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How to Start an Asian Type Personality Trim While Working on a Slightly Challenging Dog

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson


49 minutes, 56 seconds



Suesan Watson is a respected judge, speaker, and demonstrator. She is also a third-generation pet stylist. She and her sister literally grew up on the grooming room floor!

Not only will you get great tips for Asian Fusion styling in this video, you will also learn how to handle some very common pet behaviors. This dog is typical of what we all see in our own salons every day.

While Sue bathed and dried this little guy off camera, he was determined to get his way. He pulled and twisted. He was vocal. Luckily, he was not aggressive – just stubbornly uncooperative. He did not realize he had met his match. Sue gently, but persistently, corrected his tantrums while working to win his trust.

On camera, and for most of the haircut, Sue is able to demonstrate the haircut without incident. She shows you how to start the lines of a personality haircut with a bit of Asian flair. She talks about where he needs to grow more coat to fully pull off this trim. She also gives you a couple head style options. Ultimately, she went for the full, round mustache with shortened ears.

You’ll see the moment when he decided he’s had enough. Sue does a great job of correcting him while teaching him his actions are not desirable. Sue was able to get the head finished without the dog going into a full-blown meltdown – although towards the end, we thought it was close!

The result is a super cute haircut AND a great behavior handling lesson.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • why she opts for a guard comb over a blade.
  • what other breed of dog has the same leg style.
  • what she charges for this type of haircut.
  • what type of comb really helps style the head.
  • gentle handling tips to stay in control when the dog has other ideas.

Suesan Watson

Certifications: CMG

Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.

She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.

Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.

Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.


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