The Ultimate Guide to Grooming the Saluki

The ultimate guide on grooming your Saluki for maintenance or the show ring, as taught by expert Saluki groomer and handler, Allison Alexander. Includes show grooming, trimming, finishing touches and recommended equipment.

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Your Outcome

You will come away with take-action-today inspiration and technical know-how of how to groom your Saluki with ease and confidence. You will learn about drying your Saluki, trimming using the stripping knife, pumice stone, thinning shears and clippers. You might be confused because Salukis should be ungroomed, natural or untrimmed. This is a common misconception about many breeds. While they should not appear coiffed or have any scissor marks, we do not want to have any excess hair in areas that will create optical illusions (and thus change how the conformation of our dog may appear). Of course, some Salukis have more hair than others so the grooming & trimming needed will vary - in this course we show you where to trim and how so that you have the skills to groom your own Saluki, following the natural structure of your dog.

About Your Instructor, Allison Alexander

Allison began her successful career handling Salukis with the Top Saluki in Canada and a Top 10 hound in 1992. Allison went on to have a Top Saluki and a Top 10 hound for almost 20 consecutive years in Canada. Allison has won more BIS and BISS on Salukis than any other handler in Canada, with over 100 BIS won including a top Best in Show winner, Windstorm Ruffled One, "Ruffles". Among her most memorable wins among her career are the Best of Breed wins at the Westminster Kennel Club with the mother and daughter duo, Windstorm Luck Be An Lady, "Lucky", and Windstorm One Lucky Lady, "Charm".
Salukis are one of Allison's favourite breeds, as well as one of her favourites to groom. She has bred, owned, and of course handled Salukis with great success and passion! Most recently, Allison had the great honour of being voted by the Saluki Club of America membership to judge their 2021 futurity.


  • 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 when ever 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 Saluki
  • 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 a support
  • In conclusion... this course is for everyone!

Course Curriculum

  Bathing & Drying the Saluki
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  Trimming Finishing Touches
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  Troubleshooting your Grooming
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  In Conclusion
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  Bonus - Introducing your Saluki Puppy to Stacking
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  Bonus - Saluki Handling teaser
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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, in its entirety, is available for you now!
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].
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 via the Facebook page if you do not receive it, or email [email protected].

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