Turning Ordinary Groomers into Extraordinary Groomers

Sue Zecco & Jay Scruggs Instructional Dog Grooming DVD's and Seminars

The Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier -- The Largest of the terrier group -- is commonly called the "King of Terriers", and should be groomed as such. The Airedale is a hand stripped breed by breed standards, but Sue and Jay will show you how to maintain the correct profile in pet trim using clippers. Hand stripping and carding also will be demonstrated to satisfy those owners who want the "natural" look. You'll learn techniques and short cuts, scissor and thinning shear techniques, and time saving tips on how to achieve a quick and stylish pet trim.

The Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is one of the rarer breeds. Few have the privilege of grooming the Bedlington. Once known as among the few able to groom the Bedlington, however, you'll find owners seeking you out. The Bedlington combines a very soft coat with a whippet-like appearance, roach back, tassel ears, hare foot, slab side and cone-shaped head. Jay and Sue demonstrate how to groom the Bedlington using snap-on combs and providing visual pointers so that you can say, "yes, I can groom this breed."

The Miniature Schnauzer

This DVD will teach you the pet trim on a handsome miniature schnauzer. Remember, the lines on the pet trim are the same as the show trim. The main difference is the technique of the trim -- clipping vs. handstripping. Jay and Sue will show many Canine Grooming Secrets in trimming the Schnauzer head, scissoring the legs and applying finishing touches.

The Welsh Terrier

An adorable pet Welsh Terrier served as Sue and Jay's model for this demonstration of the ways in which you can achieve the correct breed profile and the clipped pet trim. They discuss the differences between the Welsh, Wire Fox and Airedale Terriers and the manner in which their coats should be worked in order to maintain the correct "harsh" finish that's common to all terriers. Tips, techniques and short-cuts are demonstrated and explained in detail. You'll learn quick and stylish everyday pet trims as well as scissoring tips.

The Westhighland Terrier

The Westhighland Terrier or "Westie" is a fun-loving character whose attributes should be reflected in his or her appearance. For the groomer, this means achieving the proper "pet" trim of the Westie while maintaining the prescribed look of the breed profile. This means "getting" that beautiful Westie head -- a trick for many but a goal that can be accomplished with relative ease by those who learn a few easy tricks used by Sue and Jay to consistently achieve the desired outcome. With this DVD, you'll learn quick and style everyday pet trims and the time-saving tips used in applying them. You'll acquire the latest in techniques and short cuts necessary to quick and stylish pet trims.

The Soft Coated Wheaten

The Wheaten has become a very popular breed increasingly seen by groomers. As often is the case, owners purchase this breed without being informed as to the effort involved in keeping their dogs looking good and their coats easily maintained. The DVD shows the lines of the traditional Wheaten trim but, more important, how you can use snap-on combs to make the grooming process easier. Alternative head trims also are shown to enable groomers to give their clients several alternatives to the traditional look.

The Scottish Terrier

This is one of the fiestiest of the terrier breeds. Jay and Sue will show the correct lines of a pet trim on this handsome retired champion Scottie. Wahl stainless steel snap on combs give a very natural finish to the body. Jay and Sue will demonstrate carding and thinning shear techniques to achieve a beautiful finish. Ear tufts on a Scottie don't need to be a scary thing to do, see how they are made simple. See the difference between the Scottie and what is done on the Westie to get the breed profile look that sets them apart.


Terrier Series

The Cocker Spaniel

In this super-inclusive DVD, Sue and Jay will teach you all you need to know about grooming the cocker spaniel , covering everything from bathing and blow drying to finish work. They have included three different American Cocker Spaniel trims -- the Show Trim, the Suburban Trim and the Tennessee Trim. Completing this Super Styling Session DVD is a finished English Cocker Spaniel with an explanation of the differences in the breed trims.

The Golden Retriever

Over the years, the Golden Retriever has taken a huge jump in popularity. That increase has been accompanied by a growing variety in the number of grooming styles used for the breed. Sue and Jay demonstrate the traditional "Golden" trim in this training video. They also show how to use a great pet trim using snap-on combs -- a perfect alternative to shaving Goldens for those who don't want to deal with all the hair. You'll acquire a new set of grooming tips and short cuts plus techniques to enhance the results of your tools and thinning shears.

The English Springer Spaniel

Whether your customers have show Springers or pets, their lines and trims should be identical. Great feet, a beautiful head and overall balance are equally essential, which can be challenging for groomers. Sue and Jay will show you how to set the lines on the Spring in a pet trim, describing the manner in which a clipper should be used and how techniques and tools must be applied to achieve correct breed profiles. You'll learn techniques and short cuts, quick and stylish everyday pet trims, and scissoring tips for use in grooming what is becoming an increasingly popular breed among pets.

The Irish Setter

One of the sweetest sporting breeds, the Irish Setter is a stunning dog to look at. In this DVD, Jay and Sue will show the proper style trim on this beautiful dog. Carding techniques, and back combing with thinning shears are just a few of the techniques you will learn to achieve a beautifully natural look. The second dog is a clipped pet trim. Jay and Sue will describe the difference in clipping and carding, and what it does for the coat and color of the dog.




Sporting Breeds

The Maltese

The Maltese is one of the most popular breeds in today's grooming salons. Their owners are looking for the adorable, manageable trims you'll be able to fashion after viewing this DVD. Jay and Sue will discuss proper drying and coat care. They'll show you how to use snap-on combs and thinning shears to achieve the most sought-after easy maintenance trims. Multiple Canine Grooming Secrets will help you win client praise among owners of this drop-coated breed.

The Shih-Tzu

Without a doubt one of the most popular breeds in most grooming shops, the adorable Shih-Tzu requires a creative trim that can incorporate almost innumerable variations in keeping with the individual characteristics of the animals and the preferences of their owners. Sue and Jay will demonstrate the ways in which different trims can be applied. You'll learn tips and techniques for maintaining "cute" trims that keep clients coming back again and again and keep the Shih-tzu in good condition between grooming sessions. Techniques and short cuts, time-saving tips and scissoring and thinning techniques are discussed in detail.

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier or "Yorkie" has become one of the most popular breeds in today's grooming shops. Sue and Jay demonstrate in this instructional DVD how groomers can establish and maintain easy-to-maintain pet trim on dogs of this adorable breed. Major topics include thick-coated Yorkies, thin-coated Yorkies, problems that can occur in grooming these and other toy breeds, and thinning shear techniques that can be used to enhance the grooming process and produce exceptional results. You'll learn quick and stylish everyday pet trims, techniques and short cuts, and time-saving tips.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This is one of the most adorable dogs in the toy group. Sue and Jay will work on three different dogs, show different styles and options for this sweet breed. Starting with the traditionally recognized trim, to snap-on combs and cute short maintenance trims. They will discuss carding, thinning shear work, and blending techniques. Proper preparation of the coat, and blow drying are all included on this fun filled DVD.




Drop Coated Breeds

The Bichon Frise

Getting the proper breed profile and balance in some dogs is more difficult than in others. The Bichon Frise can fall into the latter category, unless you're equipped with the knowledge and skills incorporated by Sue and Jay into this training DVD. You'll learn how to use snap-on combs to establish breed profile and balance in half the time you'd otherwise have to spend. Using these scissor and thinning shear techniques, you'll create the perfect Bichon head, and achieve the beautiful Bichon expression.

The Doodle

Doodles and other "designer breeds" apparently are here to stay. And, as a growing part of the canine population, they should not be ignored by groomers. The challenge they create involves your deciding how best to groom the canine that appears in your shop. This, in turn, requires your educating your customers as to how to keep attractive, easily maintained trims on their pets. The task grows more important during recessions, when owners tend to try to visit groomers less frequently. The groomer who does a good job of educating a client usually finds that the pets involved are better-maintained and less difficult to groom when they return. Sue and Jay demonstrate quick and style pet trims, scissor and thinning shear techniques and short cuts to help you groom designer breed quickly and more attractively.

The Mixed & Miscellaneous Breeds

Without a doubt, the most popular dogs to enter our shops are those of mixed parentage. With so many varieties, there is almost no limit to the creativity that the groomer can exercise. Jay and Sue show different styles for bodies and heads, bringing out the character and adorable expressions of our lovable mutts.

The Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdogs are lovable, happy, and high maintenance. The latter factor makes them less popular than other breeds . Few owners maintain the Old English Sheepdog in full coat, which creates something of a challenge for groomers. This DVD demonstrates a cute maintenance trim using snap-on combs but maintaining the look of the breed. Upkeep and products used to maintain the full coat are discussed.

The Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a toy breed that has been gaining steadily in popularity. Like other double-coated breeds, however, the Pomeranian is not easily maintained by owners. Sue and Jay demonstrate a lion trim done with snap-on combs to produce an adorable "stuffed animal" look that makes the Pomeranian easier for clients to maintain. They also do the full coated traditional trim, demonstrating how the groomer should brush and maintain the coat as well as the amount of trimming necessary to achieve this "natural" looking breed.

The Puppy

Making the puppy's first experience in your salon a happy one is vital -- assuming, of course, that you want both puppy and adoring owner to return again and again. Encouraging owners to leave their precious pets in a groomer's care requires that both of them leave happy. Sue and Jay show groomers how to accomplish this minor miracle in their Puppy DVD.

The Poodle

If there's a single breed that you're certain to find coming to you for grooming, it's the Poodle. All of them -- no matter what trim style their owners select -- should be elegant, well-balanced and scissored. Grooming difficult feet, achieving a beautiful topknot and getting that overall balance look is not the easiest task in the world. With this DVD, however, you'll find it much easier than otherwise would be the case. Jay and Sue demonstrate techniques and short cuts, provide time-saving tips, and show you how to do quick and stylish everyday pet trims. Scissoring tips and new product demos are provided as well.

The German Trim

For Poodle owners who want "something different," or "something less formal," Sue and Jay demonstrate a beautiful European trim on a standard poodle. The German Trim, as it's called, is modern vs. traditional -- a handsome, masculine trim that makes a poodle stand out in the crowd. Sue and Jay discuss structure and angulation, time-saving tips, quick and stylish pet trims, scissor techniques and short cuts.


Scissoring Series

The Bather/Brusher

Bathing and brushing appear at first glance to be the easiest of tasks. They're not. In fact, the groomer's ability to satisfy customers is controlled to a significant degree by the knowledge and skill applied in these early steps in the process. Sue and Jay begin with instructions in ear cleaning, nail trimming and pad trimming. They then move on to bathing techniques. [Want to know how to remove most undercoat in the bath rather than have it flying around your shop?] Blow drying techniques are covered in detail -- from completing undercoat removal to dematting, using force dryers and straightening the Poodle's coat using force and stand dryers. You'll find this DVD a great tool to train new bather/brushers.

De-Matting & De-Shedding

Dematting is no small task for any groomer. In this DVD, Jay and Sue demonstrate and explain the use of different tools and techniques in the dematting process. Content includes when the groomer should or should not dematt and how to deal with owners of matted animals. Problems that dematting can generate are explained, as are techniques for avoiding them. Deshedding techniques, tools and products also are discussed.

Difficult But Not Impossible

Puppies, old and fragile animals, nervous and fearful types, overweight dogs, and biters. They're all among the problem children who visit grooming salons -- stationary and mobile -- in the course of a business day. And all of them require care in handling. Each must be safely groomed for the protection of animals, owners and groomers. You'll find out how to do it in this video. Learn how to read and handle difficult animals to ensure that every day ends a happy one for all involved. Sue and Jay include a segment on cat handling techniques for those who mix canine and feline pets in a DVD you'll use for years in enhancing skills -- yours and those of your employees.

Handstripping & Carding

The techniques of hand stripping and carding are demonstrated in this video. Many have never been taught the differences between the two techniques. They're described in detail here. Answers to common questions concerning the techniques are provided as well.

Scissoring & Thinning Techniques

Sue Zecco and Jay Scruggs announce the first of a series of DVDs to assist groomers in improving their technical and business knowledge and skills. Scissoring and Thinning Techniques will be followed by presentations on shampooing and skin care as well as other topics of vital interest to groomers. The series later will deal with subjects such as marketing products and services, managing consumer relationships and building stature in the community. The Scissoring and Thinning DVD covers techniques in holding shears, body positioning, and caring for shears -- straight, curved and thinning.

The Head Compilation (4 Disc Set)

In this informative four disc set, Jay and Sue take you through the grooming steps of 29 different heads. From Airedales to the Yorkie, you will learn breed specific techniques as well as different head style options. This DVD set is for those groomers who want to fine tune their techniques to wow their clients immediately upon seeing their dog.


Volume 1: Airedale, Bedlington, Bichon, American & English Cocker

Volume 2: Doodle, German Trim, Golden Retriever, Maltese, Mixed Breeds

Volume 3: Poodle, Poodle Puppy, Schnauzer Sheepdog, Shih Tzu

Volume 4: Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, Westie, Wheaten, Yorkie

The Poodle Compilation (5 Disc Set)

This five disc set includes everything you need to know to become an expert at poodle grooming. Sue, a expert in the world of show grooming, combined with Jay’s skills for competitive grooming will focus on all aspects of becoming the best at grooming this breed. This poodle compilation includes over 8 hours of educational grooming as well as countless grooming secrets from two of the top poodle professionals.


Volume 1: Bikini Trim

Volume 2: Lamb Trim

Volume 3: German Trim

Volume 4: Continental Trim

Volume 5: Scandinavian Trim

Short Styles Compilation (2 Disc Set)

The “Short Styles” DVD was created for the clients that are insistent on their dogs being cut short no matter what breed or coat type. Any one can give a short hair cut with no style or smoothness. What if you could give your clients “short styles” that are smooth in appearance as well as stylish? This DVD teaches you exactly that. The first is a Australian Shepherd is shown in a short style that could be used on any retrievers and shepherds. A Havanese is shown in a short style that is great for any drop coated breed. A Pekinese is shown in a short style that is great for Pomeranian and different mix breed coat types. Lastly, a Bichon in a short cut.


Technical Series

The Continental Trim

More than two dozen detailed steps you'll need to take in preparing and maintaining a Standard Poodle's continental trim in the course of competitive grooming are illustrated in the first of the Show Dog Series of educational DVDs from Sue Zecco and Jay Scruggs. The Show Dog Series takes equips groomers the knowledge and skills needed to move beyond the salon to the show ring.

The Scandinavian Trim

Although it's not an AKC acceptable show trim, it is one of the most popular breed trims on poodles in all of Europe. This is a very stylish trim with lots of European flair. Jay and Sue will show how to properly set lines and give extreme angulation. One of the most important aspects of this trim is balance, as with all poodle trims. It is so important to the overall trim that the lines are set correctly. This trim will include the sprayed up top-knot as well as tips on coat care, banding neck and ears, and proper preparation of the coat.


Show Dog Series

The Business of Grooming

Pondering a salon location? Considering a mobile grooming unit? You'll find the pros an cons of both approaches to canine grooming in this DVD. Sue Zecco, who built a 3,000-square-foot facility with a dozen employees from scratch, and Jay Scruggs, who has operated a mobile salon for 15 years, describe both approaches in detail. They discuss business strategies, finding and training groomers, and all the other things you need to know in order to succeed. The audio track from the DVD also is available as a CD for $19.95 and can be ordered via the link below.

The Competitors Winning Touch

Thinking about contest grooming? About the media exposure it can bring? And about the resulting benefits to your business? You've come to the right place! Sue and Jay -- both retired contest groomers -- have brought together the knowledge and skills that enabled them to win multiple Best Overall Groomer awards, Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards and American Groomer of the Year titles. Their presentation ranges from selecting good dogs to travel, hotels, contest ring etiquette and knowing what the judge wants to see. You'll benefit from pre-competition coaching and good ideas that will carry over into your everyday business.

Mobile Dog Grooming

Starting a mobile grooming business can be an exciting and lucrative venture. With this informative and entertaining DVD from award-winning groomer, Jay Scruggs, you can ride along for a day-in-the-life of his thriving mobile grooming business. Find out what you need to consider before starting your own mobile grooming enterprise. Learn Jay's secrets to growing a client list, scheduling more efficiently, picking the right van for you and everything in-between. Shot in HD, this video is another must-see from Super Styling Sessions.


Informational Series

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