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Interpreting AKC Standard – Comparing 2 Dogs of the Same Breed

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Video DescriptionAbout Lindsey Dicken


12 minutes, 37 seconds


Advanced Stylist

We’re not sure about you – but most new groomers really struggle with this. How do you interpret the breed standard? It sounds like some foreign language when you read it early on in your career! And then to apply it to a real live dog – how the heck do you do that?!

Renowned Bichon stylist Lindsey Dicken, drops by just before a major grooming competition to film with us. She has two of her Bichon Frise contest dogs with her. In this short lesson, Lindsey walks you through the written AKC breed standard. She uses two of her competition dogs as examples – reading directly from the AKC Complete Dog Book.

Find out why Lindsey chooses NOT to enter one of the dogs in the breed class, choosing instead to modify the trim and place him in the Freestyle or Mixed/Miscellaneous classes instead.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to see proportions in a dog.
  • How to evaluate substance on a dog.
  • What you can do to accentuate the expression.
  • Why you should strive to groom every dog like a show dog.
  • The #1 thing to look for when seeking a contest or certification testing dog.

Lindsey Dicken

Certifications: NCMG

Lindsey Dicken is a National Certified Master Groomer.  She has been grooming for 8 years, and has been grooming competitively for 6 of those.  Prior to becoming a pet stylist, Lindsey was active in preparing and exhibiting saddle and draft horses.

Since beginning her dog grooming career, Lindsey has competed all over the country, and won multiple Best All Around Groomer awards, Best Scissored Poodle awards, World Champion Poodle Groomer, and Intergroom’s American Groomer of the Year.  She received the Lynn Carver Memorial Award for Best All Around Pet Stylist in 2008 and 2010, and was nominated for a Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year award. Lindsey has won several Best In Shows, most notably back to back wins at Intergroom 2009 and 2010 with a Bichon Frise.

She has qualified for Groom Team USA’s Top Ten Stylists every year she was eligible, reaching # 6 position her very first year.  She was the #1 ranked groomer in the nation for 2007, 2009, and 2011 and had the honor of traveling to Germany in 2009 to compete in the World Team Grooming Championship.  She helped Groom Team bring home the gold for the USA, winning a gold medal with a Bichon Frise. In 2011, Groom Team USA traveled to Belgium, and Lindsey helped her team earn the silver medal, competing with a miniature poodle in English Saddle trim.

Lindsey is most known for her work on Bichons Frises and Poodles, however she has also excelled in competition with Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Gordon Setters, and mixed breeds.

In addition to competing in grooming contests, Lindsey also shows her Bichons Frises, miniature poodles, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in AKC conformation shows.

Contact Information
The Fetching Canine
1490 W. St RD 434 - Suite 100 Longwood, FL 32750
SALON Phone: 407-493-5099


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