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Part 4 of 4: Setting the Continental Trim on a Miniature Poodle: Creating the Spray-Up & Final Detail Trimming (4 of 4)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


26 minutes, 2 seconds


Advanced Stylist

As award winning groomer Irina ‘Pina’ Pinkusevich says, ‘The spray-up is an art form all by itself. It can never be perfect. You can always learn new things about doing them well.’ Pina demonstrates how to tie up a show poodle’s topknot to accentuate the dog’s beauty and elegance.

If you are looking to master the Continental trim on the Poodle for either the confirmation show ring or the pet grooming arena, this video is for you. A pre-requisite before attempting this trim is a thorough understanding of the breed standard, structure and movement along with strong technical skills.

This is the breed Pina knows extremely well. She has shown and bred them for years in the AKC confirmation ring. In the competitive pet grooming world, she has proven herself over and over again with wins and placements with this same trim. Join her as she shows you how to tie-up the topknot, create the spray-up on a show poodle and do the finish detail work on her gorgeous Miniature Poodle she co-owns.

This is a two-part lesson. Last week, we featured how to set the pattern on the body. The second part of this lesson is Creating the Spray-Up & Final Detailed Trimming on a Show Miniature Poodle.

Please remember, as Pina states in the lesson, ‘This is NOT a trim for a typical pet!’ A show trim like this requires a lot of work and maintenance. Weekly bathing, conditioning, wrapping and brushing are required to keep the coat in top condition. Once the dog is shown, it needs to be re-bathed almost immediately to remove all the hairspray from the coat. It quickly needs to be put back into its maintenance program. Dirt and mats are the death of a luxurious show coat. If left unattended, there is a good chance the dog will have to be shaved.

In this video you will learn:

  • What types of bands to use and when
  • How to create the bubble
  • Correct techniques to get the hair to stay in place
  • How to position the dog to get the spray-up correctly set
  • How to establish the length for the ears

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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