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June 20, 2014

Foundation Skill Review:

Bathing & Drying a Young Show Poodle

with Suesan Watson, CMG

Every high quality pet stylist knows that the foundation of every great groom stems from the perfect bath and blow out. These two core skills will make or break the finished haircut.


Suesan Watson presents a solid lesson on these foundation skills using a young Poodle destined for the AKC conformational show ring. Her mission is to preserve the coat while getting the dog super clean. She discusses what to look for in product selection. Sue also demonstrates techniques to get the dog squeaky clean and blown out to perfection.


We cannot stress enough how important the prep work is in the grooming process. All of our Training Partners at Learn2GroomDogs agree, you need to perfect the bath and blow-out if you want to:

  • do well in the competition area
  • successfully passing certification testing
  • keep clients returning to your salon for their grooming needs

This is a super lesson to review if you - or your fellow team members - are weak in this area.  Sue focuses on perfecting the bathing and drying foundation skills so every pet can leave your shop looking fabulous. 


Approximate total running time:  24 minutes


In this video you will learn:

  • why it is beneficial to let the shampoo sit for a moment.
  • how often you should be bathing a dog.
  • what the determining factors are when choosing a shampoo.
  • why you handle a puppy coat differently than an adult coat.
  • why it's important to dry from the skin out.

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Many of our members have requested a single list of all available titles for easy reference. You can download our NEW master list by clicking the logo at right.

You will find videos listed by category and Training Partner. This master list can serve as a training guide by allowing you to keep track of titles you have watched.

The list is updated regularly. Download your copy today. The PDF file is free to distribute. has many benefits that come along with being a member, including:
  • over 400 of HOW TO groom videos from the best teachers in the business. You will learn from the top training partners from across the country.
  • new videos are added every week featuring an amazing cast of professionals.
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There is something for everyone from beginning groomer to seasoned pet stylist. You will also find cat grooming videos, creative styling lessons, business building topics, and product reviews.

How to Set in a Hand Scissored Leg
on a Very Wooly Dog 


Award-winning pet stylist and long-time grooming trainer, Courtney Ramstack, shows you how to set in the front leg on a very wooly Poodle that she styles in a Kerry Blue trim. Courtney shows you how to get the dog to stand squarely with a simple trick.  She also has some great tips on how to get the foot round while creating parallel lines on the front legs.  


Approximate running time:  

6 minutes.


Mini Lessons are only available to Members of  

NEW BLOG from Melissa Verplank
Neutralizing Stench

I've been in this business a long time.  I've smelled my fair share of doggy stinks. 

This one took the cake...

Let me tell you about the time my own dogs rolled in hurl-worthy gunk, and how it took my knowledge as a professional pet groomer to get the dogs back to their sweet-smelling selves.

From the Archives!  

Trimming a Light Coated Yorkie in a
Hand Scissored Layer Trim, Part 2 
For this demonstration, Pina uses a Yorkie, however, this trim works well on other drop coated breeds such as Malteses, Shih Tzus, and mixed breeds. The entire trim is done using only two shears: a tiny pair of blunt nosed scissors and a pair of high quality blenders.

This video is filmed as if you are in a private lesson right next to Pina. We have taken the camera off the tri-pod, moving around Pina as she grooms the dog. By filming in this style, you get the best views, just as if you were right there getting a personal lesson from one of the top stylists in the country.

Estimated Run Time:  

37 minutes  

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!

Patience is not the ability to wait,
but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.


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