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Learn How to Read the AKC Book & Apply the Standard to 3 Dogs of the Same Breed

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Video DescriptionAbout Lisa Leady


16 minutes, 7 seconds



Lisa Leady has been involved with showing AKC conformation dogs her entire life. In the grooming arena, she is an award winning pet stylist and contest grooming judge. In both areas of competition, the dogs are judged against the breed standard. As Lisa says, “The AKC Book is your ‘bible’ when it comes to grooming dogs correctly.” However, the breed standard does not give you step-by-step instructions on how to groom the dog!

In this lesson, Lisa reads the breed standard directly from the American Kennel Club Complete Dog Book. Once she reads a passage, she stops and shows our viewers how the standard applies to the actual dog. As she reads, she has multiple dogs on the table for demonstration. Even within a single breed, there are variances within the breed.

This is a fun, short lesson. We were fortunate to have a breeder supply us with three wonderful dogs. As a bonus, this is a breed you don’t see very often. Lisa is working with three Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens.

If you are confused whenit comes to interpreting the breed standards, this is a great lesson for you. If you struggle with applying the standards to your everyday dogs, this is an excellent lesson for you.

Lisa’s assistants holding the dogs are from The Paragon School of Pet Grooming.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to read sections of the standard and apply it to a dog.
  • How to put your hands on a dog and ‘feel’ the underlying structure.
  • How pull key features from the standard and apply them to the dog.
  • Differences between coats of the same breed.

Lisa Leady

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Lisa Leady is a third generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG.

She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements.

Lisa is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award.

In 2002 Lisa sold her shop of ten years and began a new career as a grooming school instructor.

After five years in the classroom, Lisa has made the move to mobile. She is now the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile Pet Salon based in Genoa, Illinois.

Lisa is currently a GroomTeam Board Member.

She has completed the Judge’s Orientation/Training Class required by the United Showmanagers Alliance, and was approved as a Sanctioned Judge.

Business Name(s): Primp My Pooch
Business Address: 712 Tyler St.
Genoa, IL 60135
Business Phone: (815) 333-5197

Industry Affiliation:
USA Judge
Competitor (Retired)
Mobile Stylist/Owner

Vendor Associate: Wahl Extreme Team Member

GroomTeam Affiliation: She has been a GroomTeam USA member since 2000. In 2004 she qualified to travel with GroomTeam to France, where she helped bring home the silver medal, and also went to Italy in 2007.

AKC Exhibitor Breeds: Shown and bred champion Smooth Fox Terriers.


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