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Back to Basics with a Standard Poodle in an All Trim (Part 3 of 3)

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson





What is one of the most popular trims in salons everywhere? The basic All Trim.


People love their dogs. However, not everyone enjoys all the fur, brushing and upkeep required to maintain fuller styles. This haircut is a no-nonsense approach to pet hygiene. Owners love it. Salons love it. And groomers love it because it is super easy to do.

Sue Watson is a third-generation pet stylist. She is a leading speaker on pet grooming, styling, and grooming techniques. She loves helping groomers get better. Get faster. To be proud of their work every day because it looks amazing!

In this lesson, you get a front row seat as Sue demonstrates how to master this basic haircut. She uses clippers and scissors to knock this trim out in a flash. She gives you tips on how to get it smooth without back brushing. Without going over it multiple times. How to quickly fix any rough spots simply with a comb and a pair of straight shears.

What happens when you master each little subtle detail? It allows you to effortlessly groom more dogs each day. Your days will fly by while your paychecks gets bigger.

We want you to really notice this dog before Sue even gets started. Check out what he looks like BEFORE she even sets a clipper onto his coat. This dog has been prepped to perfection prior to the start of the haircut. This is one of the biggest secrets to mastering your speed – and – the quality of every haircut your do! Building speed and quality starts with the bath and fluff dry!

In this video you will learn:

  • What blades she likes to use to get great results
  • Handling techniques to make trimming poodle feet easier
  • How to go over a dog just once and get a smooth finish
  • How to protect the dangerous flank area while clipping
  • How to camouflage a short-docked tail
  • How to style a poodle topknot systematically

Approximate total running time: 59 minutes

  • Part 1: Overall Clipper Work (29:11)
  • Part 2: Detailing the Trim with Shears (11:51)
  • Part 3: Styling the Head (16:05)

Suesan Watson

Certifications: CMG

Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.

She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.

Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.

Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.


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