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August 14, 2014 Newsletter
Grooming a Miniature Poodle
Show Puppy

with Suesan Watson, CMG


You know a pet stylist has grandchildren when she compares the shape of a Poodle puppy to "SpongeBob SquarePants."  She was referring to the shape of the rear portion of the dog.  SpongeBob? That's a new one...


The point Suesan Watson was trying to make is many times it's easier to create a square and then round off the edges later.  That's how you start to give the dog some style.


In previous lessons, Sue has shown you how to bathe a pup with an abundant amount of coat, and how to groom the face, feet, and tail with a very close blade.  In this lesson, she hand scissors the entire dog.


This lesson is full of little tricks to make grooming fast and easy.  Sue gives you some great visuals to help establish the outline of the dog while enhancing the correct breed profile.  She also shows you her preferred order of grooming.  This is her personal system that allows her to groom any dog with ease.


We have broken this lesson into three 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:  48 minutes 


Session A:  Visual Outline: Setting the Topline, Rear Leg, and Tail 

Session B:  Setting in the Front Leg, Shoulder, and Tuck up Area

Session C:  Tying up the Top Knot and Setting the Crest


In this video you will learn:

  • how to set the shelf on the rear leg.
  • the proper shape for a Poodle puppy tail
  • how to set the front leg under the dog correctly.
  • how to work with a limp coat when scissoring.
  • which comb to use when doing a spray up.

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Bichon Grooming: Setting the Underline, Tuck-Up & Creating Spring of Rib  

Award-winning pet stylist, Lindsay Dicken demonstrates how to set the underline of a Bichon using great reference points. You'll learn her secret to getting those hard to reach places trimmed at the tuck-up up and elbow areas. She finishes by discussing how to create a nice spring of rib on the Bichon and the shears she likes to use to get the look.


Approximate running time:  

7 minutes.


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Estimated Run Time:  

40 minutes  

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