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July 24, 2014
Minor Adjustments Make a BIG Difference on a Contest Standard Poodle
with Lisa Leady, CMG

This standard poodle is a stunning competition dog.  He has the attitude to capture the judge's attention. He has an amazing coat. You can mold and sculpt it into anything you want.


In order to make the most of what this dog has - you need to show off his elegance. That's what a Poodle is all about - elegance. You also need to understand proper breed profile.


Lisa Leady is a well-respected competitor and grooming competition judge. In this lesson, she shows you how minor changes can make a big difference in the outline of this dog.


Lisa keeps the breed standard firmly in her mind is she sculpts the coat with clippers and scissors. She explains how she accentuates this dog's positive attributes - while minimizing his faults.


We have broken this lesson into five chapters for you.  By breaking it into these individual sessions, you will be able to focus quickly on the sections that most interest you. Or - sit down, relax, and enjoy the entire video lesson.


Approximate total running time:  78 minutes 


Session A:  Clipping the Face, Feet, & Tail 

Session B:  Blocking in the Body with Scissors 
Session C:
  Blocking in the Legs with Scissors  

Session D:  Scissoring the Tail

Session ETrimming the Topknot, & Neck  


In this video you will learn:

  • which guard combs to use to set the body length.
  • Lisa's personal rule when it comes to scissoring.
  • how to tell if something is off balance.
  • where to set the center of the dog.
  • how wide the back of the neck should be.

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How Do you Manage & Motivate Your Staff?


Long time pet grooming business owner and founder of L2GD, Melissa Verplank, answers questions before a live audience at the Festival of Grooming in Great Brittan. In this section, she shares her pearls of wisdom when dealing with staff members. 



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Production Bathing & Drying

Pet bathing and drying seems to be a huge time challenge for many professionals. Many of you are all overflowing with pets to bathe during the summer season.

So how do you get them all done, on time, and looking incredible?



From the Archives!  

Preparing a Full Coated Cocker for the Show Ring or Contest Arena,
Part 1: Bathing


You've seen those dogs. The gorgeous American Cockers with coats that literally float across the floor as they gait. The coat is lush, thick, and shiny, moving in a fluid motion with every step the dog takes. None of your American Cocker Spaniels look like that. All the pets that you typically work on have dull and broken coats. Most pet owners would never dream of keeping a dog in a full show coat. So, how do the professionals do it? In this session, Pina shows you how to properly bathe an American Cocker in full show coat. You'll learn how often to use a variety of products to maintain that beautiful long plush coat the American Cocker is known for.  



Estimated Run Time:  

29 minutes  

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