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Dealing with a Geriatric Dog on the Grooming Table

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson


37 minutes, 24 seconds



This lesson is not about grooming a dog to breed profile! Instead, it is about grooming an older dog that is unstable on the grooming table. Sue talks about the nearly nonexistent coat that is so common in older dogs. Matted or tangled fur does not typically grow back. The aging Irish Setter used for this demonstration needed all of Suesan’s almost 40 years of professional pet experience. She shows you how to work safely with an elderly pet. She also offers ideas on how to communicate with the owner about their aging dog. She’ll help you understand what the limitations are and what your number one focus needs to be – and a gorgeous groom isn’t on the list!

In this video you will learn:


  • Why it’s especially important to have at least one hand on the dog at all times

    • Why speed should be a major factor in the grooming process

    • Signs that indicate a pet is not doing well

    • Which tools can make grooming more comfortable for the pet

    • Holds that you can use to help stabilize a larger, older dog

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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