Kitty Talks Dogs: grooming Jack the Standard Poodle | TRANSGROOM


Hello everybody and welcome back
to the Transgroom TV channel. Today I’m going to groom Jack. I’m very proud to groom Jack
because Jack is a son of Harry. Harry was our Standard Poodle. Unfortunately, Harry left us a few years ago. But we’re very lucky to have Jack.
Jack comes to the office every single day. So we see a part of Harry in him. He’s a very crazy dog, our Jack, he jumps at everybody. He’s over-excited and he was born in 2010. So now he’s about 8 years old. We’re going to groom him today in a teddy bear clip and I’m looking forward to showing you everything. First of all I would like to show you how dirty this dog is. He’s not been washed in 6 weeks. When you open the coat, you can see little white dots. And when you look closely to the dog, he’s
actually not black anymore, he’s white, he’s grey. And the grey colour and the little white
bits is actually the oil he produces. In other words: talc. So we’re going to have to wash him
very thoroughly to get rid of all this. His ears are also very greasy. He has a lot of hair in there. So I prefer to use a few products to do the ears to make sure all goes well and his
ears are nice and squeaky clean. And he doesn’t get any infections. First of all, I like to pull out the coat with powder. The powder has a disinfectant in it and it’s very grippy. You can very easily with two finger condoms,
the surrounding of the ears, take all the hairs out. And then the rest of the ear hair which I can’t
grip with my finger condoms, I like to use tweezers. So after all the ears are clean and all the hair is out I like to use the Show Tech Ear Care liquid. I just hold the ear very tight and I pour the product in. I wait a few seconds and then I slowly massage the ear. Then I like to use the Ear Wipes. To clean the surroundings and inner ear. I put
my finger in them and I can take a lot of dirt out. And then, deep inside, I like to use the ear q-tip. The Bamboo Sticks actually. They are very big and they are very soft inside
and they absorb a lot of grease and dirt. And then the ears are squeaky clean. And of course after I’m finished with the tweezers, I also very much like to disinfect them with the Ear Care because this contains everything
I need to disinfect them. Clipping nails. Before you start, please make
sure you have three things with you: one, your nail clipper, two, a piece of
paper, and three, the Stop Bleed Powder. Always within reach. For the larger breeds I love to
use the Show Tech Guillotine. The Guillotine is a very good nail clipper. It makes that you can clip millimeter by millimeter. And you can go from long nails
to short nails without any pressure. I don’t like it when you have
to put pressure on the nail first and then it break off. This Guillotine is so sharp you
can slice off little pieces at a time. And it’s not uncomfortable for the dog. It’s important to clip the dog nails as
short as possible for their comfort. But if you accidentally go too short, you take your piece of paper
and you push it onto the nail with a firm push. You grab your Stop Bleed Powder
and you push the nail into the pot. And then you push your thumb against
the nail to firmly close the blood. Let’s do some foot clipping. I will only clip the pads because Jack
is going to go in a teddy bear clip. And to do the pads, it’s very easy. I like to take the outer fingers and then I can easily scoop out
all the hair between the pads. Today, I’m using the Stylemidi trimmer from Heiniger. This is one of my favourites. It’s a very good clipper, it’s silent,
it doesn’t make a lot of noise. It doesn’t vibrate very much, it’s very light
and it’s very handy to have in your hands. Let’s do some bathing. Today, I’m going to use the Groom-X
Power Bather Pump System. And I’m going to do this because Jack is very dirty. I really want to make a point and show you
you don’t have to rub a dog to get it clean. But because he’s so dirty i’m going
to have to do three washings. But three times I’m going to use
the Power Bathing Pump System. And I’m not going to rub at all. I’m just going to use the pump
system and let the pump do its work. You don’t need a lot of shampoo. Many people say this system is dirty because
the dirty water goes back onto the dog. But actually what counts is the
active ingredients in the shampoo. If you think about what we do with our washing
machines or with our dishwashers, it’s the same thing. Actually, when you rinse, that’s the
time that the dirty water goes away together with the dirt and the grease. And it’s all fine as long as you rinse properly. Because Jack deserves one
of the best shampoos there is, I’m using Fraser Essentials Squeaky Clean Shampoo. For the second bath, I’m going
to use the Big Volume Shampoo. And then I’m going to use the Big Volume Conditioner. These shampoos are very highly concentrated. They are concentrated 1 to 30. In the pump system, depending on how big your
bath is, I normally use two tablespoons of shampoo. And then I mix it… Or the pump mixes it with the water. I started just going in circular
movements showering the dog. And I let the pump system do the job. As you can see the water is milky,
it’s brown and it’s really dirty. I like to do the head the last. You never know If there’s a little particle of shampoo
going into the eyes, so I like to do the head last. I like to start doing the body for the first washing and then the last bit I wash is the head. Then I start rinsing and I start rinsing
with the head and I repeat this. That was the first washing. As you can see the water is very dirty. Because it’s so dirty, in between,
I’m going to have a little rinse. Because I’m sure in this thick
long coat there’s still a lot of dirt. So at least then that’s disappeared. I won’t rinse for very long, but a nice rinse. For the second washing, I’m just going to repeat
the same thing I did with the first washing. I’m going to fill up the bath about one
big finger high so the pump can work. And then I’m using two spoons
of Fraser Essentials shampoo. And then I just go over the dog
and let the pump system do its job. As you can see the water is still dirty, but much less. And I’m not very sure about the result so that’s why I’m washing him a third time. The third time I am using the Fraser
Essentials Big Volume Shampoo. The same system with the pump with the water. I would also like to present to you Gloria Terryn. Gloria has been working for us for 4 years now and she’s in her last year of grooming school. So Gloria is studying to be a groomer. She’s very passionate about dogs.
She has many dogs of her own. And she like to help us doing the videos. So you will see Gloria using the conditioner. Today, we’re using the Fraser
Essentials Big Volume Conditioner. We need this for Jack because Jack has a lot of hair. It’s quite soft his hair. And this is an ideal conditioner to use for poodles. This fantastic conditioner will close the hair follicle and therefore you will have a much
easier and faster drying proces. I’m a fan of the Magic Towel. The Magic Towel can get tons of
water out of the coat in no time at all. Every time you use it, it soaks up a lot. You just twist it and after using
you can just rinse it and dry it. I really like to use the Magic Towel. So, the way to get this dog dry very quickly
is to use a dryer with a lot of volume. And for me a dryer with a lot of
volume is the K9 Power Blaster. I like to, in the bath first of all,
go around with the Power Blaster and I use it about 4 fingers away from the skin. I do this a bit everywhere so most
of the water flies out of the coat. So, once most of the water is out of the skin and coat, we put the dog on the table and then continue. But then, instead of a bit everywhere, I usually
start at one place for example on top of the back. And I go downwards. This way, little by little, I keep on blasting until it’s dry. You can work very well with the Power Blaster. You can make sure the coat is as straight as it can be. So you don’t really have to do
a lot of brushing afterwards. The secret to all that is: making sure, if you use the Power Blaster, you use it
on one spot until the coat is totally dry and straight. If you then go to another spot,
it’s okay, the coat will stay straight. If you go to another spot while
your first spot is still humid. Because of the humid, it won’t stay straight, it will
still all shrink in to each other and you will have curls. So, keep blasting until totally dry
and then move to another spot. And you need to make sure by moving in
circular movements or in 8-movements, you don’t forget any spots. Here you will see that the coat is squeaky clean. You won’t have one bit of white anymore. If you look at the colour of the dog you
will see it’s more black than it was before. Before it had a grey shine to it because of
all the dandruff and all the grease and talc. And now, you can see, it’s nice and black and when you open it you won’t
see any bits of dandruff anymore Mission accomplished for washing Jack without
rubbing with the Power Bather Pump System. Okay, after drying with the force dryer,
we still have to do some brushing. The best thing you can do is brushing with warm air. Not too warm, but just warm enough. If there’s still some curls or some places where it’s
not totally straight, you can now straighten all the hairs. Today, I’m using a test brush. It’s like a doggy man style brush. It’s very fine and very soft. I’m seeing if I can get all the curls out of the coat. And it’s working very well. So the secret to this is: you take the dryer and you hold the
dryer about 20cm away from the coat and you actually brush where the hair goes open. So you then see a white star. And you have to make sure this
white star is everywhere on the dog. So when you are doing the head,
you have to turn the head around and make sure this white star is everywhere. In the mean time, you are brushing. This proces of brushing is so very important. Maybe the most important. Because if you want to scissor, you need to
comb through the coat without any resistance. So each hair on that dog needs to
be straightened and well-washed. And this is actually the fundament of
a good grooming, good scissoring. If you want to have a nice scissoring
finish, you need to do the fundament. And your fundament here is the washing and the drying. As you can see here I’m doing the feet. This is very important, especially in this
case, because this is a teddy bear clip. Sometimes there’s hairs between the toes. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but also with the Power Bather Pump System, I have very nicely washed out between the toes and I have even sprayed between the pads. And now, with my dryer, I’m putting the
dryer on the toes and slightly going upwards. So it’s actually against the hair growth. And I’m nicely pulling also this
part all the hairs very straight. About this dryer: I was just surprised because I tried to count. It’s actually 39 years ago that I had my first dryer. And my first dryer that I ever had was a Speedy Dryer. It’s a story, I know, but stories are nice, so… When I was 15 years old, I went to
America the first time to Intergroom. I made the competition, I went to the
Speedy Dryer stand and I bought myself a dryer. And this nice gentleman, David, said to me: well, you know, if you’d like, I’m coming to Europe,
I’m coming to Neurenberg, the show in Germany. So I was 15 years old and I bought this
dryer to be picked up in Neurenberg. So, when I got home as a 15-year-old, I told
my parents I had bought this dryer in Germany and you’re going to have to go there and pick it up. So, you know, my parents are still telling me this story. Now anyway, after 39 years, I have
to say this dryer is still my favourite. I like this dryer very much because the
nozzle, where you turn, is very easy to turn. It turns always. It has got a good air volume. And I just like it as well because
now it has big wheels on it. And it’s sturdy, it doesn’t need
a lot of attention or servicing. It keeps on going and I just like that dryer very much. Let’s do some clipping. So here, I’m very lucky with Jack because
he has been with us since he was a puppy. And we taught him to lie down
to wash… Not to wash, to dry. It’s very easy if you want
Jack to lie down to do things. I was doing his genitals. It’s very easy, he just lies down. I like to do this with the Heiniger. This trimmer has variable lenghts available:
from 0.5mm to approximately 2mm. And I do the face and the genitals
always at the longest stand. I love scissoring but if i can save some time
with less scissoring and modeling, i will. So, today i’m using the universal combs. Using the universal combs is a fantastic
thing to do if your preparation is well-done. Always use a 30-blade using these universal combs. I always look at the side of the universal
combs to see the length I wish. Here you can very nicely see, from there to there,
which length you will have after you’re finished clipping. Using the universal combs is very easy. You just go over the dog and you try to
always follow the way the hair grows. You can actually also go against. But not crosswise if you understand what I mean. If you have long hair and you
go sideways you will have lines. So, to make sure it’s very clear I’m
using the 22mm on the whole body. Also on the legs, so I see where the legs start. I see the shoulders, the neck and everything. And then I start to see the outlines
of the dog, the profile of the dog. Then I take a shorter blade
and in this case it’s the 16mm. So, with the 16mm I’m starting to style
the dog more, the neck needs to be shorter. And here at the shoulders. I’m even taking a shorter blade
now to make the tummy shorter. Because I don’t like much hair on the
tummy. It’s less scissor work as well. It’s not necessary because
it’s in this teddy bear clip. As you can see here I’m going against direction of the coat growth at the tummy and that’s also no problem. And then I’m switching again
to 10mm. That’s actually 1cm. Because, if you can see, the dog has
a back which is going down a bit. So at the back of his back I’m
going all straight with this 1cm. So you can actually style in different
lengths with the universal combs. You just have to be careful to remember that now you have a shorter one and you don’t suddenly go in the middle
of the back and you make it too short. So here I’m styling. I’m actually using these universal combs as scissors. And I’m already giving a bit of a line at the back. So now his back is a bit straighter,
as you can see, his top line. And I think it’s time to do some scissoring now. Choosing the right scissors is actually very simple. They have to work, they have to do the job and if you can’t do the job with
one scissor, just take another. And if it’s a straight or a curved
or a blender or a chunker. Just make sure that you are happy and that
you can do the job that needs to be done. To scissor Jack I’ve used mainly 5 scissors. One is the Yento Ergo Line 17cm scissor. I used this for the feet and for the rounding of the feet. Then I’ve used the Utsumi 8″, that’s
20cm, handmade scissor. It’s a Jyo. This is a very good scissor. It’s light. It’s Japanese steel. For small jobs, for styling and
modeling I like this scissor very much. If I wouldn’t have used the universal
combs, I would have used this scissor. This is the Jyo handmade
scissor from Utsumi. It’s 21cm. And this scissor is a very strong scissor. You see this because it has got wide blades. It’s also a handmade scissor. The Utsumi Jyo, King actually, has a very good
handle to it. It’s a very comfortable handle. And this scissor will go through any type of coat. So if you have a Kerry Blue Terrier or a Standard Poodle and if you have problems to really enter the
coat with a scissor, this is the scissor you need. And then the handmade, also
Jyo, Utsumi 9″, that’s 22cm. This is the scissor I use for long legs or in
between the legs or difficult to reach places. It’s also a light scissor. It’s has
very fantastic sharp long blades. So you can do much, a bit spot
with one time opening and closing. And then for the chunker: the Yento Ergo
Line chunker is my favourite chunker. You can style with it, you can
model with it, you can cut with it. It just goes forever, it’s sharp. It’s a very good scissor. It’s a comfortable handle and you can use it for ages. Okay, so, scissoring. Teddy bear feet are very easy,
just comb down and go round. And make sure the bottom of the feet
are not too short and nice and round. I always like to go at the front of the foot first. I cut where the front toes are, and then
I do the back, and then I round them. I’m lucky because Jack has very nice round feet. But many poodles have triangular feet. And if you’d just follow the foot of
the dog, you would have a triangle. So that why I always do the front first,
then the back and then I do the sides. I round them up. With a curved scissor or a straight
scissor, it’s actually the same thing. In this case I’m using the curved scissor. Which is actually strange for me
because I don’t use a lot of curved. But I decided to use the curved
here because it’s really curved feet. I also like to do the feet first before I do anything else. Because, when I do the feet, I see where
I am, I see where the dog’s feet are. Or, you know, fingers. And then, when I go upwards, I can make
straight line from the shoulder tot the toes. And I like to use this comb.
Today, I’m using the Utsumi comb. It’s just a fantastic comb. The Utsumi comb has a very good finishing to it. It’s very chromed and this comb
is just a fantastic comb to use. The pins are very close to each other. And because of the narrow pins, each
time you comb, you separate each hair and every single hair is straight and at the end you have a very nice scissoring finish. I’m trying to make the feet conical. So they are at the top of the leg
a bit shorter than at the bottom. To create this conical look. So, scissoring is much the same thing. I like to make sure that the comb is
used just as much as the scissors. I don’t comb the top of the hair. I just go right
down with the comb until the comb hits the skin. And then I turn it upwards and
move in circular movements. I have every time I lift up the hair I comb and I scissor. And then I lift up the hair again and scissor again. And lift up and scissor and lift up and scissor. Here you see me using the chunkers. I’m using the chunkers because I
really want the shoulders to be short. And because the hair is very thick. Sometimes it’s a very nice way to model or style. So if you like scissoring and you can’t get the
line into it or you can’t mold the style you want, just switch from normal scissors to chunkers. Carry on and you will see it’s
easier to style with chunkers. Once you find your line, you can
still then put your chunkers aside and still comb and scissor and
finish it with the normal scissors. Here you see me using the Fraser
Essentials Big Volumizing Spray. This is a good spray for scissoring, specially big legs. You know, sometimes you have big
long hair which falls down all the time. It’s nice. If you spray this spray, you spray,
you lift it and it shines up the points and you see exactly which points still need working on. I don’t use it all the time, but at the end, when you nearly have
the line and you need to do the finishing, I really like to use this spray. I don’t really like to lift up the
feet, or the legs, very much. Specially to be sure that the line,
the legs, are always straight. So they’re not like a banana or they’re not crooked. I like… When I’m grooming the legs,
I like to keep the legs on the table and me going up and down with the scissors. I rarely will take the feet and lift them to do work. But of course to do where the tummy
starts it’s very easy to lift up the front leg and then follow from the chest to the line
for the tummy, so you have a circular line. Before, I made a little line at
the tummy and also at the sides so I see where the leg actually starts. So I always do the front first because for me
the balancing in the front is more important and also more difficult to balance the whole dog. If I do the back legs first I don’t get this balance correct. A long time ago, I did the front first. And for me, Poodle grooming,
the front is always done first. So that’s my way. And now, for the head, I’m going very short
until approximately where I hold my hand. And everything upwards is the head
and everything downwards is the neck. It’s a very easy line to remember, also for scissoring. You can hold your scissor
like this and, you know, it’s there. So, once I have this line at the head,
I’m now doing the line at the eyes. So, I like it when it’s short here. Next to the eyes very short, so I’m not afraid to
comb everything down to make this spot really short. And then I’m going to comb
everything up and do this line. Jack is such a good boy. He’s so good when he’s alone. When he has to be groomed for a seminar or groomed
at a grooming competition, Jack is not a good boy because he loves everybody
and he gets excited to everybody. And everything that happens around him, he’s
so excited about, he’s still like he was a puppy. So here I’m trying to hold his nose horizontal. And I’m trying to make sure that
behind his ears it’s a little shorter. And I’m also trying to get the top line not
too long, not too short, nicely balanced. It’s quite easy because I’ve used the universal combs. The only thing I have to watch now is that the
top line is not going down and then back up. I like it when the neck is the neck and
then the back of the dog is going straight. It’s not to follow the outline of the dog, you have to , even though I used the
universal combs, still make some styling and make sure the shoulder is short and the side
of the neck is short and then the back is straight. Now, because it’s easier for me, I’ve put the dog
on the ground to finish his top line and his neck. To see where to scissor at a
certain point, what I look at is: it’s very easy, I look at the outline all the time. This means that this is a bottle,
but you and I both see a straight line. We see a line here and a line here. But, you see? This bottle is round. So, my view about creating style in dogs
is: I’m always scissoring at the outline. It means that if I want to scissor this part I have
to twist myself and scissor that part over here. If I want to scissor my front part
also have to do this and that. So I won’t touch this part or this part
if I’m not viewing it at the right view. So, for me that’s very important. It’s also one of the reasons why many
people can’t sit down while grooming poodles. If you sit down grooming poodles
and you don’t have the correct view and you’re not so experienced it’s very difficult. If you are sitting down to curl yourself around the dog and curl yourself around the
legs of the dog with your scissors and view it at all times if you are sitting down. So the ears I won’t actually take up to do the whole part. I just took them up to do the part
that is on the back of the ear. The front of the ear I didn’t touch. I’m now just viewing, combing, letting the ear
fall naturally and trying to fit it in with the head. Now I’m also going to comb all the hair of
the ears down and do the outline of the ear. And then, at a certain point, I’m going to comb all the hair up and also go over the ears. Yes, now here you see it, the
hair up and then scissoring. And then a small part on the
nose, I’m doing with the trimmer so it’s really neat. Afterwards, you can just brush or comb
everything to the front and scissor it flat so it’s nice and tidy. Then you see between the lip and the
nose a little bit of skin and it’s clean. I’m also combing all the hairs
from the moustache quite forward. And then I’m scissoring everything nice clean away. It looks like Jack is falling asleep. He’s really a very good dog to groom. I wish Jack was behaving like this in a live demo. I have a problem because Jack is now
nearly 8 years old, coming 9 actually and his hair is very soft. So I like to make sure that when the hair
falls down, it’s doesn’t have a line showing. So now I’m just going to leave the head. I leave the head for maybe 10, 15
minutes and see what the hair does. Afterwards I’ll go back to the head and go over it again. Eventually, the last thing I’m going to do is use
some hairspray to make sure it’s nice and upwards. Then, when the head is done, I’m going to
finish the top line, the whole back of the dog. So that’s as straight as possible. And then we’re good to do the back legs. Since for me the top line is a very important part I don’t mind spending as long as it takes, or I will spend as long as it takes to make it straight. For me the back line, the line from
the tail to the neck, is very important. I like to see a neck and I like to see the back of the dog. So the back is straight and then it goes up slightly. Where it goes up depends on how long the neck hair is. If the neck hair is very long and you can pull the neck hair up and backwards until halfway the shoulders then the top line can start there. But it’s very important to me that the top line,
the back is straight and then you see the neck. And you don’t see a bubble or you see a hanging back. Because here we are with a Poodle. You can grow as much or as little hair you need. So at least you can scissor a straight line. And if it doesn’t go with normal scissors use
the chunkers or use whatever scissor you need. For making the feet round one of my
favourite scissors is the Yento Ergo Line 17cm. This is very good for feet, for making them
round, for cutting the front feet round for any breed. I like this scissor very much. Once I have the curve correct at the feet, I will
change to my Utsumi 20cm handmade scissor. This is an Utsumi Jyo handmade scissor 8″. To make the angulation in the
back I always lift the dog’s foot. And where the fold is, where
he bends here, I make it just short. And when I say short, it’s really close to the skin. Then all that part is flat where the back is. To make the angulation on the right I
stand on the left and look at it from the side. And then where you see it fold, you see the
angulation and then I follow it around the legs. It’s difficult to see in black. Now I’m also looking from the back. From the front to the back and this
way I also see the angulation nicely. And then it’s easy to follow the outline of the dog. Actually for me the angulation
doesn’t come from the buttocks. So the buttocks I always do
short, also nearly to the skin. But I make sure the buttocks is
looking a bit rounded shall I say. But flat. Flat! The side of the thighs I make flat
as well and then I have a little corner. It’s not really a corner but it looks like it. For me the angulation really comes
from the hock and not from the buttocks. So the buttocks for me, Poodles,
as short as possible please. I like to look front the front to the back. And then I can see the outline and I can
see the angulation perfectly from that view. I also like it when you do the legs and you see
the back where the angulation goes really short. The front, where the knee is, I like to have it parallel. Also the front, instead of another line, I like it when
the back goes in the front I also do parallel with that. In the drawing you can see exactly
how the angulation is built up. So here too, it’s actually repeating,
scissoring, combing and starting over again. And combing and scissoring. This until after combing you don’t
see any hairs sticking out anymore. For the inside of the legs I really like to use the Utsumi handmade scissors Jyo. It’s 9″, it’s 22cm and this is a
great scissor because of the length. Here I’m using the chunkers at the buttocks. And you can see how short it is. At certain places it’s nearly to the skin. Styling the legs sometimes is not so simple. You work on the front; you work on the back. And then you’re trying to create the style, the angulation. And suddenly you look up and you say:
OMG the buttocks are really not short enough. So don’t worry about it. Just go
back to them and keep styling. It’s the only way you will create a perfect
outline and your perfect angulation. Which is good for you. So as you can see I’m going back to the buttocks. Maybe there were still a few hairs too
much on the buttocks, but if I must I must! And if I must go back 10 times to the buttocks, to
create the buttocks I want, that’s what i’m going to do. So again I’m going back to the buttocks. Isn’t it wonderful to see Jack so happy. Here you see him all groomed, all crazy, all happy. It’s fantastic to groom dogs; it’s fantastic
to do something with your passion. I’m very happy and proud to be a groomer. Now we will show you a few
pictures of the final work of Jack. This was Kitty for Transgroom TV. Thank you for watching our videos. Don’t forget, if you have any questions you’re
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