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I love love love!!! The idea that I get to trim my Doodle. I think it will be fun to play with different cuts tell I find one that fits Dexter.

So do you do it your self or do you take your Doodle to a groomer?

What do cut do you do for your Doodle?

Long or short?

I just trimmed Dexter's feet. He was sliding all over my hardwood floors he slipped and fell one to many times so I cut the hair way down.. Took about an hour because he thought it was play time but in the end we got it done. He did not slide on the floor as bad but he did not seem sure how he liked the snow on "naked" paws.

I think Dexter is going to have the fur that curls because his chest and neck already curl a bit. I have had to do sanitary trim on him already and trim around his eyes as well as having his ears plucked, so I think with the 75% poodle I will have to do a cut before I know it.

I am excited to see what people think on this one.

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

O.K. wish I could help, but this is out of my league.

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on March 16, 2012 at 7:12am

I would like to do a puppy cut, but not sure what size blade to get as the extras. Which do you use? I started last night with 10 minutes of letting Sunny Ray sniff the clipper (my human one till I get the grooming set) and letting him feel it against his skin. He's skittish with it. One step at a time. Hahaha!

Lois, I'm the same way. I only use treats with my clicker the first few times. The initial part is the exercise, then it's the standard. I had just read somewhere that when dogs are nervous of something, try to recondition their fear, or something to that effect... How funny - I use OK as a release too! :) A few years ago we went on vacation and weren't able to take Justan, so my niece watched him. She called me the first day because she was worried. He wouldn't eat. I had forgot to tell her to tell him it was "OK". She did and he started eating. She was amazed :)   I also use the word ENOUGH when I want them to stop doing something.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 15, 2012 at 6:08pm

good idea about the blades.    

Treats ... I only use treats until they fully understand the exercise.  The real happiness is in pleasing you.    I no longer consider sit, down, stay, back etc as a trick..   They now don't rush a door because I mean what I say.   They don't go for a walk until they sit for a leash.    They don't jump out of the SUV, because I make them get back in before I say OK..   OK is my release..    The puppy will need treats as starters..   but he will soon be old enough to understand.    Love, love love a social dog..   I can take them anywhere now.     

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on March 15, 2012 at 4:45pm
I use the Andis AGC super 2 speed clippers. They are very quiet, my cat even let's me shave her down. The best thing you can do is order more than one blade because they get hot and this way you can just keep switching them out.
Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on March 15, 2012 at 3:06pm

Great advice! Should I also give him treats while I work with him - so that he associates it with good thoughts?

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 15, 2012 at 2:00pm

ps:  I limit my training sessions to 5 -10 minutes.   You'll begin to recognize the difference in avoidance and misbehavior.   It's rather funny when you notice tomorrow he remembers what he could not do yesterday.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 15, 2012 at 1:56pm

I think both are correct... like a horse, you don't stall them hot or sweaty...  Let him cool off naturally..  After running a field Izzi will drink water then cough it up... Hard to tell what is to far with the weather changing as it is...  shoot up into the 70's  this week.     I don't feed anything until they have rested for an hour of so, depending on the time of day.

As for the clippers, all of them make noise..   Acclimate him... showing him the clippers, rub it over the body.   Then turn on and let him feel the vibration.  That's it for awhile...  One training session at a time until he is comfortable... trim belly, and or ears...   Repeating one step until he shows no fright.   In a short period of time he will stand and let you do anything...   

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on March 15, 2012 at 12:09pm

Laurie, which Andis clippers do you use? I've been looking at them, and there are so many different ones to choose from. I'm hoping to find one that isn't as loud as a human trimmer. The last time I used it on my husband, Sunny Ray ran for cover.

Krystal, I agree with Laurie. He is probably just hot. Both my dogs have been laying in front of the fan this week since it went into the 80's here. They both pant hard from early spring thru fall. We have a large investment in box fans.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on March 15, 2012 at 11:54am
Krystal he is probably just hot. Mine are panting quite a bit lately. I spent the day cutting their hair yesterday to give them some relief.
Comment by Krystal Segale on March 15, 2012 at 11:13am

Thanks Those sites are great!!! I am thinking about trimming Dexter soon. Waiting for my dog clippers to get here.

Dex pants all the time, is that normal? Or is he hot? My corgi has what seems like a way thicker coat but she dogs not pant like Dexter dose. I have not seen a dog pant so much en-less it is mid summer and they are running around. Any one else notice this or is it just him?

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