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March 20, 2014
Grooming a Maltese in a
Modified Pet Schnauzer Trim 
with Judy Hudson NCMG    


Judy Hudson is an awarding winning groomer. She is also a popular demonstrator at grooming trade shows. In this lesson, Judy works on a retired AKC Champion Maltese who was recently cut down into a pet trim.


Judy chose a haircut that was stylish yet easy to care for. This modified trim combines styles from the Brussels Griffin and the Miniature Schnauzer. It's an easy trim to perform in the pet salon and looks great on a wide variety of breeds. The key is to look for dogs with a round top skull and enough coat to give a slightly fuller leg.


As Judy works on this stunning little dog, she uses a combination of clipping, guard comb work, scissors and blenders to achieve an eye appealing trim. Along the way, she talks about typical trimming challenges you run into with a drop coated dog. She gives you hints on how to fix the issues quickly. This is only the second haircut this dog has ever had. Judy discusses introducing a dog to clippers and how to work with them if they're a little fussy.


This client has spent a lifetime showing Malteses in the AKC confirmation show ring. She is very set in her ways on a couple areas of her dog. Judy discusses how she keeps the client happy while abiding by her wishes.


The end result of this haircut is striking. But when you're working with such a gorgeous specimen of a dog, it's hard to make them look bad!



Approximate total running time: 56 minutes  


Session A:

            Setting the Pattern with Clippers & Styling the Head. Run Time: 28 minutes.   


            Session B:  

            Styling the Feet & Furnishings. Run Time: 24 minutes.



In this video you will learn:

  •  why this trim works well on this type of dog.  
  •  why it's important to use multiple blades to get the most stylish look.
  •  tips on how to re-direct the focus of a fussy pet.
  •  how to get a round foot quickly, easily and safely. 
  •  how to add style and flair to a dog. 




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Trimming & Neatening the Natural Foot/Hock Area of a Pet Dog




Award winning pet stylist, Melissa Verplank demonstrates how she likes to trim the feet and hocks on a heavy coated dog that does not carry a lot of fur on her feet and hocks.






Approximate running time: 
8 minutes.

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The Importance of
Rebooking Appointments 





Rebooking clients is one of the easiest ways for groomers and pet stylists to boost their income. Encouraging clients to rebook on the day of their service will help keep a steady stream of pets coming into your salon.


It's a fact that clients who rebooked before they leave, return on a much more frequent basis than those who do not. Let's face it. Life gets busy. Personally, if I did not rebook my own hair appointment before I left the beauty salon, I'd be there a lot less frequently than every five or six weeks! Our pet owning clients are no different.



From the Archives!  

Bucket Bathing and  

Degreasing a Small Dog  



What do you do when you don't have access to running water or a bath tub? How do you save money AND time when bathing small pets? Bucket bathing! This technique was developed by professional handlers when bathing facilities were not available at a dog show site. By bringing this bathing technique into the salon, you can save loads of time.      


Estimated Run Time: 12 minutes


Grooming TIP of the WEEK!
Blades used in reverse normally trim
the coat about two blade lengths shorter
than going with the grain.



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