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Hundreds of Videos to Watch At
Prep Work on a Poodle
Fabulous Finishing Touches for Your Everyday Pet Clients
Grooming the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in a Show Trim
Grooming a Grey and White Bichon Mix in a Personality Trim
Setting a Show Poodle Trim on a 7 Month Old Puppy
Grooming the Kerry Blue Terrier
Marketing Creative Styling Services to the Pet Owning Public
Grooming the American Cocker Spaniel.

Hundreds of Videos to Watch At (and cats)!

For the first time ever, you can expand your educational horizon - and never leave home to do it! 

Did you know (and cats) now has over 195 videos in the streaming video library? We have hundreds of grooming demonstrations where you have a front row seat as award-winning stylists demonstrate how it's done. And grooming demonstrations aren't our only topics. Oh no. If it has anything to do with the pet grooming industry, we are seeking it out and bringing it to you.


With so much information on the site, finding the exact lessons you're looking for can be a bit of a challenge. For the first time ever, you can expand your educational horizon - and never leave home to do it! You've told us - and we've listened. You now have multiple ways to find titles that interest you.      


3 Simple Way to Search the Learn2GroomDogs Site


  1. Use the Learn2GroomDogs website search engine
  2. Search for lessons hosted by your favorite Learn2GroomDogs Trainer Partner
  3. Review all the titles on Learn2GroomDogs using our NEW PDF Master List


Using the Learn2GroomDogs Search Engine


Learn2GroomDogs has a powerful search engine. You can find the Search Engine on the Home Page of the site. Simply type in a few key words of what you would like to learn more about. Do you want to learn about a particular breed? Type in the name of the breed you're looking for - such as 'Poodle.' All of the videos on the website that feature a Poodle will show up in the drop-down box. Are you trying to master a particular skill, such as scissoring? Type in the word 'scissoring' and you will be amazed at the number of videos at your fingertips. When working with the search engine, we suggest you limit the number of words. This will allow you to see the widest variety of videos available while focusing on your intended subject matter.  

Training Partners


Our Training Partners are some of the best in the business! All of the grooming demonstrations are presented by Certified Master Groomers from one of the voluntary national testing organizations. Many of the L2DG Training Partners have earned the right to be members of GroomTeam USA. We are constantly on the lookout for knowledgeable presenters in all aspects of our industry, whether it be pet massage, sales and marketing, product knowledge or a wide array of other topics.


To make it simple for you, all of our Training Partners are listed in just two groups - Grooming & Styling or Business & Management. Simply click on the name on the Home Page. The site will take you to their full bio. At the Biography area, you will see a listing of all the videos that particular Training Partner has on Remember, many of our Training Partners are multi-talented. You'll find their names listed in both areas based on the content of their videos.  

PDF Master List:  

Table of Contents


The Master List is a PDF list of all the videos currently available. We've included those video lessons that are in the process of being edited, as well. Technology is great, but sometimes having a hard copy in your hands just works better!


We have added key information right on the page. With just a quick glance, you can isolate the subject matter, title, Training Partner, release date(or when it is going to be released), video length, and general category as it is listed on L2GD. With this easy-to-use reference guide, you can now navigate the site with ease.


The Table of Contents  

consists of...



  • Core Grooming Skills & Techniques
  • Sporting Group
  • Hound Group
  • Working Group
  • Terrier Group
  • Toy Group
  • Non-Sporting Group
  • Herding Group
  • Mixed Breeds
  • Miscellaneous Grooming

 Business & Operations

  • Sales & Marketing
  • Equipment & Grooming Supplies
  • Groomer Health & Well-Being
  • Pet Health & Well-Being
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Cats
  • Facility Tours
  • Creative Pet Styling (Color & Bling)
  • Personal Interview
  • Miscellaneous

So how do you use this as a tool? Find a video that catches your fancy and type in a few key words of its title into the search engine. If the title is "Grooming the Pet Bichon in a Modified Show Trim," just type "Bichon" or "Pet Bichon" to narrow the selection. The search engine will find all the videos on the site matching your search criteria. Or, you can simply type in the training partner's name. All of their videos currently available on the site will come up.


The wealth of knowledge packed into the site is simply amazing - and it's growing! Every month we add 10 new videos. Never before has learning been so easy - and so economical! It's like having a grooming show right on your computer!   


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Complete Video List 

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 Sneak Peek Previews
Prep Work on a Poodle - face, Feet, Tail, Ears, and Nails

Judy Hudson, NCMG

In this lesson, seasoned professional stylist Judy Hudson walks you through the basics with this young Standard Poodle. As Judy says, "The clipper work is the foundation of all good grooming!"


She shows you how to get that perfectly clean face, feet, and tail, quickly and safely. The camera angles with this session are right up close and personal. If you've ever been in a demonstration and couldn't quite see, you won't have that problem with this video lesson. It's just like you're standing right next to Judy watching every single move.


As a bonus, Judy also talks about cleaning and plucking the ears. Plus, she discusses products and tips that work for her to keep the ear healthy. Finally, she talks about trimming nails and grinding them for smoothness.


This video lesson is full of good sound basic information. If you are new groomer just starting out, this is the video not to miss. If you are a groomer who is struggling to get perfectly clean clipper work (especially around those pesky toes), Judy's insight will be immensely helpful. 



Fabulous Finishing Touches for Your Everyday Pet Clients

Angela Kumpe  


Angela is a master at creative pet styling. To her, creative styling can be anything from simple 'bling' to elaborate patterns and color on a dog or cat.


In this session, Angela shows you how to add simple, fun, and inexpensive creative ideas to your everyday pets. She shows you how to make super simple collars to match any occasion. What about adding rhinestone bling on short coated dogs? She also demonstrates how easy it is to add a splash of color to a coat with children's blow pens. ...And what about inserting a feather extension? Who knew it was so simple? This lesson is full of creative ways to add pizazz to your everyday salon clients.


Throughout the demonstration, she discusses how to apply these simple accoutrements with ease. Plus, she shares her secrets on how to 'sell it' to the customer. Once a client tries these zingy accents, many are hooked on it. What a fabulous way to add a little more revenue to your salon! It's an enjoyable - and fun - upsell to your clients.



Grooming the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in a Show Trim

Lindsey Dicken, NCMG 


You asked for her - we got her. Lindsey Dicken. She has won hundreds of awards for her grooming skills in this country and abroad. In this lesson, Lindsey shows you how to groom a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Lindsey has built a large part of her reputation on grooming this breed. The trim Lindsey puts on this dog is suitable for the pet contest arena or the conformation show ring.

As she works over the dog, you'll learn how to get the classic outline for the breed. This is definitely a dog that is supposed to look very natural and not "over groomed." You'll learn about the tools that you'll need to get the look and how to use them. Lindsey shares so many details about how to groom the SCWT that we have broken this lesson into a double feature. The first feature addresses the body, legs, and feet. In the second feature, Lindsay deals with the head in great detail. Her teaching style is easy to understand - whether you are a new stylist or a seasoned pro. If you have any questions about how to groom a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, this lesson is for you!

Grooming a Grey and White Bichon Mix in a Personality Trim

Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich, NCMG  


This video lesson will make you just want to pick up your shears and start scissoring. Pina makes it look so easy! This little poodle mix has got personality plus! And we can't forget to mention that he has a coat that is simply amazing.


Pina shows you how to bring out the personality of this type of dog and do it in a manner that is low maintenance for the owner and superfast for the stylist. She's aiming for a plush look that gives the dog tons of style. She puts this little poodle mix into a Bichon style trim that makes him so cute -- he could be a stuffed toy. As she works over the trim, you'll learn about the products that she's used and the tools that she loves to get the best finish on the coat.


Welcome to   


Select from 197 training videos - all available with just a few simple mouse clicks!


For the first time ever, you don't have to travel to shows or clinics to learn the secrets of the masters - we bring them right to you! All of our Training Partners are at the tops of their fields.  

(and cats) is a unique way to get the edge on your competition.  


Join us! (and cats) is for you if:

  • You want to learn simple tricks to make every day pet grooming easier
  • You struggle to complete 6-8 grooms a day with ease  
  • You want to know how your work compares to other stylists
  • You are looking for an easy way to enhance your current grooming skills
  • Want to train with top professionals in the pet grooming industry


Here are a few of the items you'll learn in the videos that are going up for full view today.

  • How to get a smooth finish on a coat that marks and tracks easily - Judy Hudson, NCMG
  • The secret to get beautiful top knot on a show poodle (double feature lesson) Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich, NCMG
  • What shears to use when working on a difficult coat to scissor - Karen Tucker, NCMG
  • How to build a clientele that embraces creative styling - Angela Kumpe



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.

  • Fabulous Finishing Touches for Your Everyday Pets Clients - Angela Kumpe
  • Prep Work on a Poodle - Face, Feet, Tail, Ears & Nails - Judy Hudson, NCMG
  • Grooming a Grey & White Bichon Mix in a Personality Trim - Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich, NCMG
  • Grooming the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in a Show Trim (double feature lesson) - Lindsey Dicken, NCMG

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Happy Trimming,


Melissa Verplank


Videos Going up for Full View Today

Setting a Show Poodle Trim on a 7 Month Old Puppy
- and - 

Tying Up a Top Knot on a Poodle Show Trim

(Double Feature)

Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich, NCMG  

Pina has a passion for Poodles. Watch as she shows you how to create a trim that
accentuates the proper structure of the breed. Pina breaks down challenging subject matter into easy-to-understand steps. This video is packed with great grooming tips that can be used whether you are working on a show dog or a simple stylized pet in your salon. Pina uses a combination of straight and curved shears as well as long blenders to get a velvet finish. When she finishes the top knot, she shows off some great show ring secrets to get the perfect, 'natural' look. Pina is comfortable teaching high-level styling techniques yet she does it in a way that anyone can understand. Whether you're looking to hone your skills for show ring styling, or just starting out, this video lesson we'll set you up to succeed. 



In this video you will learn:              

  • What creates elegance in any dog
  • What shape to achieve with the rib cage
  • What visual image to create with the rear legs
  • How to pull the entire dog together, section by section
  • The secret to get a beautiful top knot on a show dog 

Part 1 - Setting the Trim to Accentuate  

Proper Breed Profile
 Approximate running times: 55 minutes


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 Part 2 - Tying Up a Show Poodle Top Knot 

Approximate running times: 16 minutes

Key Word Search:  Poodle, Pina, Irina Pinkusevich, puppy cut, breed profile trimming, balance, outline, scissoring, show trimming, advanced styling

Grooming the Kerry Blue Terrier

Karen Tucker, NCMG   

Karen sums up Terriers like this, "Terriers are all about angles - striking angles. They are not round like a Poodle or a Bichon." The Kerry Blue Terrier is a showcase of angles. She'll explain key points of the breed to help you visualize what it should look like. Karen does a fabulous job giving the viewer reference points as landmarks to establish the correct outline for the breed. Watch as she shows how to shape the coat with clippers, guard combs, shears, and blenders. Many stylists love grooming Terriers because they are extremely tailored. There is a lot you can do 'right' for a dog and a lot you can do 'wrong.' After watching this lesson, you will feel confident grooming a Kerry Blue Terrier, even if you have never groomed one before!


Karen is available for private training.  Please contact her for cost and availability. 407.830.6655


In this video you will learn:              

  • What shape to go for on the head
  • Which blade options to use when setting the pattern
  • How to set up the rear leg for nice parallel lines
  • How to set a deep chest that is balanced to the rest of the dog
  • Which shears to use when working on a difficult coat to scissor 

Approximate running times: 54 minutes


Key Word Search:    Kerry Blue Terrier,Karen Tucker, scissoring, blenders, thinning shears, breed standard trimming, breed profile trimming


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Marketing Creative Styling Services to the Pet Owning Public

Angela Kumpe  


Are you intrigued by creative styling options - simple things you could offer your clients like temporary color and a little bling? Angela is a master of marketing her creative services for pets. She lives in small town were the population is just over 6,000. Angela boasts, "Our town doesn't even have a Wal-Mart." Even in this small grassroots community, fun and creative pet grooming thrives. If Angela can have a booming creative grooming business, you can too.  It's all in your attitude and marketing. In this session, you'll learn how she's been able to successfully build a clientele that allows her creative spirit to soar. Her marketing techniques are down to earth, easy to apply, and best of all - highly effective for very little money!   


Private, hands on classes are available at Angela's Grooming in Little Rock, AR.  Please contact us for availability. 501.888.3647 or


In this video you will learn:              

  • How to build a clientele that embraces creative styling
  • How to spot good candidates for creative bling
  • The best type of person to market to
  • How to introduce clients to creative grooming
  • How to price your services


Approximate running times: 16 minutes


Key Word Search:   Creative pet grooming, creative pet styling, bling, color, rhinestones, feather extentions, marketing, pricing 


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Grooming the
American Cocker Spaniel

Judy Hudson, NCMG    


Judy has a no-nonsense style that is absolutely captivating and fun. In this session, she is working with an American Cocker Spaniel. This breed is meant to be hand stripped - and that's what she does. Her directions are clear and simple. Learn how to work with carding tools, rakes, knives, clippers, and blending shears to get a very natural look. She also shares amazing tricks creating a beautiful beveled foot. Judy discusses breed standards and shows several key points to help accentuate proper breed profile of this dog. Once you understand why these areas are important, it's easy to apply her lessons on your client's pets.     


Judy is available for Private Consulting & Coaching.  Please contact her for cost and availability. 615.506.9571


In this video you will learn:              

  • Why it's so important to card this coat regardless of whether you are clipping the dog or hand stripping it
  • How to get a smooth finish on a coat that marks and tracks easily
  • How to set the neck and shoulder area correctly
  • Great tips on how to bevel the feet so they are consistent every time
  • How to get the soft 'mushy' expression on the breed


Approximate running times: 58 minutes


Key Word Search:   American Cocker, Judy Hudson, carding, raking, hand-stripping, natural look, blenders, thinning shears, breed standard trimming, breed profile trimming, bevels, hair follicles     


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Remembering a Legend

We are so sorry to learn the pet industry has lost a legend.  The founder of Barkleigh Productions, Sally Liddick, passed away at home on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at age 65.  She was an amazing businesswoman with a big dream - to help groomers everywhere. She helped move this industry forward with her vision and her passion. The family extends our sympathies to her family and the entire team at Barkleigh Productions.