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Part 2 of 5: Grooming the Show Style English Setter: Neck & Shoulder Layback

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


11 minutes, 54 seconds


Advanced Stylist

The English Setter is a gun dog of great style and beauty. It is a well-balanced, medium-sized dog. It has enough bone to be considered strong but not so much as to lose the elegance of a fine sporting dog. It has the power and endurance to work in the field all day. Its gait is strong and free with great reach and drive.

The sporting dog or the gun dog group is generally one of the smaller classes in the competition pet grooming arena. Award winning pet stylists and teacher, Irina ‘Pina’ Pinkusevich is excited to show you how to groom the English Setter correctly with lots of detail.

This is an amazing high end lesson. In traditional Pina style, she reads important sections the breed standard as she works on the dog. Once she has read the standard out loud, she then explains what it means. Pina then demonstrates how to apply it to a real dog.

The techniques Pina uses to groom this breed correctly is a combination of carding, hand stripping and some thinning shear work. The end result is a dogthat looks very natural — there is nothing artificial or sculpted about the way this dog looks. Through correct grooming methods, she has enhanced the dog to match the breed standard.

In this video you will learn:

• How to trim the ear for a soft look.

• How to create the illusion of a longer neck.

• How to set the transition line on the side of the dog.

• What shape you are looking for with the chest furnishings.

• How to establish the angle of the undercarriage line.

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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