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Old 11-28-2012, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally used my clippers that I purchased a year ago. We were going on vacation and Swizzle was looking scruffy. His next grooming appointment is in a week when we return. I just did his face but it turned out great! I have a Laube Speed Feed and it is very light and easy to use. I gave Swizzle a bath and dried him. Then I put a towel in the sink and clipped him there. There was a little tuft by his nose which I took off with shears after I clipped him. I was nervous about nicking his nose which was why there was a little hair there. I can't believe it went so well - I was totally expecting a disaster. I will still use a groomer but in between I will clean him up. Next time I may do a full fft but now I really want a table. I may even get to the point I can do ah full groom which I never thought would happen. I really appreciate all the grooming pointers people post. I never would have tackled this otherwise.
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Good for you! See, it wasn't so bad!! I bought a rubber tub mat, and I put it on my kitchen island where I groom potsie. It keeps him from slipping around. The kitchen island is also a good height for grooming - beats forking out the money for a grooming table.
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I also trimmed Lola's muzzle yesterday. She next goes to the groomers on the 18 Dec, but until then we like her face to be clean so I trimmed her muzzle with my beard trimmer worked a treat. She just looks tidy until her next appointment.
I was very nervous doing it but it turned out fine. I did not go near the side of her cheeks just a nice clean muzzle.

As you can see she has a very hard life indeed,
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CT Girl: Yay! Good for you!! I well remember what it felt like dipping my toe into do-it-yourself grooming. I too started with "baby steps," clipping F, then FF&T holding my breath the whole while. Isn't it a great and empowering feeling to know you can keep cutiepie Swizzle looking his best at all times?! I'm sure you've just inspired others to give "between time" grooming a try too. You just earned yourself a vacation--go and enjoy!
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Congrats CT Girl.....that is a great accomplishment. Now that you have been "bitten by the grooming bug", I am sure you will do more and more until you are doing the entire groom. The offer still stands if you want to bring him to Fairfield, I can show you on one of mine and then just watch while you do him and give help if needed. I think you will find you enjoy it and Swizzle will certainly enjoy not having to go to the groomers.
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Congrats CT Girl.....that is a great accomplishment. Now that you have been "bitten by the grooming bug", I am sure you will do more and more until you are doing the entire groom. The offer still stands if you want to bring him to Fairfield, I can show you on one of mine and then just watch while you do him and give help if needed. I think you will find you enjoy it and Swizzle will certainly enjoy not having to go to the groomers.

You are such a doll. Swizzle is due at the groomer as soon as we are back from Florida but I will definitely take you up on that. I would love to see you in action as see how it really should be done.

Thanks to everybody for the encouragement. I am actually trying for Chagall's cut. Who knows with Oo dlepoodles's mom help maybe I can do more than a fft. That would be fantastic.
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watching someone is a great idea! good job on taking that first step. it is pretty fun, isn't it?
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