I posted before when my puppy was about 4 months old, and I had not had time to come back and post again. However, I am thankful to everyone who replyed.
My puppy is 6 months now :-) I can only afford to take her to get groomed once a month, and I give her a bath once a week, or some times every two weeks (if we dont go to the beach it is more). I keep her looking clean, but I do have a difficult time getting her hair fluffy enough!
I am posting because I need advice on two issues. The first is that I am only using a wicker brush on her, and I want to know if I should be using another type of brush before or after the wicker brush to get her hair looking the way it should.
The second issue is with my groomer. I have been taking my dogs to the same groomer for about 8 years now. He is good at what he does, but he does not groom many standard poodles (my previous dog was a miniature). I believe that he is not using the correct blade(?) for her the body part. I want it to be shorter, but not as short as her paws, mouth, and the part of the tail they clip so close. I have not asked him, but I think he is just clipping it with scissors? I am confused. The two big issues are the body is too long (I think), and her bracelets are not quite round or even oval enough. I am posting some pictures, and I hope I can get some advice as to how to brush my puppy better, and some advice to give to the groomer to use with my puppy.
The attached picture is of my puppy when she was 3 months old, but she had her puppy clip then. I have to go, so I cant wait for the other pix to load. I will post them tomorrow though.
I am not a groomer but I don't recognize the clip. I think tannerokeefe has a good idea to take a pic to the groomer so he/she can see what you want. But if they are unable to do the clip you want, maybe you should look for a groomer who has more experience with poodles.
The other pix in the previous post were of the first time the groomer started to switch her to the bikini clip. This is the pic (I do not remember where I got it from) of how I want her to look (as much as possible). The other pic of my puppy was after the second time the groomer worked on the shape of the bracelets.
The picture of the black poodle is the one that I showed the groomer. Here is a pic of the last time she was groomed (3 weeks ago). Could it be that my puppy does not have long enough hair for the bracelets? She is growing a lot, but her hair grows somewhat slowly...
I would consider getting a new groomer, but since this groomer has been working with my dogs for so long he does not charge me a lot. I cant understand how he can get the bracelets right on the miniature poodle I used to have, but he cant get them done on my standard puppy :-S
This was taken a week after she was groomed, and I had given her a bath. I am not very good at making her hair fluffy, but I try and try.
I meant that I did NOT want her body cut as short as her feet/mouth/tail, but that maybe it should be a bit shorter than it is now? He leaves it about almost an inch long all over her body.
I was reading some posts about puppy hair, and how it is more difficult than adult hair. Since the groomer HAS left my miniature poodles constantly looking great, could it be then that he is just struggling with the puppy hair? When do they get their adult hair? (I am sorry, this is my first puppy :-)
IF the body part looks in some parts uneven is it because he is scissoring it? or is it because it should be made to that length with a type of blade? or is it yet again the issue of puppy hair being difficult to manage?
I agree with working more so on letting the hair on the bracelets grow more, and have more patience with getting a better shape.
Can someone recommend how to brush her hair to make it fluffier? It is extremely soft btw, and I can sometimes get it fluffy (but not all the times).
I appreciate all the information I am gaining from the website, and the posts.
It looks to me like the body has already been taken down to a 7 blade, any shorter like NPM said, would look awful because of her light color. I take Tynkers down to a 7 in the summer since it is sooo hot here, and do her face with either a 10 or 40 depends on her the time of year, summer it is 40 winder it is 10 and her body hair grows out in the winter and she is taken to about a 3 I guess to keep it tidy, she is apricot/cream like yours.
I'm torn really looking at those pics as to what blade I think that might be. It looks a bit choppy to me and a #7 should be smooth. Even puppy hair should be smooth with a 7 blade. Why not ASK THE GROOMER what blade he is using? Ask him if he can go shorter?
As for getting her fluffy again after you bathe her at home that has more to do with how you are drying her than what brush you are using. I would suggect sticking with the slicker brush and a comb since you already have it and her hair is so short. Make sure it is a soft slicker. The trick to getting fluffy straight hair is in drying one section at a time. For example start on one pom pom and dry using your comb or brush to straighten the hair. Don't move from that section until it is 100% bone dry. It would also help a great deal if you could get your hands on a dryer that is made for this and blows air at a higher velocity, this actualy will straighten the hair all on it's own, no need for the brush if you can manage it.