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Grooming the Pet West Highland White Terrier (Part 1 of 3-Part Series)

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15 minutes, 37 seconds



As with most Terriers, Westies have a trim style that is specific, yet easy to apply. In this session, awarding winning stylist, Suesan Watson, shows you how to groom a pet Westie with typical conformational problems. She shows you how to get a natural look using a combination of clipping, thinning, blending, and stripping. Sue shares her wealth of knowledge about pet handling, product usage, and breed profile tactics to get ‘the look’ on any Westie.

In this video you will learn:

  • Why raking out the coat prior to clipping is helpful
  • Proper methods for setting in the thigh area to expose the muscle
  • How to round the feet, including great safety tips
  • How to shape and style the front legs
  • How to style the head to get the ‘chrysanthemum’ flower look
  • BONUS! Great handling tips are sprinkled throughout the entire video

Suesan Watson

Certifications: CMG

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.


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