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Working with a Light Coated Cairn Terrier

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Video DescriptionAbout Lisa Leady


28 minutes, 35 seconds



Don’t you love it when a client asks you to make their dog look like the photo of another dog? How often can you really make that happen?

In this case, the client didn’t present a photo, just a request to “Make him look like a Cairn Terrier.” Lisa had a picture in her head – but it didn’t match what was at the end of the leash!

We had a major problem. Cairn Terriers are supposed to have a harsh, wiry, and scruffy coat. The dog presented to Lisa barely had any hair. The dog was super sparse. And to make matters even more challenging, the dog had a habit of rubbing its head on the sofa all the time. He had broken off all the length on what should have been a scruffy head!

Lisa took one look at the dog and knew what she needed to do – and clippers were not on this little guy’s work order!

Lisa does a great job styling and shaping the coat. Her goal is to encourage the harsh texture to grow back again. She uses a variety of hand-stripping and carding techniques to regenerate the proper coat texture. As she worked on this wonderful older Cairn Terrier, we were shocked to see how much hair actually landed on the grooming room floor.

In this video you will learn:

  • what tools can be used to remove dead coat.
  • how to shape the tail.
  • how to get the velvety appearance on the ears.
  • how to give the illusion of longer coat on the top of the head.
  • why Lisa takes brows a little shorter than she really likes.

Lisa Leady

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Lisa Leady is a third generation groomer, with over 25 years experience. She is also a clinician, speaker, Certified Master Groomer, and Certifier for IPG.

She has many Best All Around and Best in Show placements.

Lisa is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award nominee and was the recipient of the 2003 Congeniality Award.

In 2002 Lisa sold her shop of ten years and began a new career as a grooming school instructor.

After five years in the classroom, Lisa has made the move to mobile. She is now the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile Pet Salon based in Genoa, Illinois.

Lisa is currently a GroomTeam Board Member.

She has completed the Judge’s Orientation/Training Class required by the United Showmanagers Alliance, and was approved as a Sanctioned Judge.

Business Name(s): Primp My Pooch
Business Address: 712 Tyler St.
Genoa, IL 60135
Business Phone: (815) 333-5197

Industry Affiliation:
USA Judge
Competitor (Retired)
Mobile Stylist/Owner

Vendor Associate: Wahl Extreme Team Member

GroomTeam Affiliation: She has been a GroomTeam USA member since 2000. In 2004 she qualified to travel with GroomTeam to France, where she helped bring home the silver medal, and also went to Italy in 2007.

AKC Exhibitor Breeds: Shown and bred champion Smooth Fox Terriers.


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