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!