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How to Do a Toy Poodle in a Teddy Bear Trim (Part 2 of 2-Part Series: Styling the Head)

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Video DescriptionAbout Amy Triezenberg


22 minutes, 40 seconds



Every grooming salon has this type of client. They want their adult dog to look like it did when they first brought it home – like a puppy. Especially the head. The expression should be soft and sweet. Award-winning pet stylist, Amy Triezenberg, has isolated what captures this youthful look on a mature Toy Poodle.

In this lesson, Amy demonstrates how to get this look. To save time, she sets the body with guard combs. Once the body pattern is set, she hand scissors the legs so they are fuller and slightly fluffy.

Amy believes in getting through the body work as quickly as possible. She has plenty of ideas to make this happen. She demonstrates shortcuts and tips to swiftly move through this part of the trimming process.

According to Amy, the head is the most critical part of the entire haircut. If she is going to take extra time on a haircut, this is where she will take it. To get that youthful expression, the entire head is done by hand scissoring. Her techniques accentuate that “puppy-ish” look that his owners are after.

Typical of many Toy Poodles, this little guy is a bit fussy. He moves around quite a bit. Amy sprinkles handling advice throughout the entire lesson. She shows you now to win the trust and cooperation of a slightly challenging grooming candidate.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to block in the coat to save time and effort.
  • great handling tips for a fussy dog.
  • ways to handle difficult areas safely and effectively.
  • how to bring out a charming expression.
  • how to build layers into the head.

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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