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How to Bring Out the Cuteness Factor in a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian Mix (Part 2 of 2-Part Series: Styling the head and finish work)

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson


18 minutes, 50 seconds



Suesan Watson is a respected contest stylist and judge who grooms everyday pets, just like you. In this lesson, Sue is working on a dog that arrived sight unseen. When she met this little guy, her jaw dropped and she instantly reached for him. “OMG, he’s so flippin’ CUTE!” she exclaimed – and that was without a haircut!

This little fuzzball was what every talented stylist dreams about. A little dog that has the potential to be so cute, it could be a stuffed toy!

Sue shows you how to get that plush, soft look on the body. Getting it neat and tidy is important – but that’s not the “masterpiece” of this haircut. She wastes no time zeroing in on the key feature of this trim: the head. But before Sue gets started, she does something unconventional with the top of the head to tone down a problem. Once she starts styling the head, the magic happens. By making subtle changes, she creates a huge impact in adorableness.

Sue demonstrates how to get this cute, plush, and cuddly look. She only uses guard combs and straight shears. Throughout the lesson, Sue talks about how to handle Toy dogs. She discusses typical attitudes many bring to the grooming table. Plus, she demonstrates many effective handling tactics that work with our smallest four-legged clients.

In this video you will learn:

  • where to set the pattern line for the head.
  • how to deal with a little dog that is fussy for leg work.
  • how to style the ears.
  • how to stack the coat so the head stays cute long after the dog leaves the salon.

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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