Grooming the Head of the
SALON THE GROOMING
During the 20-plus years I have been grooming professionally, I have seen many different dog breed trends come and go. With this in mind, I always strive to be prepared for any breed that
might come into the salon, even if I don’t see them often—or ever.
For example, I often hear groomers say, “I never see Kerry Blue
Terriers at my shop.” But wouldn’t it be nice to be ready if and when
that dog does walk through your door? After all, if you can pull off
this rare groom successfully, word is sure to get out among Kerry Blue
owners, and they will find you! PB
STEP 1: BATHE
The first step is to get the head
squeaky clean. Kerry Blues
have both falls and beards,
which can collect debris. I use
a lovely smelling facial scrub
made for dogs.
STEP 2: DRY
Dry the head completely. Use
a slicker brush and dry the hair
forward toward the nose.
STEP 3: CLIP OUTSIDE OF EARS
Starting at the base of the
head, clip the entire outside of
the ear using a #30 blade with
the grain. You may need to use
a #10 blade on lighter-coated
dogs. Lay each ear flat on your
hand to protect the leather and
get a smooth clip.
While the Kerry Blue Terrier may rarely be seen in some salons, being prepared to successfully groom
this breed if and when they walk through your door is sure to make you stand out.
BY ANNIE FRANCIS
Kerry Blue Terrier
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