Unit G

Unit G provides an in-depth look at breed standards.

You’ll learn how to use anatomical landmarks and corrective grooming to create any dog’s breed profile.  You’ll also receive a detailed guide that explains how to groom nine common breeds according to their breed standards.

Unit G Overview

Interpreting Breed Standards

Discover the world of breed standards, including how to interpret a breed club’s written criteria and how to achieve those criteria during the groom. Learn how to use a dog’s anatomical features as reference points to set a grooming pattern. You’ll also learn how to create nine of the most common breed profiles with the help of diagrams, photographs and detailed descriptions.

Grooming Terrier Breeds

Step-by-step instructions teach you how to groom some of the most common Terrier breeds – the Miniature Schnauzer, the Airedale Terrier, the Border Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. Learn the tools and techniques you need to achieve each breed standard, as well as how to clip a terrier’s coat to create the illusion of hand stripping. You’ll also learn how to groom distinctive terrier features such as beards and eyebrows.

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Grooming Non-Sporting Breeds

Step-by-step instructions teach you how to groom two of the most common Non-sporting breeds – the Poodle and the Bichon Frise. Learn the tools and techniques you need to groom these highly stylized breeds and to achieve the correct shapes and angles. You’ll also learn how to groom distinctive features such as the Poodle’s topknot, the Poodle’s clean face and the Bichon Frise’s round pompon head.

Grooming a Toy Breed

Step-by-step instructions teach you how to groom one of the most common Toy breeds – the Yorkshire Terrier. Learn the tools and techniques you need to achieve the Yorkshire Terrier’s breed standard, as well as modifications you can make to suit the dog’s lifestyle. You’ll also learn how to complete the groom by adding a tied-up topknot and a bow.

Grooming Natural Breeds

Step-by-step instructions teach you how to groom two of the most common natural breeds – the Golden Retriever and the Shetland Sheepdog. Learn how to achieve these breed standards by enhancing a dog’s natural appearance. You’ll also learn the tools and techniques you need to brush, trim and lightly shape the hair.

Unit G Assignments

Throughout Unit G, you’ll learn about breed standards and how to properly groom various dog breed groups. You’ll study step-by-step instructions for grooming according to breed standards, and learn to focus on specific features for each breed.

Unit G is the lead-up to your Practicum, and therefore does not contain practical assignment work.