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Part 3 of 4: Grooming the Airedale Terrier: Trimming the Front Legs & Feet plus Detail Body Work

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18 minutes, 12 seconds



Many groomers are intimidated by the Airedale Terrier. In all honesty, they are one of the simplest grooms to do on a larger dog. Award-winning pet stylist, Tracy Duncan shows you how to do a typical shop groom on an Airedale Terrier. The Airedale Terrier was bred for general farm work. It is a breed that is durable and versatile, but there’s nothing fancy about them.

If an Airedale Terrier was being groomed for the conformation show ring, it would be hand-stripped. However, in most American grooming salons, the Airedale Terrier is clipper cut. Regardless of whether it is a pet Airedale or a show dog, hand-stripped or clipper cut – the pattern lines remain the same. In this lesson, Tracy demonstrates how to quickly and easily set the pattern to show off proper breed profile.

Tracy states, ‘Nothing should draw your eye to one certain spot. Everything should flow.’ The key with maintaining the integrity of the breed is to make it look like it was hand-stripped. Tracy shows you tricks that will allow you to easily maintain a harsher coat texture. She identifies which blades work best in different areas of the dog and why. By the time you finish this lesson, you’ll feel confident tackling the wooliest Airedale that might walk through your door.

In this video you will learn:

• Which blades too used to mimic the look of a hand-stripped coat.

• How to set the pattern on a long legged Terrier.

• Why double tracking works to get a coat smooth quickly.

• How to get a brick-like head shape.

• How to set the eyebrows on an Airedale Terrier.

Tracy Duncan

Tracy Duncan has been in the pet styling industry since 1991, working in all-breed salons, a large Poodle-specific grooming salon and kennel, veterinary clinics and mobile pet styling salons. In 2001 she began her first successful business, Grooms To Go Mobile Pet Styling in Suwanee, Ga. She decided to transition off of the road and opened The PawPlex, a styling, daycare, boarding, and holistic pet food facility shortly after the birth of her first child.

In 2004, her first time out as a competitor, she won “Best First Timer” in all five classes at the Atlanta Pet Fair and a Group 1 with her Standard Poodle out of the Entry Level division. In her second season of competing she garnered a coveted spot on GroomTeam USA, having success with American Cockers, Airedales, Poodles, and mixed breeds.

She served as the National Secretary for GroomTeam USA from 2007-2011. Tracy was a Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award Nominee for The David G. Salzberg Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Industry when she and her husband gathered funds and equipment to help the groomers on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Tracy is a speaker and judge at grooming seminars and enjoys mentoring other stylists. She is currently working part-time at The PawPlex, which she sold shortly to stay home with her four children.


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