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Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby Emma » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:09 pm

Hey Everyone

Yes you read right - Coco is having her Furst Haircut tomorrow - ha ha get it FURst - I'm sure it's not the first time that joke has been made but hey it made me giggle.

Anyway onto a more serious note.....

I just want to make sure that I tell the groomer the right thing as I don't want Coco be the kid at school who gets picked on because her mother sent her to the hairdresser and she came back looking like a geek!  :'( ;D

How tragic am I!! Anyway if any of you could offer me any suggestions on what I should tell the groomer to do that would be great.

Cheers team  :)
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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby sl_simpson » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:57 pm

Hi Emma

Which groomer are you taking her too?

If its her furst time, depending on how well she will stay still, will vary on how much they will do.  If she does wriggle a bit much it might be good to start with a basic groom of wash and brush out with light trim to get use to the groomer and their equipment. Focusing on the eye area and ears and rear for a trim.  

If she is good with staying still then go for the puppy clip and maybe a nail trim.  How has she been for you brushing etc..?  

At Barkely manor they know the best clips for the oodles and you don't often have to try and explain what you want except if you want to leave them with a long clip or do a short clip.  Bella came back with a brillant puppy clip from them.  

Basically the puppy clip looks great, that generally is an even medium/short clip all over the body and legs.  ;)

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby amymac » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:51 pm

HI.
I'm planning to take Riley for a clip soon. When I brush him the only way to keep him from trying to bite the brush is to put a toy in his mouth and hold onto it so he is sort of playing tug of war.  He keeps reasonably still with this technique, occasionally rolls onto his belly and then I brush that.

Do you guys think this will cause problems with the groomers? Or are they well used to wriggly puppies? I don't want them to get annoyed at him like the first vet we went to.

Good luck Coco with your clip - I'm sure you will look very stylish. I want to see some pics please afterwards. Maybe a makeover before and after photoshoot Emma? - but no pressure.
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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby doyle and mollie » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:08 am

hey coco do you feel like velvet after your first haircut.... cant wait to see the pics i looked like a dr seuss critter after mine but boy did i feel good!! arf arf  :D

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby kiwi06 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:31 am

Okay, now I'm feeling really really guilty for going at Buster with the scissors.  I just keep telling myself I'm sure he feels better that he's cooler.  He doesn't seem to mind when he looks in the mirror.  Honestly though, I don't think he would do well at the groomers.  It took two of us to hold him and we gave him a bone to keep him occupied.  He just wanted to play with the brush and the scissors.

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby amymac » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:50 am

I have just done a home hack job around Riley's eyes with the scissors. Did part of it while he was sleepy last night in his crate and part today fully awake - a near miss near the eyes with the scissors too! At least now he can see but he does look a bit moth eaten.

Buster and Riley sound two of a kind with wanting to play with the scissors.

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby sl_simpson » Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:12 pm

Hi Amymac and Kiwi06

I think it's good to do as part of their training to go to a groomers. At least a couple of times when they are young.  
For one they learn to be handled by others.  
Two some of the groomers seem to have a real nack of settling them and getting them to sit still.  
Also I think they see us their owners as a freindly playmate and a groomer as an initial stranger to be alittle wary of so don't play up as much. ;)

Casey was also wriggly, too wriggly for me to clip around the eyes.  :D  After two sessions at a groomers and a regular brush every second day in between he is now so good to handle its just great.  He even comes running up when I get the brush out.

A couple of other things that I had done also with both of them was;
Get them to sit and stand on the ironing board and do alittle grooming by brushing over their body for a couple of brushes then let them down for a short play, then back up and brushed over their legs, back down again for play.  
As it is narrow and a little wobbley when they move around they tend to not like it much and stay stiller.  Might be worth a try.  

The other thing was a couple of brushes then give a small treat, then a few more brushes, another treat when they stood still and build up from there.  I used the word leave quite often when he wanted to play with the brush or sissors and gave a treat when he irgored them.
The grooming sessions don't have to be long just a few mins at a time and increasing the time.  
Hope some of that will help. :)

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby Emma » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:33 am

Hello and Happy New Year to you all from myself and little Miss Coco!!

Well Coco has been for her FURst haircut and she looks sooooo cute!  I will post some pics as soon as I find my lead to transfer pics from my camera to my computer (yip I have lost it).

She is so soft now and I did not realise that she would be SO soft!! She is just like a soft toy now..ha ha ha. She also looks so much taller and leaner - its bizarre - its like having a new dog!!

It has been soooo warm the past few days and I am so glad that she has not had to be running around with her long coat - she is so much more comfortable now with her new "do"

When I picked her up from the groomer she told me that Coco was very good and did not wriggle at all - it's amazing how well behaved the pups are when they are not with their owners - just like kids really its very funny.

I suppose a lot of it comes down to the pups personality and how much they have been handled by other people.

Coco is very social when it comes to human contact and she is with and meets lots of new people and is handled by different people during the week when she is at the kennels (puppy day care)..ha ha I am sure you lot think I'm mad sending her there but she loves it and it is very good for socialising with other dogs - she has come a long in leaps and bounds.

She used to be very whiny when around other dogs and the lady at puppy school said that I needed to step up the contact she has with other dogs and I now totally see where she was coming from.

We also have two dogs that live next door who spend a lot of their day barking at anything that moves and I was worried that she would learn bad habits of them.

Anyway...back to the subject - I think you will find that the pups will be fine with the groomers - you will be surprised.  Also don't forget that the groomer will be used to lots of different dogs with different personalities and I am sure they will know how to deal with a wriggley worm or a scissor stealer..he he he

On that note - mum came down the other day to do some gardening with me, and Coco kept running away with her gardening tools when she wasn't looking!!  Mum would go to pick up her what ever it was she needed and it would be GONE!  Then a very proud of herself looking pup would appear from behind the hedge! On closer inspection we discovered her new found treasures were all there!!!

Anyway I will stop rambling now and will hopefully have some pics to put up at some stage soon.

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Re: Coco is being clipped tomorrow - advice needed

Postby Hallmark » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:22 pm

look forward to pictures and which groomer did you go to?  People are always asking me.

I have 3 of my oodles staying here for holidays, one has a great haircut, I must ask them actually where he gets his done.
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