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How to Trim a Pet Foot vs. a Show Foot on a Springer Spaniel

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Video DescriptionAbout Amy Triezenberg


22 minutes, 34 seconds



Amy Triezenberg is an award-winning stylist. In the contest arena, her Springer Spaniels are always stunning. Getting the feet right on any of the Sporting breeds can be tricky. You want the foot to look neat and tidy. Yet, at the same time, you want it to look totally natural, too.

The way you trim a show foot is different than when you style the feet of every day pets. In this lesson, Amy demonstrates how to create the subtle difference between the two styles on a Springer Spaniel. She does both front feet on our lesson dog so you can see the side-by-side difference.

Even though Amy is working on a Springer Spaniel in this lesson, the techniques she shows you are foundation skills.  They can transition over to many breeds with similar feet types.

In this video you will learn:

  • which blade to use on the pads.
  • how to identify the danger area when clipping pads.
  • a shortcut you can use on both the pet and the show style foot.
  • what should not be exposed on a show foot.
  • how to avoid the eagle claw look.

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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