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Video DescriptionAbout Lindsey Dicken


24 minutes, 48 seconds



When it comes to proper pet handling techniques, National Certified Master Groomer, Lindsey Dicken knows what she’s doing.  In this lesson, Lindsey teaches you how to work safely and efficiently with pets who might not sit still as a statue during grooming.

Maintaining proper control is essential for pet safety.  Lindsey starts by showing you how and where to place the grooming lead. As Lindsey says, “When you have proper control of the head, you will have proper control of the rest of the body.”  Even the size of the grooming table can influence how a dog will behave.  Lindsey also discusses the importance of understanding canine anatomy in order to prevent injury.  As she moves through the lesson, Lindsey explains each step of the grooming process while using the techniques that will keep the pet safe and provide the best results.

Seasoned pros agree – grooming skills alone are not enough.  Dogs get their confidence from you!  Keeping a dog comfortable and safe will encourage better cooperation and will help make the experience more enjoyable for the pet as well as the groomer.

In this video you will learn:

  • holding techniques that really work.
  • how to properly place the grooming loop
  • how to earn cooperation from a wiggly pet.
  • proper pet positioning for maximum safety.
  • great advice for shear safety.

Lindsey Dicken

Certifications: NCMG

Lindsey Dicken is a National Certified Master Groomer.  She has been grooming for 8 years, and has been grooming competitively for 6 of those.  Prior to becoming a pet stylist, Lindsey was active in preparing and exhibiting saddle and draft horses.

Since beginning her dog grooming career, Lindsey has competed all over the country, and won multiple Best All Around Groomer awards, Best Scissored Poodle awards, World Champion Poodle Groomer, and Intergroom’s American Groomer of the Year.  She received the Lynn Carver Memorial Award for Best All Around Pet Stylist in 2008 and 2010, and was nominated for a Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year award. Lindsey has won several Best In Shows, most notably back to back wins at Intergroom 2009 and 2010 with a Bichon Frise.

She has qualified for Groom Team USA’s Top Ten Stylists every year she was eligible, reaching # 6 position her very first year.  She was the #1 ranked groomer in the nation for 2007, 2009, and 2011 and had the honor of traveling to Germany in 2009 to compete in the World Team Grooming Championship.  She helped Groom Team bring home the gold for the USA, winning a gold medal with a Bichon Frise. In 2011, Groom Team USA traveled to Belgium, and Lindsey helped her team earn the silver medal, competing with a miniature poodle in English Saddle trim.

Lindsey is most known for her work on Bichons Frises and Poodles, however she has also excelled in competition with Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Gordon Setters, and mixed breeds.

In addition to competing in grooming contests, Lindsey also shows her Bichons Frises, miniature poodles, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in AKC conformation shows.

Contact Information
The Fetching Canine
1490 W. St RD 434 - Suite 100 Longwood, FL 32750
SALON Phone: 407-493-5099



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