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May 15, 2014
Grooming the Westie Mix
         with Jennifer Hecker, CMG        

Ever wonder what to do with the Westie mix when it walks through your salon doors? Seasoned professional pet stylist, Jennifer Hecker, gives you a great option. It's simple. It's stylish. But best of all, it's fast. It works for the groomer. It works for the dog. It works for the owner. We'd call that a win-win-win!


In this lesson, Jennifer gives you step-by-step directions on how to achieve this haircut. Not only does she do a fabulous job showing you how to do the trim, she also does a great job telling you what tools she's using along the way.


To get this Westie inspired look, Jennifer uses a clipper with guard combs, scissors, and a lot of thinning shear work for a very natural look.


Jennifer works in a high quality salon where she routinely grooms between 10 and 14 dogs a day. As Jennifer says, "I want my dogs to look as good as they can because they are a testament of my grooming." Having this kind

Amazing After! 

of attitude combined with solid grooming skills is what makes a successful stylist.


Approximate total
running time: 
35 minutes


In this video  

you will learn:

  • which tools we need for this haircut.
  • how to set an invisible pattern line that accentuates the dog. 
  • trimming options for the eye area.
  • how you can be a health advocate for the pet.
  • a unique trim option for the ears (they don't stand up like a typical Westie ear!).

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Interview with Michell Evans    

When Michell saw her first professional pet grooming competition, it ignited a goal - to make GroomTeam USA. For most people that would be a lofty goal. But Michell made the goal even more challenging.
  1. She lived in New Mexico. Most of the grooming competitions were east of the Mississippi.
  2. She wanted to accomplish her goal in just two years. 
Find out how she achieved her goals. This is a great story of dedication and commitment to becoming a talented and well-respected professional pet groomer.


Estimated Run Time:  

19 minutes  

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