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Techniques to Make Thick Coated Doodle Grooming Easier & Satisfying (Part 1 of 3)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich





How many of you groom big Doodles with soft, heavy and dense coats? Lots or you, right? Making them look good can be tough. Getting them smooth is a challenge. And when do you know you are “done” with the grooming?

If you are rolling your eyes right now, or nodding your head as you read this… this lesson is for YOU!

Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich offers plenty of advice for grooming this breed. Award-winning and highly respected pet stylist. She is working on this dog from her south Florida salon, Pash. This young Doodle is huge. His coat is super soft. It shows every clipper and scissor mark. He also happens to be a ‘farm dog’ with lots of acreage to play on. The owners want a stylish cut, but it needs to be easy to care for at the same time.

There is no getting around it. This is a time-consuming job. But you don’t have to drive yourself crazy. Will it take time to turn this into a stylish trim? Yes. But with the right products, tools and techniques, you can get there much faster than you would imagine.

Pina demonstrates the most effective tools to use on this coat type and how to use them effectively. She shows you how to get a nice finish using primarily guard combs and thinning shears. Even though this ‘breed’ doesn’t have a solid breed standard, she helps you understand how to get a stylish look. She talks about how to apply common breed profile references in different ways to make this dog look appealing. She even works in some key Asian styling influences to keep the trim edgy but easy to care for too.

Pina thinks of herself as an artist with grooming being a labor of love. There are nights she goes home questioning if she could have done something easier. Faster. Better. She’ll even lose sleep over particularly challenging grooms. When she comes back the next day, she’s worked out the previous day’s struggles.

Pina’s goal with this lesson is not to show you how to do a perfect trim. It is more about sharing her tricks to make the job easier and more satisfying. It’s chocked full of grooming secrets and ideas to make your everyday grooming go faster and smoother – even if you are working on an oversized, dense coated Doodle!

Pina is a master at figuring out the best ways to get things done in the grooming world. Yet, she never sacrifices quality. If you want to learn from one of the most talented professional pet stylists, this is a lesson you will not want to miss!

In this video you will learn:

  • How to quickly and easily block the basic haircut with clippers
  • How to get the smoothest finish with the least effort
  • What tools work with this coat type – and which ones don’t
  • How to combine breed profile trimming practices with Asian influences
  • How to trim the head in a style that is both practical and stylish

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.


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