Creating a Modern Trim Style on a Shih Tzu/Poodle Mix (Part 1 of 3-Part Series: Clipper work on the body)
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Judy Hudson is one of our most popular Training Partners on Learn2GroomDogs.com. She travels the world demonstrating grooming skills to pet professionals. When she is not in front of an audience or a video camera, she grooms dogs just like you.
This modern style offers plenty of flair, yet it is relatively low maintenance for the owner. In a busy pet home, that’s a winning combination. The head is round. The ears are bobbed. The body is shorter while the legs are left fuller with beveled feet. As she works around this little cutie, Judy talks about structure, angles, and working safely.
Here’s a unique twist. In this lesson, Judy shows you how to do the same trim using two different tools to set the body length. One blade on one side of the dog and the second option on the flip side. She discusses the differences of working with a #4 blade versus using a metal guard comb. Both options leave approximately the same length of coat.
Our model dog for this lesson is an adorable little mixed breed. We are guessing she is a combination of Shih Tzu and Poodle. We are betting you have similar looking dogs in your own clientele.
In this lesson, you will learn:
- how to use different tools to do the same type of haircut.
- points of reference you can use on any type of dog.
- why working with clippers is better than working with shears for the bulk of your work.
- how to cut in a quick kick-up for style and flair.
- how to get a beautiful edge on an ear.
Judy Hudson has been a life-long animal lover. She holds an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University. While working in a veterinarian clinic offering grooming, she quickly realized, the groomer was making way more money than she was – and having a lot more fun! She opted to start grooming instead of following her degree.
Judy started her grooming career on a shoestring and a prayer in 1990.
When the groomer where she worked walked out – Judy didn’t miss a beat. She stepped in and started grooming. Shortly after that, she discovered a local couple who were business owners and award-winning pet stylists. She began taking lessons from them which lead her to competitions and meeting other award-winning pet stylists.
In 1994 she started her own mobile grooming unit in an 18-foot used motor home. Today, she owns and operates a very polished and successful mobile business in the Nashville TN area, staying booked a year in advance.
She decided that if she was going to be a groomer, she wanted to be one of the best!
Within a few years, she realized learning about bred profile was a game changer while dipping her toe in the AKC conformation show ring. Being a quick learner, she finished her own Miniature Poodle to his Championship in short order. Next, she focused on becoming a certified master groomer. In 1998 Judy earned her National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) status through the National Dog Groomer Association of America. Currently Judy is a speaker, educator and Certifier for that organization.
Judy is an awarding winning pet stylist. She has multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards to her credit. She was a part of the GroomTeam USA’s Top 10 for 3 years; 2000, 2001, and 2003. In 2004 she earned a slot be on the elite GroomTeam USA’s Travel Team, representing the USA in World Team Competition in France the following year. She proudly earned a Gold Medal with her American Cocker Spaniel, helping the USA capture the Silver Team Medal.
In 2002, she was awarded the coveted Sybil Trophy for having the most harmonious relationship with her dogs. In 2004, she was nominated for the prestigious Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year Award. 2011 was Awarded the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year.
Judy is a sought-after and very popular industry speaker, demonstrator and contest grooming judge. She has traveled all over the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and China.
Judy has teamed up with one of her long-time mentors and person friend, Christina Pawlosky to form The Grooming Professors, an online and personal training platform. They also host clinics, demonstrations, workshops and personal coaching at grooming shows and privately across the country. Plus, they offer individual training via Zoom by request. Together they have released their own shear line. In 2017 The Grooming Professors were the winners of the Barkleigh Honors Awards for Contribution of the Year and Vlog of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Judy is a licensed Pet Tech® Instructor. She teaches small classes to pet owners and pet service professionals. She enjoys making a difference in pets’ lives by teaching the necessary emergency care and health information for dogs and cats.
When Judy is not working within the realms her grooming businesses, she is a Level V Skin Care Consultant with Rodan+Fields.