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Getting ‘er Done Series: Grooming Bichon Poodle Mix with a Round Head & Fuller Legs

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Video DescriptionAbout Judy Hudson


34 minutes, 18 seconds



Judy Hudson is an awarding winning groomer. She is also a popular demonstrator at grooming trade shows. In this lesson, Judy works on Poodle/Bichon mix. This is the same kind of dog we all see in our grooming shops every day. This Teddy Bear trim is one of the most popular trim styles in grooming shops everywhere. But our question is: Can you do this haircut in about a half hour or less?

The dog Judy is working on is an older dog who is a part of the ‘full figure’ group. Her once thick coat is starting to get a thinner in places, it just doesn’t have the fullness it once did. As she’s aged, she’s not as stable and comfortable on the grooming tables as she once was.

Judy shows you how to make this dog look super cute in no time. Judy used mostly clippers to set in this trim. She uses a variety of lengths to accentuate this little dog’s structure. On her body, Judy selects a blade that will whittle her waistline while creating overall balance with the haircut. On the legs, Judy chooses a guard comb to leave the legs a bit fuller. To detail out the last few lumps and bumps, she uses scissors and blenders to get a nice smooth finish. She finishes the trim with a cute, teddy bear round head style.

In a very short amount of time, this trim is complete. Judy shares with you all her speed grooming tricks to get this on and off the grooming table in about 30 minutes for a complete haircut.

In this video you will learn:

• How to use blades and guard combs to quickly set in the trim using bone structure.

• Why it’s important to ‘groom for the next appointment’.

• Ways to keep older dogs comfortable and secure on the grooming table.

• How to tidy up the muzzle coat without trimming it.

• How to trim the perfect ear every time in seconds.

Judy Hudson

Certifications: NCMG

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.

Judy and Chris can be reached at


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