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Coarse Coat Type Grooming Tips

The products you need and how to use them to groom your coarse coated dog

Our Free course on what products you could use and how to use them on your coarse coated dogs.

This is not a full fledged grooming course but rather a general outline on what products Allison has used when grooming coarse coated dogs. Allison not only shows you what product but gives basic instruction on how to use each one in easy to follow and understand video format. Each video is professionally shot and edited just like all of our Premium content here at Leading Edge Dog Show Academy.

Allison shows you what brushes and combs you could use. How to clean your dog's ears and how to apply chalk. She also walks you through different shampoos and how to use them. Conditioners and coat treatments are suggested. Tools to help you get your dog ring ready are also demonstrated.

With her knowledge and expertise having won all breed best in shows on every coat type Allison takes you through several suggestions for your dog. Easy to use links are provided if you wish to buy the products demonstrated so you know you are getting the correct product without worry.

For more in depth grooming instruction please refer to our Premium content such as Sheltie 101 to learn coarse coated grooming techniques beyond what is offered in this Free Tutorial.

Coarse coated dogs could include, but are not limited to Spinone Italiano, Wire-haired Pointing Griffon, Irish Wolfhound (could also be considered Wire haired), Norrbottenspets, Norwegian Elkhound, Scottish Deerhound (could also be considered Wire Haired), Otterhound, PBGV (could also be considered Wire Haired), Finnish Spitz, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Akita, Bernese Mountain Dog, Anatolian Shepherd, Eurasier, Kuvasz, Leonberger, Karelian Bear Dog, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Tibetan Mastiff. Pekingese, Pomeranian, American Eskimo Dog, Cho Chow, Japanese Spitz, Keeshond, Schipperke,Shiba Inu, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Miniature American Shepherd, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Old English Sheepdogs (could also be Poodle type coats), Belgian Shepherds (all varieties), Finnish Lapphunds, Border Collies, Corgis, Norwegian Buhund, Swedish Vallhund.



Your Instructor


Allison Foley
Allison Foley

I showed my first dog in Junior Handling when I was 7 years old, I went 5th out of 5 in a junior handling class, I cried, but despite that humble beginning I was instantly hooked!

Believing that you should always do what you love, I became a professional handler in 1987 and I have been presenting Canada's (and the world’s) top dogs ever since. With more than 550 All-Breed Best in Shows, I am proud to have been highly awarded at such prestigious shows as Crufts, the World Dog Show, Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Invitational. As well I have had Top Dog All breeds in Canada 3 separate times, all three dogs are still record holder’s in their own right.

In addition to my wins as an all-breed handler, I have spent more than 30 years perfecting the art of presenting one of the dog world's most difficult breeds to master: The Poodle. Today, I am internationally recognized as one of the world's most talented and experienced Poodle handlers. I have presented seminars on grooming Poodles all over this planet. . I am also the Creative Educational Advisor and Specialist for Chris Christensen Systems.

I have proven that hard work, dedication and passion can take you absolutely everywhere in this wonderful sport, which is why I am committed to supporting, promoting and giving back to the dog community. Currently, I am President of the Canadian Professional Dog Handlers Association, Vice-President of the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation, I have been CKC Junior Handling representative for both Nova Scotia and South Western Ontario. I am a regular contributor to dog magazines in several countries. I have mentored several of the Top Professional Handlers in the USA and Canada as well as coached 3 Juniors to win the Canadian National one of whom went on to win Crufts World Junior Handling Competition.

In 2017, I launched Leading Edge Dog Show Academy, the world's first on-line dog show training school. My mission is to help mentor a new generation of dog show enthusiasts through innovative video-based grooming and handling lessons. LEDSA has won the award for Best On-line Education each year since it’s inception. I look forward to working with enthusiastic students as they perfect their skills on the way to the winner's circle.

Sit back, as I bring a lifetime of grooming and handling lessons to video, here at Leadingedge Dog Show Academy.


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