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Grooming a Problem Pet

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Video DescriptionAbout Judy Hudson


36 minutes, 51 seconds



We all have that client that we dread. You see the client’s name on your appointment book and your blood pressure immediately rises. The pet is uncooperative. It bites. These dogs would rather be anywhere but on your grooming table, and sometimes, so would you! They make an otherwise pleasant grooming day come to a screeching halt.

This is our most requested topic at Learn2GroomDogs. How do you handle the aggressive dog – and how do you do it safely? Watch award-winning pet groomer, Judy Hudson take on this challenge.

This particular dog had been through multiple groomers. He’d been sent home un-groomed multiple times. One groomer did attempt grooming him, but the dog suffered from post traumatic stress and cost the owners over $300 in vet bills.

At the time this lesson was filmed, Judy had groomed this dog only four or five times. This certainly is not a lesson about making the dog beautiful. It’s about making the dog clean and comfortable while winning its trust, slowly.

Judy shows you the techniques that she has been using to get this dog groomed. Her focus is on effective and safe handling methods for both herself and the dog. As Judy says, ‘Rome was not built in a day, and this dog didn’t get this way overnight.’ You will not rehab a challenging pet’s attitudes with just one grooming.

You will need to go slow and not fight with the pet. Your goal is to set limits and boundaries while winning the dog’s cooperation and trust. In this lesson, Judy gives you plenty of ideas on how to do just that. And if you stay with a lesson to the very end, you’ll see exactly what Judy is talking about.

In this video you will learn:

• how to start working with a problem pet to win trust and cooperation.

• why it’s important to go slow.

• ways to stay out of the ‘bite zone.’

• how to redirect their attention when they start to go off.

• ideas on ways to get the job done safely when the pet has other ideas.

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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