I don't get my poodle professionally groomed. My uncle has a cockapoo who gets professionally groomed. They always leave his face really long and his tail really long. I asked my uncle if he asked for it to be that way and he said "that's just how they do it." He obviously doesn't mind it. It would bother me, but I am sure they would cut them shorter if asked.
Dakota: GSD/Lab 9 years old
Ditto: GSD 5 years old
Daisy: Alaskan Husky 4 years old
Weegee:Toy Poodle 2 year old
Bandit: Parakeet 11 years old
Chico and Bella: Cockatiels
This is kind of a different circumstance, but when I took Sophie in for her first groom I wanted them to try a Miami-type clip, and they wouldn't do it because she's just got her puppy hair. They told me they would only do a 'puppy clip'. I asked around on this forum and also called around to different groomers in the area and most everyone concurred that you should be able to try any clip on a puppy (may not look as good as an adult coat but will have same basic shape...). Since that groomer wouldn't do it, I'm trying out a different groomer that will do any clip.
So I guess my answer is a groomer that won't do what you want, puppy hair regardless!
If it was her first time at a groomers, I wouldn't do a full body clip all over either. I like their first experience with my salon to be quick and non-traumatic. Her hair type would have nothing to do with that decision, worry about her future visits and how she enjoys her first groom would be my first priority.
Though your icon looks like she's had her F/F/T done before? How many times? I recommend about 3 before worrying about a full body haircut.
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Since having Trina, I have taken her to quite a few different groomers. She never went to any of them a second time. A few issues that came up were one groomer put Listerine in Trina's ears, refused to clean her ears (she told me it would cause hemorrhaging in the ears), never clipping her nails, chopping her top knot, not bathing her and trying to cover it up by pouring so much grooming powder on her that the window had to be down to suck out all of it on the way home, and her being extremely stressed. Some not so good experiences! Those groomers had their own issues whether they were overworked or overbooked, inexperienced, or whatever! ****I know there are amazing groomers around here! Just didn't have the luck of finding them sooner! Now Trina is groomed by me. And I love it! So it all worked out! : )
Yes, the breeder was grooming her (FFT at least) weekly before she came to me to get her used to it. So it was her first groom w me. If the groomer had meant that, ok, but she specifically told me she wouldn't do anything else til adult coat came in. And she did take about an inch of hair off all over.
My only complaint is that Cali always comes back from the groomer with "flood pants"! I've tried 3 groomers in town and they all clipped her feet too high. The 3rd groomer did the best job by far so I've stuck with her but Cali still has flood pants. I even showed the groomer where I wanted the feet clipped to but she insists that where she clips them to is the poodle standard. I've finally given up and just accept the fact her feet will be clipped higher than I like; her hair grows so fast the flood pants disappear in a few weeks anyway. Cali's breeder agrees that her feet are taken a little high but says at least she has pretty feet.
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I have a fantastic groomer; been going to her for 15 years now; 14 with my Jake that I lost last year and a year now with Sunny. She is a pro, expert at hand scissoring, does not crate the dogs, and well, no complaints. She groomed in Europe and I think competed at Crufts, so I am uber lucky!!! She is in the Chicago area if anyone is near and wants to PM me. (Figured someone needed to do the "thumb's up" for their groomer)!
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When a groomer won't listen and do what I ask. Then they skip doing his nails. We've been to three. None follow instructions, and I'm not asking for anything complicated or unusual (am I?).
1) Clip the body short - anywhere between 1/2" - 1" is acceptable
2) Blended topknot
3) Follow the lines I left for the FFT and sanitary
None have followed the lines for the FFT and sanitary. All gave Kohl a baboon butt, didn't shave down the front of his throat or follow the V pattern I had, clipped well above his eyes (not just trimming the eyelashes), and like others mentioned, gave him significant high water pants. They've also shaped his topknot really weirdly. All of this is annoying, but Kohl was clean and happy so I know he was well-treated which is the most important thing.
I will say, though, that this last experience just about did me in. Up until this point, Kohl has had a puppy flag tail. I'd shave maybe 1/2" - 3/4" at the base and trim the rest to keep it under control. This woman (who owns a standard, BTW) shaved SIX INCHES of his tail and left him with this assinine limp baseball-sized tuft of hair at the end. Then she has the nerve to complain to me in a put-upon tone that she 'had such a hard time shaping him because his hair is just so puppy-soft'.
No kidding. Think that's because he's, I don't know, A PUPPY!? Maybe this is why I keep him in a puppy-friendly cut rather than try to style a ball on the end of his tail and on the top of his head?
Oh, well, guess I get to try a German-style tail a bit sooner than I had planned. Haven't done it yet. I'm waiting for the shaved hair to grow out enough that his tail doesn't look like a rat's.
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