Grooming a Foxy Trim on a Pomeranian Mix (Part 1 of 3)
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What do you do when an owner adores their dog but not all the hair? They want something to reduce the shedding coat, but they don’t want their dog shaved.
Oh, and they want it to still be cute and cuddly too…
Sue Watson is an award winning third-generation pet stylist. She prides herself in helping people. She loves to make clients smile while solving their pet’s grooming problems.
This older Pomeranian mix has plenty of coat. She also has some physical limitations with her knees. When working with this type of pet, you must be super careful. If you handle a dog like this incorrectly, you could easily cause discomfort. Or injury. Or get even get bit if you are not highly aware of the pet’s limitations.
Sue talks about how to move safely around this type of pet. She demonstrates how to work around the ailment while keeping the pet comfortable and cooperative. A key success strategy for any pet is to work through the grooming process as quickly as possible. With older pets, this is critical for their comfort and safety.
Sue shows you how to get a nice trim using a longer guard comb. She talks about how to reduce and remove clipper tracking to get a soft finish. Throughout the entire groom, she talks about how to get the look easily. Which tools to use. How to use them for the best results.
Sue’s mannerism as she works with this old girl is kind and understanding. Her years of experience and compassion for pets comes through strongly in this lesson – along with her sense of humor.
The result is a sweet, foxy liking little dog the owner loved. The overall trim is soft. Natural looking. And easy for the client to manage between groomings.
In this video you will learn:
- How to work with the clipper to reduce clipper tracks
- How to win the trust of a pet who is not structurally sound
- How to improve your grooming time with a cut like this
- How to get a beautiful finish on this coat type
- How to get a style a “foxy type head”
Approximate total running time: 59 minutes
- Part 1: Overall Clipper Work (13:02)
- Part 2: Detailing for Smoothness, Feet & Tail (24:34)
- Part 3: Styling the Head (10:10)
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.