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Grooming a Show Style Bichon (Part 2 of 3-Part Series: Styling the head)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


20 minutes, 49 seconds


Advanced Stylist

Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich made a bold statement while filming this lesson. She said the Bichon Frise was one of her most challenging breeds to learn. That’s saying a lot coming from this talented pet stylist! It may have been a difficult dog for her to learn, but now whenever we see Pina doing a Bichon in a show style trim, we know the end result will be breath-taking.

This is an advanced grooming lesson. The techniques Pina demonstrates can easily be used in the conformation show ring, the competitive pet styling arena, voluntary certification testing, and high end grooming salons.

In this video, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for creating style and flair on a Bichon. She peppers the entire lesson with helpful tricks and suggestions. Her clear directions make styling this complicated breed easy to understand. One of her special tricks for dealing with the neck literally brought amazed and stunned gasps from the audience. So simple – and so effective! You certainly don’t want to miss this one as it can be applied to other breeds, as well.

This lesson was filmed before a live audience. We took advantage of that fact. Don’t miss

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • why this is a controversial breed to trim.
  • how to roll in the elbow.
  • how to set in the forehead area over the eyes.
  • a great trick to set in the crest.
  • tricks to grooming  open faced dogs.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.

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