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Part 5: Standard Poodle Wearing a Bichon Suit: Finishing the Head & Trim Summary

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3 minutes, 38 seconds



We all get them – the poodle owners who say, ‘Don’t make my dog look like a poodle…’ then almost in the same breath, ‘…but don’t shave him!’ My guess is you have the exact same client in your data base.

This video lesson by Kathy Rose gives you a stylish option. She turns a Poodle into a Bichon. In this case, a giant Bichon! Kathy is working on her own Standard Poodle, Taylor. His coat is extremely dense and very long.

Kathy says that the secret to this type of trim is to have the dog beautifully prepared. That means no tangles. He has to be totally blown out by hand so the coat is straight and separated. The comb needs to glide easily through the coat. She uses snap on combs or guard combs to facilitate speed and set the basic outline. She finishes the trim using super blenders and hand scissoring techniques.

Throughout the entire lesson, Kathy gives incredible detail about the technique she’s using and WHY she’s doing it. This lesson is so packed with information we’ve broken it into 5 sections. This would be a great lesson to help the intermediate groomers take their skills to the next level:

{br} In this video you will learn:

• how to set yourself up for success before you even start the haircut.

• Kathy’s rule of thumb for how many times to work around the dog.

• the correct way to work with your shears.

• a trick to remove brown staining while keeping the dog cleaner out of the mouth.

• how to open up the expression with clippers instead of scissors.

Kathy Rose

Certifications: NCMG, IPGCMG, ISCCCMS

A salon owner since 1983, Kathy Rose has garnered recognition in the pet industry both as an expert stylist and educator. As a competitive stylist, Kathy has won numerous national and international titles including best in show at almost every major US contest and gold and silver medals on Groom Team USA on four consecutive teams. She also served as the coordinator for two years.

Away from the competitive grooming ring, Kathy Rose is a sought after speaker and grooming judge. Kathy serves as Director the International Judges Association, (IJA) and is an IJA judge. She is also an accredited judge for the United Show Managers Alliance (USA) and she is accredited by the European Grooming Association (EGA) for all classes. She has offered her vast knowledge at virtually every major industry event stateside as well as in Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Australia and South Korea.
In recognition of her efforts Kathy has been a regular nomine for the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, winning the award for outstanding contributions to the pet Industry. Her skills have been put on display on Animal Planet’s popular television series “Petsburg USA: where Kathy was featured prominently in their “Mutt Makeover” episodes.

Most recently, Kathy hosted the television event shown on the Learning Channel, entitled “Extreme Poodles”. Kathy served as the Master of Ceremonies with TLC using her expertise to guide and narrate the entire event.

Kathy’s state of the art salon, Pets of Perfection was featured on the 2005 Barkleigh Groomer to Groomer Buyers Guide and she has written numerous articles related to salon design, as well as a series of articles relating to licensure and regulation of the grooming profession for Barkleigh Publications.

Early in her career, Kathy owner/handled her toy poodles and Portuguese Water dog to point and group placements as well as serving as Vice President and Assistant show Chairman for AKC sanctioned show events, receiving the outstanding service award.


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