Golden Grooming 101

Learn to groom your Golden Retriever with confidence and ease! In this detailed course we demonstrate and explain the steps of the dry, which products & tools to use, show trimming, prepping for the show ring, & more!

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Your Outcome

You will come away with take-action-today inspiration and technical know-how of how to groom your Golden Retriever with ease and confidence. We will discuss the bath and recommended products and setting yourself up for success. Each step of the dry - from top to bottom - are demonstrated and explained step-by-step. You will learn about how to trim your Golden Retriever, starting with raking the coat all the way to trimming the tip of the tail. One of our most requested tutorials, trimming the feet and the hocks, is also demonstrated. Techniques and products for grooming at the show and for maintenance are also discussed.

You will learn not only how but why we groom Golden Retrievers the way we do and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to do so yourself!

WHAT YOU GET!

ALL OF OUR STEP-BY-STEP VIDEOS, WRITTEN SUMMARIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW! Diagrams and the ebook, plus other written materials to help further your learning, will be released by June 9th!

  • 25+ Instructional video modules
  • Detailed descriptions of each video
  • Comprehensive diagrams
  • Allison’s tips and tricks
  • Equipment and product lists complete with video instruction
  • Downloadable/printable e-book that you can take with you anywhere
  • Course completion certificate
  • Self-paced instruction
  • Lifetime access!
  • No complicated time zones. Learn whenever you want!
  • Videos, e-book and diagrams to help you succeed!

How we approach grooming/showing our dogs determine our success.

With more than 30 years as one of the top professional dog handlers in the world Allison and her school instructors bring there unique insight, talent and teaching ability to this program. You will be motivated and entertained as you learn the skills and techniques to get your dog into the winner's circle with confidence and consistency.

Who should take this course

  • People who want to learn how to groom their Golden Retriever
  • People who want to improve their grooming skills with confidence
  • People who love step-by-step concise and consistent instruction by the world’s best teachers
  • People who want to groom their dog and create a “brand“ that is recognizable around the world (and in the ring!)
  • People who want to learn, get tips, be supported by a group and win!
  • People who strive to be the best and are seeking world class coaching and support
  • In conclusion... this course is for everyone!

Questions? Email [email protected] and we'll get you answers!


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Course Curriculum


  The Bath & Hygienic Grooming
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  The e-book! Available to read, download, and print
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  BONUS - The Subtleties of Breed-Specific Handling for the Golden Retriever
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Your Instructor


Allison Alexander
Allison Alexander

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.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is this course available for individuals and organizations (i.e. kennel clubs, salons)
Yes! Individuals can buy this course. If you are a member of a club or own and salon or grooming school please contact us for group-buying information.
Will the entire course curriculum be available from the start date or do I have to wait for content?
The course is available for you now! The e-book will be added within a week of the course launch.
Is there support outside of the curriculum?
Yes, here at Leading Edge Dog Show Academy we pride ourselves on supporting our students. Reach out via our interactive Facebook page or email us at [email protected] We also encourage you to attend our webinars and ask your questions in our popular "curated Q&A".
How do I receive my course completion certificate?
Follow along the course with the prompts for the next video and the certificate will automatically be generated when the course curriculum is completed and you will be given the option to download. You can also reach out to us if you do not receive it, simply email [email protected]