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How to do a Cute & Easy Trim on an Older Shih Tzu (Part 1 of 2-Part Series: Trimming the Body and the Legs)

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Video DescriptionAbout Amy Triezenberg


29 minutes, 54 seconds



Drop coated pets are some of the most common types we see in our salons. Shih Tzus, Lhasas, Yorkies, Doodles – they are always on our appointment books. Yet for many groomers, this coat presents challenges. It’s hard to get their coats smooth, even, and attractive. Add older dog health issues to the mix and your work is really cut out for you.

In this lesson, award-winning stylist, Amy Triezenberg, is working on an older Shih Tzu. This little dog has health issues and does not like to stand up. She shows you how to do a cute trim that is quick and fast – even when the dog doesn’t want to stay on its feet. She shows you how to move the trim along quickly while making the dog comfortable for the grooming process.

Amy is a master at explaining details. We love how she communicates with fabulous clarity. She excels at telling what she is doing and why. Whether it is with trimming, handling the pet, or dealing with the customer, Amy talks you through the entire groom with ease.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to get smooth clipper work on a drop coated pet.
  • how to decide where you should spend more time and where you can take shortcuts.
  • how to work with a pet that does not have the ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • how to give an instant facelift.
  • how to balance out the headpiece.

Amy Triezenberg

Ever since Amy Triezenberg can remember, she has always love animals and wanted to work with them. She grew up in South Holland IL, and was home schooled her whole life. Amy attended Great Lakes Academy of Dog Grooming when she was 17.

She competed in her first grooming contest while still in grooming school and won 3rd place. After competing in regular classes for a while, Amy started competing in creative styling.
She went on to win multiple awards in creative including, the People’s Choice Award, and the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine 2007, with her three- legged poodle ‘Falore’ with her Fallen Solider design.

After success in the creative styling arena, she resumed her focused on regular grooming classes. With hard work, she earned her slot as a Top 10 GroomTeam Member in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. Amy has also won, The Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award, multiple Best All Around Groomer Awards, and Best in Show at the 2012 Atlanta Per Fair with her signature ‘Poodlington’ trim.

Amy was the manager of an exclusive, high volume salon, which she loved. However, she made the difficult decision to leave that role with the birth of her first child. She chose a grooming job closer to her home. Three children later, she and her husband decided to open a home-based grooming salon. The flexible hours allow her to spend quality time with her family and dogs.

Amy has written articles for Groomer to Grooming magazine and enjoys sharing what she has learned with private coaching and seminars.

Amy has shown her Kerry Blue Terrier in AKC conformation shows and working on her IPG Certification. She has always appreciated all the people that have helped her along the way. She looks forward to helping others the way that others have helped her.

Currently, she pursues her passion; the education side of grooming. “I love pouring my heart into helping others learn.”

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