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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