July 7, 2015 Newsletter
New Video Release

Hand Stripping a Pet Irish Terrier   

Jennifer Hecker, CMG 


Correctly groomed, an Irish Terrier is hand stripped - but not all grooming salons offers this type of service to their clients.


Hand stripping has many benefits. It promotes healthy skin and coat. It creates brilliant coat color. Plus, the coat will grow back with the proper texture: crisp and harsh to the touch.


In order to maintain this type of coat, the process needs to be done every few weeks. This frequency allows the formation of new layers to consistently grow in. When there are fresh layers of fur growing in, the dog will always look great.


But here's the problem - most pet owners do not bring their dogs in frequently enough to develop the rotation of coat growth.  So how do you get the hair off without balding the dog? Most pet owners do not appreciate bald dogs! What do you do?




In this lesson, award-winning stylist Jennifer Hecker shows you how to meet this challenge. She shows you what tools to use and how to use those tools safely and efficiently. She talks about the pros and cons of hand stripping a pet. She also gives you tips on how to communicate with the owner so they know what to expect.


Are you new to the entire hand stripping process? Good news! The Irish Terrier has a coat that is relatively easy to hand strip. Thus, the Irish Terrier a great breed to learn on!


Approximate total running time:  36 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  • the right pattern to use on an Irish Terrier.
  • pricing suggestions for this specialty service.
  • why is it important to keep moving as you work on the dog.
  • shampoos that work well on harsh coats.
  • when you should pull out your thinning shears.


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

From the Archives!  

Turning a Poodle into a Kerry Blue Terrier
(Part 1 of 4) 
Turning one breed of dog into another is one of Pina's favorite haircuts. And she's very talented at it. She's won awards across the country at grooming competitions doing this type of trim.

In this lesson for Learn2GroomDogs, Pina talks about how to apply the standard of the Kerry Blue to a Poodle. Pina says, "When you are looking for a dog for a mixed breed class in the grooming contest arena - the better you know the standards of all breeds, the easier it will be to see dogs that could easily have the another breeds standard applied to it. By doing this correctly, you are turning it into another breed all together."


This is an amazing lesson, one not to miss by any serious pet stylists looking to take their grooming skills into the certification or contest ring.


Estimated Run Time:  28 minutes  

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