FREE EXCERPT: Grooming a Show Style English Springer Spaniel (Part 2 of 5-Part Series: Shaping the Head) - 73 minutes
View Part 1: Clipper Work and Hand-Stripping the Body Coat
View Part 2: Shaping the Head
View Part 3: Thighs, Outlining the Dog, and Dealing with Long Topcoat
View Part 4: Feet, Hocks, Undercarriage, and Final Detail
View Part 5: (BONUS) Live Questions and Answers from the Audience
We love it award-winning pet stylist Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich is on the L2GD set. We always know we’re in for a special treat. Pina did not disappoint our film team or the live audience for this high-level grooming demonstration.
In this lesson, Pina works with a lovely English Springer Spaniel. He came in with plenty of coat – AND he had been shaved just a year before! Even Pina was amazed at how thick and healthy the coat was on this boy.
Pina set to work showing the audience how to deal with an overabundance of coat. She used show grooming techniques on the entire dog. Her clipper work was limited to the head, feet, and under the tail. Other than that, Pina worked the entire coat utilizing carding and hand-stripping techniques combined with a limited amount of thinning shear work.
“The entire goal with a Sporting dog is to keep it looking very natural,” Pina states. “It should look like the coat simply grew that way.”
Pina shows the audience how to get the right look for the contest arena, certification testing, or even the conformation ring. She discusses how to apply the breed standard to the trimming process. Plus, she talked about her favorite tools and products for this coat type.
When you combine knowledge about canine anatomy and breed standards with proper techniques, you’ll always get superior results.
This was an incredible lesson for the aspiring high-end pet stylist or those talented groomers who want to take their skills to the next level.
In this video you will learn:
- how to get a velvet finish on a Sporting dog muzzle.
- how to tell whether the coat is alive or dead.
- what to do if you get a little too close and expose the skin.
- how to set the undercarriage line.
- how to outline the colors on the Springer Spaniel.
Experts in this Video
Pina is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America. She has just starting her apprenticeship to become a national Certifier with NDGAA.