The Theory of 5 Grooming Book Second Edition by Melissa Verplank
Melissa Verplank Theory of 5 Second Edition
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank
The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank

The Theory of 5 by Melissa Verplank

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AllGroom is pleased to bring you the newest edition of the popular Theory Of 5 grooming book by Certified Master Groomer Melissa Verplank. This is the new Second Edition offering 140 pages packed full of grooming how to tips, tricks, techniques and time-savers to simplify and streamline achieving all the most popular pet grooming styles for the family dog, applicable to all breeds and coat types. Find out more below


Melissa Verplank's Theory of 5 covers the 5 most popular styles and trims for each of the 5 key areas of the body with 25 styles covered in detail, giving you countless combinations to achieve the exact look you and your clients want. 5 trim styles each for the head, ears, body, feet and tail. Covers all pet styles and trims groomers get asked for day-in, day-out. Simplifys the groom for faster, more consistent, predictable results every time - and happier customers!

Not just for trained professionals, it also covers the essentials. An ideal tool for student groomers and beginners. Valuable learnings for every level of experience, up to expert groomers and tutors. Melissa's clever concept is the result of over 30 years of grooming, tested and proven to work every day. TIP: One of our favourite ways to use this book is to show clients what you have in mind for each area of the body for clear communication. They know what to expect, and we know what they want! No surprises. Happier customers. Glowing reviews. 


How to use Theory of 5 >Instructions for the beginner groomer to the experienced working groomer.

The Foundation of the Groom > Tips for how to best use your tools (scissors, clippers, brushes etc) - Tips and instructions for bathing, brushing and drying for proper prep before you clip or scissor to get the best groom possible - How to get a smoother more even finish - Setting patterns.

Breeds and Groups > Overview with quick tips for specific breeds and groups including 'Oodles, Bichon, Poodle, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Spaniels, Terriers, Schnauzers, Chow Chow, Pomeranian, Lhasa Apso and more.

Grooming Body Styles > 31 pages of direction in clipping, shaping and sculpting all the most popular types of body trims.

Head Styles > 30 pages covering how to's from a top knot to terrier heads, sweet round teddy bear heads and more.

Ear Styles > 14 pages of concise, detailed, easy to follow steps for shaping all ear types.

Feet Styles > 15 pages of clear instructions for clipping, scissoring and shaping the different feet / paw trims.

Tail Styles > 10 pages of tails! Covering the shapes, patterns and tips for the perfect end to a well groomed dog.


"I haven't finished reading this front to back ...yet...but I love it so far. It is so SIMPLE and lays out grooming in a very non complex way that not only makes it easier for me to understand and learn grooming - but to remember all the important things!'

"If you're looking for a book that simplifies the grooming process, this is the book for you. I also found that the styles shown in this book are more for pet dogs, as opposed to show dogs, which is more relevant in the grooming industry. A+!!" 

"I am always reading this book, it covers most things i need to know in an easy and concise way, it complements my course notes and it simplifies grooming styles in the compact theory of five way which i really like, i buy Melissa Verplank books and videos if i want to know anything, i have never been disappionted yet."

"Been grooming for 5 yrs and I still found some good bits of info in here. I am interested in her other books as well."

"Great book shows step by step how to groom. Makes grooming at home manageable. Illustrations are very clear. Breakdown of areas helpful."

"A must have book for all groomers, especially trainees and apprentice. this will be sitting on my grooming table all the time."

"A great book. Really clear and helpful instructions. I’m fully qualified but it’s still a great read."

"Great reference guide"

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