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Learn How Easy It Is To Handstrip a Pet English Setter (Part 4 of 5-Part Series: Final Finish Work)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


13 minutes, 55 seconds



English Setters are fun to do in a pet grooming setting. The coat can typically be styled without resorting to all over clipping. It’s one of the easier breeds to groom correctly using carding and handstripping techniques. If you are new to these techniques, you don’t want to miss this lesson!

Award-winning pet stylist Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich shows you how to trim a pet English Setter. This is a grooming style that uses all trimming techniques: clipping, handstripping, scissoring, and thinning shears.

However, once she completes the head, her tool choice is limited. She transforms the coat and outline of the dog using just a few tools. In typical Pina fashion, she talks about accentuating the structure of the dog as she works. She also makes suggestions for preserving the correct coat of an English Setter if you use thinning shears on the topcoat.

Pina spends plenty of time at both grooming and conformation shows. She’s keenly aware of the current styling trends. As she works, she shares someof the styling trends she’s currently seeing ringside.

This entire lesson is filmed before a live audience. Don’t miss the Q&A session at the end where Pina answers questions directly from the audience.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • how to trim the ears of an English Setter.
  • two favorite tools to work the jacket coat.
  • how to preserve the correct coat texture.
  • how to create a cat foot even if the dog does not have them.
  • Whether you should you expose the nails on an English Setter.

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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