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    • October 1, 2015 9:18 AM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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!

       

    • October 1, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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. :)

       

       

      Barb

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    • October 1, 2015 12:01 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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 12:02 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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 1:56 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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.

       

      Barb

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      If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

    • October 7, 2015 2:27 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      Thought perhaps you may enjoy seeing his big Make Over!  Photo story is here:

       

      http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?189263-Frankie-s-Big-Spa-Day-Make-Over

    • October 7, 2015 2:43 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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.

       

      Barb

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      If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

    • October 7, 2015 5:14 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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.

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    • October 8, 2015 1:37 AM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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 8, 2015 8:09 AM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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 3:02 PM CDT
    • Bichon Puppy Coat - how do I trim this one!

      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.

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