April 26, 2016 Newsletter
New Video Release
Grooming a Poodle in a Show Continental Trim Including the Spray-Up & Wigglets 
Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Learn2Grooms.com members, you've asked for it: "How do you trim a Poodle in a Continental Trim?" One of the top Poodle stylists shows you how.

Award-winning pet stylist Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich walks you through the principles of a Continental Show Trim using a large Miniature Poodle. This is a highly detailed lesson perfect for the grooming contest ring, conformational Poodle exhibitor, or contest grooming judge.
Pina is passionate about Poodles. Toys. Miniatures. Standards. She loves them all! Pina says, "The Continental is one of the most difficult trims to put into good balance." If you are showing a Poodle in the conformation ring that has reached its one-year mark, the dog must go into either a Continental or an English Saddle Trim. Both styles take about three hours to set the pattern from scratch. It is not an easy project, but Pina always loves it! It does not matter whether it is for the show ring or the grooming competition ring - this is a trim she really enjoys.
Our model for this lesson is no stranger to the conformation show ring. His owner allowed him to grow out so Pina would have plenty of coat to work with. Pina walks you through all the intricate parts of executing a show trim. Because this is such an advanced lesson, we have broken it into several sections. Watch the entire thing or just a couple segments.
Pina shows you how to get the right look. Most judges only have a few minutes to look at a dog. And they have even less time with their hands actually on the animal. As a stylist, you can influence a lot of what the judge sees - and remembers - when trimming your dog.
This entire lesson is filmed before a live audience. One of the best parts of the lesson is the question and answer session with the audience. They asked plenty of great questions, bringing even more clarity to this highly detailed video lesson.
Special thanks goes out to professional pet stylist, Megan VandenBerg, for providing Pina with such a beautiful dog with an abundance of well-cared for coat!

Approximate total running time:  116 minutes

Session A: Opening and clipping the face and throat 
Session B: Trimming the feet, clipping the tail band, and setting the cuffs
Session C: Setting the bracelets, setting in the legs, rosettes, and overall balance
Session D: Setting the scissor work on the jacket and rosettes
Session E: Scissoring the bracelets
Session F: Shaping the tail
Session G: Banding and adding hair extensions or wigglets
Session H: Creating the spray-up and detail finishing to get the dog in balance
Session I: Q&A from the audience
In this lesson, you will learn: 
  • how to set the pattern lines.
  • two different ways to set in the cuffs.
  • how to set the rosettes over the hips.
  • how to insert wigglets.
  • how to do a Poodle spray-up.


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