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Part 2 of 2: Grooming the Pet Shih Tzu in a Cute, Easy to Care for Trim: Styling the Head

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20 minutes, 21 seconds



This trim is so versatile. It works well on most any drop coated breed. Shih Tzus. Maltese. Lhasas. These are just a few of the drop coated breeds that are well suited for this hair style. It’s about an inch long on the body with fuller legs. Koko trims the head round while beautifully framing the eyes – and saving those amazing eyelashes!

This is one of Koko’s most popular trims too. She does a lot of them in her mobile grooming business. In this Learn2GroomDogs lesson, Koko shows you how to do the haircut using mostly guard combs and blending shears. Her goal is for everything to be very soft looking. No sharp edges. No clipper tracks. No scissor marks.

In this video you will learn:

• Koko’s favorite shear style for all her work

• What makes up the majority of this trim

• How to get a nice bevel on the rear feet

• What can make a head look really cute if the dog has good pigment

• What you should do if your eye is drawn to one spot

Kamoko "Koko" Tanaka

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Kamoko (Koko) Tanaka was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She studied ballet in Japan. She came to the USA as a professional dancer at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. When Koko’s dancing career ended due to an injury, she began searching for another career. After researching several choices, she tried dog grooming. She quickly discovered this was her niche.

Koko began competing in 2003. Three years later she won the Rising Star of the Year award. Since then, she has become well respected in the contest area, winning multiple Best in Shows and Best All Round Groomer awards.

Koko earned her place on GroomTeam USA in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 she had the privilege of representing the United States in the World Team Grooming Championship in Germany. By winning the bronze medal in the hand stripping class, Koko helped her team bring home the Gold for the United States.

She was nominated for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for American Groomer of the Year in 2008.

Koko has retired from the competition ring. Today, you will find her focused on her mobile grooming business. She also enjoys mentoring advanced grooming students from the United States and Japan. Koko is an industry speaker and judge in the USA and in her homeland of Japan.

Koko currently lives in Tennessee. She owns her own mobile grooming business called Koko’s Paws.

Koko's Paws
Ms. Koko Tanaka



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