Kitty Talks Dogs: grooming Rudolph the American Cocker | TRANSGROOM

Kitty Talks Dogs: grooming Rudolph the American Cocker | TRANSGROOM

Would you like to have your pet American
Cocker groomed in an easy pet commercial way? Keep on watching because
today that’s what we’re doing. Hello, my name is Kitty. Kitty From Transgroom. And today I’m going to talk about
an American cocker: Rudolph. I’m going to show you how to groom a commercial
Cocker still according to the breed standard. It means that we’re still going
to strip the back and the neck and we’re not going to clip but actually
scissor all the feathering quite short. The advantage of this clip is: the
dog can still go with you for walks, he can swim, he can play in the mud
and it’s not so heavy in maintenance. Because the hair is shorter, it’s better to maintain. This is Rudolph. He’s a very happy dog. He’s well maintained, he’s groomed every three months. We still strip the whole back. We do that because when you strip you keep the colour. And as you can see the colour
at the back is nice dark brown. It’s not beige, faded, curly, soft.
It has a nice structure to it. So, we’re here in Emmi’s Grooming Shop. Emmi Vanhemmens has kindly
let us come here to take this video. So, this morning I’ve prepared my grooming
box and all my grooming equipment and we’re here for Rudolph the American cocker. First I like to brush everything out and
see how much underwool there is. If there’s any mats I like to loosen them up so
the dirt can be nicely washed out in the bath. I’m brushing with a slicker brush because I like
the angle in the slicker brush, it goes like this. When you brush, because of the angle, you can
go deep inside the coat to take the mats away. I also like to brush in lines as
you can see here at the front leg. I go from the top or I go from
the bottom and I go to the top and each time I take a little bit of hair. That means I’m everywhere deep to the skin. If you just brush on top sometimes you don’t get through the thick coat and you think it’s done and it’s not. Here I found a mat in the dog’s ear. So I’m using the mat splitter. This splits up the mat because it has a blade in it. And once the mat is split up you can still
use the slicker brush and the dematter to further tease out the mat. When you use the dematter it’s very important that you put the dematter in
the coat and take it back out. And in the coat again take it back out with tension
but not too much tension to not hurt the dog. Here I’m going to go slow and in slow
motion try to show you what I normally do. I take it and I tease it out, take it, tease it out. And this is actually a short burst
of tension and I let go again. If you do it long and you would like to tear it out it would hurt the dog and it
would be very uncomfortable. And each time I used the dematter I use
the slicker to further get out the mat. It’s not so that with the dematter
you mat everything out. Because every time you use the dematter it
has seven or five knives and you take it out. And actually the mat is then cut in five slices. It’s not to do it again. Because then maybe while dematting
you will go in a curved direction. And it’s possible that the mat
and all the hair that was there, that because of you using the dematter
too much, you’ll have a bald place. So actually the correct way of using a
dematter is once and twice and then slicker. And if you feel too heavy mats again you use it again. You slice the mat in so many pieces and
then you tease it further out with the slicker. Rudolph is a very happy dog to work on. Okay, I’m now just testing if I
was okay with my dematting. I’m using the comb and I’m going the right near
the skin to see if I’ve done my work correctly. Here you see again I’m using the slicker brush. I’m sectioning the ear. I’m doing the front first and
then steadily going to the back. As you can see he has a lot of undercoat. And it’s really necessary this coat comes out. He’s a cutie. [laughs] His tongue. [laughs] Okay if you see me using a comb it’s
because I’ve been brushing in that area and I’m just checking myself to see
if I did my work with the slicker okay. I always use the comb for checking if I was okay. If I can go through with the comb it
means that it’s ready to go into the bath. Also it’s important to say that when
you see me using the slicker brush I’m taking the slicker brush and I’m not twisting. Because when you twist your hand and do that,
with the front row pins you would hurt the skin. It’s also not good for the brush but mostly
it would be uncomfortable for the dog. So when I use the slicker I do that
and I don’t do that the slicker. So grooming the nails. I like to use this nail clipper. It’s small, but very handy. I also like to have all my stop bleed with me. You never know if I go too short I have to stop bleed
and a piece of paper to stop the bleed immediately. I like to have the dog’s nails quite short. It’s important to me because it’s so comfortable
for the dogs if they have short nails. For cleaning the greasy ears I very much
like to use the Show Tech Ear Cleaner. This is a liquid and it will dissolve all
the grease that’s in the ears and the dirt. So I start by stretching the ear upwards
and pouring in the liquid in the ear. Then I will massage behind the ear
and I will hear a noise like [noise]. I will use the ear wipe for the outside because the product has now
dissolved a lot of the grease. Also on the outside. On the outside
of the ear I like to use the ear wipes. And here you see that a lot of dirt will
already come off with the ear wipes. The inside is done with the bamboo stick. This is a very thick swab. And it will easily take all the dirt
and the rest of the grease away. Here you see me carding the coat. Carding is very important. So the dead hair comes out of the hair follicle
and while you are taking out the dead hair you are creating place in the hair
follicle for new hairs to grow. The new hairs will be darker in colour
and they will be a better quality. So it’s very necessary to do this. Because otherwise the hair follicle will suffocate. And there will not be enough
place in there to grow new coat. So even if the dog has been clipped or even if it’s a terrier and it’s
been scissored or you know. It’s very necessary all Terriers and
hand strip breeds you card them so all the dead hair comes out. For this carding or dewooling I’m
using the show tech medium. Not the fine but the medium. Because I think that this one takes the
most underwool out and it’s easiest to do. Okay let’s do some stripping. I’m using on this dog the stripping stone. It’s the Show Tech Stripping Stone. It’s a very soft stone. I’m using this because I don’t
want to use use a stripping knife. The coat is okay. It’s not possible to
do it by hand because it’s very hard. It’s also not necessary. It’s a commercial dog. And with a stripping stone you can
pluck the hair out very very well. You can see here there’s a place done now. But it’s going to be a big job to get all that
underwool and all that coat nice and flat. I’m not trying to strip short. I’m just trying to strip all the dead hair out and make sure the dog has a nice back
with the proper hair which is stripped out and place for the new hair to grow. I’m also using the Show Tech
Speed Stripper on the sides. Because I want to get rid of all that soft wooly hair. On the sides, where you see the short hair going
over to long hair, I don’t like it when it flops up. and when it’s so wooly. So I like to use the Speed Stripper with
20 blades and go on the sides with it to take away some wool out of the long hair. And as you can see here I’m using a stripping knife. Because this is a very good stripping
knife, it’s the Show Tech Fine Stripper. This stripping knife is very good for
American Cocker coat or Spaniel coats. And, you know, you can change. You can change from the
Stripping Stone to a Stripping Knife, to Stripping Thimbles and here you
see me using the Speed Stripper again. It’s okay to change. It just needs to be done. The hair
needs to be properly stripped. After one hour of hard stripping I’ve
managed to flatten the whole coat. And I’m very happy about the result. It’s a nice red coat underneath
and it’s as flat as I can get it. It’s not necessary to go short. It’s just necessary to have a good coat
under there so it’s not all standing up and all the light coloured coat is gone. So let’s do some clipping. My favourite machine is the Heiniger for heavy work. So I’m using the Heiniger. For the face I’ve used the 15 blade. I’ve used the 15 blade from the ears
to the eyes and for the whole muzzle. You take your hands on the
cheeks or on the neck of the dog. Everything above you can do with the 15 against. So you go against the growth
of the coat with the 15 blade. And here it’s very important
when you do the muzzle that you take the dog’s muzzle,
you hold it tight and closed. So the dog doesn’t have a
chance to get out his tongue. It can happen very quickly. If the tongue gets into the blade and the
blade does that, you can damage the tongue. Instead of using the whole blade
or the top corner of the clipper to clip the line between the ear and the eye I’m using the bottom corner
and I’m going above the line. This way because you use only the bottom
point of the blade, you will create a soft line. That means it will be easier for you to blend
in the long and the short coat afterwards when you are using the blending scissors. Rudolph was a bit cheeky while I was doing his muzzle. He got his tongue through a few times. It was quite funny. It was quite
hard to tightly close his muzzle. Sometimes American Cockers do that. For the inside of the ears I’m always using a
30 blade and for the outside a 15 size blade. I’m also using my Heiniger. I’m going against the grain
to have a very nice finish. And then because the ear is finished
I can do the rest of the neck. Okay, as you can see here, I’m also doing the neck. For the neck I’m using a 10 blade. And I’m going from this point downwards. I’m
using a 10 blade and I’m going with the coat. For finishing the head everything is done by blenders. It’s just blending and combing until all the hair is natural. So here you can actually finish
between the very short clipping work and you can take every single sign of the
clippers away with the blending scissors. You can see here each time I use the
blender I’m blending and then pulling. I do that because then the hair sticks up and the next time you use the blender
scissors you see where to scissor. Because normally after finishing you shouldn’t see any lines or any
places where hair is still sticking out. You can go against the hair
growth or with the hair growth. And always use this direction. When the hair grows like this, you can cut
like this or like this but never cut like that. If you cut like that you will see lines. So always against or with the hair growth. And then you’ll be able to finish it very naturally. Today I’m using the Yento scissors, blender 40 teeth. And I’m using the slicker again too
lift the hair so I see where to scissor. Actually if you see me scissoring, I don’t
like to scissor much on the same spot. So I’m going to scissor. Either I’m going to go forward or I’m going to go next to the
place where I just scissored. And then I’m going to comb again. I’m going to comb the hair upwards. When you continue doing this
you will have a fantastic finish. So just continue blending and brushing
and combing until all the hair is natural. And now we’re going over to the neck. I’m going to blend a little bit of the hair here. Then for having a soft finish I’m going
to continue with my stripping stone. And with my stripping stone I’m gonna make sure that all
the dead hair between the short and the long is natural. Then I’m going to continue with my
blenders and with my clippers until I see no lines and it’s all nicely
smooth and nice to look at. Okay, let’s do some washing. This dog hasn’t been washed in ten weeks
because the owner is afraid to wash it. This happens a lot. I think dogs should go in the bath
much more than every four weeks. An American Cocker produces a lot
of oils and talc in its skin and coat. And I think at least one time in
a month it should have a bath. And that will also be much better to groom it, to
brush it, to maintain its coat between the groomings. Today we’ve decided to use
the Pro 40 as the first shampoo. Because the Pro 40 is a shampoo
that degreases very much. It’s a cream shampoo. It’s a very thick
shampoo which you have to dissolve. It’s very good for American Cockers
because of the oily skin they have. I think we’re going to give the dog three
times a bath instead of two times. Because it’s been eight weeks ago or
ten weeks ago even he’s been washed. So we’re going to wash and rinse and wash and rinse again and wash and rinse again for the third time. It’s no use in not rubbing very hard because
as I said American Cockers have a very oily skin. It’s a hard oil. And it’s very necessary to use a good lather, a
good shampoo which dissolves all this grease. For rinsing I like to hold the dog’s nose up
and go around the nose with the sprayer. I don’t mind shampoo in the eyes (accidentally)
because I’m going to rinse the eyes. It doesn’t matter if the water tension is
not too much and the temperature as well. But never in the dog’s nose. He’s a very good dog. [laughs] So I’m constantly rinsing and actually with my
other free hand I’m pushing out the water. And that’s actually when the dirt goes off the dog. It’s not while you’re washing only, no. When you’re rinsing, you’re rinsing away. There it’s also very necessary to
massage the skin, massage the coat. Push it out with your hands and then all the
dirt and the rest of the shampoo is going to go out. Here you see me the second time now washing. I’m using again the Show Tech Pro 40 Shampoo. And I’m doing the same thing over and all again. And for the last wash I’m going to
use the Show Tech Pro Brightening which is concentrated 15 to 1. This is one of my favourite shampoos because it nurtures the coat very well with its coconut oils. It makes the colours come out because
of the coconut oils and it’s easier to dry. Rudolph doesn’t look very happy with his 3 washings. I think Rudolph was happy with one. [laughs] Because Rudolph has a difficult
coat difficult to manage we’re using the Mask Conditioner from Show Tech. This is a very thick paste which
nurtures the coat very well. It’s going to make it easier to dry
and easier to scissor afterwards. We’ve left it on for five minutes and then we’ve rinsed. So when I have to scissor the dogs I always
rinse out all the conditioner all the way out. So let’s do some drying. So the first thing I use is the Magic Towel. I like the Magic Towel very much because it
takes so much of that water out of the coat without having to use towels too much. And you can just squeeze the water out. I do that two, three, four times
depending on which breed it is. So after we’ve used the Magic Towel a
few times and squeezed it out a few times I like to dry the head a bit with the towel and dry maybe a little bit of the hairs not to have the water splash everywhere
when we start using the dryer. Now we’re going to start with the Force Dryer The Force Dryer is a dryer with a strong motor. There’s a tube and at the end
of the tube a very small hole. So all the air is firmly pushed
out of the end of the nozzle. And because the air is so strong,
it will straighten the coat and it will push out the water very quickly. So when you do the dog legs, you
use the towel at the back of the leg. The Force Dryer pushes out the water from
the front of the leg to the back of the leg. And because you’re holding the towel
there the towel will absorb all the water. You will win time and efficiently
you’ll work much better. So after we’re finished with the Force Dryer we’re
going to use the slicker brush and the normal dryer. Here you see us drying with the normal
dryers and with the slicker brush. And here also we take a certain place
with hot air and we pull with the slicker brush. We pull all the curls and we straighten up
all the hair with the warm air until it’s dry. After it’s dry it will stay nice and straight. I like to divide the legs in four parts; I have the
front part, the side, the back and the inside. And with the dryer I go from the top of the
leg to the bottom of the leg, the front. Then I take the sides and then the inside. And also, for the ears… It’s very easy for American Cocker ears to
be curly so it’s very important just to brush. And to brush left and right and pull
the hair straight with the warm air until it’s dry and then it’s also
going to stay quite straight. So, remember this customer would like
to have the hair as short as possible. So, we’re not going to do long American Cocker feet. We’re going to do them as short
as possible for the customer. I like to scissor and use the comb
and scissor and use the comb a lot. So I like to do the front where the nails are very short and then I go from there, I do the
back and then I make the feet round. And for this time I’m using the Ergo
Line from Yento 17,7 centimeters. I like this scissor very much. Now many people are going to say:
why are you not using curved? Well, actually I was taught grooming
dogs with straight scissors. And I don’t have a problem with
straight scissors or curved scissors. But when I usually work I don’t think about curved because I was never used to using
curved and I just used the straight. But you can do the feet with whatever scissor you like. You could do it with straight or with curved. At the end you’ll have the same finish. So now I’m doing the feet, the legs, and
I’m using a chunker as you can see here. I’m using a chunker also from Yento Ergo Line. It’s the 20,5 centimeter chunker. And this scissor is a very strong scissor. You can work very well with that scissor. So, for the chest it’s very important
to have the chest nicely rounded. With my scissors I’m trying
to follow the front of the leg. So, there I’m going to go quite short. The rounding of the chest and the front of
the neck I’m trying to go very short there. As you can see I’ve been
combing and scissoring again until I have the nice chest
and then the front of the foot. And because I like to have
the two sides the same way I don’t wait too long to do the other side. As you can see you don’t have to use the chunkers,
you can also do it with the normal scissors. There I was using the Yento Ergo Line
20cm scissors and it goes just as well. Just maybe for the finishing then
afterwards I’m going to use the chunker to have a softer finish as you can see here. I’m actually combing the coat in all kinds of directions so then I can easily cut the rest
off with the blending scissors. and also while I’m doing that I’m thinking: what if the dog goes outside and it’s
windy, the wind blows the hair everywhere and you see places which are not correct. So, I really like to lift up the hair
with the brush or the comb and comb it in all kinds of directions and
then use the blender or the chunker to finish. I’ve tried to do the feet as short as possible. As you can see there’s not much coat on them anymore. So when it rains and when it’s
muddy it’s not so difficult to maintain. So here you see me using the blender.
A 48 teeth blender from Yento Ergo Line. I’m doing this to make all the lines
disappear I have from using the chunker. Sometimes because the chunker is so wide
and it takes so much hair out at the same time you have some scissor marks. When you have lines it’s very easy to make
them disappear with the Yento blender 48 teeth. Here you see me making the tummy. So I’m lifting the front leg because there I’ve started the rounding
from the tummy, from the chest. And from the tummy, from the
chest to the bottom is one line. So, I just continue the line from the front to the back. Here you see me chunking very very
aggressively with my Yento chunker. Getting rid of a lot of hair. I’m trying to create some angulation in the back.
So, the part I’m doing now I’m doing short. And also I don’t like it when you have like a
line and then suddenly the feathering going out. You know? Like thick and everything.
I like to have everything nice and smooth. Rudolph is checking me if I’m
doing the right thing. He’s worried. Also when I’m doing the feet, with my scissor
blades, I’m never going over the pads. I’m just going around the pads but never…
I’m not doing this, I’m going around. When I’m doing that I’m going around here but with my
scissor blades I’m never going to go on top of the pads. Because I’ve seen a lot of accidents
with people scissoring in the pad. So, this is an easy way not to hurt the dogs. As you can see I’m scissoring
with the normal scissors now. I’m actually changing a lot because sometimes
it’s easier to use the normal scissors, sometimes it’s easier to use the chunker. and I use the chunker when it’s more
difficult to finish or to finish it nicely. Then I’m going to finish it with the chunker. When I have a lot of hair to take out and it’s going with
my normal scissor I’m going to use a normal scissor. When I need to blend from very long
to very short I’m using the blender. It’s nice to see it from another view. I think now I’m going to blend the leg into the tummy. I’m going to try not to go short at the tuck up, so I don’t have a visual visual line. And between the tummy and the back leg it’s not a
corner, but it’s nicely going up and then going down. I really don’t like it when it goes up and
down, when it has a square at the tuck up. So as you can see I’m changing between scissoring
against and with direction of the hair growth. I’m changing all the time. I’m not afraid of scissoring now
where I’ve been stripping because I know I’ve stripped for a very long
time and I’ve stripped a lot of dead coat out. And next time the dog comes
we’re going to do this again. So, I’m not afraid of going over uneven pieces where I stopped stripping and the
hair is sticking up, I’ll just scissor it. Because I know next time I’m going to strip it anyway. I think Rudolph is starting to look like a puppy again. So here you see a finished happy Rudolph and me! Rudolph is an American Cocker
groomed in a commercial way, still nicely stripped in the back so
according to the breed standard. I will show you a few pictures; the before and the after. This was Kitty for Transgroom TV. If you liked my video please give it a thumbs up. If you have any questions you’re very welcome
to write them down below in the comments. Thank you for watching!

7 thoughts on “Kitty Talks Dogs: grooming Rudolph the American Cocker | TRANSGROOM

  1. Super video weer Kitty! Juist een vraagje. Kan het geen kwaad om de hond na het plukken te wassen?

  2. Hi Kitty, thanks for another wonderful video!! I would like to ask if I may, to explain the difference between carding and stripping. I saw you work on him, but I am still confused. With carding, is it a combing motion? And how much hair do you feed through? Also, with stripping how much hair and what kind of hair (if there’s any type of difference) do you pull out? Can you explain the thumb position and quantity? I am sorry to ask for details, please forgive me. I am in grooming school now and it is not very explanatory, it was the only one in what’s available in my area. I fear it will not be a superior education, hence me watching and absorbing all your videos!!!! I want to learn and be a very good groomer! I tend to put my heart into everything I do and have made the transition from human clientele to pet grooming! I am very excited and love working with animals!! Thank you so much for making your videos available, I am grateful to supplement my schooling with artistry and real teaching!! God bless!!

  3. Thanks Kitty, it's beautiful to see your attention to detail.

    I just had my American Cocker groomed. I was very specific about wanting a show cut and really detailed about the techniques I wanted used, for example carding and stripping. I have watched many videos on grooming and felt very well informed for what I wanted. I made sure he had no mats prior to going to the salon so there would be no reason for him to be clipped. When I picked up my dog, I realized that he had been clipped along the ridge of his back and was shaved down too short, none of his length remained. His legs and feathers were pretty much untouched, and I can see all the clipper marks in the transition from his back to his skirt. No real blending was done. He is 11 months old and this was his first show cut. I was disappointed by the quality to say the least.

    My question is, will his hair grow back as smooth as it was before, and what can I do to make sure it grows back as normal as possible?

    Additionally, how much would one expect to pay for a grooming like the one you just demonstrated? I paid $125 USD for his trim.

    And lastly are there any resources where to find quality groomers like yourself. Not just salon buzzes. Thank you!

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  5. Is it possible to become a curly Showspaniel flat? Curly like this dog? A English Springer. I am Groomer and Breeder,I try it since 2 years,I am in a "Curl shok ". Have you a Tipp?

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