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.

 


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An Easy Way to Create a Poodle Beveled Cuff

July 27th, 2017 by Kara Adams

As with all grooming techniques, there are many ways to get the job done.

When I was a contest groomer, I always did my Poodle cuffs by hand. I would brush the coat down then give it a quick fluff with my comb. Once it was fluffed, I’d glide a long straight shear in and set the lower edge. Then I’d re-fluff and grab my long curved shears to round and bevel the edges. It was time-consuming.

Done well, the beveled cuffs came out gorgeous. Done poorly, they were a sloppy mess. I had four chances to be perfect with my cuffs – or four chances to really mess up.

For pet dogs, I quickly taught myself another method. It was quick. Fool-proof. And it worked well on most of my shorter stylized pet trims.

On most of my pet trims, I cheated off excess leg hair by skimming it with a guard comb. Not only was it fast – it helped me set the length, too. Once I had the legs roughed in, I would brush the leg coat over the clipped foot with a firm slicker brush. I would slide my hand down the leg with my thumb and first finger resting just below the clipper line on the Poodle foot. My fingers would be my guide as I slid in a small pair of detailing scissors (I choose small shears for the safety of my own fingers!). I would scissor all the way around the cuff line, removing the longer hair.

When I released the coat… voila! A perfect cuff for an active pet. I could adjust the fullness of the beveled cuff by adjusting my scissored line somewhere between the lines of the knuckles of the foot and just below the clipped line on the foot. The lower I was on the foot with my cuff line, the fuller the bevel.

Once my cuff was set, I would neaten and finish the entire leg with shears, smoothing out my guard comb work.

I used this method for years. I even started to incorporate it into my more polished work in the contest ring. It worked well there, too – especially if I used it as a double-check after I did my cuffs with longer shears.

In the past few years, I’ve seen extremely talented stylists start using another method to get perfect cuffs every time. They use a #30 or #40 blade on their clippers! Who knew?

So how do you do it?

It’s very similar to my old method, but instead of shears, pet stylists reach for their cordless 5 in 1 style clipper. They set the blade at the shorter levels, basically the length of a #30 or #40 blade.

Hold the foot off the table at a comfortable level for the pet. With a firm slicker brush, brush all the hair down around the foot. Once the coat is brushed into place, slide your hand down the pet’s leg, thumb and forefinger closest to the foot.

Stop and hold the foot with your fingers coming to rest right at the clipped cuff line. While maintaining your hold on the foot, gently trim at right angles around the cuff with the #30 or #40 blade. Simply touch the coat at the edge line you want to set.

The fullness of the leg coat will determine where you place the line. For fuller legs, use the top of the crease marks on the toes. If the leg coat is shorter, move the line closer to the clipped cuff line.

When you release the coat, the fur will be nicely beveled. The line should be crisp and free of all stray hairs. As with the hand-scissored cuff, check the work from all angles to make sure the cuffs are level from side to side and front to back. Don’t forget to look from table level when inspecting your cuffs for perfection.

It may take a few tries to perfect this technique, but once you do, creating flawless cuffs every time becomes simple. With a well-prepped dog, this technique is fun, fast, and super safe.

Happy trimming!

Melissa

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