As a dog groomer it’s lovely when you get clients coming back regularly, it helps keep your relationship with the dog good and it helps keep their coat under control 🙂
The lovely Lola
Lola is really enjoying her visits to me, she doesn’t like to stay still though so still a little work to be done there…
Another advantage of coming regularly is that I can sometimes spot changes that you might not have noticed, Lola’s ear were a bit smelly so I suggested a trip to the vets might to get them checked out. I’m sure it’s nothing serious, but might need some drops to sort out.
Lolas mum likes her to be clipped short all over to help keep her cool and make her coat much easier to look after, not the classic look, but appropriate for her lifestyle 🙂
Lola looking cool
Lovely to meet Toby, who is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross Poodle who came in for a dog grooming session. He was a bit bigger than what I expected, but as you can see quite a character 🙂 My brief was to make him look a bit more like a terrier and accentuate his eyebrows…..
Toby before his grooming
I had to give Toby 3 shampoos to get him nice and squeaky clean and smelling delightful. He was happy with this arrangement 🙂
Toby’s new look
I clipped him with a 7f blade on his body and scissored his face flattening the top of his head to help give him a more terrier look and accentuate his eyebrows. His mum was delighted 🙂
We had a lovely camping week in Wales, we found some lovely walks and got some flying in. But just to let you know I don’t have perfect dogs, look what Chilli did while we were away…. Love her! I had to persuade her in for a swim to wash away the worst of the mud. I can’t fit the grooming parlour in when we go camping 🙂
How pleased does Chilli look with herself!!
Oh Chilli, you are not a good advert for me!!!
What a lot of dead hair Lilly…
Lovely to see Lilly back for another wash and dry.
Lilly has been coming to me to get a wash and dry as her owners finds she struggles too much. She isn’t a great fan but is getting used to it now and is getting much better every visit to me here at Fancy Fidos.
I gave Lilly 2 shampoos as she was fairly grubby and finished with a conditioner, towel and then blow dried. I then brushed her with a rubber brush to help loosen the dead hair. It’s amazing the amount of dead hair you can get out of a small smooth haired dog 🙂
Lilly left looking, smelling and feeling fresh and clean.
Welcome to Fancy Fidos Bella 🙂
We met Bella at Baddogz training and her mum Emma was complaining that she brings home lots of debris in her coat (well she is a spaniel after all). We discussed the merits of stripping and trimming versus clipping. The problem when you start clipping a spaniel you are more or less committed to carrying on as it does change the structure of their coats.
A lot of dog groomers would just go ahead and clip as is much quicker than stripping and trimming. You do get a far more natural look though which I think is lovely, but it does still take more maintenance at home, so it’s not for everyone. We decided to see what Emma thought of the strip and then she could decide wether to continue with it or go for a clip next time. Emma was delighted with the new look (although the photo’s don’t do it complete justice).
Bellas new sleeker look
Welcome to Fancy Fidos Astor Fox Terrier 🙂
Astor is a fine old gentleman who is a bit stiff and his mum wanted a nice gentle approach to get him looking more like a Fox Terrier without doing any stripping. To cut down the time involved in the groom he came in freshly washed, which I’m happy to do for puppies and old dogs to keep the grooming time as short as possible. His mum said he had a stressful experience with the last groomer so was concerned how he would be. He was very worried about being left to start with, but gradually started to relax. This is one of the big advantages that I can offer my customers, I can really just concentrate on your dog without any distractions from other dogs. I partly clipped him but scissored his face and legs and his mum was very pleased with the results 🙂
Smart looking Astor
What a smart Astor
Well it seems I’ve been really neglecting my blog! I’ll try getting up to date…..
So lets start with Trevor a lovely Collie that we know through Baddogz training, Trevor has been blowing his coat so he just popped in for me to help rake it all out, he is now half the dog he was!!
Trevor is a little camera shy though…
Trevor and a huge pile of hair!
This week I also had Ollie cockerpoo puppy in for a nail clip, I gave him a nice brush through as well to help get him used to coming for a visit.
Next up was Max Sprollie, we meet Max occasionally on our dog walks at Tehidy Woods. Max had been getting too hot so Laura and Alec decided it was time to go with his Spaniel side….
Max the hot dog
Max the cool dude 🙂
It seems it was a week of collie and collie crosses 🙂 Next up was Gladys, I’ll have to get Max and Gladys to meet….
It’s not all work 🙂
A nice dog walk with some of our friends at Perranporth beach.
Gladys after her glamour session, just wanted to play ball..
What a lovely puppy, Brenji was bred by Tiara Teddy Dogs and we met through training at Baddogz.
Brenji is a wriggly puppy so has come along for my puppy package which gets the puppy used to being groomed in small chunks and making it all a positive experience.
We focus on different things on different visits, the first one was just to get him up on the table with lots of praise and reward with some brushing and clipping some of his nails. We then went on to trimming a little around his face. I got his mum to leave him with me for 5 mins on his second visit then 10 mins on his third visit then left him completely for his 4th visit. For all visits we did small amounts of grooming I got the clippers out and turned them on for the last 2 visits of his first puppy package (without actually using them). I got all of his nails clipped and around his eyes cut. Brenji’s mum then booked a second puppy package, the hour was then split into 2 sessions so I could clip his body in the first one and then do his face in the second one.
It makes a huge difference being able to get a puppy used to the different aspects of grooming before coming for a full groom. I’m really looking forward to seeing him again soon for a full groom.
Sparky’s back for another groom.
Sparky before his pamper
He is a handsome lad but needed a good clean up and needed to be able to look out from under that hair. A couple of shampoos with my shampoo that is specially formulated for white coats and a condition before a good dry and clip. I scissored around his face and legs and his mum was very pleased with how he looked afterwards 🙂
Sparky looking smooth
Sophie before her groom
Another visit by the lovely Sophie. Sophie is a very timid Bichon Frise Her owner likes her to be clipped pretty short as her hair grows so fast and matts so easily. Sophie is so timid I really feel for her and try to make things as light hearted as possible giving lots of praise and fuss as I’m going along. This is her second visit and she seemed more confident than the previous visit which is great.
As you can see she could only just peep out through the hair on her face also she had various matts on her face, so I had to take the hair on her face down further than normal. She had very grubby paws, but with all the rain we have been having and everywhere being muddy thats not much of a surprise 🙂
She need a couple of good lathers with a shampoo designed for white coats and an anti tangle conditioner. After getting nice and dry I did a combination of clipping and scissoring on her coat and clipped her nails as they were also getting pretty long.
Sophie after her groom
Sophie can see again 🙂