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  • Wire Fox terrier

    This was the first one I have ever done. Never even saw one up close as they are not common around here. She was a good girl. I could have blended the skirt better and need more work on the face. Her owner loved it.
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  • #2
    hee hee, oops

    I looked at the 2nd pic first thinking it was the after. I thought, wow...that's a long trim. Then I looked at the "before" and realized I HAD been looking at the before...before. The AFTER was a nice job. eeeoooopsie

    I have one that is overweight, old insane barking non-stop in the crate, has horrible hair and is hard to work with because I always had to demat it. The last time I saw her, I just shaved her down (like I eventually did the time before) and realized she was only bad for the dematting. Can't say I blame her.

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    • #3
      You did good

      We used to have a couple that we did, but they have since passed. There is one new one and she HATES having her face messed with (a biter). We do the best we can and leave it at that!

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      • #4
        The main thing I noticed was the corner of the eye wasn't very blended, but you did a great job for your first time!

        I love wire fox terriers, airedales, lakelands, etc. I just wish they weren't so nutty. :P I used to groom a few wire foxes that were difficult, but I groomed one once that was related to the best in breed (if I remember correctly) in west minster one year. I don't know if it's the breeding or what, but this dog was only a year old and stood like a show dog, he came out beautifully too.(I'm not tooting my own horn, he was beautiful to begin with!) I think they look good using a 4 instead of a 7 on the body, it blends better and looks more natural to me.

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        • #5
          Notes From The Grooming Table

          I would take the chest closer to top of legs w/ 7F just like Schnauzers. I think the corner of the eye is part of the brow. I can't be sure if it is or not. The next time, the owner will love it even more.Good job.I once did one, that was all brown until the bath, the it had brown, black and white fur.

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          • #6
            Pretty good for the first time. I would skim the chest and sides down more and the top of the legs. The corner of the eye looks like needs to be clipped closer to the eye. The brows also looks like they might be a little long. It is hard to say for sure from the angle the picture is taken on the length of the brows. The sides and chest should all blend without the pattern showing at all and be on the short side, with the legs blending like tubes.

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            • #7
              I have a love/hate relationship w/those guys. I love the way they look, but I hate the way they act (on the table)lol. They are IMO one of the nuttier acting terriers. They are beautiful dogs though and I love their "boxy" sharp look!!! You did a great job for the first time. I can't add anything else except to just "tighten" up the lines to blend in more and box up the face. She looks lovely though. Is she young, she looks like she has a whispy puppyish coat?
              SheilaB from SC

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              • #8
                This is half off topic but one story I like to tell people is about my Grandma Ann. After I'd been a groomer for a while I was talking to my dad and he mentioned the wire fox terrier he had growing up, so I asked if they took her to the groomer. He said no, his mother would groom the dog with kitchen shears to look like the pictures in the books, then she would wash her and put her in the dryer which would stay on but not tumble if the door was left open. He said that the dog always came out looking like the ones in the pictures...I think Grandma Ann may have missed her calling. lol

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                • #9
                  I love grooming terriers like this. I would take the beard down to more of a goatee look- It should look like you slid a tube over it's head and has the longest part of the beard in just the goatee area. Your beard is a little too full like a schnauzer's.

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                  • #10
                    You did good for your first time

                    Terriers are hard to do if you haven't seen alot of them. Plus they can be terriers (stubborn, wiggly, etc.)

                    A little less beard and tighter around the eye area next time.
                    Never gonna know if you never even try

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Maggy View Post
                      This is half off topic but one story I like to tell people is about my Grandma Ann. After I'd been a groomer for a while I was talking to my dad and he mentioned the wire fox terrier he had growing up, so I asked if they took her to the groomer. He said no, his mother would groom the dog with kitchen shears to look like the pictures in the books, then she would wash her and put her in the dryer which would stay on but not tumble if the door was left open. He said that the dog always came out looking like the ones in the pictures...I think Grandma Ann may have missed her calling. lol
                      I saw the words put in dryer and tumble, and couldn't believe it, then reread, lol!

                      My grandmother actually worked as a groomer for a while which I had no idea of till a little while ago! She was telling me some of the things that did and used, and buy was I surprised! Talk about old school! lol
                      Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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