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So, after the groomer shaved Cooper so severely that he was miserable(itching) -  my husband & I decided that we would give it a try ourselves. Turns out, Cooper was awesome! We felt SO bad for our boy when we picked him up - I almost cried. The groomer said he was matted - which I dispute because I was meticulous when I brushed him, always making sure I could get to skin. I think, since it was her last appointment before Christmas Eve, that she just wanted to get out early. Sorry, but that's my feeling. Anyway, when we rehomed Cooper, he came with all of the necessary grooming tools, so we were able to do it ourselves. Of course, since he hasn't grown out yet, we only had to bathe, and clip him (paws, ears, privates), but he was very patient with us;-) SUCCESS!!!! Lesson definitely learned!!

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 26, 2017 at 5:51pm

Izzii is combed out also....  but when groomers bath they also blow dry...  of course she is then matted.  I have had only one groomer that took the time it takes to detangle without clipping her to short.

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on February 6, 2017 at 7:12pm
Well, I just walked out on a groomer who insisted on shaving Fozzie! And he actually has mats despite all our work on him!
Comment by Karen on February 1, 2017 at 9:50am

She actually shaved him - down to his pink skin :-( The poor guy... Plus, she shaved his face and head, but left his tail and ears fluffy - much like a poodle even after we specifically asked her not to "poodle our Doodle!" He was no that matted! I didn't even mention this in my earlier post - she "gifted" him a argyle sweater vest - all he needed was a pipe and glasses and he would have looked like a professor!! He was NOT impressed. I think she wanted him covered when we got there. At this time, he is very wavy/curly at about 1/2" - after over a month's growth! We will continue to groom him ourselves as it will never be as bad as this experience. Also, he watches me blow dry my hair, so he's getting used to the dryer. Funny. He has his first vet check-up (since we've had him) this week. He's UTD on all vaccinations, but we just want a well dog check-up. It should be interesting ;-) Thanks for the comments - much appreciated.

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on January 29, 2017 at 12:31pm
When you say "shave", dog you mean down to the skin, or with just less than an inch of hair? I have had up to six Persian cats for about 40 years, and gave a 'lion cut' to the boys in the summer. But I never cut it shorter than a half inch anywhere. We will live with a few of the mats rather than cut it less than an inch anywhere. I can deal with 1-2" long, instead of 6".
Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on January 29, 2017 at 12:17pm
My gal suggested the coat change might last until he is 2 -ish. Does anyone have any experience with the duration of the coat change? I bought clippers a while ago for the dogs. I'm afraid to ask the groomer to clip him because I know the mats will prevent the clippers from gliding through his hair. If I do it, I can do a section at a time. I just don't know where to stop around his head and under his ears.
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 28, 2017 at 10:37pm

Well done!  Grooming your dog yourself is a great bonding experience, and saves huge $s.   I've been doing it for years with my two, and the cost-benefit analysis justifies an occasional learning curve (thank goodness hair grows out ;)

Gail, Fozzie and Ruby - Sounds like the dreaded puppy-to-adult coat change.  Might I be so bold as to suggest a complete shave job?  Drastic, but those matts will just keep redeveloping overnight with his coat being over 2 inches, and both you and he will be miserable in the process.  Once his adult coat finishes coming in, then you can reevaluate whether a complete shave down is necessary. ;)

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on January 28, 2017 at 6:16pm
We went to a couple people. The first time Fozzie got a bath and eye visor trim. They did his feet, claws, and in general just got him used to being groomed. When I went back to the same groomer, I was ready to cry, they did a full groom the way "they" thought he should look. I was expecting the same groom he got the first time. The groomer's supervisor must have been there, and made her do it her way. They shaped his nose like a poodle, and cur his hair high away from his eyes. I never went back. I have a sweet girl who will groom only what I tell her to, and Fozzie loves her. The only problem now is that he is matting his undercoat so bad, I can't get it all out. I've been hand scissoring his 6" hair on his body to about 2 or 3" just so I can brush and comb him easier. I found one of his 8 litter mates, and at 1 yr., he is doing the same thing. Fozzie has a very soft fuzzy coat, all doodles are so different.
Comment by Karen on January 26, 2017 at 12:00pm

I agree that it really does seem like a bonding experience for the three of us. I have looked at videos on You Tube and I will definitely check out the Royal Diamond website. Thanks for the encouragement!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 26, 2017 at 9:50am

Good for you! I do my own grooming and love it! Such a good bonding experience. I've viewed many videos and they all have seemed to help in some way.  Doodle coats are all so different so you are pretty much have to figure out what works.  Picco has hairs that seem to hide when I groom him then pop out the next few days so sometimes I regroom him.  This isn't just me, I see this after I've taken him to the groomers too!  I'll take him in once a year for a good sanitary cut - I can't bring myself to run the clippers to those "sensitive" areas! 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 26, 2017 at 9:47am

I can well understand that Kris!! Gracie is only about 60lbs, and thank God Quinn just requires brushing! Even still, there are many times that I wish I had a reliable trustworthy groomer I could take her to, but I am well past the point of attempting to find that person :p

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