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February 21, 2014
Basic Handling Techniques for
Small, Medium, Large
and Special Needs Dogs
with Michell Evans, ICMG, NCMG  


This is a great lesson for a novice groomer or anyone that struggles with winning the trust and cooperation of a dog. Michell Evans is a highly skilled pet stylist with a lifetime of grooming experience. Michell is also an experienced teacher in the dog grooming profession. She has traveled extensively with her business, The Grooming Tutor, coaching and teaching pet lovers around the world.


In this lesson for L2GD, Michell walks you through the basics of pet handling on multiple dogs. She shows you typical holds any pet professional will need to use when grooming a dog. Michell also discusses the importance of a safety loop and how to adjust it correctly.


She starts with small, medium and large pets plus a large dog with some physical limitations. She focuses on a number of areas while working with all dogs.


  • winning the trust of the pet while on the grooming table
  • keeping the dog comfortable
  • keeping the dog safe
  • keeping the pet handler safe as they work on the dog


If you are a fresh to the grooming world, or have inexperienced staff that could use some basic training on pet handling, this is the video for you! 


Approximate total running time: 30 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  •  how to lift a pet of any size onto a grooming table.  
  •  why it's so important to always use a safety loop on a dog.
  •  how to support a dog while lifting its paws.
  •  how to get a dog to stand vs sit on a grooming table. 
  •  how to teach a dog to turn around when in a confined space such as the grooming table or bath tub.


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Carding Sporting
Dog Coats for Beginners


Award winning pet stylist, Judy Hudson guides you through the steps of carding a sporting dog coat. Carding is the correct way to prepare this type of coat to keep the coat soft, shiny and laying close to the body. It also promotes healthy skin and coat. Judy shows you how easy it is to get started using this technique.





Approximate running time: 
6 minutes.

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NEW BLOG from Melissa Verplank
Updating Logos 



How many of you have been in business for more than 10 years? How about 20? When is the last time you took a good hard look at your company's logo? Is it out of date? Tired? Could it use an update? Logos can become dated just like fashion trends or hairstyles. Sometimes you just need to go through your closet and clean house....





From the Archives!  

Unique Braid Work on a  

Standard Poodle   

Lori Craig is best known for her creative styling. So how does she get creative with her own show standard poodle? Pandora, her personal pet, is in show coat. Guess what? She also has a habit of pulling out all of the band work that protects her top knot. Of course Lori has found a creative solution.


Estimated Run Time: 14 minutes


Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
When working with pets feet, always keep it as low to the table as you possible can.



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