I know that a lot of groomers who read this blog will most likely laugh at me for this post.
I also know that there are a lot of groomers out there that don't think twice about shaving dogs down with a # 10, 15 or even a 30 blade.
I was taught that way in Grooming School.
Almost every dog that walked in the door was clipped with a #7, 10, or 15 blade.
My grooming has changes big time over the years.
I can honestly say that 80% of my furry customers get clip comb or hand scissor grooms.
Fifteen percent get a full body clip with a #4f or #5F blade.
Less than 5% get are clipped with a #10 or #15 blade, and those are a few style clips (Cocker, Schnauzer) where the owner likes the body very, very short.
I don't even use a #10 or #15 blade on my matted messes.
As of yesterday this little guy was the only dog that I groom that gets shaved with a #15 blade.
I actually think that if I told this owner I could go shorter, he would have me do it.
Needless to say, I hate the shaved look on a dog.
But, I will shave a dog if the owner wants it and understand exactly what they are asking for.
Okay, back to today.
This little lady came in today.
It was her third or fourth time in.
Each time she has come in the owner has asked to clip her one blade shorter.
The last time that she was clipped, she was clipped with a #7 blade.
Today her owner wanted her shaved like the 'Show Poodles', but without the fancy cut.
"I want her as short as you shave the feet."
Do you understand what she is asking for?
The owner wanted us to clip her dogs body the same length that we shave the feet.
We shave our Poodle feet with a #40 blade.
So....What would you do?
Would you shave this little Poodle with a #40 blade?
I refuse to shave a pets body with a #40 blade.
I am just not going to do it.
I am not going to have that dog go home and run a skinned body on the carpet and get a phone call that we clipper burned the dog.
Of course the same thing could happen with a clip using the #15 blade.
We told the owner that we would clip the body with a #15 blade.
The same blade that we use on the face, just not against the grain.
We also warned the owner that because her dog was a light color with light pigment, there was a chance that the dog could get 'clipper irritation'.
Not clipper 'burn'.
They are two different things.
We warned her not to let the dog rub on the carpet or furniture.
We also decided to shave the body before the bath so that we could let her soak in a medicated bath.
Just in case her skin was very sensitive to being shaved so close.
She is so sweet.
The poor little thing looked so skinned. :(
Jessica did a great job.
Did the owner realize what she was asking for?
Did the owner like the cut?
She loved it!
It was perfect, just what she wanted.
To each their own.
So, would you have shaved her with a #40 blade?
Happy Grooming, MFF