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December 26, 2013
  Everyday Salon Styles:
Terrier Mix Makeover
with Kathy Rose


You've seen Kathy Rose's work in Groomer to Groomer magazine. She writes a regular column for them called Bread & Butter Grooming. In this L2GD lesson, Kathy captures the essence of her column on video. This is a typical pet that would walk into any grooming salon -- anywhere. He is long. He is overgrown. He's older. And he hasn't missed many meals.


Kathy shows you how to do an easy, comfort clip on the dog. This is a great low maintenance option for most owners. And even though it's a simple trim, it still offers a nice degree of style. And it's a far better option than just shaving all the coat off to one length.



In the very beginning Kathy assesses the dog's overall condition. She talks you through the reasons why she opts for the blade length that she chooses to do the close body work with. As she works around the dog, she discusses the types of shear she likes to use and why. As she moves to the head, she shows you how to quickly set in the lines using reference points on the dog's skull.


The end transformation is a pet that is clean, stylish and easy to take care of between trims. Our guess is this it the same request you get in your shop all the time too. The key to doing it successfully is by being super-efficient - Kathy doesn't waste any time getting this haircut done. 


Approximate total running time: 46 minutes      

Session A:  Setting the Body Pattern

Session B:  Trimming the Legs, Feet & Furnishings 

          Session C:  Styling the Head & Trim Recap                                    


In this video you will learn:

  • what type of shampoo works well on older dogs with nasty skin. 
  •  why it's beneficial to choose a longer blade for the clipper work.
  •  how to set in the front shoulder to accentuate the conformation of the dog.
  •  what types of shears she likes to work with on this sparse, wavy coat.
  •  how to figure out what type of head style to put on a dog. 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.


New Blog from Melissa Verplank
New Year's Resolutions
Can Be Dreams with Deadlines


A recent study divided people who made New Year's resolutions into two groups.


     1)  Those who made New Year's resolutions and wrote it down.

     2)  Those who made a New Year's resolution but neglected to write it down.


You know what? The results were amazing. For the group that did not write down their New Year's resolution, only 4% of them kept their resolution. However, for the people that wrote down the resolution, a whopping 44% of them had kept their New Year's resolution.


Mini Lesson!  

How to Collect Intel on a Feline  


Award winning feline specialist, Danelle German lets you sit in on a segment of a standard lecture they give to all students enrolled at National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc. In this Mini Lesson, Danelle talks about how to conduct a Temperament & Needs Assessment on a cat.


Approximate running time: 12 minutes.

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
Never take a dog that you do not know well directly from the arms of an owner.



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