Pet Schnauzer in a Very Natural Looking Trim: Part 2
Pet Schnauzer in a Very Natural Looking Trim: Part 2

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Most pet stylists are quick to grab a short blade to set the pattern on a pet Miniature Schnauzer. Have you ever tried a longer blade? It can look marvelous!

In this lesson, Kendra Otto shows you how to correctly trim a pet Schnauzer in a more natural looking style. The trim Kendra puts on this pet mimics the look of hand stripping. Hand stripping is the ‘correct’ way to trim a Schnauzer for the AKC conformation ring, yet is rarely done in the pet world. Kendra scissors the legs using curved shears and big ‘chunker’ blenders or thinning shears.

Throughout the video, she talks about breed standard trimming guidelines. This pet is a nervous dog. Kendra shares great handling tips that helps make the grooming process more comfortable for a tense dog.

Kendra shows you how to set the pattern using multiple blades to achieve a ‘hand stripped look’.  Next, she demonstrates how to scissor the legs to get nice parallel lines. She goes on to accentuate the underline of the dog using shears and blenders. Kendra polishes the look trim with blenders and thinning shears for a balanced, natural look.

In this video you will learn:

  • Blade options for a more natural look.
  • How to clip in the pattern to accentuate breed profile.
  • Where to blend the bodywork into the underline.
  • Reference points to use when setting the pattern.
  • How to clip ears safely.
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Kendra Otto

Kendra is a published author in industry related magazines. She has also been featured in a number of pet grooming training videos via Andis Home Grooming Tools YouTube videos and now

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