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Grooming a Black & White Doodle/Poodle

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson


58 minutes, 14 seconds



How many of you have owners who say, ‘Cut it down but leave it fluffy?’ That’s just what Sue was faced with on this Doodle type dog. Making the situation even more challenging, this was a very large dog with a soft curly coat. Once she got her hands on the coat, Sue realized the real problem; this dog was extremely mattted! In this lesson, Sue shows you how to deal with a matted coat yet still leave the dog ‘fluffy.’ The client wanted a Portuguese Water Dog type style. She couldn’t totally comply with the owners wishes. However, she was extremely creative with her styling techniques. Sue uses a variety of metal snap on combs to trim this dog, and work thorough some left over knots. She finishes this pet with scissors to smooth out the trim and camouflage some of his minor structural faults. As a bonus, Sue shows you how to work with a feisty dog that does not appreciate the de-matting process. She also gives you great tips on how to educate the owner to avoid this condition in the future.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to communicate with the owner when their dog is in poor condition
  • How you can still give a matted pet great style by using the right tools
  • How to modify a trim to best suit the situation
  • How to effectively work with a dog that wants to bite to win trust and cooperation
  • How to work effectively with metal snap-on combs

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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