Grooming the Toy Poodle in a Sporting Dog Trim: Part 1

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The breed standard for all three sizes of Poodles is the same. The standard calls for a squarely built – elegant dog. However, grooming them is a totally different story. Grooming a Toy Poodle requires a whole different skill set.

Michell has a great analogy of the difference. She says, “When you groom a Standard Poodle, it’s like painting a picture – a mural – a nice big picture. When you groom a Toy Poodle, everything is very precise. It’s like building a ship in a bottle.”

Wow. Is that ever true!

In this lesson, Michell shows you how to quickly set in the pattern using a variety of guard combs. Not only does this technique enhance speed, but it also builds consistency with your trim style. Once the trim is blocked in with clippers, she changes to straight and curved shears to get the precision she is looking for when styling this dog.

In this video you will learn:

  • Where to set your line on the neck
  • How to use guard combs to block in the trim
  • How small amounts of coat can make a big difference
  • Techniques to use to balance out a dog
  • What not to get too hung up on when trimming a dog
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Michell Evans

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer and is a Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG).

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