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August 29, 2013

Grooming the Pet Miniature Schnauzer

with Tracy Duncan  

I'm not sure about your salon, but the Miniature Schnauzers we see in our shop are less than perfect. Does this statement hold true for you, too?


It's so common to see less than ideal body structure on family pets walking through our salon doors. And what about that super soft fly-away coat? You know the coat texture... it's almost impossible to work with! We don't know a pet groomer that doesn't battle this typical scenario on a weekly basis.


In this lesson, award-winning pet stylist Tracy Duncan guides you through the grooming process. The Miniature Schnauzer she is grooming is similar to what walks through your salon doors every day. It lacks muscle tone. Its conformation is less than perfect. This little dog has enjoyed a few too many cookies to boot. Its coat is soft, sparse, and full of static. Plus, another groomer has removed coat in areas that shouldn't have been.  So what do you do to make this dog look its best?


Join Tracy as she shows you her options when it comes to breed profile shop grooming on a less than perfect (but sweet) pet Schnauzer.


Session A: How to Set the Body Pattern

Session B: Trimming Feet, Legs & Furnishings

Session C: Styling the Head


Approximate running time: 56 minutes

In this video you will learn:
  • Which blades to use for a more natural look
  • Where to set pattern lines
  • How to style natural ears on a Miniature Schnauzer
  • What never to do on a Schnauzer head
  • How to trim eyebrows in a unique way to get the classic arch in the brow
New Mini Lesson with Lindsey Dicken 
How to Trim a Show Style Bichon Head

The hallmark of the Bichon Frise is its expression. In this Mini Lesson, top stylist Lindsey Dicken shows you how to trim a classic show head style. She demonstrates how to "open up the eyes," set the jaw length, make the eyes the focus of the head, and how to build body into the coat. Join Lindsey as she demonstrates her winning ways just for our L2GD members.


Approximate running time:
16 minutes

Mini Lessons are only available to Members of 

Watch the full length version of this lesson in "Double Feature! Grooming the Bichon in a Show Style Trim" 

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It's clear. I was the only one that could change the outcome.

From the Archives! 
Salvage Work on a Havanese
with Jennifer Hecker
Automatically shaving the coat off a matted dog or brushing the pet out before the bath is not the only option! This video will show you how to efficiently remove mats and tangles from a long coated dog using humane and gentle handling techniques.. 

Approximate running time: 30 minutes

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