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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in an Easy Pet Trim (Part 1 of 4-Part Series: Setting the Body Pattern with Guard Combs)

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Video DescriptionAbout Lindsey Dicken


16 minutes, 59 seconds



The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an Irish breed that has a single coat which sheds very little hair. This trait, combined with an outgoing and friendly personality makes them very popular and a big part of our pet clientele.

This lesson features Lindsey Dicken, an award-winning pet stylist who specializes in this breed. You’ll learn how to trim the pet Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier using snap-on guard combs. Using her techniques, this haircut comes together very quickly. Even though the haircut is shorter than a show trim, it still retains the classic look and integrity of the breed.

There are many variances in hair texture with this breed. The Irish version is more silky and wavy. The American version is much thicker and considered “wooly.” Both types of coat will mat heavily if the coat is not consistently groomed. In fact, Lindsey jokes that in her salon a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is “Irish for big matted yellow dog” if the client is not on a regular grooming schedule!

You’ll learn what it takes to get through this coat easily and hear about the products and tools that get best results.

If you have Soft Coated Wheatens coming into your salon, this is not a lesson to miss! Lindsey shows you how to execute this haircut in no time. This trim style is quick, easy, and it’s perfect for most pet owners who opt to have their pets trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks.

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • how to quickly set the pattern.
  • the one thing you have do when working on this breed.
  • the best way to work with this coat type.
  • how to shape the tail.
  • the number one mistake most people make on the SCWT head.

Lindsey Dicken

Certifications: NCMG

Lindsey Dicken is a National Certified Master Groomer.  She has been grooming for 8 years, and has been grooming competitively for 6 of those.  Prior to becoming a pet stylist, Lindsey was active in preparing and exhibiting saddle and draft horses.

Since beginning her dog grooming career, Lindsey has competed all over the country, and won multiple Best All Around Groomer awards, Best Scissored Poodle awards, World Champion Poodle Groomer, and Intergroom’s American Groomer of the Year.  She received the Lynn Carver Memorial Award for Best All Around Pet Stylist in 2008 and 2010, and was nominated for a Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year award. Lindsey has won several Best In Shows, most notably back to back wins at Intergroom 2009 and 2010 with a Bichon Frise.

She has qualified for Groom Team USA’s Top Ten Stylists every year she was eligible, reaching # 6 position her very first year.  She was the #1 ranked groomer in the nation for 2007, 2009, and 2011 and had the honor of traveling to Germany in 2009 to compete in the World Team Grooming Championship.  She helped Groom Team bring home the gold for the USA, winning a gold medal with a Bichon Frise. In 2011, Groom Team USA traveled to Belgium, and Lindsey helped her team earn the silver medal, competing with a miniature poodle in English Saddle trim.

Lindsey is most known for her work on Bichons Frises and Poodles, however she has also excelled in competition with Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Gordon Setters, and mixed breeds.

In addition to competing in grooming contests, Lindsey also shows her Bichons Frises, miniature poodles, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in AKC conformation shows.

Contact Information
The Fetching Canine
1490 W. St RD 434 - Suite 100 Longwood, FL 32750
SALON Phone: 407-493-5099


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