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February 27, 2014
Grooming the Show Style
English Setter
with 'Pina' Pinkusevich  


The English Setter is a gun dog of great style and beauty. It is a well-balanced, medium-sized dog. It has enough bone to be considered strong but not so much as to lose the elegance of a fine sporting dog. It has the power and endurance to work in the field all day. Its gait is strong and free with great reach and drive.


The sporting dog or the gun dog group is generally one of the smaller classes in the competition pet grooming arena. Award winning pet stylists and teacher, Irina 'Pina' Pinkusevich is excited to show you how to groom the English Setter correctly with lots of detail.


This is an amazing high end lesson. In traditional Pina style, she reads important sections the breed standard as she works on the dog. Once she has read the standard out loud, she then explains what it means. Pina then demonstrates how to apply it to a real dog.


The techniques Pina uses to groom this breed correctly is a combination of carding, hand stripping and some thinning shear work. The end result is a dog that looks very natural -- there is nothing artificial or sculpted about the way this dog looks. Through correct grooming methods, she has enhanced the dog to match the breed standard.


Approximate total running time: 1 hour 16 minutes  


Session A: General Overview of the Breed & Head Styling

Session B:  Neck & Shoulder Layback 

Session C:  Body & Rear Assembly

Session D:  Setting the Chest 

Session E:  Feet, Finishings & Close



In this video you will learn:

  •  what trim for the ears that get a soft look.  
  •  how to create the illusion of a longer neck.
  •  how to set the transition line on the side of the dog.
  •  what shape are you looking for with the chest furnishings. 
  •  how to establish the angle of the undercarriage line.


Sessions A - E

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From the Archives!  

Basic Shear Control for a Velvet Finish    

Colin has become the undeniable master of the art of hand scissoring. He has honed his craft on some the most challenging coats. In this session, Colin shows you how to get that velvet finish on the dog's coat. We love his analogy, "Scissors are like shoes." Since this industry is dominated by women -- and you gals love your shoes -- you'll be able to relate when Colin discusses why it's necessary to have a wide variety of shears in your collection.   


Estimated Run Time: 20 minutes


Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
Under a microscope, the hair shaft looks something like a briar brush.
The greater the coat mats, the more barbs there are on each individual hair shaft.



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