Member Video: Grooming a Pet Dandie with a Show Dog Comparison (Part 1 of 3-Part Series) → Part 3 of 3: Grooming a Pet Dandie with a Show Dog Comparison: Styling the Head - 1 hr 13 minutes

Part 3: Styling the Head

Koko opens the lesson by showing you an example of an AKC Champion Dandie Dinmont Terrier. This AKC Champion is a beautiful specimen of the breed. By putting a pet dog and an AKC Champion side-by-side, Koko shows you the difference between a hand-stripped coat and a clipped coat. She also points out a number of the unique characteristics of a Dandie including; their overall body structure and the mixture of coat textures they should possess.

Even though the techniques to trim a pet dog are different than a show dog, the pattern lines remain the same. Koko shows you how to clipper cut a pet Dandie Dinmont Terrier. As she styles the dog, she’s very conscious to retain the essence of its breed profile. She demonstrates how to set the pattern on the dog using bone and muscle structure. As Koko grooms the dog, she shares with you what types of tools she uses to achieve the natural look she is after.

One of the most unique characteristics of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is its head. Koko does a beautiful job explaining how to get the overall shape of the head. What lines and reference points you should use to style the headpiece. Dandie’s have large round eyes with a soft expression. Koko shows you some tricks to really make the eyes stand out.

Koko has not been in the United States all that long. English is not her native language yet her understanding of grooming and breed profile trimming is clear. If you’ve never had the opportunity to groom a Dandie Dinmont Terrier, this is a great lesson to watch.

Part 1: Overview of Trim, Comparisons between a Show and a Pet Dog
Part 2: Setting the Pattern & Styling the Body, Legs and Feet
Part 3: Styling the Head

In this video you will learn:

  • Why there is a color change between a clipped coat and a hand-stripped coat.
  • What is the best way to go about clipping the body.
  • How to set the pattern lines.
  • How to accentuate the eyes.
  • What image works well in your mind to envision the correct shape of the headpiece.
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Kamoko Tanaka

Koko began competing in 2003. Three years later she won the Rising Star of the Year award. Since then, she has become well respected in the contest area, winning multiple Best in Shows and Best All Round Groomer awards.

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