Can anyone recommend a place where I can get a GOOD puppycut for my Matlese/Pomeranian pup? He is 7 months old. Is this too early to get groomed? His hair is very much like the Maltese. I don't want him to look scalped or shaved but he definitely needs a trim. I tried to do it myself, but he is too wiggly and I'm not very good at it. I live in Maryland, the southern part.
Typically it is recommended that a puppy come in for its first groom before it is 6 months old. Any grooming shop should be able to do a good job. A puppy cut is an easy cut to do, the hardest part, being the wiggly pup. Just call a grooming shop and schedule an appointment, and they will know exactly what you want done, you just have to tell them.
Are you a groomer? I made an appointment with a place near my home. She wants $40.00 for a shampoo, cut, nails trimmed, ears cleaned and anal gland expression. I told her I want a puppy cut. This won't look like my dog is bald or shaved will it? He is Maltese/Pom and i like his hair/fur to be fluffy like when he was much younger. It has gotten long. Is $40.00 a reasonable price?
Yes, I am a groomer. Where I work, we charge about $28.99 for a full service groom, this includes haircut, nails, ears, bath, and anals. They will most likely use there clippers to shave the dog. They will ask you how long you want the hair and describe what they will do, and what time you can expect to pick the dog up. The pup will be fluffy, from the groom, and the dryers and everything else, your pup will be nice and soft and fluffy. They groomer will most likely show you what kind of brush you need, and tell you to brush your puppy every day so that in the future his grooms will be much easier on him. As for the price, it depends on what area of the country you are in, and what most places around there charge. I live in the middle of no where in Minnesota, so grooming is probably gonna cost less here, than closer to a city. I know, even though I only live about 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, grooming there costs more. The groomer will also recommend that you bring your dog in to be groomed every 4-6 weeks. If you brush your dog every day, you should only need to bring him in every 6 weeks. Also, your groomer may ask about brushing his teeth, and if his skin is dry, may recommend an oatmeal shampoo and/or conditioner. If your dog's skin is dry, you should definatley get the outmeal shampoo. Also, if you don't brush your dog's teeth every week, it may be somthing to look into.
Luvapit, Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have always bathed, brushed, clipped his nails, cleaned his ears and once tried to express his anal glands myself. I just can't get his hair to look like I want it to. I brush him almost everyday because he matts so easy. He isn't in bad shape, he just looks like he tried to cut his own hair!LOL You know, like little kids when they get ahold of a pair of scissors and whack their bangs off? I have an appointment for him tomorrow morning. They said I have to leave him there and they will call me when he is done. I don't want to leave him. He will freak out I know. But I guess it's easier on the groomer if a fanatic mother isn't hovering over them watching their every move, huh? I live outside of Washington, D.C. I'm sure that's why the price is so much higher than yours. Everything here is expensive. The gas is like $1.90 a gallon for the cheap stuff. My pup scratches alot, (no fleas) but I'm guessing dry skin maybe? I probably bathe him too much. I bet I'll be bringing some oatmeal shampoo home with me tomorrow. I use a puppy shampoo with human hair conditioner on him. Is that a No-No? Minniyar, I've had to have his anal glands expressed twice already by the vet, so should I let the groomer go ahead and do it or should I only let the vet? He is chasing his tail again (a sign that he needs them done).
Never use human products on a dog. That dries there skin out quickly, and they should not be bathed more than every 4-6 weeks. His skin is probably dry. Ask the groomer about that when you take him in, and they should tell you about what they have, and tell you not to bathe him so much. The dogs tend to be better behaved when their owners aren't there because they quickly learn that the groomers don't feel bad for them whereas there owner does, do you know what I mean? If he has to get his anals expressed that often, he probably has a problem with them, and you should ask your vet about that. He will need them expressed if they don't express on their own, because it can cause a lot of problems if they don't express. He will be fine there, and the groom will probably take 2-3 hours.
luvapit, I kinda figured I bathed him too much, but he gets so frickin' dirty. He is so low to the ground with all that white fur and he sleeps in my bed. Seems like I'm always bathing him. The lady I got him from said she used Pantene Shampoo on him (human stuff). I need a conditioner though of some kind because of his hair. It's tangly and the conditioner helps it to comb out better. Do they have dog conditioner? As far as anal glands go, I know he might have a problem. The vet said if he has to have them expressed every few weeks, then I might consider surgery. If it's only every few months, than that might be something we can live with. Personally, I don't want him to have surgery, but if it's detrimental to his health, then I guess I'll have to consider it. I put some olive oil in his food yesterday to try and help with the dry skin. Should I let the groomer express his glands or use my vet? It's just someone putting you know what, you know where, so does it really make a difference? Are the vets better at it?
Human shampoo is horrible for dogs the breeder should have known. There is doggy contitioner, groomers use doggy contioner. Groomers are taught a different methond than what the vets use, and the way to groomers do it is just to see if it needs to be done or not, and if it is bad they will recommend you take your dog to the vet. They both know how to do it, but groomers dont' use as much pressure. Humans need different things in their hair products than what dogs need, and human shampoo and conditioner is bad for a dog. Dogs get dirty. That is what happens, but they still should not be bathed anymore often then 4-6 weeks. What happens to you if you was your hands way too much and dont' use lotion? Think of that only to the dog's entire body.
Oh, and I wouldnt assume the groomer just knows what you want. I have learned this the hard way with my own hair. Bring some pics in with you and really explain what you DO want and what you DON"T want.
Kristine, I already add All Bran cereal to his food (the vets advice to bulk up the stools which help express the gland when they have a movement. I haven't heard about the canned pumpkin. What does that do? I have some pictures I was planning on bringing anyway. Thanks for the advice though. I'm afraid he's going to look stupid and all buzzed. I will tell them I DON'T want that!! As far as my own hair - I've got the same problem. I'm sporting a really, really short haircut right now (one I didn't want) even after bringing in a picture. After it was done, I was looking at the picture and looking at my hair and thinking to myself "what in the h*** was she looking at? It wasn't THIS picture.LOL
no, that wasn't me, that was someone else that doesn't seem to know much about pits. I know that red noses are just the color of their nose, and they are all APBTS or AmStaffs. Also, he won't look all buzzed, the clippers have different sized blades that cut the hair at different legnths. They will ask you how short you want it, and most groomers know what you are talking about and understand what the owner want and mean.
luvapit, Whew, I'm glad it wasn't you. I was thinking man, she/he sounded pretty knowledgeable to me (on this site) and these guys are really giving it to him/her. I will tell the groomer to give me the highest # on the clipper guard so he won't look shaved. Thank you for your advice. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Kristine, That puppy Win Win isn't mine. She is from Singapore or some far off place. I just saw her picture on their and thought she was about the cutest puppy I've ever seen and I noticed you had a shih tzu and would appreciate looking at her picture. I have a Maltese/Pomeranian mix puppy. He is on dogster too at ( I can't remember now) but you can put his name in Toby and his city:Lusby and it will come up.) I'm leaving work now so I'll check in with you all later this evening. Have a good weekend.