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How to Give an Attractive Haircut to a Matted Pet Without Losing Time (Part 4 of 5-Part Series: Adding Style)

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16 minutes, 41 seconds



Every salon has them… the client that wants a cute trim on their beloved pet. The problem is that the dog is matted. REALLY matted.

Your automatic response is to go for the naked look – #7 all special. But what if you could leave a little extra coat for some style? What if it wouldn’t take you any longer to do than a normal haircut? What if I told you it could be done without any stress to the dog? Would you do it?

When award-winning pet stylist Amy Triezenberg told us her plans for this dog, we were skeptical. The dog had some serious matting going on. Behind the ears. The chest and  shoulders. The legs. The tail. This dog was in rough shape. And the icing on the cake? The dog was older and blind in one eye!

This sounds like one of your typical pet clients, doesn’t it?

Once the cameras started rolling, we knew Amy was onto something. She did an amazing job on this matted Shih Tzu. Guess what? It didn’t take her much longer to do this haircut than on a dog mat-free dog. Not once did this dog get upset with anything Amy was doing. She kept its safety, comfort, and dignity at the forefront of everything she was doing.

As Amy says, “You may have some long spots. Some short spots. Holes or thin spots. That’s OK. Don’t expect perfection on a dog you are dematting. It doesn’t have to go home perfectly even. The idea is for it to be a little fluffy and the dog does not have a bad experience.”

Amy shows you her tricks to power through a matted coat without dematting it first. She demonstrates shortcuts to give a matted pet a stylish haircut in no time. She even gives you hints on how to communicate with the owner. Plus, she gives you ideas on what to charge for your services.

In the end, this dog turns out super cute. We can’t imagine any owner that wouldn’t be happy with this haircut. Amy was able to salvage the coat even though it was overgrown and very tangled.

In the end, this dog turns out super cute. We can’t imagine any owner that wouldn’t be happy with this haircut. Amy was able to salvage the coat even though it was overgrown and very tangled.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to set up the coat so a guard comb can get through it.
  • what should – or shouldn’t – be shaved off.
  • ways to help the owner understand your efforts.
  • two trigger points that can set off a pet owner.
  • how to make an older dog look like a puppy.

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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