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Grooming a Shih Tzu with an Asian Influenced Head Style (Part 1 of 3-Part Series: Setting the Body Pattern)

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16 minutes, 7 seconds



Kathy Rose does a marvelous make-over on this cute little Shih Tzu.

“Molly” has one of those difficult coats commonly seen in the grooming salon. It’s straight, lacks volume and body, and the coat is full of cowlicks. Simply put, it’s difficult to get the coat smooth and looking good – no matter what you do. Sound familiar?

Kathy shows you her tricks for dealing with this coat. She uses a combination of guard combs and a variety of thinning shears to smooth it out. Instead of focusing on getting the body and legs perfect, Kathy turns her attention to the most important part of the dog: the head.

She totally changes the head style from an overgrown standard round head style to something with hints of Asian influence. The end result is adorable while still being practical for both the pet and the owner.

You’ve seen Kathy Rose’s work in her column for Groomer to Groomer magazine, called Bread & Butter Grooming. In this L2GD lesson, Kathy captures the essence of her column on video as sheshows you how to get this fabulous look, step-by-step.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to tackle a difficult coat and get it smooth.
  • which tools and products will help the most.
  • how to round out the feet quickly and safely.
  • proper handling techniques to use when a pet objects to clippers around the eyes.
  • how to prevent accidentally trimming off long eyelashes.

Kathy Rose

Certifications: NCMG, IPGCMG, ISCCCMS

A salon owner since 1983, Kathy Rose has garnered recognition in the pet industry both as an expert stylist and educator. As a competitive stylist, Kathy has won numerous national and international titles including best in show at almost every major US contest and gold and silver medals on Groom Team USA on four consecutive teams. She also served as the coordinator for two years.

Away from the competitive grooming ring, Kathy Rose is a sought after speaker and grooming judge. Kathy serves as Director the International Judges Association, (IJA) and is an IJA judge. She is also an accredited judge for the United Show Managers Alliance (USA) and she is accredited by the European Grooming Association (EGA) for all classes. She has offered her vast knowledge at virtually every major industry event stateside as well as in Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Australia and South Korea.
In recognition of her efforts Kathy has been a regular nomine for the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, winning the award for outstanding contributions to the pet Industry. Her skills have been put on display on Animal Planet’s popular television series “Petsburg USA: where Kathy was featured prominently in their “Mutt Makeover” episodes.

Most recently, Kathy hosted the television event shown on the Learning Channel, entitled “Extreme Poodles”. Kathy served as the Master of Ceremonies with TLC using her expertise to guide and narrate the entire event.

Kathy’s state of the art salon, Pets of Perfection was featured on the 2005 Barkleigh Groomer to Groomer Buyers Guide and she has written numerous articles related to salon design, as well as a series of articles relating to licensure and regulation of the grooming profession for Barkleigh Publications.

Early in her career, Kathy owner/handled her toy poodles and Portuguese Water dog to point and group placements as well as serving as Vice President and Assistant show Chairman for AKC sanctioned show events, receiving the outstanding service award.


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