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Short & Sassy Pet Trim on an Open Coated Mixed Breed (Part 2 of 2-Part Series: Trimming the head)

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21 minutes, 41 seconds



This is a typical little mixed breed we often see in our salons. The fur is sparse, somewhat wiry, and open coated (it lacks undercoat). Making this type of coat smooth and tidy – especially if you want to leave a little length on the body – is challenging. To top things off, this dog is very apprehensive about the entire grooming process. He’s not aggressive but he is very nervous.

This lesson is three-fold. Renowned pet stylist Kathy Rose demonstrates how to deal with this type of personality safely. She has three goals: make him short but stylish, bring out his best features, and win his trust.

Even though the owners have requested a shorter trim, they have given Kathy a bit of creative license to change up the head style.

Guard combs, scissors, blenders, and chunkers are used to get the appealing look she is after. She addresses the body but focuses on the head. Kathy creates a great look for this dog by playing up his strongest features.

Join Kathy as she demonstrates a great handling demo combined with a super grooming lesson. This is a typical “bread n’ butter” groom you can use every day in your salon.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • how to win the trust of a nervous dog.
  • the one thing you should NEVER do with a nervous dog.
  • how to tidy up a coat that is difficult to get smooth.
  • ways to deal with trimming the head if a dog is afraid of clippers.
  • how to bring out this little dog’s personality.





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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