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July 10, 2014
Grooming a Bedlington Terrier
with Suesan Watson, CMG


If you want a breed that will test your grooming skills, this is the dog you're looking for: the Bedlington Terrier. Suesan Watson says, "The Bedlington has one of the most difficult coats of all breeds to work on. If you can master this coat type, you can scissor any breed." Suesan should know - she's a third-generation professional pet stylist. Her career has crossed the AKC confirmation show ring and the competitive grooming arena.


In this lesson, Sue demonstrates how to do a show styled Bedlington Terrier. She begins with flat work using clippers with a short attach-on metal guard comb. Once the clipper work is complete, she moves on to scissor work.


Throughout the entire lesson, she talks about how to get this unique look typical of the Bedlington Terrier. They are one of the few breeds that you want them to look racy and slab sided. Instead of a nice round cat type round foot, the Bedlington has a hare foot, a rat tail, and a lamb styled head. All these items make the Bedlington Terrier both fun and a challenge to groom correctly.


Sue walks you through step-by-step. Her directions and demonstrations are easy to follow.  The camera work on the headpiece is exceptional. If you had any questions on how to do a Bedlington before this grooming lesson, all your questions should be answered by the time you finish watching the video.


We have broken this lesson apart into four sessions (A through D) for easy viewing. Make sure to scroll down and catch the entire lesson as you complete each section.


Approximate total running time:  59 minutes 


Session A:  Overview & Clipper Work  

Session B:  Trimming the Tail & Scissoring the Rear Legs in the Body  

Session C:  Front Legs & How to Remove Scissor Marks

Session D:  Finishing the Head & Trim Summary


In this video you will learn:

  • how to achieve the slab sided look.
  • how to set the roach on the dog's back.
  • how to trim the tail.
  • where to set your clipper lines on the head.
  • the best way to remove scissor marks from a coat.

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How to Set the Body Pattern on
a West Highland White Terrier



Award winning pet stylist, Courtney Ramstack shows you how to set the pattern on a beautiful pet Westie. In this Mini Lesson, she briefly discusses  how to remove dead undercoat, how to establish the pattern lines on the body, and how to clip them in on this retired AKC Champion who is now a pampered house pet.


Approximate running time:  

8 minutes.


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From the Archives!  

Grooming the Bichon in
a Show Style Trim    

This is the video you have all been waiting for! Lindsey Dicken shows you how to groom a Bichon Frise in a show style trim. You'll learn how to groom to breed profile using a variety of shears to sculpt the coat - there is no cheating anything off with guard combs in this demonstration. As she hand scissors the coat, Lindsay discusses the importance of coat preparation, conformation trimming, and lots of tips for how to get the correct look. Even though this is a complicated trim, Lindsay's directions are simple and easy to follow. This lesson is so packed with useful information, we have broken it into a double feature. 


Estimated Run Time:  

63 minutes  

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