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    OK, I have a stupid question on bows. When I put bows in a dog's ears they never look good. I always end up with little "ponytails" of hair that stick out from the rest of the ear... for whatever reason I've just never been able to get them to look just right. Does anyone have any tips on applying bows? I've tried using less hair but then I end up wrapping the band around 10 times.

  • #2
    I have the same problem. Can't seem to get them in so they look nice. I would love to get some advice on this too.
    "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
    Diane

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    • #3
      I put bows in and on everything! I was taught to use a hemo. Put the rubberband from the bow on the end of the hemo, wrap several times, get your small lock of hair - give it a twist, (point the hair toward the end of the ear while holding with your left hand), open the hemo's slightly and pinch the base of the lock with hemo making sure your bow is straight on your hemo and lock, push bow off onto lock and pull the hair threw the band, the hair should be sticking out the bottom of the bow, part lock slightly (it pushes the bow upward) to give the bow a snug fit on the lock. Sometimes I'll put a 2nd rubberband on the lock first to get a better clean lock - bows will also stay in better (usually) with that extra band. Sometimes you just gotta work with the hair a bit to get it to lay right with a bow in it, but it's do-able. Good Luck!

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      • #4
        One of my biggest problems is getting the dog to hold still long enough to get the silly bow in. These dogs know that when you go for the bows, or bandanas it is time to go home, they become Miss Wiggly. I can usually, not always, get the first bow in one ear, but the next one is ALWAYS the one that looks just BAD!!! The dog won't stand still, it keeps jerking its head around. Any suggestions on that?
        "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
        Diane

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        • #5
          Originally posted by milhasavilla View Post
          I put bows in and on everything! I was taught to use a hemo. Put the rubberband from the bow on the end of the hemo, wrap several times, get your small lock of hair - give it a twist, (point the hair toward the end of the ear while holding with your left hand), open the hemo's slightly and pinch the base of the lock with hemo making sure your bow is straight on your hemo and lock, push bow off onto lock and pull the hair threw the band, the hair should be sticking out the bottom of the bow, part lock slightly (it pushes the bow upward) to give the bow a snug fit on the lock. Sometimes I'll put a 2nd rubberband on the lock first to get a better clean lock - bows will also stay in better (usually) with that extra band. Sometimes you just gotta work with the hair a bit to get it to lay right with a bow in it, but it's do-able. Good Luck!
          great idea. Never though of doing it that way.
          If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=milhasavilla;15979]I put bows in and on everything! I was taught to use a hemo. Put the rubberband from the bow on the end of the hemo, wrap several times, get your small lock of hair - give it a twist, (point the hair toward the end of the ear while holding with your left hand), open the hemo's slightly and pinch the base of the lock with hemo making sure your bow is straight on your hemo and lock, push bow off onto lock and pull the hair threw the band, the hair should be sticking out the bottom of the bow, part lock slightly (it pushes the bow upward) to give the bow a snug fit on the lock. QUOTE]


            That's the same way I attach bows.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by diamienono View Post
              great idea. Never though of doing it that way.
              WHAT!?! I told you to put bows in that way weeks ago! Not only that, but I explained about having the bow straight on the hemo before you put it on the dog. If it's straight on the hemo it'll be straight on the dog.

              SIGH. How soon they forget.

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              • #8
                And to get the hang of it more...use a stuffed animal to practice on. I rarely put ear bows on...so I probably need practice with that too again...lol.

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                • #9
                  Edited.
                  Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 04:54 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by diamienono View Post
                    great idea. Never thought of doing it that way.

                    BUSTED. Helly just busted you. Neener neener neener. If I'm going to get busted, I always make sure it's not by Helly, lol.

                    Tammy in Utah
                    Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Helly View Post
                      WHAT!?! I told you to put bows in that way weeks ago! Not only that, but I explained about having the bow straight on the hemo before you put it on the dog. If it's straight on the hemo it'll be straight on the dog.

                      SIGH. How soon they forget.

                      No, it's just they don't get it til the 3rd or 4th time...at least that's the way my hubby and my mother are. I tell them a great idea, they smile and nod, then his mother, or my siblings tell the respective person the SAME THING, and they act like that person just discovered gravity. Give me a break!! It's so frustrating!
                      Erin
                      No Fur, No Paws, No Service.

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                      • #12
                        Another Tip for Bows

                        I can't remember the lady's name who owns Bardel Bows. I'm thinking her first name is Delise? Anyway, she gave a seminar on bows, nail polish, and other finishing touches a few years ago at the KC Classic. She said one of the reasons some dogs might be bothered by bows is because there could be a few strands of hair that are being pulled too tight by the rubberband. Sometimes, when I pull my hair back in a ponytail, I have to shift the rubberband a little to free those few strands of hair that are causing me discomfort.

                        Once the bows are in the dog's hair, she said to stick a comb between the rubberband and the ear and give the comb a tiny tug away from the ear. This will shift the rubberband enough to loosen any hairs that might be pulling too tight and causing the dog discomfort. I thought it was a great tip so that's what I started doing, and it does seem to help.
                        Sheri

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                        • #13
                          That's a good reminder cossette. I always think of how painful it must be when I see the bows in super tight and tugging.

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                          • #14
                            bows

                            At the shop where I work, we do not use rubber bands,but use ribbon. I think that it works great and doesnt pull as much as the bands do. Just grab a small piece of hair ,have the ribbon in a loop and pull it tight around the hair,then tie it like you would your shoes,except go from behind. Hope that makes sense!Then pull tight.Before securing it tight,i also like to add inserts of another colored ribbon,in the middle.

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                            • #15
                              If I could just get those dogs to sit as still as a stuffed animal

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