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    • January 12, 2016 7:07 AM CST
    • Well you can look at it this way, if she's continued to use you, you must be doing them in a way that is making her happy. That's the most important part. :)



    • January 11, 2016 10:32 PM CST
    • I feel like such a complainer...was doing better with them last summer with 3mm body. With the winter clip of 10mm it's been harder (both squished & thickr core). Since I posted I've been thinking to trying to focus like Amysuz, thank you.  I wish I could bail due to matting like Barb said, but this client has had her female clipped like this "cause she's a girl" for 11 yrs. The boy is easy, no bracelets "cause he's a boy". Had shared the client when her long-time groomr was ill & now she's, sadly, been forced to retire & I feel compelled to step up!

    • January 11, 2016 6:45 PM CST
    • Of course the owner that wants high waders also wants bracelets...... I bet she is really short legged too?  :)

      They always want bracelets on short legged dogs...... lol




    • January 11, 2016 2:21 PM CST
    • Once they're set, there shouldn't be that much rounding to do. I just try to walk all around the dog, looking at the bracelet from every angle, and snip here and there at any sharp or pointed edges. And keep combing them up and shaking them while you're at it.

    • January 10, 2016 1:41 PM CST
    • I really wasn't challenged doing bracelets on my st poo...but my husband really didn't like it, as everyone already says "is she friendly, can I pet her" and she's A BOY!!!  

      I think you must be right:  it's because they are so small...and in this case "squished" because, believe it or not, they are set above "hi waders" !!!

    • January 10, 2016 9:40 AM CST
    • I have never been good at bracelets!  I think they really need a lot of length to be able to get them round. Most of the dogs I've done them on just can't carry that much coat without it ending up matted.



    • January 9, 2016 10:06 PM CST
    • I NEED HELP WITH THIS!!!!  Mini poo...spent so long on this today!  No problem setting the bracelets; I use the above strategy.  I'm challenged rounding them.  For a while I was simply rounding them with my curved shears.  Today I tried doing it like tails:  1.  set per above  2.  brush  all to one side & round, brush all to other side & round (do this 4 times).  It took forever & I was not pleased.  HEEELLLLP!

    • December 13, 2015 8:13 PM CST
    • I love that style! That is the length I'd choose if I had a poodle. 

    • October 2, 2015 7:59 PM CDT
    • My Dad has a Shih X Poodle. They love her curls. When I do her, after the groom, I mist her down so she'll curl back up for them. :)

      I have to admit, I like the curls too. That is where my love for cording started. Addie looked so good when she was wet and curly. I think it's a similar look.


    • October 2, 2015 6:27 PM CDT
    • i LOVE it, and have a lot of people who actually want the curls, that is why they got a poodle, wish I could get more people to brush their poodles so I could do that, but most of mine need shorter legs to control matting and tangles.  He is beautiful. 

    • October 2, 2015 6:47 AM CDT
    • The more I look at that picture, the more I like it.  One of my boys is a bigger, clunky guy. He's really not very attractive. He reminds me so much of those old poodle figurines.  I just might have to grow his legs out and do this trim. Then he will really look like one of those figurines!




    • October 2, 2015 1:23 AM CDT
    • Oh yeah! That looks great, maybe more shaping on the head.

    • October 1, 2015 6:07 AM CDT
    • I love the old retro style trims.  I know this one is not balanced and styled in today's fashion, but I think it is so poodly. :)


      It's not my grooming, just a picture I found and really liked.




    • October 1, 2015 2:49 AM CDT
    • I love the Town &Country! Providing it's what I remember...shaved neck & a shaved band around the waste. It really lends itself to a shaved/carved seasonal medalion placed like a belt buckle on the back at the shaved band. Looking at my pretty little standard poodle girl. I still have some hot pink hair dye & the ground should be frozen soon. She's a mudder, pointless to drop froo up if she can play in dirt. Nopicks though.

    • September 30, 2015 9:25 PM CDT
    • I wanna do something fun on Gertie....she has about 2 1'2 " of coat and it is really thick...maybe something retro like a pants & jacket or town & country...I need pictures!


    • July 29, 2015 3:43 PM CDT
    • Yes, radically changing a style is scary. The only time I had to pull out pictures to defend myself was when I gave a schnauzer puppy her very first schnauzer trim and the owner said there should have been a line for the skirt. I pulled out my "Notes From the Grooming Table" and showed him exactly where it said "blend with your thinners". He argued back that he's owned several schnauzers and every groomer has always left a line. He didn't come back. Ah well.

    • July 28, 2015 9:16 PM CDT
    • Thanks :)

      You can see where they tried to round the ears some. I understand though. It was a bit overwhelming for me to take SO much ear hair off!  All I could hope for was that the owner really did know what she wanted. If not, I would have just pulled up some proper pictures to show her the misunderstandng.



    • July 28, 2015 2:26 PM CDT
    • Great job! Muy better!!

    • July 28, 2015 11:08 AM CDT
    • Finished


    • July 28, 2015 11:06 AM CDT
    • midway




    • July 28, 2015 11:05 AM CDT
    • The owner was having a hard time finding a groomer that could do a proper head. She saw some pictures we had posted of others we have done.


      This is before



    • May 26, 2015 11:38 PM CDT
    • SharonL said:

      Oh my goodness! The last one is my fav!


      Thanks, SharonL. That last one is old lady Lucy. Her mom is a great owner. She used to have both her girls in a traditional pet poodle trim, but one day said she wanted something different. So I used her poodles as my very first "Asian ginuea pigs". This is her sister, Libby.

    • May 26, 2015 4:15 PM CDT
    • I keep forgeting to check dates of posts.... It's all new to meeeee

    • May 26, 2015 4:15 PM CDT
    • I keep forgeting to check dates of posts.... It's all new to meeeee

    • May 26, 2015 4:14 PM CDT
    • Do you use both sides of the scissors? So that you cut hair that is on the palm side of your hand and can switch to cut hair on the back side of your hand?