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Top Ten Grooming Videos of 2018

December 4th, 2018 by Kara Adams

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#10 – How to Create a Stylish Salon Trim on a Mixed Breed

For this lesson, Kathy Rose puts this little dog in a super cute haircut. It’s not only appealing, but it’s also easy for the owner to care for, too. Trims like this are what bring owners back again and again. They are the bread and butter of every successful salon.
This is a highly detailed lesson. It’s perfect for newer groomers who want to add style and flair to their work.

Judy 4 #9 – Contour Trim on a Golden Retriever
Judy will teach you how to shorten up a Golden Retriever without destroying the natural body coat. She starts off by trimming the pads and the feet. She discusses the benefits of de-shedding a dog instead of shaving off the coat. Finally, she addresses the longer furnishings and shows you how to contour them while still maintaining a very natural look on the dog.

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#8 – Prep Work on a Poodle: Face, Feet, Tail, Ears & Nails
In this lesson, seasoned professional stylist Judy Hudson walks you through the basics with this young Standard Poodle. As Judy says, “The clipper work is the foundation of all good grooming!” She shows you how to get that perfectly clean face, feet, and tail, quickly and safely. If you are a groomer who is struggling to get perfectly clean clipper work (especially around those pesky toes), Judy’s insight will be immensely helpful.

Doodle- LL#7 – Stylish & Easy Doodle Grooming
Doodles seem to be everywhere and they come in a wide variety of sizes, coat types, and colors. Lisa shares plenty of speed tricks to get through this dog quickly, such as what blades to use, clipper technique, what shears to work with, and what products work well to lift the coat. This groom is easy for the owner to care for and looks fabulous. This doodle does not look like a poodle after it is groomed!

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#6 – Finishing a Round Head on a Drop Coated Dog
In this lesson, Melissa Verplank demonstrates the proper techniques on how to finish a round head on a drop coated dog. She shows the perfect scissoring skills to create this round head in a safe and timely manner.

#5 – Hand Scissoring the Neck

In this Mini Lesson, Lindsey Dicken demonstrates how to work with thinning shears on this drop coated dog. Lindsay shows you how to shape the head and neck for a very soft look that balances with the rest of the trim.

 

 


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#4 – How to Create a Boo Trim on a Pom
In this lesson, Judy sets in the popular “Boo Trim” on a full-coated Pomeranian. She has never groomed this particular dog before and has to figure some of the best tactics as she goes along. As she moves through the process, she tells you what she is thinking, doing, and most importantly – why she is doing it.

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# 3 – Clipping the Front Legs to Get Them Smooth On a Short Coat
 In this Mini Lesson, Melissa Verplank discusses an efficient way to get legs smooth in just three clipper passes.

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#2 – Canine Anatomy
In this video, you will learn the basics of canine anatomy. Melissa guides you through the key reference points used to groom dogs, to accentuate balance and style, set pattern lines as well as handle the dog safely and comfortably based on its structural limitations.

 

 


 #1 – Back to Basics with a #4F All Trim on a Shih Tzu
 A #4F All trim is one of the most popular pet owners requested trims everywhere. Seasoned pros know that there can be a big difference between a good #4 All trim and a bad one. Lisa Leady takes you back to the basics with this Shih Tzu. Lisa shares numerous tips throughout the entire lesson on this low maintenance haircut.

 


Help Fellow Groomers Affected by California Wildfires – Groom One for California!

November 21st, 2018 by Kara Adams

Our fellow pet groomers in California need our help! Join us and make a donation to the California Professional Pet Groomers Association (CPPGA). This organization will help fund those in need and distribute the funds that come from your generous donations.

We have accepted the “Groom One for California” challenge of sending the proceeds from one grooming per day and we are asking you to do the same. Any amount helps!

Below is a special message from Melissa Verplank and the link to make your donation: https://www.paypal.me/CPPGA


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Spring Trip 2018

April 26th, 2018 by Kara Adams

My husband, Marc and I are back from a four-week working road trip. For the past few years, we’ve traveled for almost the entire month of March. After all – who wants to be in Michigan in March? Each Spring, we’ve loaded up our bikes, kayaks, dogs, and filming gear and hit the road.

crystal riverThe trip this year started out with the Atlanta Pet Fair before heading south to Florida. Our itinerary included lots of work but also plenty of downtime. We kayaked with the manatees in Crystal Springs and enjoyed the unbelievable clarity of the Rainbow River. On one of the rivers we kayaked, we came a bit too close to a large alligator sunning himself on the bank. I swear it looked like an old tire sitting on the river bank – until it MOVED! We paddled away very quickly!

JumpingWe attended the Live Oaks International Horse Show where we watched show jumping and the exhilarating marathon driving event. The show jumping took me back to my younger years when I showed hunters and jumpers.  With each stride and jump, I was right there with the rider.

I had never seen a marathon driving event before – what a blast! Top carriage drivers maneuvered their horse(s) through a complex pattern of VERY solid obstacles in the quickest time possible. It was thrilling to watch these skilled teams flying through the obstacles.Friesians Live Oaks

Soon we were headed to the west side of South Florida where we spent some great quality time with Marc’s family.

Then the work started.

We had multiple Learn2GroomDogs.com film shoots with some amazing people. We filmed with Randi Sands, Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich, and Joshua Morales.  We then toured Kathy Rose’s new salon, Pets of Perfection. From there, we drove to Orlando to film with Lindsey Dicken. As soon as we finished, we drove to see Angela Kumpe for some creative grooming just outside Little Rock, Arkansas.

kayakingFilming and learning with these talented stylists was amazing. One thing really stood out: the increased use of thinning shears. They’re being used more often and the variety of thinners and blenders is growing. It seems they are becoming as important to everyone’s collections as smooth bladed shears.

Finally, it was time to return to Michigan, but we had one more stop to make. As we made our way home, we stopped at new St. Louis office to visit our newest team member, Joe Zuccarello, and meet his family for the first time.

We made it home just in time for the last gasp of Winter. Being on the road was a wonderful experience. It was an amazing trip filled with a nice balance of work and down time.

Happy trimming!

Melissa

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