Groomers everywhere will understand this question.
How many times have you looked at your dog(s), at the end of a long day of grooming, and thought; 'boy, do you need a grooming'?
You stand there for a few minutes.. and your brain is saying; 'go ahead.. put him in the tub.. it won't take that long..just one more dog'...
...But, your body is screaming; 'you even think about grooming one more dog, and this body will pay you back big time.'
I decided Friday that I was going to stay after work Saturday, no matter how I felt, and groom my St. Poodle puppy, 'Hunter'.
It would be his first clip.
I was also going to do a practice groom on my girl, 'Hanna' to get an idea of how long it will take me to do some of the creative before the competition in September.
'Hunter' is a little over 5 months old now.
I have clipped his feet and face about a half a dozen times since I got him.
He has also had a number of baths.
He is pretty good in the tub.
Still not too crazy about the HV, but is good about it, and has gotten a lot better about his feet.
I clipped his face and feet last week, and he got a bath, but I didn't have time then to clip him.
Actually, I really like him long and shaggy.
OMG! I sound like my customers!
I decided to scissor him all over.
I couldn't wait to see what his coat was going to look like under the puppy fuzz.
I like the Pom on the tail, but I want him to have the German tail.
He is still growing out of the baboon butt that the breeder gave him right before I picked him up.
I am still waiting for the hair to get longer at the base of the tail, that is why the tail does not look very good right now.
Here I go again, sounding like my customers..
..I also like the shaggy head with the clean face. :)
What gentle eyes he has.
He has a thin spot in the top of his topknot, towards the back of the head.
I hope that his head will thicken up.
I have heard that clipping the coat very short all over can help the coat come in thicker.
I don't want to do that. :/
He did really good standing still on the table.
I pretty much just shaped up his legs.
I want them fuller, but they are not growing as fast as his body right now.
As for my girl 'Hanna'.
No. I didn't get time to work on her.
I could have if I wanted to stay at work until 11pm or later.
Plus, I am having trouble deciding about a couple of the colors that I want to use.
I can't make up my mind. :(
My family keeps saying that she looks like she has mange, or a really bad hair cut. :(
And, I am questioning my design...not a good thing when you are only a couple of months away from the competition. :(
I'll work on her next Saturday.
Stop shaking your head!
I have a week to make a decision.
I'll make myself stay after work again. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF