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November 1, 2013
     Grooming a Maltese Shih Tzu Mix
In a Plushy Guard Comb Trim  

with Tracy Duncan


Award winning pet stylist, Tracy Duncan says about 75% of the dogs at her shop get this trim. It's super popular. It's cute. It's easy to maintain. It's a good length for multiple seasons. It's a trim the pet can wear all year round. The goal with this trim style is to get the look of a stuffed animal - soft and plushy.


And the best part; it's a fast haircut to do. She says this trim should only take 20-25 minutes to do once the dog is bathed, dried and fluffed out.


In this lesson, Tracy gives loads of details as she works over the dog. She tells you what types of tools she likes best - and why. She gives plenty of verbal detail on the most basic trimming techniques as she demonstrates how to do it; like clipping the groin area, running the clippers and trimming the feet.


Most stylists are quick to grab the longer guard combs to trim the head. Not Tracy. She does it almost all with straight shears using some great tricks and reference points to get it even.


This is an excellent lesson for new pet groomers struggling with drop coated breeds or just getting their careers started.  


Approximate total running time:  43 minutes

    Session A:  How to Set the Body Pattern

            Session B:  Trimming Feet & Legs

            Session C:  Styling the Head


In this video you will learn:

  • which what tools to use to get the plushy look.
  • how to minimize tracking in the coat.
  • how to trim the sani area.
  • how to round the feet
  • how to trim the eye area for a softer look (and on a pet that does not want his eyes trimmed!) has many benefits that come along with being a member, including:
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There is something for everyone from beginning groomer to seasoned pet stylist. You will also find cat grooming videos, creative styling lessons, business building topics and product reviews.


Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Introduce Creative Styling Services to Your Business  

Award winning pet stylist, Angela Kumpe is a master of marketing her creative services for pets. In Mini Lesson, she shares with you a few of her best marketing tactics that cost next to nothing to do.




Approximate running time: 
4 minutes.

Mini Lessons are only available to Members of   

New Blog from Melissa Verplank
The Essence of a Breed: The Poodle

Artist Credit: Lisa VanSweden
For every purebred dog, there is a written standard developed by parent breed organizations that outline what the "ideal" dog of that breed should be.  That "essence" is significant for maintaining the proper condition for peak job performance.  In other words, to help it be all it can be.

With any purebred dog, there is a "look" or general feeling you want to capture, if possible, while grooming.  The trim style can be for the show ring or modified into a pet trim.  In either case, you want to pull the "essence" out of the breed standard and apply it the dog.


From the Archives!   

Ingredients for a Successful Business 


Is your business running as smoothly as it could? Are you living week-by-week from the revenue being generated? Or maybe you are struggling
just to make ends meet. Melissa and Danelle are both successful multi-business women. In this informal session, the two sit down to talk about the keys to their success. Both women agree, owning your own business can be one of the most  
rewarding adventures you'll ever experience - but it can be one of the most challenging as well!
Approximate running time: 26 minutes.

Grooming TIP of the WEEK! 
80% of your business comes from 20% of your existing customers. Treat that 20% like gold, they are.



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