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Part 4 of 4: Grooming the Cairn Terrier with Suesan Watson

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13 minutes, 50 seconds



Are you just starting to learn how to hand strip a coat? Cairn Terriers are one of the easiest dogs to work on when learning this technique. In this video, Suesan Watson helps you master some basic hand stripping techniques. This is a typical little dog with a harsh, but blown , coat. If you are you trying to get your Cairn Terrier to look the way they do in the show ring, this is the lesson for you! She talks about how to finger pluck the coat, the ideal time frame between grooming sessions, and how to work with a blown coat to bring it back to its full glory.

In this video series you will learn:

  • How to finger pluck the coat row-by-row.
  • Indications of a blown coat.
  • Why you should pull the coat in certain directions.
  • What style change has been seen in the past few years with this breed.
  • How to style the ears.

Suesan Watson

Certifications: CMG

Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.

She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.

Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.

Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.


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