June 9, 2015 Newsletter
New Video Release

Starting a Natural Back on an  

American Cocker Spaniel Puppy

Jennifer Hecker, CMG    

American Cocker Spaniels are commonly clippered in grooming salons. However, the correct way to groom this breed is to leave it much more natural. Not all owners want to maintain that type of coat. Not all Cockers are good candidates for the "correct" trim style, either.


When Jennifer saw this striking parti-colored pup come into the salon, she knew instantly that she wanted to hand strip the coat. After learning the benefits of maintaining a natural and correct coat on this young Cocker - the owners agreed.


In this lesson, you'll learn how to start a natural back on a very furry American Cocker Spaniel. This puppy is just seven months old. She has already had three grooming appointments. It's clear to see, this young dog is going to be a hair machine!


Hand stripping is typically done prior to bathing.
This pup is not finished yet.- just ready for the bath!

Jennifer takes you through the steps of hand stripping the back coat for a very natural look. She talks about the hand stripping tools that she likes to use and the order in which she uses them. She also discusses how to use them safely and effectively.


Once she has removed the dead undercoat, she sets in the head, ears, and throat with clippers. She also tidies up the back coat with thinners, paying attention to the two different coat colors, addressing them differently.


The video is not about finishing out the dog perfectly. All of the work Jennifer does in this lesson takes place prior to the bath. The focus of this L2GD video is about getting a young dog started correctly. The goal is to groom this pup to breed profile using hand stripping techniques. 


Approximate total running time:  33 minutes     

In this video you will learn:

  • why hand stripping is better for the dog.
  • which tools to use.
  • what matters when a dog has two different coat colors.
  • what your goal should be for a hand stripped dog
  • how to encourage owners to consider hand stripping for their pet.

It's like having a private coach right in your computer every month!

From the Archives!  

Learn How to Groom the Pet Italian Truffle Dog: Lagotto Romagnolo      

When Kendra first suggested she show our members how to groom one of these breeds - we honestly had no idea what kind of dog she was talking about. What was a Lagotto? This is a "rustic coated breed" that is supposed to look messy. In this grooming lesson, Kendra shows you how to get the correct look for the breed. If a coat is correctly cared for - this trim is a snap. Kendra uses a snap-on-comb to set the length of the coat. Then tidies up the outline of the dog with a variety of thinning and blending shears. The end result is a thorough groom that still looks "messy" as the breed standard requires.


Estimated Run Time:  20 minutes  

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