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March 6, 2014
Creative Styling:
Creating an Amazing Temporary Design On a Shih Tzu
with Angela Kumpe   


Creative styling genius, Angela Kumpe knocked it out of the park with this dog! Although this owner had never met Angela, she spent some time on her website. After reviewing the website, she gave Angela total free reign to do anything she wanted to her Shih Tzu. Angela knew she would have to step-it-up-a-notch in order to impress this owner.


Angela did not disappoint us at! She worked out a dazzlingly creative design that was temporary. It was a combination of working with an airbrush and blow pens. To get the outline the fish pattern, Angela started with a stencil and let her creative imagination go from there.


In this lesson, Angela shares with you all of her tools and techniques to get this brilliant colored design. The true beauty - it's a creative temporary design. The color will not rub off on the carpet or the furniture. It will hold up for a number of days. However color can be washed out of the fur. The coat does not have to grow out before the color is eliminated.


This dog never had such an extensive creative design. And he certainly never had an airbrush used on him. He was extremely good for the entire process -- however he was very ticklish. Angela shows you how to work through that type of situation.


Even if you don't want to go to this extreme, the techniques Angela shares in this lesson can be scaled down and applied in your own salon very easily. If you are inspired by color, this is a really fun lesson to watch.



Approximate total running time: 37 minutes  



In this video you will learn:

  •  what types of products you need to create a vibrant design.  
  •  how to find ideas for unique stencils.
  •  why it's not important if you make a few mistakes.
  •  how to distribute the color through the coat with a blow pen. 
  •  how to add some extra bling to really make the design sparkle.


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Maintaining the English Setter Coat




Award winning pet stylist, 'Pina' Pinkusevich, talks for a few minutes about how to maintain a show style sporting dog coat. This lesson complements her video lesson,
Grooming the Show Style English Setter on Learn






Approximate running time: 
3 minutes 30 seconds.

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NEW BLOG from Melissa Verplank
Scissors Are Like Shoes 




Excerpt from the book "What Would Colin Do?" by award winning British pet stylist Colin Taylor. Used with permission.


I admit it. I'm a sucker for good scissors. I know I'm not alone. Male or female. Young or not-so-young. Gay or straight. Scissors are like shoes. We just can't resist a wonderful pair. The shapes. The curves. The colors. My fingers twitch with excitement when I come across a new set. I start to see them in my dreams. Creating beautiful shapes.





From the Archives!  

What Do You Do With a  

Wired Coated Doodle     

 How many of your have been faced with a Doodle type dog with a wiry coat? They are out there. In this video lesson, hand stripping expert, Jennifer Hecker, shows you some great styling options. This dog has a coat similar to a Bouvier des Flandres. It has not been groomed in about five months. Jennifer shows you how to rake out the coat, cutting down the time it takes to hand strip. Finally she shows you how to detail the haircut with shears along with styling the head. The end result is a tidied up rough coated dog. The look is natural and appealing.  



Estimated Run Time: 24 minutes


Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
Thinning shears or blending shears
are the pet stylist's eraser.



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