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Grooming for conformation shows?

Hi. Is there a book, website, article or other resource that gives everything you need to know about grooming your Golden for conformation shows? I need a resource for everything from products to use, to clipping tails and feet, to techniques for getting the coat in show condition. Anyone know of such a resource?
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Erik Strickland has a great DVD on how to groom goldens.

Grooming :: Strickland Sensations

Edit: It is 25 percent off for the month of November too!

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Erik Strickland has a great DVD on how to groom goldens.

Grooming :: Strickland Sensations

Edit: It is 25 percent off for the month of November too!
Awesome! Thank you!
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Look at this too! At the top of the page they also have a link for info on the feet and the tail and shows you how to groom them.
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Trial & Error! You'll learn the most by hands on practice. I would sometimes go over to my breeder's house and we'd both have a dog on the grooming table and I'd do what she did. This was after a few times where I'd visit and just watch her groom. Practice has been the biggest help of all and friends that will help you along the way. I've been lucky to have my breeder and the stud dog owner living within reasonable driving distance. Without them, I'd know nothing! By no means am I an expert, but I can groom my dog before a show pretty well. Every dog is different in what it needs groomed and how. You'll also develop your own preferences in products. Try to set up at a show with a friend or your breeder.
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I found a few videos on Youtube on grooming Golden Retrievers too - free to watch!

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Erik Strickland has a great DVD on how to groom goldens.

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Edit: It is 25 percent off for the month of November too!

A few years back I actually got to meet Mr. Strickland. One thing he told me was to try to buy good quality tools, especially when it comes to the ones that cut. ( Of course he was trying to sell me his set.) I know I have heard hairdressers say the same thing. My hairdresser has also told me if she drops a pair of shears, it needs to be resharpened.

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The Strickland videos are great. If a club near you has him in to do his seminar, go! It is really worthwhile. Morningsage Goldens also has detailed tutorials online. They might be the ones linked through PVGRC.

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The Strickland videos are great. If a club near you has him in to do his seminar, go! It is really worthwhile. Morningsage Goldens also has detailed tutorials online. They might be the ones linked through PVGRC.
I think I remember hearing that Mr. Strickland recently retired due to health problems. I could be wrong, but I think that's what I heard.
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I have taught several people how to groom, it is a hands on kind of things... videos are great but get hte scissors and practice... in the past i have had folks come on over and practice on my dogs... that is how I learned a professional handler had me over to her house and i practiced on her dogs with her standing over me watching...

the thing about grooming is practice makes perfect and don't be afraid... hair grows... if you screw it up don't worry... it grows back and you can try again

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