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May 30, 2014

Grooming a Miniature Poodle

In a German Trim

         with Judy Hudson, NCMG        

If you struggle with hand scissoring, you don't want to miss this lesson.  Award winning stylist, Judy Hudson shows you how to do a German Trim on a Miniature Poodle using mostly guard combs. When time is money, using universal combs can help you get through your dogs with lightning speed.


By using a universal snap on comb, you can set a consistent length based on the length of comb you select. They allow you to get through a lot of coat in a very short amount of time. An added bonus is that they reduce the skill level required with more complicated trims. Judy used this trimming technique in the competition ring. Today, she uses in her day-to-day pet grooming in her mobile van.  


Judy says, "I was not the best at hand scissoring. I did well enough to get by, but my guard combs were my lifesaver." 


Here's the secret almost all our L2GD Training Partners share - they know how to put the proper profile on the dog.  If you know how create the correct outline on a dog, you can take a load of shortcuts. The universal guard comb is one of those great shortcut tools.  Judy shows you how to set in this German Trim in her no-nonsense style.


Session A: The Importance of Prep Work & Blocking in the Dog (25 minutes)

Session B: Styling the Topknot & Finishing the Dog (20 minutes)    


Approximate total running time:  45 minutes


In this video you will learn:

  • the 4 areas you need for a perfect prep.
  • why it's important to get your hands on the coat before you start grooming.
  • how to set in bone structure utilizing guard combs.
  • why you are shooting yourself in the foot even if you do this skill well.
  • how to trim the hocks so they're perfect every time.  

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How To Avoid Repetitive Motion Injury  

Grooming can be one of the most rewarding jobs we have ever had. Unfortunately, the demanding elements can take a toll on our bodies. Join longtime stylist, Misty Fowler as she shares her extensive list of problems she has learned to overcome through the years. She'll share her many solutions that have allowed her to stay at the grooming table.


Approximate running time:  

6 minutes.


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The Aha! Moment

When you are fresh to the field - you are like a dry sponge. 'Aha! Moments' come fast and easily.  As a seasoned pro, they become harder to come by - you must seek them out with dedication and apply them to your work.


But there are still plenty of golden nuggets to unearth.


What are you doing to stay sharp and avoid burn out? 



From the Archives!  

Speed & Efficiency - How to Groom a Monster Sized Dog in 76 Minutes!!  

Start to Finish     

This lesson was amazing.

...and the dog was HUGE.

At first glance you'd think this was at least a 3 to 4 hour job. Not with speedy Lisa Leady! In this video (which is shot in real time) Lisa shows you her best speed tricks. She gets this 130 pound Leonberger done in just 1 hour and 16 minutes! That's bath, dry, brush-out, and finish!! Once the clock starts ticking, we never shut down the camera, despite a few technical glitches! Lisa had her work cut out for her - but watch as she gets through this big guy, even getting a kiss towards the end! We've broken this lesson down in three sections for ease of viewing.

Estimated Run Time:  

76 minutes  

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