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I am curious, for those of you who groom your puppy yourself, what have you found to work best? We gave Caesar his first haircut yesterday, and we tried the 1 inch with human clippers, but it wouldnt take his hair, so we just trimmed him with scissors. He did well, I held him and hubby trimmed him. He just looks a little choppy
, but hes not a show dog our anything, just our lil' baby.
 

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I use scissors also..... you will get better with time. As with any hair cut; human or not; it will look much better in a few days
. I know when I first did Tiki I thought it was awful, but no one else seemed to notice.

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:lol: I wish my baby would let me but there is no way he would ever let me trim his coat he fights with me when i brush him, he can't stand it
so i have him groomed once a month and than i bathe him once a week
he hates it but he has such a beautiful coat that i love to keep him clean
 

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yesterday I gave my Ogi his first haircut and I useed scissors
I think he looks ok and I can see that he's happy
 

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Welcome Janja! You have a cutie there! Good job on the cut!
I know Tiki loves when he gets a hair cut..... I think he stays cooler and feels lighter; like when we get a new dooo
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I decided to start cutting Lexi's hair myself. Yesterday I went to Sally's and getting the Wahl Designer clippers (for human hair). It is on sale at Sally's this month for $35 (the cost of haircut at PetSmart) and Sally's has a 90 day return policy.

I used it on Lexi yesterday and was very suprised how easy it was to use. I used the 1/2 inch guide. I have to say she did not look to bad afterwards! I think what really helped was having someone else hold her still while I used the clippers. With someone holding her it was so easy. I first tried it with just me holding and clipping. That did not work at all, so I had my furture sister-in-law hold her while I did her body. Worked great. I am thinking for the first couple of months cutting her hair every 2-3 weeks to get her used to it. I think eventually she will do great.
 

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Nichole,

Thanks for the info that is very helpfull since I will be cutting Maya's hair
and I want to keep it a little long.

Would you be kind to explain how do you cut the face with the beard trimmer?
Just last week I cut Daezies hair using clippers but I wasnt able to touch her face and she needs her face to be trimmed.

Thanks :D
 

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This could have gone under Lexi's Mom's post too, but I've always cut Lucky's hair myself (puppy cut). Electric trimmers take off too much fur and I found them hard to use. My stylist taught me about thinning shears (I bought a cheap pair at Sally's for about $20). They leave a shaggier look by cutting every other few strands. If you lightly tug the hair down after closing the blades, you get a nice blended end -- like it grew that way -- and you avoid the really sharp lines that you get when using a regular scissors. After cutting his hair, you'd never know Lucky just had a trim. They even work around the face and have a nice, safe blunt end.

I do have an electric "peanut" trimmer (Wahl?) that (without any attachments) is perfect for trimming between the paws. Way quicker and safer than using scissors and much more comfortable for your Malt once they get used to it. The blades are really small and I don't think you could cut your Malt's skin with them. Oh, it does a nice job on the butt area too, but Lucky was *really* nervous about that the first time around and ended up with a baboon-butt for a few weeks because he jumped when it touched him back there.
Since, then he's done fine.

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That's where the electric clippers come in handy once they get used to them. I purchased a nice Wahl rechargeable, at Petco. I use it on both Morgan & Bailey's paws. Bailey isn't so hot with it yet as he hasn't had to have his done too much as of yet. Morgan just sits for me on the grooming table and waits it out, like "Ho Hum" lol
 

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Puddles does not like baths at all, so I am sure grooming him will be a big problem. Once a week we go for it, I have more water on me than he does.

As far as the trimming, I am not sure of doing it myself. Hes still a puppy and a very busy one.

PetsMart has a bath, face/feet trim, ears plucked, nails trimmed for $ 14.99. I think thats a bargin !! If you have one in your area, might want to look into it. I am going to let them do the training... then later maybe I can keep his face trimed between appts.

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Great post Nicole.

I solved the "messy" problem by taking Tiki in the bathtub or shower with me. I just put on an old pair of shorts and a t-shirt. My shower has one of those attachments with a long hose. Both Tiki and I prefer the bathtub though; I put about 3 inches of very warm water in the bottom and in he goes. I sit on the side of the tub or kneel down in the water and use a cup to put the water over him. When it is time to rinse I will add the conditioner to fresh warm water in the bottom of the tub and scoop it up to pour over him.... after That I do another quick rinse with fresh warm water. I also wrap him in a warm towel, and I sit on the floor with him in my lap all wraped up. this is when I trim his nails and put the ear drying solution in his ears, he can't squirm to much wraped in the towel
He doesn't love his bath but tollerates it well as he knows he is going to get lots of treats after it is all over. He also seems to love the blow drier.... even when he isn't wet and I am using it he will come a lay by my feet so I will blow it on him. ***Does he love the blow drier or is he tuned into the fact that he always gets a special treat after he is all done?
*** Oh, he has me trained so, so well


Judi

A second thought, I did notice that Tiki is much happier at bath time with a very very warm bath. A dogs body temp is 101/102, much warmer than ours. Be sure that your bath water is quite warm.... cooler water gives them a chill.
 
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