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Setting a Show Style Trim on an English Cocker – Part 1

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Video DescriptionAbout Elizabeth Gibbs





Have you ever wondered how those Setters and Cockers in conformation show rings look so beautiful? They look natural yet sculpted at the same time. How the heck do they do that?

In this video lesson, award winning pet stylist Elizabeth Gibbs shows you how to achieve the look. Her model for this lesson is AKC finished champion.

Elizabeth is going to go over how to card, thin and blend to achieve the correct – and beautiful look. She also goes over the full haircut in general. However, even if you are not doing the show dog, you are just doing a PET English Cocker, Elizabeth will ALWAYS stress is importance of utilizing this one single technique. Especially on the back!

What is it and why is it important for the dog? Do not worry. Elizabeth has you covered. She explains her techniques in this video demonstration. Her end result looks soft, gorgeous, and very natural, as if the dog had GROWN that way.

Even if you are not grooming show dogs, there are still many points to pull from this lesson. Elizabeth points out there are key grooming elements on many sporting breeds. Even if she clipper cuts the jacket on a pet, she still uses many of these techniques with all her pet trims.

  • English Cockers
  • American Cockers
  • English Setter
  • Springer Spaniels
  • … and so many others.

When styling this breed, there are lots of tricks to help this breed look and feel its best. It does not matter whether you are working on an AKC champion or a beloved family pet. You can apply many of her techniques to your next sporting dog groom. Elizabeth is super excited to show YOU how to groom an English Cocker.

In this video you will learn:

  • The importance of carding for a natural look
  • How to style an English Cocker’s feet for the proper look
  • How to tame an unmanageable area of coat when carding does not do it
  • How to pull the underline together for balance
  • How to style the head for the classic, soft English Cocker look

Approximate total running time: 46 minutes

  • Part 1: Carding the Jacket & Setting the Pattern of the Body (12:50)
  • Part 2: Styling the Rear Legs & Underline (14:14)
  • Part 3: Styling the Front Legs & Feet (9:32)
  • Part 4: Styling the Head (16:32)

Elizabeth Gibbs

Elizabeth is a Certified Master Groomer and top-ranking competitive stylist. Plus, she has been teaching, educating, and helping new groomers for years. She is enthusiastic about helping others improve their grooming skills.


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