Bentley is a small doodle type with the kinky hair. The owner adopted him from a shelter, and his coat had been neglected.
So I had to shave the body for the first visit, with a longer face. Since then, the half inch puppy ct works best for him since I groom him every 8 weeks.
Labradoodles (Labrador x Poodle) and Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever x Poodle) always provide a pet groomer with a challenge. If they are groomed on a monthly basis, the hair can be left longer. But if they are not brushed out regularly by the owner, or seen only every two or three months by a professional groomer, the result is a huge mess of matted hairunless kept short.
If that is the case when I meet a new client, I explain I'll be shaving the dog this time - the length will depend on how bad the knots are - and try to convince them to rebook in a reasonable time, two months after a shave down is usually best. It's not fair to torture the dog with trying to comb out knots especially in sensitive areas such as the neck, belly and under the armpits, ears and tail.
Once the dog is groomed regularly by both the owner and groomer, the coat can be trimmed anywhere from 1/2" to 1" or longer. I still keep the sensitive areas short as they tend to knot the quickest. Using a detangler creme rinse and/or spray help with combing out after the bath.
The ears need to be plucked just like a poodle and the hair around and under the eyes trimmed by the groomer. The lower jaw may need to be short if the dog keeps his dinner in it to save for later. Also the hair on the paw pads should be shaved to prevent sliding on wood or tile floors, with the hair on top of the paws trimmed to about 1/2" and rounded. The long tail can be trimmed to whatever length is best; short if it tangles easy.
This booklet was created by Tampa Bay area Mobile Groomer, Sharon Miner, to help pet
owners of all ages learn how to care for their dogs and cats to keep
them healthy and happy. Tools, products and home remedies are included.
If you want to know how to clean your dog’s eyes, ears and teeth, learn
about keeping your pet’s coat healthy, how to smooth nail tips to avoid
being scratched and what to do for a flea infestation, then this is the
resource for you!
This booklet offers helpful, low-cost tips for grooming pets at home. Not haircuts, but everything else is included. It's only offered on Amazon and free to Kindle Unlimited program. Or purchase for your Kindle for only 99 cents!
Why choose mobile pet grooming instead of taking your furry friend to a shop for its bath and/or haircut?
Some of the reasons my customers tell me:
For the convenience (I groom in my van in your driveway and I'm totally self-contained.)
So my dog doesn't have to be at the shop all day. (It takes about 60-90 minutes per pet at your house)
So my dog or cat doesn't have to be caged. (It's just me and the pet in my van.)
So my dog or cat doesn't have to be around other pets. (It's just me and the pet in my van.)
I don't like to drive anywhere with my pet. (Many senior citizens don't.)
My pet gets car sick. (I don't move my van.)
My pet is old and hard to move. (I help into my van, and my hydraulic table lifts it up to tub level.)
My pet is afraid of all the shop activity and noises.(It's just me and the pet in my van.)
If these reasons pertain to you and your dog or cat, contact a local mobile groomer! The prices for mobile grooming are higher than when groomed in a shop, but my customers say it's well worth it!
My van has a/c and heat, warm water and several settings on the dryer to be gentle on little dogs and cats, or stronger for long-haired dogs so they dry quicker. The clip-vac for my clippers gives a more even cut and the Drummel tool gives their nails a smooth, round tip.
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