First HCC - is he too young, should I skip it?
I am going to be a representative (along with my Spoo, Conan) at a new dog owner orientation tonight at my work about the importance of socialization, grooming, and proper training. I need to groom Conan first, and will have about five hours in which to do it. Let me preface this with the following: I am a groomer. I know how to scissor/clipper well, but have never set any pattern on a poodle other than the lamb trim.
Conan is 7 months, and still has puppy hair... but I'm antsy for an HCC! I cannot keep him in a lamb trim without him looking dumb, because when he was neutered he had a retained testicle and the vet clipped way too far up his side (towards the back -- would be short there in an HCC). His approximately four+ inches of hair right now hides this error, but if I took his body short for a lamb trim it would reveal it and I think it would look ridiculous (I've seen this happen to other dogs at work).
I have done plenty of internet research and know (and feel comfortable with) where to set the jacket, and I'm omitting the rosettes. But I'm not comfortable with where to set the bracelets. HELP?
Also, will he look dumb with his floppy-ish puppy hair in an HCC? Should I just leave it??