


Please contact her for cost and availability. Phone: 615-506-9571 email:codyak@comcast.net 

Welcome New Training Partner
Lindsey Dicken, NCMG  


Lindsey Dicken is a National Certified Master Groomer.  She has been grooming for 8 years, and has been grooming competitively for 6.  Prior to becoming a pet stylist, Lindsey was active in preparing and exhibiting saddle and draft horses.  


Since beginning her dog grooming career, Lindsey has competed all over the country and won multiple Best All Around Groomer awards, Best Scissored Poodle awards, World Champion Poodle Groomer, and Intergroom's American Groomer of the Year.  She received the Lynn Carver Memorial Award for Best All Around Pet Stylist in 2008 and 2010, and was nominated for a Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year award. Lindsey has won several Best In Shows, most notably back to back wins at Intergroom 2009 and 2010 with a Bichon Frise.  


She has qualified for GroomTeam USA's Top Ten Stylists every year she was eligible, reaching #6 her very first year.  She was the #1 ranked groomer in the nation for 2007, 2009, and 2011 and had the honor of traveling to Germany in 2009 to compete in the World Team Grooming Championship.  She helped GroomTeam bring home the gold for the USA, winning a gold medal with a Bichon Frise. In 2011, GroomTeam USA traveled to Belgium, and Lindsey helped her team earn the silver medal, competing with a miniature poodle in English Saddle trim.

Lindsey is most known for her work on Bichons and Poodles, however she has also excelled in competition with Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Gordon Setters, and mixed breeds.

In addition to competing in grooming contests, Lindsey also shows her Bichons, miniature poodles, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in AKC conformation shows.
Welcome New Training Partner
Karen Tucker, NCMG 

Karen Tucker, NCMG (National Certified Master Groomer) was the #1 ranked stylists in the country in 2006 with GroomTeam USA. She has been in the Top 10 ranked stylists in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with GroomTeam USA. Karen has represented the United States in World Team Competitionsmultiple times. She has competed extensively in this country and abroad competition as a top level professional pet stylist. Karen also breeds and exhibits Miniature Poodles. Karen owns  Wag'N Splash, a high level grooming salon in central Florida.
Welcome New Training Partner
Greg Doktor 

Gregg Docktor is the Director of Operations and Admissions Director of the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The mission of Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is to provide quality, field specific education for the purpose of preparing students for careers in the field of Professional Pet Grooming.  Mr. Docktor has been involved in the Pet industry for over 39 years at the location where the school is located.


Currently, there are multiple pet related businesses being operated at this location; the grooming school, a boarding kennel and pet day care center plus a veterinarian hospital.


Previously he'd owned and operated "Dr. Clayton Pet Specialties" along with his late father Norman, and his brother Lloyd. Together they distributed their product line nationally to pet stores and large box retailers. In addition, Gregg also had a three-store chain of grooming shops, "Just 4 Paws" along with a small chain of puppy stores called "Merryfield Kennels."  Gregg grew up in the industry; his father was responsible for more than 250 retail pet outlets called "Docktor Pet Centers."

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  • How to move around an older dog to gain its trust - Suesan Watson, CMG
  • Signs to watch for that indicates a pet is not doing well - Suesan Watson, CMG
  • How to make the expression "pop" by strategically trimming the face - Courtney Ramstack, CMG
  • How to avoid making the dog look 'low on leg' and 'dumpy' - Lisa Leady, CMG
  • How to get a 'leaner' to stop leaning - Jeri Hoppi

We have some amazing footage to share with you. See what is on our editing table in these fabulous Sneak Peeks for our latest release.

  • Setting the 'Desi' Trim on a Poodle (trim designed by Liz Paul) - Karen Tucker, CMG
  • How to Find Dogs for Certification Testing or Competition - Lindsey Dicken, NCMG
  • Creative Styling Products and Product Safety - Angela Kumpe
  • Grooming the English Cocker - Judy Hudson, NCMG
  • Facility Tour: Merryfield School of Pet Grooming - Gregg Docktor

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How to Deal with Geriatric Pets

Suesan Watson, CMG


There comes a time when every professional pet groomer must deal with an elderly dog, the feeble dog, or the dog who is dealing with dementia. They can be challenging, but with the proper mindset and some basic skills you can help keep the pet safe and secure. In this session, Suesan Watson shows you how to deal with the older pet. Her experience comes from a career full of dealing with pets of all ages.

In this video you will learn:  
  • Great ways to handle an older dog
  • The number one thing you need to focus on
  • How to move around an older dog to gain its trust
  • Why it is important to pre-educate your clients
  • Tips for communicating with an owner about an aging pet   

Approximate running time: 16 minutes

Dealing with a Geriatric Dog on the Grooming Table

Suesan Watson, CMG


This lesson is not about grooming a dog to breed profile! Instead, it is about grooming an older dog that is unstable on the grooming table. Sue talks about the nearly nonexistent coat that is so common in older dogs. Matted or tangled fur does not typically grow back. The aging Irish Setter used for this demonstration needed all of Suesan's almost 40 years of professional pet experience. She shows you how to work safely with an elderly pet. She also offers ideas on how to communicate with the owner about their aging dog. She'll help you understand what the limitations are and what your number one focus needs to be - and a gorgeous groom isn't on the list!     

In this video you will learn:   

  • Why it's especially important to have at least one hand on the dog at all times
  • Why speed should be a major factor in the grooming process
  • Signs that indicate a pet is not doing well
  • Which tools can make grooming more comfortable for the pet
  • Holds that you can use to help stabilize a larger, older dog

Approximate running time: 37 minutes 

Grooming a Pomeranian Mix Bringing Out a Charming Expression 

Courtney Ramstack, CMG

In this session, Courtney grooms an adorable Pomeranian/ Maltese mix. This dog is as cute as a button, however, she has her own set of challenges. She is an older dog that needs some special handling in order to keep her safe and secure. She also has a bit of a feisty attitude -- biting Courtney twice during the filming of the session. This lesson is not just about grooming using guard combs, scissors, and thinning shears. Much of this lesson deals with handling an older dog, including the mental focus that you need to do it safely. Courtney is a master at not getting flustered!


In this video you will learn:    

  • How to keep a Papillion style ear and tail out of the clipper
  • How to scissor straight lines on a dog that does not want to stand up
  • How to make the expression "pop" by strategically trimming the face
  • How to even up the top of the head on a floppy topknot
  • Tips for keeping your composure

Approximate running time: 53 minutes 

Grooming the Golden Retriever

Lisa Leady, CMG


Lisa Leady demonstrates how to get a show look on a pet Golden Retriever. When she starts grooming this dog, the coat is packed with undercoat. Goldens should be athletic and muscular with a soft, pleasing expression. When grooming them, you want to show off these traits. Having large amounts of undercoat does not achieve the physically fit appearance and the excessive undercoat ends up all over the owner's home. Lisa shows you how to work with carding tools to make even a couch potato look athletic. She strategically removes bulk to bring out the angles of this dog. She demonstrates how to trim the head with thinning shears to get the soft expression so typical of this breed. This may not be a show dog, but by the time Lisa gets done with her, she looks show ring ready.   


In this video you will learn:

  • Why it's important to work with long strokes when working with a carding tool
  • How to trim the hocks to show off bone and get the crescent shape.
  • How to trim the ears to pull the expression from the face
  • How long the furnishing should be on the legs
  • How to avoid making the dog look 'low on leg' and 'dumpy'   

Approximate running time: 59 minutes

How to Groom a Pet Old English Sheepdog in a Long Puppy Cut

Jeri Hoppe


Jeri grooms anywhere from 20 to 30 OES per month, (yes, we all agree she's crazy!) In this demonstration, she trims a show coat into a more manageable length. Accentuating key points such as the steep angle over the rear, a rise over the loin, cylindrical front legs, a pear shaped body, and the classic Old English head helps this dog retain much of the OES charm. She has removed over half the total length of coat with scissors and blending shears. This dog has an amazing thick, dense coat. As Jeri says, "It's like trimming carpet." Join Jeri as she molds and sculpts this dog into one that has loads of personality and style.   


In this video you will learn:

  • The key signature of an Old English Sheepdog
  • Which shears work great on this thick coat
  • Why this breed should be square and compact
  • How to build an arched neck
  • How to get a 'leaner' to stop leaning 

Approximate running time: 52 minutes

5 New Sneak Peeks!  



Setting the 'Desi' Trim on a Poodle

(Trim designed by Liz Paul)

Karen Tucker


Karen Tucker won the International Groomer of the Year title in 1997 with this haircut. She was honored to earn this win under the trim's creator, one of the top pet stylists of all time, Liz Paul.


We rarely see pattern trims on poodles anymore, but this haircut is timeless. In this grooming lesson, Karen shows you how to set the pattern a typical pet Poodle and offers insights on how the trim was created. She'll show you how to clip in the band while keeping it neat and tidy. She provides great detail about the shape of the jacket. She'll also show you how to blend in the neck and head to create the correct overall shape. Throughout the entire video, Karen talks about the breed standard, highlighting strong points on this dog while hiding its faults.


Throughout the lesson, you'll learn how to shave time off the finished groom, how to get a smooth finish, and how to deal with floppy topknots. In the end, you get a stylish trim that brings out the elegance of the Poodle.



How to Find Dogs for Certification Testing or Competition

Interview with Lindsey Dicken, NCMG


In this interview, Melissa Verplank sits down with Lindsey Dicken for a discussion about finding appropriate dogs for certification testing or competition. Lindsey tells her own story of how she started grooming and got bit by 'the bug.' Competitive by nature, it didn't take her long to become totally immersed in the world of high-end pet styling. Her rise to the top has come quickly. She, like most professional pet stylists, was not blessed with beautiful dogs. She does every day dogs just like us - including with her fair share of #7 all shave downs! Find out why she felt it was important to go down this path and how this hard work helps her as she grooms every day pet dogs. Join Lindsey as she shares some of her secrets - most of them are surprisingly easy to apply!


Creative Styling Products & Product Safety

Angela Kumpe

When was the last time you added a splash of fuchsia to accentuate the topknot of one of your clients' dogs? If this sounds like fun to you, do your research. There are lots of ways to get creative -- but not all of them are going to be the safest. In this presentation, award-winning creative stylist Angela Kumpe gets you started the right way -- the safe way. She introduces you to a wide array of products. She kicks it off with temporary color and moves through the stages of semi-permanent and permanent color. Come with us as we learn about an amazing number of product options, where to get them, and how to do your own research to find out if they are safe to use on a pet.


Grooming the English Cocker

Judy Hudson NCMG


Judy's no-nonsense style is absolutely captivating and fun. She'll show you how to work with carding tools, rakes, knives, clippers and blending shears to get a very natural look on this retired show dog.


In this video lesson, Judy shows you how to trim this breed in a show style trim. She explains how - and why - it's important to remove the dead coat. In order to have healthy skin and coat, this type of dog requires at least some degree of carding to clear the hair follicles.


Judy has years of experience under her belt along with plenty of awards. She combines breed standards with practical grooming tips to accentuate the best features of any dog. She always strives for a natural look with this type of sporting dog -- the look hand stripping gives you. As Judy says, "There are very few absolutes in grooming." In this presentation, she presents plenty of options to groom an English Cocker that are correct, practical, and safe.



Facility Tour:  

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

Gregg Docktor


The Merryfield School of Pet Grooming has been training new groomers since the 1970s. The school is located in sunny south Florida, making it an ideal place to learn. Their training team is made up of Certified Master Groomers and awarding winning stylists. Merryfield starts their students out right - with a solid foundation of basic grooming skills. After graduation, hundreds of students have gone on to rewarding careers. The teaching style is a hands-on, practical approach to learning. Join Gregg Dockor, the Director of the school, for a personal tour. He had been involved with the pet industry for almost 40 years in this location.



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