The Theory of Asian Trim Styles
Professional pet groomers just can't get enough of the Asian influenced styles for pets. Japanese styled haircuts. Asian influenced. Call it what you like -- the names are interchangeable. But the look is unique and extremely appealing to many pet owners.
Maintaining the English Setter Coat
Award winning pet stylist, ‘Pina’ Pinkusevich, talks for a few minutes about how to maintain a show style sporting dog coat.
Grooming the Show Style English Setter
This is an amazing high end lesson. In traditional Pina style, she reads important sections the breed standard as she works on the dog. Once she has read the standard out loud, she then explains what it means. Pina then demonstrates how to apply it to a real dog.
Pina has a passion for Poodles. Watch as she shows you how to create a trim that accentuates the proper structure of the breed. Pina breaks down challenging subject matter into easy-to-understand steps. This video is packed with great grooming tips that can be used whether you are working on a show dog or a simple stylized pet in your salon. Pina uses a combination of straight and curved shears as well as long blenders to get a velvet finish. When she finishes the top knot, she shows off some great show ring secrets to get the perfect, 'natural' look. Pina is comfortable teaching high-level styling techniques yet she does it in a way that anyone can understand. Whether you're looking to hone your skills for show ring styling, or just starting out, this video lesson we'll set you up to succeed.
In this video you will learn:
- What creates elegance in any dog
- What shape to achieve with the rib cage
- What visual image to create with the rear legs
- How to pull the entire dog together, section by section
- The secret to get a beautiful top knot on a show dog
Part 2 - Tying Up a Show Poodle Top Knot
|Part 1||Tying Up a Top Knot on a Poodle Show Trim|
Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich
Pina is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America. She has just starting her apprenticeship to become a national Certifier with NDGAA. Read Full Bio
In 1989, Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich emigrated from the former Soviet Union with her parents. She was just 18 year old. While studying at the New York University, she got a part time job bathing dogs at the local grooming shop. That is how her love affair with grooming dogs began!
Pina worked as a pet groomer in her own shop for 16 years. She also worked at some of the most high-end grooming salons of NYC. After she moved to Miami in 2006, she decided to try something different with the profession she loved so much. When a friend offered to go to one of the grooming shows in Orlando, Florida to compete against each other just for fun, she agreed. Her friend never showed up - but Pina got second in her class with her poodle! She was bitten by the bug!
Pina became close friends with the owners of Kiyara, one of the top miniature poodle kennels in the country. Michel Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr. have bred over 100 champions. With their help, she attended AKC conformation shows and began co-breeding poodles. Poodles became one of her specialties. When she competed with them at grooming competitions, she won almost every time!
Pina was only in the competition pet grooming ring for three years. In that short time, she gathered enough points to become a GroomTeam USA Top 10 Stylist each year. Pina ranked as the #1 groomer in the nation two out of three years, gaining her a prestigious spot on GroomTeam USA traveling team. In 2009, she traveled to the world team championship in Dachau Germany with her team mates. They won the Gold Medal in team competition!
Here are just a few of Pina’s outstanding career highlights. She has won multiple Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer titles across the country. She has also won the American Groomer of the Year at Intergroom. She was nominated for Cardinal Chrystal Award in the category of Groomer of the Year twice. In 2008, Pina was a recipient of the Lynn Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer.
Pina has suspended her competition activities in the pet grooming ring -- for now. She has dedicated herself to helping others by teaching. Currently, Pina is an instructor at the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There is a class called The Career Start Tournament hosted each year at the NDGAA grooming show. Pina has trained and mentored her students to win three years in a row! She also travels across the country with award winning stylist, Ann Martin. Together, they teach a two-day Complete Poodle Seminar to pet stylists all over the country.
Pina is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America. She has just starting her apprenticeship to become a national Certifier with NDGAA.
Presently, Pina resides In Hallandale, Florida with her 9 year old son Stas. She has two dogs; a Toy Poodle named Dilly and a Cocker Spaniel named Lucas.