Like us on Facebook   View our videos on YouTube  Visit our blog   Find us on Pinterest    
June 26, 2014
Grooming a Bouvier des Flandres
with Jennifer Hecker, CMG


Many of you have requested this grooming lesson. We are thrilled to bring you Beckett, a 14-month-old AKC Champion Bouvier des Flandres! This large and powerful breed has a coat that can be surprisingly maintenance-free. These dogs should not be overly trimmed and should appear very natural, rough-coated, and rugged.


In this lesson Jennifer guides you through a traditional hand-stripped Bouvier trim. She talks about the breed standard, what the breed was originally bred to do, what type of coat a Bouvier "should have" if the coat is correct, and where to set the pattern lines. Jen also talks about the tools needed to get the proper look for the breed.


This particular dog had been living with Jennifer for about six weeks prior to this film shoot. It's very evident that Jennifer has a newfound respect and appreciation for this breed. If you knew Jennifer's history with the Bouvier des Flandres breed, you'd really be impressed with this lesson and her attitude towards the dog. (Check out Melissa Verplank's blog this week for the full story!) 


Approximate total running time:  60 minutes

A:  Overview & Clipper Work
Session B:  Stripping the Body
Session C:  Feet & Legs
Session D:  Finishing the Head & Final Details


In this video you will learn:

  • how this coat is different than that of a hand-stripped Terrier.
  • which tools to use to get the correct look for the breed.
  • how to set the pattern.
  • how to think in terms of a "reverse poodle head."
  • why it's okay to jump around a bit when working on this breed.

Do You Want To See All the  

Video Lessons on the Site  

in Print and on Paper?

Download Our
NEW Video Playlist 
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.
  • streamed videos right to your desktop and available 24 hours a day.
  • viewing videos on your desktop, tablet, smart phone, or laptop!
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.

Marketing Yourself 



Joe Zuccarello presents ideas on selling and how to sell more services in your salon.


According to Joe, "The easiest thing to sell is yourself with reputation marketing."


This mini lesson contains information from a sales and marketing expert.

Approximate running time:  

6 minutes.


Mini Lessons are only available to Members of  

NEW BLOG from Melissa Verplank
The Jennifer Hecker Story

The first thing I noticed was how quiet the room was...

...the second was the blood trail.


From the Archives!  

Grooming the Springer Spaniel  
In the perfect world, all Springers would be hand-stripped.  However, this is not a reality for professional pet groomers. We clipper cut many breeds that should be hand-stripped.  In this session, Misty Fowler guides you through clippering a Springer.  She'll show you how you get a natural look that emphasizes the breed standard. Typical pet grooming techniques using clippers, thinning shears, shears, and simple carding methods are used.  She also highlights some tips for eliminating common problems such as pattern setting, minimizing corduroy tracks, and blending.

Estimated Run Time:  

60 minutes  

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!

Not all lessons are easy... or painless.  That's what makes them memorable.


Customer Service

We are happy to help!
Call or email
for support.

We pride ourselves on offering good old-fashioned customer service to our members. We're happy to help you with billing, tech support and questions about the site.

Our office hours are:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am-5:00 pm EST

We are located in Jenison, Michigan.
United States.

For customer support, please call
616-667-7297 or email

110 Chicago Drive, Jenison, MI  49428   616.667.7297
Facebook            Pinterest