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Tools and Techniques to Maintain a Heavy Coated Dog Without Damaging the Coat

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Video DescriptionAbout Jeri Hoppe


9 minutes, 37 seconds



In this Spotlight Session, Jeri Hoppe demonstrates brushing techniques on a retired Old English Sheepdog. As she moves through the heavy coat, she describes why she uses a pin brush as opposed to a slicker brush and illustrates methods for working efficiently without damaging the coat.

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Jeri Hoppe

Jeri purchased her first show dog, an Old English Sheepdog (OES), in 1981. As breeder, owner, and handler, she has shown numerous OES to their AKC Championships under her kennel name “Foursquare”. Her dogs have earned the honor of being recognized with wins at regional and national specialties. Jeri also entered the world of Norwich terriers in 2006.

Jeri’s skills and attention to detail have been recognized by breeders of the country’s top OES and Norwich. Dogs that she has groomed/conditioned include a top ten/multiple Best in Show OES, two multiple Best in Specialty Show OES, and the number one Norwich Terrier. In 2011, Jeri groomed the OES that won the Puppy Sweepstakes, Reserve Winners Dog and Reserve Winners Bitch at the Old English Sheepdog Club of America’s National Specialty plus the Norwich that won Best Veteran and Best Stud Dog at the Montgomery County Kennel Club show.

Jeri began her professional dog grooming career in 1981, and opened her salon, A Brush With Greatness, in 2005. She regularly grooms many Norwich and OES that are brought to her from far and wide. Jeri's time and talents have also benefited unwanted OES in the Chicagoland area for the past twenty five years.

In 2004, Jeri entered her first grooming competition. Shortly afterward, she won Best Groomed Dog at the Celebration of Style in 2005. In 2010 and 2011, Jeri earned a place on GroomTeam USA as a Top 10 Stylist. Her recent wins include a first place in the all other purebred group in Denver, first place in the terrier group in Atlanta, and a first place in the all other purebred group in Hershey.

Jeri resides in Barrington, Illinois, with husband Brian, children Mason, Mitchell and Caroline, and an extended family of Norwich and OES.

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