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January 30, 2014
Introducing a
Poodle Puppy to Grooming

with Suesan Watson, CMG 


Suesan Watson is a respected contest stylist and a Wahl platform demonstrator. She is also a third generation pet stylist. She and her sister, Lisa Leady, literally grew up on the grooming room floor!


In this video lesson, Sue works with a typical Poodle puppy. How you handle the first couple grooming sessions will be the maker or breaker of how this dog acts as an adult. It is critical that the first grooming experiences be positive lessons. You will either create a dog that is pleasant to groom all its life - or - it could become a monster for future haircuts. Sue shows you how to successfully start a young dog with the grooming process.


This is a typical puppy. He is not particulary fond of many of the routine tasks Sue asks him to accept. He struggles. He squeals. He hops around. He nibbles on fingers. Sue does a beautiful job showing you how to gently work with a young dog - no matter what the breed.


What is the #1 thing most puppies object to? Giving up control. Many get pretty upset. And this youngster doesn't disappoint us. He proves to be a perfect demonstration pup for this lesson! Watch as Sue works through this little guy's emotional frustrations in a manner that does not trigger a total meltdown.  


All puppies have important lessons to learn. Sue has many rules when it comes to introducing any puppy to the grooming process: Be patient. Be persistent. Don't give up. Always end on a positive note. Don't push a young dog beyond what it is capable of dealing with.


No - the first groom may not be beautiful. That's OK. Your job is to not give up on the puppy. It's more important give it a positive grooming experience to build upon so you win it's trust and cooperation with future groomings.


Approximate total running time: 36 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  •  why it's so important for a puppy to have a positive grooming experience. 
  •  where to start with a young dog.
  •  how to get puppy accustom to clippers.
  •  when is the right time to stop grooming puppy. 
  •  holds that are safe and secure for a youngster.


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Grooming the Portuguese Water Dog Tail


Award winning pet stylist, Annette Quick shows you how to style a Portuguese Water Dog tail. Their tail is somewhat unique with the curved tail set combined with about half the tail being trimmed close and the other half carries a plume.  Not only do her tips work for the PWD, but Annette talks about other breeds where she applies some of the same trimming principles.



Approximate running time: 
7 minutes.

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The Westminster Dog Show
is Just Around the Corner



This time of year I always get excited. The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is just around the corner! For almost as long as I can remember, I have firmly planted myself in front of the TV for two nights. I would watch the show in its entirety. Why? 


Because, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is the "Superbowl" of the dog world. It is the best way to stay up to date with the latest trends and styles.




From the Archives!  

Grooming on a Maltese-Lhasa Mix  

in a Cuddly Trim         


Marc LaFleur guides you through one of our most appealing and popular trims. This particular haircut can be applied to a wide variety of breeds and coat types. Quality combined with consistency is the key that brings customers back again and again. Marc shows you step-by-step how to set the pattern so you can consistently create this look, turning it into a signature cookie-cutter trim for your salon.

Estimated Run Time: 63 minutes


Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
Effective use of a high velocity dryer can
increase your productivity time tremendously
in a professional setting.



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