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    What are some of the things you do to shelties or collies in your area? Where I live most of them seem to be outside farm dogs. The owners usually want the shaved, (number 7) I have talked a few people this spring in to letting me do them in a Wahl guard, usually a yellow depends on how much undercoat the dog has.

    these shelties do not have much done to them at home. they come to be with burs in their fur, a few mats, and i know the owners do not brush them! so do you think I should just keep doing them shaved, since the owners do not take care of them? rather than try to leave them longer? but then the next time i see them they are in worse shape!

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    While I prefer to not shave double coated dogs, I refuse to demat time and again; so they would be shaved rather than dematted.
    I refuse to enable dog neglectors.
    However, if they just have clumped undercoat, I don't mind using good products and conditioners and hving the matted clumpy hair out and a light brush and comb and they are gorgeous.
    I just won't spend hours trying to get out neglect.

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    • #3
      Shave away. If the owners want the dogs to look good, they can bring them in on a regular 6-8 wk schedule. I hate shaving these dogs, but I hate dematting a neglected pet a lot more.
      Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

      Groom on!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by edderland View Post
        While I prefer to not shave double coated dogs, I refuse to demat time and again; so they would be shaved rather than dematted.
        I refuse to enable dog neglectors.
        However, if they just have clumped undercoat, I don't mind using good products and conditioners and hving the matted clumpy hair out and a light brush and comb and they are gorgeous.
        I just won't spend hours trying to get out neglect.
        I agree with this, but try to encourage owners to bring them in more often. I've waived a bit on my "not shaving" and attempt to at least get them into a "A" comb attachment clip rather than a total #7 shave down. That said, after educating, talking, and going on, if someone still wants them shaved I will do it (until I have my own shop.)

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        • #5
          Shave 'em.

          Under the circumstances, if the owners won't brush them, it is the best thing to do for the dogs.

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          • #6
            farm dogs

            The thing is (being from a farming comm) they are just farm dogs, they tag alone behind the tractors. Farmers don't brush em out. I shave them, and warn about sunburns. And say I'll see you next year. No amout of talking will ever work.

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            • #7
              I had a client, retired farmer. He had an oversize Sheltie, 2 x yrly shave. He was quite specific. A #10 all over, and I do mean all over. Tail to the tip. Head down to the nose. Legs to the feet. Poor thing looked like a fat rat, but owner was happy so dog was happy. Ah well.....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hairlessdogmom View Post
                The thing is (being from a farming comm) they are just farm dogs, they tag alone behind the tractors. Farmers don't brush em out. I shave them, and warn about sunburns. And say I'll see you next year. No amout of talking will ever work.
                similar to when I worked In Indiana, but still, when I got 4 weeks ahead in scheduling...book that far out or go elsewhere, no skin of my nose. Don't have to worry about seeing them with melanoma

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                • #9
                  same here

                  I get a lot of farm type dogs here & every time I try to leave a little hair they say next time, please go a lot closer. What can you do? Terri

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