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How to Mimic a Show Style Trim on a Pet Springer Spaniel (Part 1 of 3-Part Series: Clipper Work and Trimming the Feet)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


23 minutes, 49 seconds



How many of you have nice looking Springers? We know they are out there. Wouldn’t be wonderful if you could groom it like a show dog? However, this method will be MUCH easier and faster than a show trim!

Award-winning pet stylist Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich shows you how to do it. She is working on one of her regular pet clients in her south Florida salon, Päsh.  The client wants their dog to look like a show dog. This Springer Spaniel is not being actively shown. There is no reason to go through all the time and trouble of hand-stripping this coat like they would need to do for the show ring.

Pina shows you ways to speed up the process using all types of pet grooming techniques without doing much hand-stripping at all. The result is a beautiful groom using clippers, scissors, and blenders. The dog looks like it grew that way naturally which is just what you want with a well-groomed Springer Spaniel.

After watching this lesson, you will easily be able to do the same type of haircut using Pina’s methods. This dog may not be entering the show ring, but it looks show ring ready!

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • how to set the ears.
  • where to place the throat lines.
  • how to quickly set tight “mini tennis ball’ feet.
  • how to perfect the comb over method of shortening a coat.
  • how to balance out the dog.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.


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