FREE EXCERPT: How to Do a Pet Strip/Clip on a Border Terrier - 54 minutes

Suesan Watson is a respected contest stylist and a Wahl platform demonstrator. She is also a third generation pet stylist. She and her sister, Lisa Leady, literally grew up on the grooming room floor!

In this video lesson, Sue works with a pet Border Terrier. It’s long and overgrown. She is a little antsy. It is typical of what you would see in your grooming salon. Sue is very hesitant to pick up a pair of clippers to groom the dog. If she did, she would totally destroy the texture and color. The good news is there are options!

Border Terriers are one of the easier dogs to groom properly, utilizing hand-stripping techniques. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, this is a wonderful breed to start with. When compared to other Terriers, Borders have one of the easier coats with which to work.

Sue gives you a great option that combines hand-stripping and clipping. This technique retains the majority of the harsh texture and color while promoting healthy skin and coat. However, hand-stripping can be time-consuming. Plus, if it is not done on a regular basis, you will not get the best results.

Sue shows you how easy it can be. Once you get the rhythm down, the entire process goes quite quickly. The majority of the coat is hand-stripped. The limited amount of clipper work is done to smooth out the last of the rough edges. By the time Sue finishes this little dog, she is a fine representation of the breed.

In this video you will learn:

  • how to neaten pads quickly.
  • how to achieve a natural foot shape.
  • which tools work best for this type of job.
  • why this method is better than trimming the dog with a guard comb.
  • how to trim the tail.
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Suesan Watson

Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A Certified Master Groomer, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, which serves the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area.

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