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Preparing a Poodle for Certification Testing or Contest Grooming (Part 3 of 3-Part Series: Styling the Topknot, Crest and Final Detail Trimming)

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Video DescriptionAbout Kathy Rose


20 minutes, 34 seconds


Advanced Stylist

As a respected competition grooming judge, Kathy Rose has a pretty good idea of what both judges and certifiers are looking for in a high-quality pet groom. She has also won many grooming titles including Best in Show at almost every major US competition. Kathy was on four traveling teams with GoomTeam USA, assisting in earning two gold and two silver medals in world team competition. She is still very active in the competition area for Barkleigh Productions, heading up the competition arena at most of their shows around the country.

The dog Kathy is working on came from a rescue organization. He’s a far cry from any type of show dog, but for this lesson he is perfect. He has his good points and he has his weaknesses. The style she puts him in is perfect for both certification and contest grooming.

Kathy walks you through his flaws and features. If you have a dog with enough coat, you can often camouflage structural faults. If you do a good job with it, you’ll even get extra points with the judge or certifier.

Grooming is all about structure and anatomy. She points out key reference points on the dog’s body. She also discusses his conformational faults. As she trims the dog, she shows how to use technical savvy to accentuate the dog’s conformation.

This is an excellent lesson for newer pet stylists. If you are thinking about entering a grooming competition or preparing for certification testing, you’ll want to watch this lesson.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to select a dog for contest grooming or certification testing.
  • how to set Poodle cuffs with a #40 blade.
  • How to block in a haircut with multiple guard combs.
  • how to set in a Poodle topknot.
  • how to present your dog to the judges or certifiers.

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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