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Part 2 of 4: Grooming a Labradoodle like a Portuguese Water Dog

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Video DescriptionAbout Amy Triezenberg


14 minutes, 7 seconds



Here’s a common question in grooming salons across the nation: what do you do with a Doodle? In this lesson, Amy Triezenberg demonstrates a great style that works on many Doodles, a Portuguese Water Dog in a working Retriever trim. Amy believes in saving time, so she blocks in the dog with guard combs prior to starting her scissor work. She carves the style in and adds detail using a combination of straight and curved shears plus blenders. Amy has exceptional scissor technique, mastering full control over even the longest scissor. The end result on this Doodle is a stylish trim that is easy to maintain.

Amy begins by blocking in the entire dog with guard combs. Then she moves to the tail and rear assembly before finishing with the front legs and chest area.

In this video you will learn:

• How to quickly block in a trim

• Where to set the pattern on the tail

• A trick to see the angles of the dog clearly

• Reference points to help set lines

• How to create the correct shape for the chest

Amy Triezenberg

Ever since Amy Triezenberg can remember, she has always love animals and wanted to work with them. She grew up in South Holland IL, and was home schooled her whole life. Amy attended Great Lakes Academy of Dog Grooming when she was 17.

She competed in her first grooming contest while still in grooming school and won 3rd place. After competing in regular classes for a while, Amy started competing in creative styling.
She went on to win multiple awards in creative including, the People’s Choice Award, and the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine 2007, with her three- legged poodle ‘Falore’ with her Fallen Solider design.

After success in the creative styling arena, she resumed her focused on regular grooming classes. With hard work, she earned her slot as a Top 10 GroomTeam Member in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. Amy has also won, The Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award, multiple Best All Around Groomer Awards, and Best in Show at the 2012 Atlanta Per Fair with her signature ‘Poodlington’ trim.

Amy was the manager of an exclusive, high volume salon, which she loved. However, she made the difficult decision to leave that role with the birth of her first child. She chose a grooming job closer to her home. Three children later, she and her husband decided to open a home-based grooming salon. The flexible hours allow her to spend quality time with her family and dogs.

Amy has written articles for Groomer to Grooming magazine and enjoys sharing what she has learned with private coaching and seminars.

Amy has shown her Kerry Blue Terrier in AKC conformation shows and working on her IPG Certification. She has always appreciated all the people that have helped her along the way. She looks forward to helping others the way that others have helped her.

Currently, she pursues her passion; the education side of grooming. “I love pouring my heart into helping others learn.”


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