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Trimming the Face, Feet & Tail on a Young Show Poodle

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Video DescriptionAbout Suesan Watson


20 minutes, 13 seconds



Suesan Watson is a respected contest stylist and a Wahl platform demonstrator. She is also a third generation pet stylist. The future of our featured pup is going to be in the AKC conformation show ring. In this lesson, Sue focuses on poodle basics. In this video, she shows you her techniques to trim the face, feet, tail and tummy on this Miniature Poodle puppy.

Every pet stylist has their own methods of what works well for them. Each one of our Training Partners shares slightly different tricks to get the job done quickly and safely for the dog. Some of the tips deal with training a young dog. Other techniques focus on getting the job done safely. While other methods emphasis quality assurance.

By joining Sue in this lesson, you might just pick up a few new tricks to your collection of trimming techniques. Our goal is always to help you get the grooming done safely for both you and the pet. It’s also important to get the job done quickly, while maintaining top quality for all your four legged clients.

In this video you will learn:

  • How to position the pet to trim the feet efficiently.
  • How to spread the toes.
  • Where to set the lines on the face and throat.
  • Why it’s important to clean the flews well.
  • How to trim between the eyes of a dog that is going to have a spray-up.

Suesan Watson

Certifications: CMG

Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.

She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.

Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.

Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.


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