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Shih Tzu Mix in a Puppy Cut

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Video DescriptionAbout Lisa Leady


44 minutes, 17 seconds



Back to the basics. That’s what this lesson is all about. Every successful grooming salon does their version of this trim – a puppy cut. But what really is a puppy cut? Everyone has their own idea. Award-winning pet stylist, Lisa Leady, demonstrates hers.

Lisa’s goal is to create a nice, fluffy length that is easy for the client to maintain. The end result is an adorable little puffball. She shows you how to do this trim in a manner that is efficient and safe for the dog. She uses primarily guard combs to set the length. Once the length is set she goes back and tidies the whole thing up with shears.

This is an excellent lesson for a newer groomer looking to increase  speed while maintaining quality. Lisa walks you through many of the challenging areas many new groomers struggle with every day. She makes everything look easy – which with experience, it is.

In this video you will learn:

  • which guard works the best to leave the coat fluffy.
  • how to trim the ears for a puppy-ish look.
  • why it isimportant to start with the feet when it comes to trimming legs.
  • how to bring out the expression in the eyes.
  • what comb works the best to pull out the last little strays on the head.

Lisa Leady

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Lisa Leady is a third generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG.

She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements.

Lisa is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award.

In 2002 Lisa sold her shop of ten years and began a new career as a grooming school instructor.

After five years in the classroom, Lisa has made the move to mobile. She is now the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile Pet Salon based in Genoa, Illinois.

Lisa is currently a GroomTeam Board Member.

She has completed the Judge’s Orientation/Training Class required by the United Showmanagers Alliance, and was approved as a Sanctioned Judge.

Business Name(s): Primp My Pooch
Business Address: 712 Tyler St.
Genoa, IL 60135
Business Phone: (815) 333-5197

Industry Affiliation:
USA Judge
Competitor (Retired)
Mobile Stylist/Owner

Vendor Associate: Wahl Extreme Team Member

GroomTeam Affiliation: She has been a GroomTeam USA member since 2000. In 2004 she qualified to travel with GroomTeam to France, where she helped bring home the silver medal, and also went to Italy in 2007.

AKC Exhibitor Breeds: Shown and bred champion Smooth Fox Terriers.


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