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Grooming the Toy Poodle in a Sporting Dog Trim (1 of 3-part Series)

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Video DescriptionAbout Michell Evans


24 minutes, 20 seconds



The breed standard for all three sizes of Poodles is the same. The standard calls for a squarely built – elegant dog. However, grooming them is a totally different story. Grooming a Toy Poodle requires a whole different skill set.

Michell has a great analogy of the difference. She says, “When you groom a Standard Poodle, it’s like painting a picture – a mural – a nice big picture. When you groom a Toy Poodle, everything is very precise. It’s like building a ship in a bottle.”

Wow. Is that ever true!

In this lesson, Michell shows you how to quickly set in the pattern using a variety of guard combs. Not only does this technique enhance speed, but it also builds consistency with your trim style. Once the trim is blocked in with clippers, she changes to straight and curved shears to get the precision she is looking for when styling this dog.

In this video you will learn:

  • Where to set your line on the neck
  • How to use guard combs to block in the trim
  • How small amounts of coat can make a big difference
  • Techniques to use to balance out a dog
  • What not to get too hung up on when trimming a dog

Michell Evans

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer. She is Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG) and International Society of Canine Cosmetologists.

She is the proud recipient of the 2011 Barkleigh Honors Competitive Groomer of the Year Award. She is also the first competitor to have the honor of earning a spot for her name on the John Nash Memorial Trophy.

She earned the Liz Paul Memorial Trophy for 2011 and Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award.

She was a nominee in 2011 and 2012 for the prestigious Crystal Grooming Awards, Competitive Groomer of the Year.

Michell is a judge, speaker and demonstrator at the top trade shows around the country.

She was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2012 and was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal winning team at the World Team Championships in 2011. She represented the United States again in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

For more information about lessons with Michell please contact her at or (505) 830-9123.


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