For those of you that have dogs that have to be groomed, do you groom them yourself or pay for someone else to do it? My schnauzer/poodle mix has always been done by a professional, but today I trimed his face because he it is getting too long. He is a very laid back dog and he will just sit there. I couldn't do it to a dog that was active, but I was wondering how realistic it is to think you can do it yourself. I just did trimming with scissors. I might try the trimmer next time. I am getting another schnauzer puppy at the end of the month and it sure would help financially if I could do it myself. Any comments, suggestions, help>???
I get my dogs done by a groomer in the spring when they have a lot of undercoat which would take 3 garbage bags to fill. I would rather pay someone to do it. But besides that I brush Aisha about once a week and give her a bath only when necessary.
Allie is a "wash & wear' breed. All she needs is her paw pad hair trimmed, nails clipped & grinded, a bath, & good combing & brushing "the wrong way" to make it look longer. I do all that myself. I save about 30 bucks a month, lol. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Actually, using a clipper isn't that hard. The only thing is, the blades dull often, you have to spend money to replace them, you practically go nuts when all the hair sticks to you, and it's a big mess to clean up. I did it for awhile with my cocker spaniel and it just wasn't worth the trouble after awhile.
I had a Schanuzer for 11 years and did the grooming myself after I had her done a couple times so I knew what she was suppose to look like. It isn't difficult if you have the correct tools. A good sissors, and a good sharp clippers is all I used. I did all the ear plucking and toenail clipping too. If you dog is as layed back as you say...you should have no problems. Do a search on the internet on Grooming tips for Schanauzers and print it out...they will tell you what size blade to use on certain parts of the body. Now I have a Bichon Frise...and will attempt to groom her after she settles down a bit...she is only 9 month old right now...but it also is a totally different clip. It is mostly done with a sissors and is much harder to do.
My wife does all of our poodles except for the show dogs. She still does face, feet and tails on them though. It has been a pretty good outlay in the beginning, but at the cost of $25-$75 per dog, we have saved the cost of equipment easily. She starts clipping puppies at 4 weeks. First, get Andis or Oster A5 clippers. Get Oster blades. The Andis blades we have gotten have come dull even new. They don't seem to stay as sharp as long either. Depending on the size of the dog, get 7 1/2" or 10" straight and curved scissors. We also have a blaster (high power dryer) and a fluff dryer. A gooming table is worth the money also. Clipper lube/cooler. The goood thing about poodles is their hair grows fast and as my wife says "A bad poodle cut is only two weeks away from a good cut". Use a good shampoo (Bio-Groom), and get an ear powder. It makes the hair stiffer in the ear, and makes it easier to pluck them. Just some suggestions! LTLGTO
I do my dogs myself!! I have 2 westies and wanted a dogs with hair LOL Cause I love working with them. This weekend I did my sisters snoodle and he was actually very easy. I use a clippers and started with the bigger/ longer attachements first then work my way down. She was used to going to the groomers so that helped. Jubilee
LOL LTLGTO! That is why I want a Poodle in the first place. So how long does it take to groom a Poodle, and can you give us a step-by-step, if your wrists don't fall off typing? ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Allie, I couldn't give you a step by step because I don't groom. I think I'll try soon though. I do help hold nose (sorry, cheek) at home, at show, at the grooming shop. It generally takes about 1 1/2 hours for the toys and 3 hrs. for the standards. That's pet trim with face, feet, and tails shaved. Nails trimmed. Ears plucked. Bathed. Blasted (to get the dog about 80-85% dry. Then fluff dried and brushed to straighten out and finish drying the hair. Some dogs are more of a challenge than others. Our brown standard hates a bath! She lays down in the tub. Soooo.... I get in the tub and hold her up (back breaking) and my wife washes her. LTLGTO
With Labs, I use a garden hose, soap, and a leash. I got a shower attachment, but my monsters are too wild to go into my bathroom since it was remodeled. My sister-in-law grooms for a living. She has white Standard Poodles. She does that dorkie looking haircut w/ the pom poms, complete w/ pink bows. My brother, a big, tall, truck driver, takes the dog to the hunt tests like that. You know that is a hunting haircut...Dog retrieves ducks looking like she just got out of the dog show. Pretty funny. The Lab/ Golden owners go wild.
Actually Kittys Mom, that is where that "dorky" hair cut came from. The hair was trimmed off in places so the dog wouldn't be weighed down from the water while retrieving. The hair that was left on was to keep the joint, heart and lungs warmer. It is just a lot more done up now for showing. LTLGTO
Wow, LTLGTO, that's really amazing. How long for the Continental clip? Do they use hairspray at all? ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
With the Continental Clip for show, it's actually done over a few days! So is the puppy trim. The face feet and tail, belly's and for Continental Clip shaved areas, the shaving is usually done on a Wednesday for a Sat/Sun show. That way the hair has a chance to grow back a small amount, and any clipper burns are healed (hopefully). Remember that a Poodle is shaved with a #40 surgical blade, and it is not uncommon for a little clipper burn on sensitive skinned dogs (the lighter the color, the more sensitive the skin usually is). Friday is usually an all nighter. Bath, blast, fluff, then trimming with scissors. Our groomer says "It's not the will to win, but the will for the preperation to win". Very true in my breed! LTLGTO EDIT: Hair spray is only used on the day of the shows. Lots of it! I also forgot about all the banding of the hair with rubber bands to keep it out of food, water, etc. And also breaking down the hairspray in-between shows.