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Low Maintenance Shih Tzu Trim (Part 1 of 3)

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Video DescriptionAbout Judy Hudson





Judy Hudson is a leading pet grooming educator, but she still grooms client dogs in her mobile van. Nothing fancy. Simply everyday dogs. Like this one.

This is real life grooming. No show grooming or fancy haircuts here.

It’s short. Clean. Low maintenance. Plus, this little Shih Tzu has a bit of attitude. He’s the same type of dogs you deal with daily – including the unwillingness to cooperate!

Low maintenance trims seem easy and simple to do. But are they? There can be a huge difference in the quality of a basic haircut. Judy reminds us, these short trims may not be as easy as a longer trim.


They are way LESS forgiving!

Judy dives right into her secrets for getting this dog done quickly and with style.

Like with most grooming methods, there is more than one way to get the same look. She shows you two different techniques to achieve the same look. One approach on one side of the dog. A second option for the opposite.

Which one works best on THIS dog and his coat texture? You be the judge.

Handling bonus: he’s not crazy about having his head worked on. Judy gives you plenty of ideas on how to get a head styled safely – even if the dog resists.

As they say, there is no black and white in dog grooming. This ordinary grooming lesson is filled with many options to tackle a basic haircut with style, speed, and safety. Judy demonstrates her techniques on this Shih Tzu, but you can apply what she is teaching to MANY purebred or mixed breed dogs.

This lesson was filmed on location at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming before a live audience.

In this video you will learn:

  • What’s the importance of a track pattern
  • What to do if a dog struggles to have its head groomed
  • How to increase your speed
  • Simple techniques to trim the tail perfectly every time
  • What’s the best restraint for a dog who struggles during the grooming

Approximate total running time: 50 minutes

  • Part 1: Styling Side One (20:07)
  • Part 2: Styling Side Two (18:13)
  • Part 3: Final Styling the Head (11:56)

Judy Hudson

Certifications: NCMG

Judy Hudson has been a life-long animal lover. She holds an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Morehead State University. While working in a veterinarian clinic offering grooming, she quickly realized, the groomer was making way more money than she was – and having a lot more fun! She opted to start grooming instead of following her degree.

Judy started her grooming career on a shoestring and a prayer in 1990.

When the groomer where she worked walked out – Judy didn’t miss a beat. She stepped in and started grooming. Shortly after that, she discovered a local couple who were business owners and award-winning pet stylists. She began taking lessons from them which lead her to competitions and meeting other award-winning pet stylists.

In 1994 she started her own mobile grooming unit in an 18-foot used motor home. Today, she owns and operates a very polished and successful mobile business in the Nashville TN area, staying booked a year in advance.

She decided that if she was going to be a groomer, she wanted to be one of the best!
Within a few years, she realized learning about bred profile was a game changer while dipping her toe in the AKC conformation show ring. Being a quick learner, she finished her own Miniature Poodle to his Championship in short order. Next, she focused on becoming a certified master groomer. In 1998 Judy earned her National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) status through the National Dog Groomer Association of America. Currently Judy is a speaker, educator and Certifier for that organization.

Judy is an awarding winning pet stylist. She has multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards to her credit. She was a part of the GroomTeam USA’s Top 10 for 3 years; 2000, 2001, and 2003. In 2004 she earned a slot be on the elite GroomTeam USA’s Travel Team, representing the USA in World Team Competition in France the following year. She proudly earned a Gold Medal with her American Cocker Spaniel, helping the USA capture the Silver Team Medal.

In 2002, she was awarded the coveted Sybil Trophy for having the most harmonious relationship with her dogs. In 2004, she was nominated for the prestigious Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year Award. 2011 was Awarded the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year.

Judy is a sought-after and very popular industry speaker, demonstrator and contest grooming judge. She has traveled all over the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and China.

Judy has teamed up with one of her long-time mentors and person friend, Christina Pawlosky to form The Grooming Professors, an online and personal training platform. They also host clinics, demonstrations, workshops and personal coaching at grooming shows and privately across the country. Plus, they offer individual training via Zoom by request. Together they have released their own shear line. In 2017 The Grooming Professors were the winners of the Barkleigh Honors Awards for Contribution of the Year and Vlog of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Judy is a licensed Pet Tech® Instructor. She teaches small classes to pet owners and pet service professionals. She enjoys making a difference in pets’ lives by teaching the necessary emergency care and health information for dogs and cats.

When Judy is not working within the realms her grooming businesses, she is a Level V Skin Care Consultant with Rodan+Fields.

Judy and Chris can be reached at

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