Preparing a Full Coated Cocker for the Show Ring or Contest Arena: Bathing (1 of 2-Part Series)
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Runtime:29 minutes, 14 seconds
You’ve seen those dogs. The gorgeous American Cockers with coats that literally float across the floor as they gait. The coat is lush, thick, and shiny, moving in a fluid motion with every step the dog takes. None of your American Cocker Spaniels look like that. All the pets that you typically work on have dull and broken coats. Most pet owners would never dream of keeping a dog in a full show coat. So, how do the professionals do it? In this session, Pina shows you how to properly bathe an American Cocker in full show coat. You’ll learn how often to use a variety of products to maintain that beautiful long plush coat the American Cocker is known for. This video is excellent for anyone looking to maintain a long luxurious coat for either the AKC conformation ring or for pet grooming competitions.
In this video you will learn:
- The key to keeping a dog in full coat.
- Which products work best and where to use them.
- Why it’s important not to wash the jacket.
- What you can minimize if you wash well between the toes.
- How you will know when you have all the product rinsed out.
- Approximate running times: 29 minutes.
Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich
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.