Member Video: Grooming the Poodle Like a Kerry Blue Terrier (Part 1 of 2-Part Series: Setting the Body Pattern) - 45 minutes

Part 1 – Setting the Body Pattern

Part 2 – The Head and Crest

Want to have some fun in your grooming salon? Try turning one breed into another! Courtney does just that with a retired Champion Miniature Poodle. Courtney has groomed this dog many times but never in this style – that of a Kerry Blue Terrier. Join her as she goes through the transformation. Courtney has a gift for not only grooming but also explaining how and why she does things. In this lesson she discusses the advantages of using guard combs to set the basic outline. She then goes into detail how to set the profile and the challenges you typically face when turning one breed into another. She also does a fabulous job of talking about scissor technique. Courtney shares a wide variety of helpful tips and tricks you could apply to most any pet immediately.

Part 1
In this lesson, Courtney talks about setting the body pattern using guard combs to save time. She also covers scissor techniques, shaping legs, rounding feet, setting in the front and rear assemblies, plus establishing the topline and the undercarriage line.

In this video you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to ‘feel’ a dog with your eyes closed.
  • Tricks to establish the tuck-up so it’s right every time.
  • How to work with your clippers like a paintbrush.
  • Why you should get ‘your motor running’ before you even start – set a beat.
  • How to set in the waist line but not get an ‘hour glass’ effect.
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Courtney Ramstack

Courtney Ramstack began her career in 1998. She started as a bather and dog trainer. In just two years, she was managing a grooming salon. In 2000, Courtney attended a corporate training program conducted by The Paragon School of Pet Grooming.

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