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July 3, 2014
Grooming a Problem Pet
with Judy Hudson, NCMG


We all have that client that we dread. You see the client's name on your appointment book and your blood pressure immediately rises. The pet is uncooperative. It bites. These dogs would rather be anywhere but on your grooming table - and sometimes, so would you! They make an otherwise pleasant grooming day come to a screeching halt.


This is our most requested topic at Learn2GroomDogs. How do you handle the aggressive dog - and how do you do it safely? Watch award-winning pet groomer, Judy Hudson take on this challenge.


This particular dog had been through multiple groomers. He'd been sent home un-groomed multiple times. One groomer did attempt grooming him, but the dog suffered from post traumatic stress and cost the owners over $300 in vet bills.


At the time this lesson was filmed, Judy had groomed this dog only four or five times. This certainly is not a lesson about making the dog beautiful. It's about making the dog clean and comfortable while winning its trust - slowly.


Judy shows you the techniques that she has been using to get this dog groomed. Her focus is on effective and safe handling methods for both herself and the dog. As Judy says, "Rome was not built in a day - and this dog didn't get this way overnight." You will not rehab a challenging pet's attitudes with just one grooming.


You will need to go slow and not fight with the pet. Your goal is to set limits and boundaries while winning the dog's cooperation and trust. In this lesson, Judy gives you plenty of ideas on how to do just that. And if you stay with a lesson to the very end, you'll see exactly what Judy is talking about.


Approximate total running time:  37 minutes           

In this video you will learn:  
  • how to start working with a problem pet to win trust and cooperation.
  • why it's important to go slow.
  • ways to stay out of the "bite zone."
  • how to redirect their attention when they start to go off.
  • ideas on ways to get the job done safely when the pet has other ideas.

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Trimming The Classic Pet Wire Fox Head 



Lisa Leady is an award-winning pet stylist and highly sought after platform grooming educator. In this Mini Lesson, she shows you how to trim the head of a pet Wire Fox Terrier. She uses a combination of clipping, thinning, and hand-stripping techniques to get the classic Wire Fox Terrier head style.  


She also shares some more advanced tips on product usage if you want to step up to the next level of quality grooming with this breed.



Approximate running time:  

6 minutes.


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From the Archives!  

Grooming the Australian Terrier   
In this lesson, Michell shows you her winning ways when it comes to grooming and styling an Australian Terrier for pet or show. She is an excellent communicator. Her conversational style makes the lesson enjoyable and fun. She shares loads of great points on how to work with harsh coats to maintain the texture and color of the coat. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced pet stylist, there are plenty of great tips throughout this entire lesson.   

Estimated Run Time:  

40 minutes  

Grooming TIP of the WEEK!

The only difference between an obstacle
and an opportunity is your attitude.


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