That would be a great comparisonThank you. That was taken in summer when they were looking reasonably presentable- I was looking for the feral beachwashed photo to add a comparison. I am very lucky in that I have the Ninety Mile Beach very close to me where we can virtually always get some off leash no people, no other dog space for them to romp in & get thoroughly wet & sandy.
EXACTLY!!! In the same boat. It seems very intimidating, especially with no training and not knowing where to start or what tools you actually need. I'm so jealous of all you groomer and groomer-types whose dogs ALWASY look freshly groomed, as opposed to ours who always looked 2 weeks over due for a trim ;-) PLEASE keep the information and tips on DIY-poodle grooming coming. Hmmmm ... wonder if there's a good book or video with that title.ooh this is a GREAT post! I was thinking it would be so fun to groom Huxley myself and he's SO patient and still that he lets me do it - I just have NO idea what I'm doing!! LOL I tried to shave him down myself which I thought would be easy enough since I wouldn't have to keep any shape or do the scissoring but my clippers weren't up for the job! (I've been reading the clipper posts and think I'm ready to invest in a good Andis). I'm also freaked out about the face (even after watching tons of youtube videos on it!) Any grooming info from the pros is VERY welcome!! Thank you thank you thank you for starting this thread
I bathe my poodle once a week and brush her out every other day. Use a greyhound comb.EXACTLY!!! In the same boat. It seems very intimidating, especially with no training and not knowing where to start or what tools you actually need. I'm so jealous of all you groomer and groomer-types whose dogs ALWASY look freshly groomed, as opposed to ours who always looked 2 weeks over due for a trim ;-) PLEASE keep the information and tips on DIY-poodle grooming coming. Hmmmm ... wonder if there's a good book or video with that title.
Are snap on combs necessary? I am going to try to groom my dogs at home finally. I have been reading, watching videos, etc; I haven't seen them being used..please advise before I end up down the wrong path. I have ordered a 2speed clipper with a 4&7 blade, straight, curved, and thinning shears, little nose ones. Any advice before next week would be appreciated
when you bathe your boy, and put conditioner on him lightly go over him with slicker(the cond will help the matts/burrs to slide out) assuming he isnt beyond saving. If you have a hv it will greatly help to stretch the coat and blow some of those knotts out. i like the master equipment dryer thats a hv & stand dryer because its adjustable in air and heat and works nicely on small and afraid dogs. crown royale is absolutely the best spray i have ever used for #1 spritzing on areas as you fluff dryHelp! I have 3 small guys... I am going to groom at home for the first time and have been reading feverently your posts. But I have a problem that needs to be addressed. My littlest guy is matted...my other two are ok, I brush all three the same but this one.... I have tried a mat splitter.....he ate/broke it! He has extremely curly hair. I have tried the conditioner sprays to break them down and it makes them worse. I don't have thinning shears, they are on their way. It's going to force me once more to clip him short and try once again to let him grow out because his best clip is a pants and jacket. Cause of mats cockle burrs I live in the country, I have no idea where he is finding them because I have gone out there and eliminated them....or so I thought.