A lot of the posts I am reading most of you do all of the grooming yourself? I dont know if I have it in me off the the bat? Do most Poodle owners groom their own, is it a hobby that comes along with the dog?
Thats the honest truth!!!!!!!!The most you would need to do between Pro grooming visit's is brushing, but even a lot of owners don't even go that far.
secreto you were lucky to find a groomer like that.... I'm ashamed to admit what I charge for hand scissoring on a standard... and the continentals I do... $$$
I'm not surprised you were able to do a nice job on your first cont. clip.
Honestly a continental, or for that matter a lot of the other trims aren't rocket science in themselves. Setting the pattern is easier than it looks, so long as you can follow instrustions on what to shave and what not to shave. I can knock the pattern work out on a fully coated dog in a matter of minutes. It's the scissoring thats the hard part and the shaping everything. I had difficult time the first time I scissored the rosettes on the the hips. Sometimes I catch myself shaping the cuffs different shapes even now.. It drives me batty to realize I did three round braceletts and the one I'm working on now is oval shaped LoL!!!
Poor Jazz hasn't had her face and feet clipped in three weeks either... I was trying to let it grow out so that when we touch up her dye job that hair, which is likely to get stained, (especialy on her feet,) when we rinse can be clipped off and will protect her foot from being dyed lol.
If you know the number of the blade or gaurd comb yes. Really you aren't going to find much difference between say a 5 blade and a 7 blade or a 2 gaurd and a 1. Where you get the difference is when you wanted a fluffy pretty scissor trim done with a gaurd comb or by hand and you get a dog who has been clipped with a blade. The blade will leave a much less plush look. When I'm doing a consult and I can't decide if what a client is asking me for is a sort gaurd comb or a longer blade I ask "do you want it 'short but fluffy' with a plush look or do you want more of a smooth coated look" The blade will leave that "shaved" look but it won't be bald, just short and smooth.to make sure you get what you want is it best to give the number for the blade or whatever being used?