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Miniature Schnauzer: Retro Fusion

I like to call this style Retro Fusion, as it highlights expression that is seen in Asian Fusion grooming as well as modern flare from its balance with some Retro pattern lines thrown in for pizazz.

This is a regularly–groomed dog that needed a trim to help keep her in shape while she whelps a litter. 

As always, start with a freshly–fluffed pup that is clean and free
of tangles. 

Fig 1) To begin, clip the throat latch in reverse in order to lengthen the neck and separate the head from the body.

Fig 2) Using the same blade (I’m using a #6F), clip the cheeks in reverse along the zygomatic arch.

Fig 3) Next, hold the top lip hair back and comb down the lowest layer to clip the lip line clean.

Fig 4) Starting at the bottom of the throat latch and going with the grain, begin blending your work down into the shoulder.

Fig 5) Moving to the back of the dog, clip to highlight the rear angulation, taking this area very tight as well.

Fig 6) Now it’s time to take down the body coat. I’m using
a #4F.

Fig 7) For this groom, I shaved the base of the tail like a Poodle.

Fig 8) After clipping the ears with a #15 inside and out, you will need to edge the ear leather. 

Fig 9) Next, combing the hair down and then from side to side, shape the foot inside and out.

Fig 10) To carve in your Desi Line, use a #30 blade. 

Fig 11) Then to add some style,
you can Marcel the hair on the head
with water.

Fig 12) Take the transition hair by the corner of the eye and use a thinner to bring it down to level with the cheek. 

Fig 13) You can then begin shaping a tight Fusion muzzle from the bottom up.

Fig 14) To finish, clean up just the tips on top of the muzzle.

This trim speaks personality and flare without all the hair! And, in the case of this mom–to–be, this trim speaks function. This trim could be used on so many dogs to elicit all the “oohs and aahs” from adoring clients. ✂️

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Blake Hernandez

With his crazy suits and outgoing personality, Blake Hernandez is the epitome of “Mr. Approachable,” making him a shot of energy and positivity for the industry. Blake is the 2020 Barkleigh Honors Seminar Speaker of the Year and co–creator of Groomsource, the dog grooming education hub. He also represents Foxy Roxy’s Supply Co., Ladybird Line smocks and GroomLoop, but is best known for his online persona and feature in episode four of Netflix “DOGS” documentary series. Blake manages a successful salon in San Diego, CA, grooming many breeds, with Poodles being his true passion. Find Blake on Instagram @blakemhernandez

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