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Canine Anatomy by Melissa Verplank


Canine Anatomy
Melissa Verplank

Dogs all possess identical bone structure - from bulldogs to terriers- and muscle structure is fundamentally the same. For every purebred dog, there is a written guideline that outlines the breed’s ideal look, but being able to decipher the official breed standard can be a challenge. Speaking the language of canine anatomy can be the key component to working professionally with all breeds.

This DVD includes:

How to interpret the breed standard
The key components that make up a structurally sound and balanced animal, purebred or mixed breed
How to measure and select reference points and use them in the trimming process
How to handle the dog to create a harmonious relationship with them

Running-time 41:50

Melissa Verplank has over 30 years of experience in the pet industry. Her mastery of grooming techniques has won her numerous awards at both national & international levels. She has run multiple businesses including:

a fleet of mobile grooming units that serviced the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area
a grooming salon that grew into The Paragon School of Pet Grooming
a luxury pet care facility called Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa
White Dog Enterprises which publishes her award winning books, Notes From the Grooming Table and Theory of Five along with other educational products for the pet professional.
Learn2GroomDogs.com, an on-line educational streaming video library for pet professionals.

She was at the ground level of the voluntary certification testing programs, earning her Certified Master Groomer title in the mid 1980s. Melissa was a member of the traveling team for GroomTeam USA – representing the United States in World Team Competition in France in the early 90s. Later, she was the GroomTeam USA Team Coordinator, served on the Board of Directors, and currently sits on the Advisory Board. She assisted in the start-up of the International Judges Association and is an approved grooming judge with the United Showmanagers Alliance. Ms. Verplank is highly sought-after industry speaker, contest grooming judge, author, and a two-time Cardinal Crystal Achievement winner.


This title is in the following categories:

Anatomy & Gait
Grooming
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