.....Even when you groom their dog exactly the way they asked you to.
This little lady was in the other day.
She is a year old now, and as you can see her owner has kept her long.
Her owner does a really good job brushing her.
Normally I only trim her feet, corner of the eyes and rear.
Lately it has been harder and harder for the owner to keep her mat free.
She has been talking about taking her shorter for the summer, so the last time she was in we decided to do a heavy outline trim to get the owner prepared for a shorter cut.
Fast forward to the other day.
A 98 degree day.
The owner was ready to have her little lady get a shorter clip.
So we talked about length and decided on about half off.
Not too much off of the face, just shape it up, and slightly neaten the tail and ears.
As I said before, the owner is used to having her dog bathed, blow dried and a light trim.
She is not used to seeing her dogs hair short.
So I used a long clip comb to skim off excess hair.
Then I followed up with scissors.
Most of the hair was shortened on the body.
The legs were not as long as the body, so I didn't take a lot off of them.
I basically neatened them up with the scissors.
This was the finished cut.
Her owner did not like the cut.
She didn't say so in words.
She didn't have to, I could tell.
The first thing she said when she saw her dog was; "oh my gosh!" with no smile.
The second thing was; "her part is gone on her back!"
The third thing was; "how fast will it grow back?"
I wasn't upset.
I had a feeling that she may not like the cut.
She was very used to seeing her dog long and shaggy.
I warned her that it would be a little bit of a shock to see her hair cut.
I don't think that you can ever really prepare an owner for the big change to their dogs appearance when they ask for a different cut.
So I will wait and see.
Once the shock has worn off she may end up liking the cut....or not.
Happy Grooming, MFF