First time coloring
Faye, you can start with little things like feather extensions or nail art and see how it goes. You might be surprised. :)
As for cords, they are basically controlled matting. Some dogs will form the cording fairly naturally. Others need some help to start. Addie felted really quickly. I then split the felting into small sections. As the sections grew, I continued to split and separate them. Because her coat is so soft and matted SO easily, her cords were formed and looking pretty good in just a matter of months. I started her in May 2011.
My other Poodle, Drew, would take years to cord. His coat just doesn't matt. It separates if he's not been brushed in 6 weeks, but that's it and he is in a very full continental.
If anyone is going to the All American in Chicago this coming weekend. I'll have Addie and Drew there with me.
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