For Toby's past two grooms I have been using a local woman who travels in her van and comes to your house to groom your dog. She does everything outside in her van. She is very good and reputable. I love her. She charges $40.00 bucks for the full groom and I tip her $10. The last time she was scheduled to come, she didn't show up. She usually calls the night before but I didn't hear from her. I called her and she did not have me on her schedule. I thought we had made the appointment the last time she groomed Toby. I even wrote it on my calendar. Anyway, she was also sick that day and was on her way to the doctor and had cancelled any appointments she had. She said she would call me later and reschedule. She didn't. I called her on Friday and left a message on her machine and she hasn't called me back. It is now Tuesday. I am wondering what happened? If I offended her or if she has had something happen to her? So I was thinking that maybe I would try grooming Toby myself. I can buy those clippers at Walmart, but my question is: How do you hold the dog still? Do you put him on a table and tie him like a horse? I mean leashes going to two corners? Help????? Please explain how you do it. Toby is only 5 lbs. so I could use my kitchen table.
Wendy, maybe she had a death in the family or something like that.
I've groomed layla myself, its not that hard, but you have to be willing to live with an ugly dog for the first few times, cause it takes practice. I bought a clippers and just went for it. The body and legs are pretty easy, the clipper guard determines the length. The face and around the eyes are difficult, not to make the dog look choppy or uneven and if the dog is squirmy, its scary to do around the eyes. Good luck, if you decide to try. I've managed to be able to just do a bit of trimming up between grooms, but after a couple of my cuts, she needs a trip to the groomers badly to get her "look" back. lol
She sits pretty well, I only have to restrain her with one hand. Groomers have these tables with restraints on them, I'm sure that makes it easier. If you start with short stints and get him used to it, he might stay for you.
That's what I thought. I need a table with a straight jacket. LOL!!! Maybe that's why she won't call me back!!! No, actually she said Toby was very good for her. Maybe something did happen and she had a family emergency. I hope she is alright.
wendy- i think it also comes from the dog learning to behave. they are *usually* better for strangers/groomers than they are for mom!!! i dont have to clip my eskies, but i do have to brush then daily and trim toe hair weekly. i prefer to do it on th efloor, but they are so little, i made this:
anyway, i got them used to it, and grooming, with treats. can you have hubby help you the first few times, maybe use the longest clipper guard, and have him bribe toby to concentrate on treats instead of the clippers? id think getting him used to the noise is half the battle. a p-nut butter filled kong would be great in this situation!!!
my neighbor does her westie herself. trims her short all over. the dog is 6 and still looks like she lost a fight with a hedge trimmer. there is no helping that woman. after that long, a monkey could learn to groom a dog. course this is the same woman who asked me how i keep snowball so white, didnt know there was 'dog' shampoo, and washed the westie with head & shoulders and victoria's secret bubble bath, 'to make her smell nice'. as if westies dont have enough skin problems...
anyway....i digress. not too fond of the neighbor lady, am i...
I use to groom several years ago. Don't know how much help I will be. They use a holding leash on the table, that way the dog can not sit down. The higher the number in the blades the closer cut you will get. In trimming the toe nails, look for a line that crosses white nails, be very careful not to cut pass that line. If the nails are black it is hard to know where the quick is. Don't cut too short, they bleed like stuck pigs if you cut into the quick. Hope that helps alittle bit. I still groom my schnauzers but I also forgot to tell you to use like one of the little cordless clippers (small) to do the ears and around the face. Trim the hair inside the paws, around each toe. (very carefully)
wendy, why not let Toby go au natural? you know, let him get in touch with his groovy side. maybe a few dread locks, some patchouli spritzer, perhaps a beaded collar, and voila! it's retro Toby, he'd be so hip! sorry, couldn't resist. good luck with grooming Mr. Cutest Dog Ever.
If you undertake groomnig yourself, a grooming table can cost around 40 bucks, with a grooming arm. They are invaluable, althought he dog is not left unattended of course!
Clippers are a bit more expensive, buy a quality pair of them, its worth your money.
After years of grooming on the floor, witht eh afghans I got a grooming arm, and now feel like a moron.
Now, you can get a regular padded table, but grooming tables have rubber mats on them already. You can buy teh mat and the arm by itself as well, but frankly, I like the tables, they aer made for the dogs.
I bought a grooming table when I got my westie because it is easier than being on the floor. When she was on the floor she would try to run away. I put all of my dogs one table when I groom them because they do need to be brushed everyday. I think a grooming table was the best investment for me.
I have a grooming table with plug-in built into the back of it in the garage that is a big help. But during the winter it is cold out there and so today I bought a smaller grooming table that just folds up to blow dry them on. It will really come in handy because whether you are bathing or grooming you have to almost have a table for the dog to be comfortable and its a hold lot easier on you too. Now with this smaller table I can blow dry them inside and just fold it up when thru.
I bought clippers at Wal-mart, and they didn't work that great. It would be worth it to buy a really good quality clipper if you want to groom your dog yourself. In the long run it would be money well invested. I groomed my little dog myself(wire terrier) she looked a little funny the first couple of times, but I got the knack of it and she did fine.
I used to groom my Schanuzer and had to put a gate up in both doors of the kitchen. It is much easier to use a table as they are less likely to get away from you. I used the same clipper that I used for my husband's haircuts. He didn't care cuz the clippers were cleaned good after each hair cut.
Now I have a Bichon and would never try to groom her until she is older. She is only 1 right now. She'd never sit still long enough for me to do it. I have hard enough time just getting her into the shower..we don't have a tub. With little dogs, they get away real easy. I'm going to get a grooming table when she gets older.
Thank you so much for everyone's advice. It has been very helpful. I think I like Bessie's idea of letting Toby go Au' Natural and get dread locks in his hair. Hee Hee!!! Anyway, we will see how it goes. I attempted to groom Toby when he was much younger. I cut his ears so frickin short he looked like Cindy Brady with those little curly ponytails bouncing around. He was pretty squirmy then. I will make some sort of table like you have all suggested. I already blow dry him whenever I bathe him so hopefully he won't freak out too bad about the noise from the clippers. =0) Eskie-you crack me up about your Westie neighbor. A trained monkey, ha, LMAO!!! P.S. I looked Fallston up. It is not too close to me but I have an idea where it is.
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 2/1/2005 8:00:57 PM*** Reason: added something
WHy yes I am feeling a bit better Bessielou and thanks for asking. I know, can you believe it? I scared away the best groomer in town. I still am trying to figure out what the heck I did. Maybe Toby was really bad the last time she groomed him.
I am not taking her side on anything, but the reason that I quit grooming was I had a terrier bite completely thru my thumb. I was trying to muzzle him because he didn't like to be groomed. It just so happened that he had his shots that very day, I got to thinking because of coarse I ended up at the doctor's office too, that if that dog had not had his shots I would have to start taking them , not a pleasant thought. I quit!!!!