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Creative Styling: Creating Polk-a-Dots on a Pet

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20 minutes, 50 seconds



Award winning creative pet stylist, Lori Craig, absolutely loves color. She loves creative styling. Her idea of a productive day is gauged by how much color she had on herself at the end of a day! And the best part – she loves to share her ideas with others.

In this Learn2GroomDogs lesson, she shows you an easy way to have some fun with color. It’s a simple design that can go on in a flash. The pattern works well on any short coated dog. And the best part – if you want to remove it – you can!

In this lesson Lori uses her show Standard Poodle. This creative option works well for Pandora. Lori can ‘bling her up’ between dog shows. When she gets ready to head to an AKC conformation dog show, she can simply shave off the dots. The colored polka dots were placed in the short clipped areas. Lori calls this design on Pandora, Poodle-Pox after all the polka dots!

For those of you just starting to introduce color and creative styling to your salon services, this a super way to introduce it to your shopor salon.

In this video you will learn:

• What tools and supplies you will need

• How to make the polka dots pop out

• What type of tools to use to detail out the pattern

• What type of price range is typical for this type of work

Lori Craig

Lori has been grooming since 1996. She went to Academy of Professional Dog Grooming. During school she started working at Classic Pets & Grooming. In September of 1997 she opened Doggie Styles Grooming. In 2019 her salon was awarded the winner Top Local Pet Groomer in Oklahoma.

In 2004 she attended The Pet Pro Classic grooming conference in Dallas, Texas. She saw her first grooming competition. She was hooked! Lori went out and bought a standard poodle for competition. The next year she competed in Dallas entering three different groups including creative styling.

Lori has gone on to be a multi-award-winning creative stylist and instructor. She has placed in almost every creative competition she has entered. She has been featured four times on the cover of Groomer-to-Groomer magazine with her artistic creations.

In 2011, her “Lion King” design, was undefeated, earning her a Barkleigh Honors Award. She also won the Barkleigh Honors award for Creative Stylist of the Year in 2015. In 2016, Lori’s passion for creative grooming was honored when she was awarded the Liz Paul Creative Stylist of the Year.

She has had the privilege of teaching creative grooming skills to groomers across the country - and around the world. She has traveled the world including Singapore, Scotland, Ireland, England and Canada teaching others how to turn their dogs into living artwork. Her work has been seen on TLC's show EXTREME POODLES, where she won first place. She has also been on the Today Show, Fox and Friends, TV Guide, AOL's Popeater, and many other TV shows.

Lori is the Vice President and a certifier for the National Society of Creative Stylists. Lori also works with the Creative Groomers Association, helping educate and promote creative styling worldwide.

Lori is part of a unique group of extremely talented professional pet stylists. She has been selected to be a part of the Wahl Elite Team, providing grooming education, inspiration and demonstrations around the world.

Lori Craig can be reached at E-Mail: for private training and coaching.


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