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How to Groom a St. Bernard Doodle in 90 Minutes (Part 1 of 3)

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Do you struggle to get a large dog done in a timely manner? Do you groan when you see one of those monster doodles on your grooming schedule?

Judy Hudson is a master of grooming efficiency. In this lesson, she shows you the techniques she would use to get this big St. Bernard doodle done in 90 minutes in her mobile grooming van. Bath. Dry. Groom.

When it’s done – it’s neat. It’s tidy. It’s a groom anybody can be proud of. Not only is it appealing, but it’s also easy for the pet owner to maintain on a regular grooming schedule.

How does she do it?

She isn’t rushed. She never hurries. She doesn’t sacrifice speed for quality. Yet, she’s highly efficient and extremely thorough. In this lesson, award-winning stylist, Judy Hudson walks YOU through her time-saving techniques.

This is one of those common, no nonsense type trims. Today, this style is more popular than ever with pet owners everywhere. The techniques Judy demonstrates can easily be applied to many other breeds. This haircut works on small Shih Tzu up to monster Doodle like this girl. Or anything in between.

The haircut and the techniques remain the same regardless of the size of the dog you are working on. It is also highly versatile. You can adapt the style to many different guard comb lengths using the same principles Judy applies in this lesson.

Judy Hudson is a respected grooming industry leader. Yet, in her real life, she’s an everyday pet groomer – just like most of you. Her mobile grooming business is based just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Typically, she is booked a year and advanced.

Some days she does six dogs. Other day she does 16. Sometimes she has an assistant. And sometimes she works solo.

Regardless of how she is working, Judy is doing trims just like this every day.

In this video you will learn:

  • Multiple secrets to mastering your time when grooming
  • Why structure matters
  • Tips on effective communications with pet owners
  • How to win the trust and cooperation of the dogs you work on
  • What piece of equipment is absolute gold

Approximate total running time: 43 minutes

  • Part 1: Getting Started and the Importance of Grooming to Structure (19:18)
  • Part 2: Working with Guard Combs (15:34)
  • Part 3: Scissoring the Feet, Trimming the Head in Finalizing the Trim (20:29)

Judy Hudson

Certifications: NCMG

Judy Hudson has been a life-long animal lover. She holds an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University. While working in a veterinarian clinic offering grooming, she quickly realized, the groomer was making way more money than she was – and having a lot more fun! She opted to start grooming instead of following her degree.

Judy started her grooming career on a shoestring and a prayer in 1990.

When the groomer where she worked walked out – Judy didn’t miss a beat. She stepped in and started grooming. Shortly after that, she discovered a local couple who were business owners and award-winning pet stylists. She began taking lessons from them which lead her to competitions and meeting other award-winning pet stylists.

In 1994 she started her own mobile grooming unit in an 18-foot used motor home. Today, she owns and operates a very polished and successful mobile business in the Nashville TN area, staying booked a year in advance.

She decided that if she was going to be a groomer, she wanted to be one of the best!
Within a few years, she realized learning about bred profile was a game changer while dipping her toe in the AKC conformation show ring. Being a quick learner, she finished her own Miniature Poodle to his Championship in short order. Next, she focused on becoming a certified master groomer. In 1998 Judy earned her National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) status through the National Dog Groomer Association of America. Currently Judy is a speaker, educator and Certifier for that organization.

Judy is an awarding winning pet stylist. She has multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards to her credit. She was a part of the GroomTeam USA’s Top 10 for 3 years; 2000, 2001, and 2003. In 2004 she earned a slot be on the elite GroomTeam USA’s Travel Team, representing the USA in World Team Competition in France the following year. She proudly earned a Gold Medal with her American Cocker Spaniel, helping the USA capture the Silver Team Medal.

In 2002, she was awarded the coveted Sybil Trophy for having the most harmonious relationship with her dogs. In 2004, she was nominated for the prestigious Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year Award. 2011 was Awarded the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year.

Judy is a sought-after and very popular industry speaker, demonstrator and contest grooming judge. She has traveled all over the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and China.

Judy has teamed up with one of her long-time mentors and person friend, Christina Pawlosky to form The Grooming Professors, an online and personal training platform. They also host clinics, demonstrations, workshops and personal coaching at grooming shows and privately across the country. Plus, they offer individual training via Zoom by request. Together they have released their own shear line. In 2017 The Grooming Professors were the winners of the Barkleigh Honors Awards for Contribution of the Year and Vlog of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Judy is a licensed Pet Tech® Instructor. She teaches small classes to pet owners and pet service professionals. She enjoys making a difference in pets’ lives by teaching the necessary emergency care and health information for dogs and cats.

When Judy is not working within the realms her grooming businesses, she is a Level V Skin Care Consultant with Rodan+Fields.

Judy and Chris can be reached at


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