lunrtlunr (lunrtlunr) wrote in groomers,

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Field cut

During the dog days of summer, there are so many pet owners wanting their dogs shaved down unneccessarily to cool their dogs down... It's 97 degrees outside! Of course they're hot! It's something I struggle with as a groomer.

I, of course, am more than happy to do what my clients want within reason, but sometimes I just want to smack these people. I had a client come in the other day after taking her lab to the dog park and running her for an hour and complaining that her dog was panting excessively. I just wanted to scream at her. It's not the hair!

Anyway, what can I do? A friend of mine used to say to me, "Don't worry about it so much. Just take the money and run." But I sincerely feel like the solution is education. I could shave all 10 or so inches of hair off my head and not be any cooler. Instead, I would have to worry about getting a sunburned scalp. But some people seem unable to learn or otherwise obstinate that they are right and I don't know what I'm talking about. Fine. You bring your dog to an expert for a reason, but I can't do anything more if they refuse to take my advice.

My personal pets, a long-haired Chihuahua named Zukko and an American Cocker named Koda, beat the heat by jumping in the pool or playing in the sprinkler. Of course, all the water means trouble for Koda's curly coat. My solution? A field cut. I'm particularly proud of this clip and I've turned a couple of my clients on to it as well. I first saw the clip about 2 or 3 years ago. I had to talk to the groomer who did it and she told me what it was. Without the skirt on Koda, it takes half the time to brush him out after those pool adventures. ((It helps keep ticks and burrs out of his fur, too.)) I don't keep the cocker crown on him because he looks like a "fuzz head" after a couple of days.

I'm up for comments and/or critiques. ^.^
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i tell people i have a poodle i shave bald and a pom i barely trim hair off, and even the bald poodle pants right away in the hot weather. i also tell them i can shave their sanitary all up their stomach so when they lay out on tile, they'll get more cold contact..but it doesn't always work for convincing
I don't do shave downs on anything that shouldn't have them. I explain the risks (I've got a photo of a husky whose hair never grew back to illustrate my point), tell them about simply deshedding to make the insulating coat work effectively, and offer feather/furnishing trims if it's admissible. But if they can't be talked out of a stupid decision, I send them on their way and tell them there are other groomers that are far more concerned with making money than a dog's over-all health. Most people are surprised that I'd rather lose their business than shave their dog. With the majority, it makes them think a little harder about doing it.

The only time I'll ever shave those breeds is when it is medically necessary (treating skin conditions, point-of-no-return matting etc). Not often, in other words.
What blade did you clip his torso with? It looks smooth, and there are no definite lines at the transition points. However, without the skirt, I would drop the blending point lower on all legs (more similar to a schnauzer pattern). There is a lot of bulk over his elbow/shoulder, which is mirrored in the back with bulk over his knee and point of rear. I think it would look more natural and blend better with dropped lines. Cute face on him.
I used a #10 on the body. I've tried a #7F, but it leaves his coat too wavy and he needs to be clipped again in a week. I did notice the bulk that you mentioned after I looked at the picture. I don't really want to take his lines any lower on the legs, but I may blend them down more when I groom him again in the next week or so. I love his tan points on his eyebrows! They would probably be really cute as a crown, but the fur on his head seems to curl more than his body... I've never tried. When the weather cools, I'll let his skirt grow out again. I love it when his skirt is really long, but it's a lot of work to maintain at home. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a cocker. I have another picture, this one of a client's cocker. Not as well behaved as mine, but few are. Dudley
I really don't care for the clip on that dog. T_T I'd love to see a longer blade on the body (5F?), dropped lines and better blending (hard on a light-colored cocker using what looks like a #10), and maybe shorter on the legs so it looks more natural. Not sure if you added the linked pic to ask what I thought or not, but anyway, there are my belated thoughts.
I shaved a lab once because the owner insisted and I caved. It looked horrible, mostly because my blades (#10 freshly sharpened) jammed themselves with fur every few strokes. I learned my lesson and will never do it again. Some guy gave me a hard time about it today - people see it as a quick fix as opposed to, you know, brushing once in a while.