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    I was thinking the other day, that sometimes I am just not happy w/ how my Yorkies come out! I am my worst critic, but if there is one breed I am critical about, its Yorkies! My clients are always happy w/them etc. But sometimes I just feel like they dont look perfect when they go home. I know most of it is either the ones w/ an awful coat, or the ones w/ behavioral issues. Does everyone have that one breed that they are hard on themselves about? lol

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    i know exactly what you mean its yorkies and bichons for me,i always think i do a bad job on them or anything with awful fur drives me nuts i keep working and working on them

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    • #3
      For me it's Westies. I only groom one who I think looks really good when he leave my shop...I don't know if it's all me or partially their coats, but I never think they look good. Of course there's the one whose owner insists I use a #10 on his back, and really I don't think there's any way for me to make him look nice with that haircut.

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      • #4
        I know what you mean. For me, it's certain dogs that NEVER look right. I can think of a cocker and a yorkie mix that I do regularly that I'm never satisfied with. Could have something to do with the way the owners INSIST they be done.

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        • #5
          I totally know what you mean! Everyone seems to always be so happy with their doggy's groom, but I'm not always happy with the results however. I think Bichons and Poodles are my weakness in grooming. And the strange thing is the majority of the dogs I groom are poodles or mixes. And I've also heard clients say, we decided to start coming to you since we hear you do such a great poodle clip. And after every poodle groom, I can pick out numerous things that need to be fixed quick before owner pick up. Sometimes I can never 'fix' it - it gets frustrating for me and they've become one of my least favorite breeds to groom. Just becuase of me being my worst critic.

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          • #6
            Poodles they make me goofy,I think I gotta get with a poodle groomer to learn these guys. I futz with these guys as long as they are in the shop the only time I stop is when the owner picks them up.

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            • #7
              Funny I was just thinking along these same lines today. My worst for me is a poodle, not the little #5 a/o ones but the ones that need to be scissored, they drive me crazy. I even had a poodle, so I could practice on her and she never looks just right. But my clients seem to be happy so why am I complaining
              "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
              Diane

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              • #8
                Poodle topknots and Bichon heads! I could go over them and over them and still be unhappy with the results. I want a poodle of my own so I can get better at them. The owners are usually very happy, but I can still see stickie-outies and lopsided areas; makes me feel like an imposter some days!

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                • #9
                  I think my weakness is thinning shears, I know I should use them but I rarely do. If I want to blend something, say like the side of a shih-tzu face I just point my scissor down and scissor verticly down until I get the look I want, I know you are supposed to do it with thinners but, it is so much faster this way. But if I really want my dog to look perfect I will spend a ton of time with thinners. Even on the feet.

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                  • #10
                    I have a hard time with ShihTzu faces. I'm always trying to get it just perfect, and sometimes you just can't..especially with some of the Shih's I do...tongues hanging out, over bites, under bites. My bather says I nit pick too much. She tells me they look fine.
                    I think we can just pick out what we know is wrong, but it really isn't noticable to the untrained eye.

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                      Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 04:53 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Totally know what you mean, have several people come to me because they like a friend/family members poodle, and I hate my poodles, esp. the standards, they take me for ever and never look right to me!! Guess it is my sparkling personality, because it isn't my skill, that's for sure!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by misscatahoula View Post
                          Poodle topknots and Bichon heads! I could go over them and over them and still be unhappy with the results. I want a poodle of my own so I can get better at them. The owners are usually very happy, but I can still see stickie-outies and lopsided areas; makes me feel like an imposter some days!
                          My employer calls it the illusion of grooming. I have to agree with her at times!!

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                          • #14
                            Airdale terriers and Lakeland terriers. Isch!!! I NEVER feel like I get the faces right. And the more I mess with it, the worse it gets.

                            It all depends on the Poodle head. I own 2 Standards. I can get my male's head almost perfect every time with little effort. It just always seems to fall into place. But my female has a skinny conehead and most times I just give up trying to perfect it. I also have a Standard that comes to the shop that has that same skinny conehead. His topknot never looks good to me either. But the owner must not mind because she keeps coming back.

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                            • #15
                              For me it's mixed breeds with whispy coats. I have a hard time with their faces, and I'm never satisfied. I'm also never satisfied with some of the mixed breeds who seem to have mixed coats...wirey in some places, soft and curly in other places, and cowlicks all over.

                              But I've also learned that the owners aren't as picky as I am. If they're "cute" and clean, that's all they care about. They don't care if I'm satisfied or not, so I just give 'em cute and clean, and go on to the next one.

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