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June 5, 2014
Everyday Salon Styles:
How to Turn a Standard Poodle
into a Giant Bichon
with Kathy Rose


We all get them - the poodle owners who say, "Don't make my dog look like a poodle..."  then almost in the same breath, "...but don't shave him!"  My guess is you have the exact same client in your data base.


This video lesson by Kathy Rose gives you a stylish option.  She turns a Poodle into a Bichon.  In this case, a giant Bichon!  Kathy is working on her own Standard Poodle, Taylor.  His coat is extremely dense and very long.


Amazing After!

Kathy says that the secret to this type of trim is to have the dog beautifully prepared. That means no tangles. He has to be totally blown out by hand so the coat is straight and separated.  The comb needs to glide easily through the coat.  She uses snap on combs or guard combs to facilitate speed and set the basic outline.  She finishes the trim using super blenders and hand scissoring techniques.


Throughout the entire lesson, Kathy gives incredible detail about the technique she's using and WHY she's doing it.  This lesson is so packed with information we've broken it into 5 sections. This would be a great lesson to help the intermediate groomers take their skills to the next level:


Session A: Blocking in the Body with Guard Combs (14 minutes)

Session B: Setting in the Legs (10 minutes)   

Session C: Rounding the Feet & Finishing the Legs with Blenders & Scissors (21 minutes)  

Session D: Styling the Head (19 minutes)  

Session EFinishing the Head & Trim Summary (45 minutes)      


Approximate total running time:  70 minutes


In this video you will learn:

  • how to set yourself up for success before you even start the haircut.
  • Kathy's rule of thumb for how many times to work around the dog.
  • the correct way to work with your shears.
  • a trick to remove brown staining while keeping the dog cleaner out of the mouth.
  • how to open up the expression with clippers instead of scissors.


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How to Work with Rakes on a Harsh Coated Dog

Award winning pet stylist, Jennifer Hecker demonstrates how to work with rakes on a harsh coated dog that is shedding to help remove the soft undercoat while retaining the harder topcoat. Is this short Mini Lesson, Jennifer shares a wealth of information. 


Approximate running time:  

9 minutes.


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NEW BLOG from Melissa Verplank
How to Hold and Run Shears Correctly
No matter where I go, I always get asked this question, "How can I improve my scissoring?"  It made me decide to blow the dust off of one of my most popular blogs and share it with you again.

If your hand-scissoring skills could use some help - here are a few tips.

Master these, and you are on your way to a velvet finish on the Poodle coat!


From the Archives!  

Health and Wellness for Pet Groomers
and Stylists
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That's what pet care professionals are.

In order for athletes to be successful, they need to train and pay attention to their overall health. There are five main areas of our lives that we have full control over. How we manage those five areas can greatly influence the longevity of our careers and how we feel.

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