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Grooming a Full Coated Shih Tzu in an Outlined Layer Cut

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30 minutes, 44 seconds



Award-winning pet stylist Tracy Duncan has a lot of clients in this quick little trim. It works well on many drop coated breeds such as; Shih Tzues, Lhasas and Malteses. The key to success with this style of haircut is working with the coat that has a bit of wire texture to it.

Tracy does the entire trim using primarily thinning shears to blend the coat and shears to shape the feet.

When the trim is finished, you have the illusion of a full coated dog. Yet the hair is much shorter. It’s tidy. And everything is very soft.

There are multiple ways that you can finish off the head style on this trim. Tracy opts to demonstrate a tied up topknot on this girl, including a very feminine little pink bow.

The entire trim is so fitting for little dog. This is a very cute trim that is easy to do.

In this video you will learn:

• What type of thinning shears Tracy uses to get the look

• How to set the length

• How to round the feet that it blends naturally into the longer coat

•How to tie up a topknot

• An important rule you always need to double check – and so do owners

Tracy Duncan

Tracy Duncan has been in the pet styling industry since 1991, working in all-breed salons, a large Poodle-specific grooming salon and kennel, veterinary clinics and mobile pet styling salons. In 2001 she began her first successful business, Grooms To Go Mobile Pet Styling in Suwanee, Ga. She decided to transition off of the road and opened The PawPlex, a styling, daycare, boarding, and holistic pet food facility shortly after the birth of her first child.

In 2004, her first time out as a competitor, she won “Best First Timer” in all five classes at the Atlanta Pet Fair and a Group 1 with her Standard Poodle out of the Entry Level division. In her second season of competing she garnered a coveted spot on GroomTeam USA, having success with American Cockers, Airedales, Poodles, and mixed breeds.

She served as the National Secretary for GroomTeam USA from 2007-2011. Tracy was a Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award Nominee for The David G. Salzberg Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Industry when she and her husband gathered funds and equipment to help the groomers on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Tracy is a speaker and judge at grooming seminars and enjoys mentoring other stylists. She is currently working part-time at The PawPlex, which she sold shortly to stay home with her four children.


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