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Cairn Terrier Grooming: Handstripping a Blown Coat

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19 minutes, 34 seconds



This lesson is the companion video to Handstripping the Cairn Terrier Using the 50/50 Method with Michell Evans. As with any pet dog, you have options on what grooming technique you choose. Those options will be dictated by; the condition of the coat, the attitude of the pet and the owner’s wishes.

Michell has opted to show you two different methods of handstripping on this Cairn Terrier. On one side of the dog she showed you the 50/50 method. In this segment, Michell shows you how to take the coat all the way down to the undercoat coat, removing the majority of the course guard coat. This certainly is not the most ideal way to groom a Cairn Terrier. It leaves the dog heavily overly groomed. The only reason you would take a cairn terrier this close would be for a specific reason. Michell helps you understand why this is a valid option when grooming some Cairn Terriers.

{br} In this video you will learn:

• a simple way to maintain this coat type

• when you need to see the dog again to startthe rotation

• when to determine when the dog is ready to come back

• what tools to use to remove a blown coat

• a trick you can use to remove a lot of coat out of the thigh area

Michell Evans

Phone: 1.503.750.1606


Michell Evans

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer. She is Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG) and International Society of Canine Cosmetologists.

She is the proud recipient of the 2011 Barkleigh Honors Competitive Groomer of the Year Award. She is also the first competitor to have the honor of earning a spot for her name on the John Nash Memorial Trophy.

She earned the Liz Paul Memorial Trophy for 2011 and Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award.

She was a nominee in 2011 and 2012 for the prestigious Crystal Grooming Awards, Competitive Groomer of the Year.

Michell is a judge, speaker and demonstrator at the top trade shows around the country.

She was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2012 and was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal winning team at the World Team Championships in 2011. She represented the United States again in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

For more information about lessons with Michell please contact her at or (505) 830-9123.


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