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    • October 8, 2015 3:02 PM CDT
    • Argh! I must stop posting after taking sleep meds! That's not exactly how I trim dwarfed legs. It should work though. You would not be following the legs natural contours. Be aware of where his toes & wrists are so you don't run into them with the clippers. Sorry for these vague suggestions. He is adorable.

    • October 8, 2015 8:09 AM CDT
    • SharonL said:

      He has such soft, calm, old eyes. . . .  He's quite the cutie!

      Thank you, Sharon!  I will try the legs as you suggest, as well.  Yes, he is cute but then . . . I've never met a bichon who wasn't!  Ha ha haaa.

    • October 8, 2015 1:37 AM CDT
    • He has such soft, calm, old eyes. Looks like he may have enjoyed the attention. Legs, particularly dwarfed legs are a challenge. I try to start the leg clipping by starting where the ..  legs are furthestout and bring the clippersstraigh t down. Then estimate you were the leg/shoulder would be if the leg was straight, then trim fom inner front legs down straight  then you leave an impression o straight legs. He's quite the cutie!

    • October 7, 2015 5:14 PM CDT
    • Yes, my goal is to have them clean and mat free.  It's hair, it will grow back when I 'oops!'  LOL    As long as they look cared for, I don't worry about perfection in the grooming. 


      I will try a larger comb on the legs and see if that works.   Thank you again.

    • October 7, 2015 2:43 PM CDT
    • Wow! What a difference!


      It's refreshing to see that you were more concerned with his comfort than if he looked perfect.


      A tip that might help on the legs, if you use an attachment that is one or two times longer, then run it up the leg, from toes to shoulder, you  may find it a bit easier and quicker. There may be less to clean up after with scissors.



    • October 7, 2015 2:27 PM CDT
    • Thought perhaps you may enjoy seeing his big Make Over!  Photo story is here:


    • October 1, 2015 2:02 PM CDT
    • OK thanks.


      Bichon puppy coat, so different from the adult coat which is a double, lol.


    • October 1, 2015 1:56 PM CDT
    • If his coat is thin, I might do him a little bit longer just to see how it looks. A thin coat will appear shorter as you can see skin through it easier.

      It will probably stand up and fluff better once the weight of all that length is off.



    • October 1, 2015 12:02 PM CDT
    • Thanks Barb.


      What do I use for the rest of him?  Just the same as I do on the ones with the adult coat?  That was my basic question!  I think you are suggesting the coat didn't stand up with the 1 wash I did with him because even then it was too long.


      Conditioner:  I use All Systems #1 Super Rich Protein Lotion conditioner.  I've had good results with this, so yes, it may work those mats free.


      Shampoo:  All Systems #1 Pure White Lightening


    • October 1, 2015 12:01 PM CDT
    • Thanks Barb.


      What do I use for the rest of him?  Just the same as I do on the ones with the adult coat?  That was my basic question!  I think you are suggesting the coat didn't stand up with the 1 wash I did with him because even then it was too long.


      Conditioner:  I use All Systems #1 Super Rich Protein Lotion conditioner.  I've had good results with this, so yes, it may work those mats free.


      Shampoo:  All Systems #1 Pure White Lightening


    • October 1, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
    • You have a great Vet!

      You might be surprised with the matts. I would bathe him, using a good heavy conditioner on the matted areas, then see if you can get them moved away from the skin with your dryer. You probably won't see a lot of movement until he is near dry.  That should allow you to get your smaller comb underneat it on the top side. Then I would use a 10 blade on the belly side to clip all that off.


      I have found that they tend to look fluffier when you have that coat down to a reasonable length. I am often surprised when I get a puppy in for a first haircut. I see that long straight coat and think they are likely going to look awful when done. Once done though, they have a lot more fluff than I anticipated. :)




    • October 1, 2015 9:18 AM CDT
    • Hello all,  been ages since I've posted on here.  I am involved in bichon rescue; have had 10 bichons since 2006; and started grooming them myself in 2010 or so.  The youngest I ever had was age 6 years.

      A month back, I took in rescue number 11:  a 9 month old bichon puppy!  What energy!  What fun!

      I do not scissor; dealing with rescues, most of mine have not been used to grooming (one was a puppy mill rescue, first groom was at age 5 when she was rescued from that life, another was age 8 and his first owner took him to the groomer twice a year).  I use an Andis AG2 Super 2 speed, with a #30 blade, and either Wahl comb #2 blue 3/8 inch, or Wahl comb #4 purple 1/4 inch.  I use the Wahl comb #5 red 1/8 inch on legs, and the chest between the front legs, to avoid that 'skirt' effect.  I keep my bichons in a short coat for easier upkeep.

      What do you suggest I use on this puppy coat?  It is long and straight.  I have had the pup for almost a month, his hair is a good 6 inches or more at this point!  I did wash and dry him one, and clipped his face so he could see.  I notice the puppy coat does not fluff up as the adult coat.  (I use the B-Air  Bear Power dryer, not the Bear II).  I am not going to use scissors, so I'd like your thoughts on which combs to use on the #30 blade.

      This boy wears a belly band, and won't be neutered for another year due to luxating patellas; the vet said we need to get the benefit of the hormones for his growth plates, and we may avoid surgery on at least one knee, perhaps both.  I guess I wasn't paying attention, he is quite matted all around where the belly band sits.  Oops!  I have one other male, also in a band even though he is neutered.  As mentioned above, I keep them in a short trim so I haven't had to deal with this matting issue under the band.  I'm not sure he - the puppy - is going to let me work those mats out with Cowboy Magic; I may just have to shave him around the 'waist' and let him look funny for awhile until the hair grows back in ha haaa.

      Thank you for ideas, suggestions and guidance!


    • July 12, 2015 9:00 AM CDT
    • I've shaved a lot of short haired dogs and cats over my grooming career.  For some it's for shedding, others because they have allergies and need to be able to quickly and easily do frequent bathing to keep their allergies under control.

      There's really no right or wrong blade for it, as long as the dog's skin can handle it.  Some groomers would refuse to do it. Some would only use a particular blade length.

      If the dog's skin doesn't become irritated, a short shave isn't a horrible thing. Competitors and show people (and some pet groomers) shave poodle feet with 40 blades.  One of my poodles can handle a 30 on his face and feet. One I can't do shorter than a 10.

      My preference would be a 5 or 7 against the grain, which would leave it very short. I would use one of those because I think it would be easier to get a smooth shave that way.






    • July 12, 2015 8:28 AM CDT
    • So my instructor had me shave down a lab mix with really smooth coat and he said we are using a 15 blade to shave him. Do you guys think a 15 is to short to shave a smooth coated dog? Do you think he should of used a 10 blade? He told me a 7 wouldn't cut the hair well. I don't know why the owner wants him shaved. Poor dog. He also had me shave a pug with a 10 blade. I don't get people. These dogs already have short hair, why do the customers want them shaved?

    • September 22, 2014 4:59 PM CDT
    • I think you get less clipper lines when you use a comb because a #10 (or shorter) blade has teeth that are closer together than on a #3 blade. Jodi Murphy also says on her comb attachments DVD that you get less clippers lines with combs. Also, on a thick curly coat, sometimes a #3 blade won't even go through it and you have to use a comb. I agree with Barb that it's just easiest to keep the same blade on your clippers and swap out the combs.


    • September 18, 2014 1:39 PM CDT
    • It a personal preference. I use a clipper vac so I tend to always use combs. I can just keep the 15 blade on my clippers and swap out combs.
      Something to know, the lengths are measured going against the lay of the coat. When using with, the length will vary depending on coat type.


    • September 18, 2014 1:01 PM CDT
    • Hey guys I'm back. Its been a while. I got quite a few questions about snap on combs and clipper blades. My first question is do I have to use 1/2 inch snap on comb to do 1/2 inch hair cut or can I just use the # 3 blade. Which is better to use? I'm a new groomer 

    • August 25, 2014 6:47 AM CDT
    • I love my K9 II. 

      It has great power. It's not a variable speed, but I can easily adjust the force by changing or removing the nozzle.



    • August 24, 2014 3:08 PM CDT
    • Before I invest in a new dryer, I am hoping to get some imput on the dryers that excisting groomers are using! What is a good brand? Which is a better dryer? Any help please??

    • June 26, 2014 5:06 PM CDT
    • OK thank you.  Going to work on the dogs later today.

    • June 25, 2014 11:16 PM CDT
    • Oh no!  I would worry about using any kind of product or solvent near his skin. Bichons tend to have pretty sensitive skin as it is. 

      I would do a shorter clip on him, or at least on his body then blending into a fuller leg. For his ears, if it's not on the skin, I would try to brush it and break it up and then see if it wears off/grows out.  It takes a long time to grow ears back. The body should be back to fluffy in about a month.



    • June 25, 2014 8:17 PM CDT
    • Second try with photos.


    • June 25, 2014 8:15 PM CDT
    • I have tried to attach photos, it didn't work.

    • June 25, 2014 3:35 PM CDT
    • How do I remove Rust Oleum glossy black spray enamel from my fluffy white bichon?  The one who just HAD to dash over, run under and rub on, the park bench I am refinishing in the back yard?


      Yes, the paint is dry on his fur now.  I have no issue with using the clippers and cutting the hair.  Can I use Krud Cutter, or something else, as well?  Should I bathe him first?

      Crazy boy!


      Thank you for help!


    • March 26, 2014 2:23 PM CDT
    • As this is a pet dog, you can have him groomed to your tastes. If you like his hair short, there's no harm in keeping it that way.