March 8, 2016 Newsletter
New Video Release
Preparing a Poodle for Certification Testing
or Contest Grooming
Kathy Rose

As a respected competition grooming judge, Kathy Rose has a pretty good idea of what both judges and certifiers are looking for in a high-quality pet groom. She has also won many grooming titles including Best in Show at almost every major US competition. Kathy was on four traveling teams with GoomTeam USA, assisting in earning two gold and two silver medals in world team competition. She is still very active in the competition area for Barkleigh Productions, heading up the competition arena at most of their shows around the country.
The dog Kathy is working on came from a rescue organization. He's a far cry from any type of show dog, but for this lesson he is perfect. He has his good points and he has his weaknesses. The style she puts him in is perfect for both certification and contest grooming.
Kathy walks you through his flaws and features. If you have a dog with enough coat, you can often camouflage structural faults. If you do a good job with it, you'll even get extra points with the judge or certifier.
Grooming is all about structure and anatomy. She points out key reference points on the dog's body. She also discusses his conformational faults. As she trims the dog, she shows how to use technical savvy to accentuate the dog's conformation.
This is an excellent lesson for newer pet stylists. If you are thinking about entering a grooming competition or preparing for certification testing, you'll want to watch this lesson.
Session A: Blocking the Body with Guard Combs
Session B: Trimming the Cuffs Detailing the Trim with Shears
Session C: Styling the Topknot, Crest, and Final Detail Trimming

Approximate total running time:  63 minutes

In this video you will learn:
  • how to select a dog for contest grooming or certification testing.
  • how to set Poodle cuffs with a #40 blade.
  • How to block in a haircut with multiple guard combs.
  • how to set in a Poodle topknot.
  • how to present your dog to the judges or certifiers.


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From the Archives!  
Grooming the Miniature Schnauzer:
The Short & Sassy Pet Trim          

Let's face it. In the pet world, Miniature Schnauzers just don't get hand-stripped. The majority of dogs that we see in our salons are clipper cut. In this lesson, award-winning pet stylist, Lindsey Dicken shows you how to retain the proper essence of the Miniature Schnauzer using pet grooming techniques.

She starts by setting the body pattern with a short clipper blade. She uses muscles and bone structure to set the pattern. Lindsey shows you how to get your pattern lines to flow seamlessly into the furnishings. You'll get plenty of great shortcuts to make trimming the longer coat a snap. The head on the Miniature Schnauzer is the crowning glory.

Almost half of this video deals with correctly styling the head including: how to safely clipper the ears, how to set the pattern lines to get the classic brick shape, and how to trim the eyebrows.
Throughout the entire lesson, Lindsey gives you great time-saving tips and tricks. She shares with you what tools she likes to use and what products help her get the job done.

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