|12-12-2012 06:24 PM|
Great thread Thank you groomers for reminding me I have to make our groomer a Christmas card!
We are lucky that she grooms both our Samoyed's and now loves our GSD
|12-12-2012 12:03 AM|
|Gharrissc||I've only met one Labradoodle and he has an amazing temperment. The lady who got him really did her research and made sure she was purchasing from a reputable breeder,not just someone who wanted to get in on the doodle fad.|
|12-11-2012 11:03 PM|
One trainer told me it is partly the combining the prey drive of the Standard Poodle, with the size of a Lab/Golden and their drives not really matching up. At that moment, I was trying to stay away from one in Bella's obedience class so never asked any follow up questions. That dog was a real nasty actor. I think I've met one nice one though!
I always make sure to tell groomers about my Chow mixes - they always want to see how they do and I don't blame them. There is a groomer who shows Chows and she is the "Chow Groomer" because everyone else does refuse them.
|12-11-2012 10:54 PM|
Think about the quality of the dogs being thrown together to make "doodles" and you have your answer. Well bred poodles and labs/goldens are not being used. Any BYB dog is likely to have a wide nutter streak running through it.
Personally I loathe them. Bad temperaments, really odd physiques, and funky hair coats.
|12-11-2012 10:39 PM|
I didn't like those doodle dogs before and she certainly didn't change my opinion.
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|12-11-2012 10:15 PM|
I think the haircut he has looks good on him! When I do a "lion" type clip on dogs, I usually just leave a ruff around the neck, down to the shoulders, rather than leaving the hair all the way back over the ribs. That's simply a personal thing. We have hot summers here too, so I clip a lot of Coke-type dogs short like that.
I have a few nice 'doodles, but most of them are just plain crazy. Happy and friendly and goofy and waaaaay too much energy, and the owners aren't usually the type to do much training with their dogs, so they are often spoiled brats as well. There are exceptions; I can think of one Labradoodle, a 5 or 6 year old female, who is calm, cooperative and obedient. This family owns two other 'doodles, and those two are nutty as fruitcakes.
On the plus side, I haven't yet met a mean one.
|12-11-2012 09:27 PM|
I am glad I am not the only one who has trouble with the ------doodles. In my training experiences I have not met a normal behaving ----doodle.
Poodles are OK, but when you hybridize them with other breeds you get something crazy.
Don't have a clue. I am waiting to meet a good exception. Anyone can counter this?
|12-11-2012 08:35 PM|
For clippers, I personally love the Andis brand. I have tried Oster and Laube and just didn't like them as much so I always go back to my Andis' clippers. I have the Ultras but I think these would do a good job for you and coke Wholesale Pet & Grooming Supplies - Ryan's Pet Supplies - Andis 2-Speed AGC Clipper w/ #10 Blade
They come with a #10 blade that will be helpful for sanitary trims and knots behind ears. Its pretty short for an all over look.
For the body I would probably go with a #7F blade, it will get under the thickest part of the undercoat and will leave the hair approximately 1/8 of an inch long...short but not where you should see skin Wholesale Pet & Grooming Supplies - Ryan's Pet Supplies - Andis UltraEdge Blade (#7F) Full Tooth 1/8" Cut
For a slightly longer, more plush clip you could try the next longest blade, a #5F which leaves the hair a 1/4 of an inch long or a #4F which leaves it 3/8 of an inch long. These may be a little harder to get through his coat if it is really thick but you could use them if you really want to. I think the #7F will give you a smoother look though.
You will need straight shears (sounds like you already have these) to scissor the long hair on the backs of his front legs and tip his tail up so it looks neat and nice.
If you want to take a little more coat off, you can also move the clip up a little higher and follow the natural ruff he has...you can see it in the pics, it would come down to right where his brown starts in front of his front legs. It will not be a "true" lion clip but I have clients that prefer that, especially since some dogs will get hot spots in the arm pit area.
Forgot to add, with a really thick coat, sometimes I like to clip in "reverse". With dogs you normally shave in the direction the hair grows but you can get a really nice clip on some dogs by shaving against the grain...it will leave them shorter than the regular length of the blade so go up to a #5F if you do this. It looks especially nice on dogs/cats that are getting a "mane" of any kind left as you can shave backwards up to where the natural ruff ends and when the hair falls back into place you don't see the exact line you stopped shaving at.
|12-09-2012 11:30 PM|
|12-09-2012 08:59 PM|
|NewbieShepherdGirl||This thread makes me kinda sad. I know I am the kind of person who is scatter brained and would very likely forget to get her dog groomed on a regular basis (not like what's pictured. I would NEVER let a dog have those kind of problems because that has to be painful. More like I would have a very shaggy looking dog. Think instead of getting groomed when they're supposed to, possibly going over by a week or so.) so I didn't go for a breed that I would have to get clipped on a regular basis. At one point I almost took in a toy/miniature poodle, but that was only because she was my grandma's dog and I knew my grandma wouldn't want her to go to the pound. Luckily a family member took her, so I didn't have to, but I would have taken her to get groomed because that's just what you do when you have a dog like that. Why in the world would you get a dog and then just neglect it like that??? Some of you groomers are saying that you only see these dogs every 4-6 months...aren't you supposed to get dogs like those groomed every 6 weeks or so? Ridiculous.|
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