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I groomed Harry yesterday. I realized that the more we groom the better he is getting about it and after doing those puppies from the Humane society and my sister-in-law's shih tzu, he is an angel to groom.;)

I didn't realize until after I took his picture that I took the jacket a little too high in the front and maybe a little too far up on the back but it's hair, it can grow out and I'm still learning with absolutely no instruction. I have yet to buy myself a dvd.:lol:

Oh and the scissors were heaven!

 

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Terrific job, Kpoos!!! :) I don't have anything to practice on with Lucy except for FFT since she's still a fluffy puppy - but someday I hope I can do some fun stuff with her!! How much of this did you do with your Laube??
 

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I did his face and feet but I did the main body work with the Andis. Then after the Andis was a little too bluky for some places I finished off with the Laube. The Laube was really good for the hairs that went in crazy directions. I just need to do his face in better light I think so that I can see where the hairs that go in a different direction are and cut those accordingly.
 

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Looking good, you're right to hig on the front leg and to short on the jacket. You'll be surprised at how often you have to keep them groomed with it being so short but it does get faster with them the more experience.
 

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Looking good, you're right to hig on the front leg and to short on the jacket. You'll be surprised at how often you have to keep them groomed with it being so short but it does get faster with them the more experience.
I was just looking at pictures of show dogs and the jacket comes straight across the elbow and for some reason I took it up over the elbow so I have to grow that part out again. He needs some hair in the chest and we'll grow him a tad longer in the back but that's his last rib so I'm guessing he's a bit long in body since I need to go beyond the last rib to balance him out. His bracelets are round but for some reason in this picture they come out looking more square. I don't want them too big but I want them to be balanced and looking at other people's pictures I've noticed that they leave them longer on the back of the leg than the front. Ugh it's one of those things that you have to keep on practicing and I'm glad that he's so tolerant of the whole thing. Next time I'm going to use a #30 on him. This was a #10.
 

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The jacket should be set half way between the last rib and the point of the hip. Can you take a full side picture so that I can see the whole jacket?
 

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The jacket should be set half way between the last rib and the point of the hip. Can you take a full side picture so that I can see the whole jacket?
Well then it's too far forward. It's at the end of the last rib. I'll just shave him down in a couple of weeks with it further back so that I can start growing that line of hair and blend it in with the rest. I sort of outlined rosettes on his hips and with them being pretty big the jacket is set too far forward. I should have drawn it on him with chalk. Eh, next time.
 

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I think you did a great job. It has taken me months of practice. I just watched other groomers and asked questions. Plus, I also look at show pictures. Luckly, my poodles hair seem to grow out in a couple of weeks that I can cover up and start over again on a trim. I have found that the more I practice, the faster I get with trimming. Good luck.
 

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I'm so excited that you went for it! You did an outstanding job for you first try. I've seen continental done by people who've been grooming (pets not showdogs) for decades that don't look that good.
 

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Thanks! I'm going to grow some rosettes now because I want to see if I can shape those. So the next time I post pictures of his cut he should have the jacket back a tad and adjusted on his legs, his face should look better because I'm going to shave it better, and he will have the start of rosettes! I can't wait to take him places even like this. People will comment I'm sure.;)
 

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People comment on Meau's modified conti ALL THE TIME! I can't tell you how many times we've been asked if she's a "show dog"! :) Have fun with it!!
 

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Thanks! I'm going to grow some rosettes now because I want to see if I can shape those. So the next time I post pictures of his cut he should have the jacket back a tad and adjusted on his legs, his face should look better because I'm going to shave it better, and he will have the start of rosettes! I can't wait to take him places even like this. People will comment I'm sure.;)
I'm so jealous now! I really need my Spoo. I've caught myself wondering what a Maltese would look like in Conti and when I clip my mom's cat (who won't groom herself), I leave puffs on her tail.
 

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I'm so jealous now! I really need my Spoo. I've caught myself wondering what a Maltese would look like in Conti and when I clip my mom's cat (who won't groom herself), I leave puffs on her tail.
:lol: That's hilarious, you should try it!
 

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ohh, he looks great!!! Don't ya LOVE being able to groom them in these fun ways!!! I get asked all the time if Paris is a show dog too cos she's so hairy. lol! He will draw crowds I'm sure, let us know how it goes, and share pics of the next stage!!!
 

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OH I will, thanks! It means a lot coming from you.:) I decided the next step will be a HCC. I like the clip a lot and since Harry is a little long in body, I can learn how to disguise that with the positioning of his jacket and rosettes.
 
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