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  • Some Groomers are missing out!

    Interesting story here. I've been grooming this Cairn Terrier for a three years. Upon first meeting they described what they were unhappy with about previous groom. They live in Connecticut , winter in Florida - I'm the winter groomer. They are here from Oct until April or so. Even though this dog had been clipped it was VERY easy to get into HS. They were SO happy with the look, it took a few months to get to normal. So now they have me groom it every 4 weeks when here, and 1 or 2 times when in Connecticut. I heard from them tonight (they called me 2 months ago to tell me the DAY they'd be back in town,) and this time they only had it groomed ONE TIME when home for the summer, they hated it so much they skipped the 2nd groom.

    I'm lucky this dog gets straightened out pretty quick, I showed the owner how to kind of pull some hair on their own, at least on the back, and they bathe/brush it at home.

    I know handstripping is work, but I can't help but think groomers would do a great service to clients to learn how to do this, and some schools should stop preaching that it's difficult, painful, or not worth it. In the long run dogs are easier to care for, stay clean longer, and look more "true" to breed standard. Even if doing a combination HS/clipper/scissor...it's still better.

  • #2
    Agree! I wish I had learned how to pull off a combo cut years ago! Stripping is NOT as tedious and 'old fashioned' as I was taught. I'm still trying to convince my coworkers...

    Interesting thought, I groom a dog that spends half a year in CT as well, a toy poodle that always got the most boring kennel clip with a flat-forehead topknot. Now she's in an adorable Miami with a lovely, shapely forehead (hope you guys understand what I mean!). I HOPE I don't get her back in a 7 all over and bad facelift TK!
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    • #3
      I agree too. I just recently learned how and am trying to talk some of my terrier people into it. On a side note I have several people that vacation all summer in Colorado. They too go the whole summer without a Groomer. I wish they would just take me with them

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      • #4
        I would love to do more but...I can't get clients interested in coming in more often and paying a higher price. I usually pluck the tail so clients can see the difference in color and texture but they really don't care.

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        • #5
          Yeah, this part is tricky isn't it - the cost. What I've found is that if I can get them to be on a regular 4-6 week schedule I can rotate the coat and get a good "pet" look, in about the same amount of time it takes for a clipper style haircut. So *gasp* I don't charge as much as I should for the specialty service because I enjoy it and I like the look.

          For pets in a HS style I will use thinners on difficult spots, such as the front side of the neck, I pull some to keep it looking good, but do use thinners there too, sometimes do this with feet as well. It's a huge time saver to get the same look on a pet dog.

          Originally posted by BeeJL View Post
          I would love to do more but...I can't get clients interested in coming in more often and paying a higher price. I usually pluck the tail so clients can see the difference in color and texture but they really don't care.

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          • #6
            I agree! And as far as more tedious, it really isn't. I have only stripped small dogs, but it doesn't really take me that much longer.
            I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
            -Michelangelo

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BeeJL View Post
              I would love to do more but...I can't get clients interested in coming in more often and paying a higher price. I usually pluck the tail so clients can see the difference in color and texture but they really don't care.
              Same here!!

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