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    • May 2, 2016 7:51 PM CDT
    • thanks, yeah I am talking about the upper lip. I have always clipped that off, from the teeth side to the outside, on all the dogs, it looks so much nicer and keeps them so clean.  it is just one swipe from inside to out.

      but this one schnauzer is not clipped and when she pants you can see it wrapping around and into her mouth. it just nasty....

       

      interesting about the bav mini,, hmm, I will look that up, I just always use the bravua on 40 like you said!  I'll check it out.

    • May 2, 2016 5:39 PM CDT
    • my fave tini clipper is the Brav Mini, I LOVE IT & could NOT live without it for shih's between the eyes & blocking the nose.  Super for inside dog ears & I think more gentle than the Bravura set on 40.  Sadly I only have a couple schnauzers who do NOT have disgusting beards & they belong to owners who prefer a shorter/rounder beard...the long ones stink!

    • May 2, 2016 4:19 PM CDT
    • Are you talking about the upper lip/right below the nose area? I've never clipped that before. My guess is that once it gets more length it won't curl into the mouth any more?  I do often stretch the lips and clip in that little pocket area on the bottom lip. Sometimes I will skim off any stained coat around the lips too, leaving plenty to cover it so you can't see it. 

       

      There are some really tiny trimmers. Wahl makes the Peanut and Andis makes a tiny trimmer too. I have a very small pair of curved scissor with the blunt points. It's from Aussie Dog. I love them! They are great for eye corners, getting around the toenails on shaved feet and lots of other small places. 

       

      Barb

    • May 2, 2016 1:04 PM CDT
    • schnauzer questons: I have a person with a Schnauzer. she wants a show dog look but leave the legs longer, (rolling eyes) and she does not want the hair trimmed under the nose. I generally do that with my clippers for sanitary purposes. It is growing into the dogs mouth and looks nasty. it is wet and stained and stinks. What is the protocol for that area? what do the show dogs do about that area? Also what are the best clippers for cleaning the ear hair out rather than pulling it all? is there something tiny that is easier than the bravura for this purpose?

    • November 18, 2015 6:25 AM CST
    • I don't reverse clip. I use anywhere from a 10 to a 30 depending on the dog and then I scissor the edges.

       

      Barb

    • November 16, 2015 11:02 PM CST
    • I know that some take a 30 blade to the ears, but I think a 10 blade is just fine.... particular when the dog is a darker color like this. A 30 would probably show too much skin. 

    • November 16, 2015 7:10 PM CST
    • I love all the pics!  I have to ask about ears, tho.  How do you get them so neat and short?  Do you do a reverse clip?

    • September 26, 2015 7:11 AM CDT
    • Thanks!

       

      I don't remember exactly what I used.  I don't often use products, but I keep a few on hand.  It would have either been just a hair gel or I have a topknot gel from Pet Silk.  I think I might have also used a bit of chalk on him.

       

      Barb

       

    • September 25, 2015 2:42 PM CDT
    • while I would not blame you if you kept it secret, what product did you use?  I have a gel I got a long time ago but my clients did not like the crunchy feel it left, and I LOVED it for limp topknots and such, so I quit using it.  

      I had a spray once and they did not like that either, said it made the hair get dirty faster.  My own dogs have nice coats so I don't know if they really had these problems, HOWEVER I did not tell them I used product, they just asked at the next visit!

       

      HE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!

    • September 12, 2015 6:36 AM CDT
    • Thank you :)

      It's amazing what a little product and a nice looking dog can do for your grooming!

       

       

      Barb

    • September 11, 2015 11:27 PM CDT
    • Whatta great job!!!

    • September 10, 2015 8:49 AM CDT
    • Thanks!

       

       

      Barb

    • September 9, 2015 9:31 PM CDT
    • Very nice.

    • September 3, 2015 5:53 PM CDT
    • After

    • September 3, 2015 5:51 PM CDT
    • This is probably one of the nicest Westies I have ever done. Even with a good amount of broken coat, I was able to get a great head done on him. Oh I wish they were all this pretty!

       

      Here is his before picture

       

       

       

      Barb

       

    • June 30, 2015 9:44 PM CDT
    • Thanks :)

       

       

    • June 30, 2015 12:42 AM CDT
    • Wowsa! You did a fantastic job. He's so handsome.

    • June 30, 2015 6:21 PM CDT
    • It's so nice when they want them done properly!

       

      Sadly Charlie and his sister have moved to Italy. :(

       

      I enjoyed grooming them so much.

       

      Barb

    • June 30, 2015 5:43 PM CDT
    • I wish my terrier clients that should get that type of face liked that type of face. They alway seem to want it full and loooooong.

       

       

    • May 25, 2015 5:09 PM CDT
    • Wow, nice save! Thumbs up!

    • May 24, 2015 1:08 AM CDT
    • Hehe, westie with a tu tu! Great job fixing him up.

    • May 19, 2015 9:14 PM CDT
    • I do quite a few dogs that the owners are waaaaay off on the breed. I had an appt on the books for a Norwich. No one could get the trim right. Well, it doesn't make it super easy when the dog is a Cairn with a docked tail..... But I did the face short like a Norwich instead of all big and round like a Cairn, full ears shaved, etc etc and he LOVED it. Someone finally got it right..... lol

       

      I also do a Maltese that for 10 years they had thought he was a Bichon. THAT was not an easy groom. Finally they adopted a real Bichon, with a fabulous coat. I can do a real true rounded, hide the ears completely head on him. They then realized that the other dog was NOT a Bichon. :)

       

      Barb

       

       

       

    • May 19, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
    • lol, lol, lol  Nothing beats the  Great parm-ma-nees.  I hope she didn't think that it was a Pom mix.

      I like doing the weird ones, too.  Grooming to non standard is fun.  When the breed is similar to the breed it's supposed to be, I do a breed trim as best as I can.  But with this little girl with the bat ears, I emphsised the ears just by rounding the head and pulling stray hairs out.  She was so cute.

      I love being to be able to get the best look from dogs.  It has taken many years and competitions and my own self training for me to refine my eye.  And then, there's the clients who don't have a clue but want their dog to look good.  It's great fun.

       

    • May 19, 2015 6:33 PM CDT
    • Ha! Love that stuff. At least you could make it cute and she liked it. Last week I had a 'papillion' that was probably a poodle or terrier mix. I shaved its face, but still nowhere near looking like a papillion.

      Tho my favorite misprononounciation was someone calling about two 'great parm-ma-nees' puppies. Don't think she knew what she was getting into!

    • May 19, 2015 6:14 PM CDT
    • The little dog must have had a dose of an Eatiopian in the fuel supply (WC Feilds)  It's mother may have been a Cairn.  The young lady didn't know how to pronouce  the breed of her dog correctly.  She said it was a Carian Terrier.  The was dog small and very long bodied with very light bone and bat ears. She did have a course coat but no undercoat.

      Poor girl didn't have a clue when I asked her how she wanted her dog done.  She asked me not to shave the face (shave the face on a Cairn?  She really didn't have a clue.)  

      I know what I know.  I did the little dog in a Cairn type trim but shorter because there was no undercoat.  I used a Blue comb with the grain on the body andblended it into the furnishings with skimming and thinners.  I made the long tail into a carrot tail.  I didn't do anything to the bat ears because they were short haired except for a few hairs I pulled out.  I rounded the face.

      The little dog is in no way a real Cairn, but she was sweet and passive and when I was done she was cute as a button.  The owner loved her and re-booked for 8 weeks.