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December 19, 2013
 How to Prepare a Shetland Sheepdog For the Conformation Show Ring
with Michell Evans - ICMG, NCMG


There is a big difference between show grooming and pet grooming. In this lesson, award-winning stylist, Michell Evans, gives you a wealth of information on show grooming.


Earlier this year Michell groomed the pet Sheltie for our L2GD members. In this lesson, she shows you how to prepare a Shetland Sheepdog for the confirmation ring. As Michell says, "This breed is really dolled up." There are lots of different products used to get a very fancy look for the show ring. She talks about the variety of products typically used to get a dog  

ring ready.       


Michell discussed how to apply them and why they are important. She also shows you which tools work the best to get the correct look in a Shetland Sheepdog.


There are many great take away tips from this lesson regardless of whether you're working on a show dog or not. Many of the techniques Michell talks about can easily cross-over into other breeds with similar coat types. We have broken this lesson into three segments.


Approximate total running time: 48 minutes 


Session A: Trimming the Feet

          Session B: Styling the Head & Ruff
    Session C: Styling the Head
                      & Trim Recap

In this video you will learn:  


  • how trim the feet of a show Sheltie.
  • how to build body in a coat. 
  • why you do not want to remove undercoat from this breed.
  • how to hold your thinning shears to get sharp or well blended lines.
  • reference points that correspond to the breed standard.


Sessions A, B & C has many benefits that come along with being a member, including:
  • over 350 of HOW TO groom videos from the best teachers in the business. You will learn from the top training partners from across the country.
  • new videos are added every week featuring an amazing cast of professionals.
  • streamed videos right to your desktop and available 24 hours a day.
  • viewing videos on your desktop, tablet, smart phone or laptop!
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.


Grooming the Natural Style Foot
on an English Setter




Award winning pet stylist, Misty Fowler shows you how to create a show style natural foot on an English Setter using clippers for the pads. Next she moves to small detail shears and thinners to remove the longer fur between the toes while maintaining a very natural look.




Approximate running time: 

7 minutes.

Mini Lessons are only available to Members of   

New Blog from Melissa Verplank
Grooming Speed Trick = Wrap-A-Pet       

This is the best speed trick around for a professional grooming salon. Wrap-a dog. Women have been doing it for years.  


If you're gal and have had long hair at any point in your life, you know what I'm talking about.


You shower. You wash your hair. You step out of the shower and towel off. But before you do anything else from that point forward, you flip your head over and wrap your hair tightly in a towel. As you stand up, you flip the twisted towel toward your back. You are now sporting a turban style head wrap.


From the Archives!  

Grooming a Handstripped Mixed Breed to Retain Personality 



Payton is a cute little terrier mix with a rough coat and loads of personality - the type of look you'd find on a dog destined for TV, including one blue eye and one brown eye! Clipping the coat off this dog would destroy her rough and tumble look. Check out how Marc LaFleur styles this dog use some basic tools to retain, the color of the coat, the harsh texture of the fur, and makes Payton easy to care for at home for her owner. This is a super easy style to do even if you have never tried your hand at handstripping before.

Approximate running time: 37 minutes.

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
There are too many nice dogs in this world to
work on dogs in a professional setting that can be dangerous to themselves or to you.



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