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November 8, 2013
 Grooming the Pet Shetland Sheepdog

with Michell Evans - ICMG, NCMG


What is the most important aspect for pet owners of Shetland Sheepdogs when it comes to grooming? The removal of the shedding undercoat! It's a real problem for pet owners. They love their dog -- but not all the hair.


In this lesson, Michell Evans shows you some great tips on how to groom a pet Sheltie. One of the most incredible lessons was an elementary one. In all of our years grooming at a professional level, we've never seen anyone explain how to work efficiently with a stand blow dryer. Michelle does. Not only does it get the dog dry, but it also aids in removing all that dead coat.


Many sheltie owners struggle with the amount of coat their dogs carry. Michelle shows you a way to shorten the coat while still retaining the shiny topcoat. She uses long blending shears to get a very natural look. Michelle talks about how the blender actually cuts the coat and why they leave such beautiful finish.


Michelle also leads you through discussion about the sani-area along with whether whiskers should be trimmed or not trimmed on a pet.


Although this dog is far from a show dog, by the time Michelle gets done with him, he looks stunning.


Approximate total running time:  30 minutes


In this video you will learn:

  •     how to work efficiently with your stand dryer. 
  •      how the large chunking blenders cut to leave a natural finish.
  •      how to shorten the longer furnishings on a Sheltie.
  •      how to establish the shape of the chest for balance.
  •      how to minimize mats behind the ears.
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Handstripping Tools & Technique  

Watching someone handstrip a dog can be a bit like watching the grass grow. It can be a long and tedious process - and B-O-R-I-N-G. Many times it goes on without a dramatic overall change in the appearance of the pet. However, the results ARE dramatic when you know how to do it correctly and can get your hands in the fur. Award winning pet stylist, Lisa Leady covers the basic element of handstripping in this 10 minute Mini Lesson on an Irish Terrier.



Approximate running time: 
6 minutes.

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New Blog from Melissa Verplank
Lighting the Fire of Passion? 


I don't know about you - but I was a crummy student in school. How I ever got through high school, I'll never know. Anything but basic math was a total mystery to me.  Comprehending a foreign language? Forget it. And science?  Ha. I spent my time doodling images of horses.


But get me outside the classroom and I excelled. I could never get enough of anything that had four legs and fur.   

From the Archives!   

Hand Stripping the Pet Norfolk Terrier  


Linda Claflin-Phelps (Linda Cooper-Clafin or "Linda CC") earned her right to be one of the Top 10 GroomTeam USA Stylists in 2004. One of the breeds that put her in the Top 10 was the Norfolk Terrier.

n this session, Linda works on a pet that she has never seen before, guiding you through the hand stripping process combined with breed profile trimming. She'll share with you products and tools to assist you in getting the 'look' in the shortest amount of time possible.
Approximate running time: 43 minutes.

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
To eliminate dirty, greasy ears that drag in the food and water dish, trim the ears to the length of the nose. 



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