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  • Help with Cocker Spaniel grooms.

    Can you cocker specialists tell me if I set patterns too high on these girls? Sorry, it is not as clearly visible on dark one, I picked the best photo I had of her. Thank you!
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    I think you did a great job! Very well blended-hard to see a pattern (as it should be) My only criticism would be the ears. I would take them down a bit lower-even with the throat area- with a nice, subtle "V" where you have the bows.
    Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

    Groom on!!!

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    • #3
      I too think you did a beautiful job..........but I also noticed the ears. I believe you need to shave them down to the level of the upper lip. Shave in reverse with a #10 or with the grain with a #15, either straight across the ear or a small "V". You need to copy the same pattern on the inside of the ear. What snap on guard did you use on the legs ?

      Happy doing a great job

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      • #4
        I would totally refer my cocker friends to you. Really beautiful job.
        More than anything the straight across line jumps out at me. You could bring the pattern down just a tich with a little more blending. I'm not so sure your ears are high, because the dogs ear sets look super high. Were you making noises while taking pictures? That will make them hold them up on their heads. If they are high normally than yes, I would bring them down to the jawline. Also an easy way to make the V in the ear is to fold it in half to the inside and go down the middle of the outside with your clipper. It makes a really smooth transition that way.

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        • #5
          Karla and Dolly, Thank you so much! Yes, I see now that the ears should be shaved down more. Will bring the line down next time

          Dolly, I used an A comb on dark one, and C comb on brown (her hair is not as thick), both with clipper vac with regulator open.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cockerlvr View Post
            I would totally refer my cocker friends to you. Really beautiful job.
            More than anything the straight across line jumps out at me. You could bring the pattern down just a tich with a little more blending. I'm not so sure your ears are high, because the dogs ear sets look super high. Were you making noises while taking pictures? That will make them hold them up on their heads. If they are high normally than yes, I would bring them down to the jawline. Also an easy way to make the V in the ear is to fold it in half to the inside and go down the middle of the outside with your clipper. It makes a really smooth transition that way.
            Thank you, cockerlvr! Will work on blending the line more
            I was not making noises while taking pictures, looking now at them, I think you are righ, the ears are set a little high.
            Thanks again for critique!

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            • #7
              The thing about high set ears is you have to be careful how low you go. To bring the line down to the jaw you can end up with just fringe on the end of the ear which looks stupid. So moderation. We don't always have conformationally correct dogs to work on.

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              • #8
                OK, how is the line now?

                I see the stickies on rear leg, was still working, just decided to take photo while I had time. Shaved the ear lower and blended the skirt better.
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                • #9
                  What beautiful cockers ! I wish the ones around here had great coats like those. I only get super thick curly and often greasy coated cockers. Really hard to have a pretty skirt on them or nice fluffy legs because it just curls all wonky like.

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