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Old 11-27-2007, 10:58 AM
Location: Naples, FL
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I have a long-haired dog (part llhasa, part shih tzu). Does anyone cut their dogs hair themselves? These groomer bills are killing me! I spend more on his hair than I do on my own. He's a very good natured dog and will let you handle him any old way.

Is it hard to do? Could I hurt him? I have a very nice dog grooming kit I was given about 2 years ago, but haven't worked up the nerve to use it yet.

He has a pretty squishy face, but tolerates my trimming around his eyes and beard well, I use blunt ended scissors. I trim his toenails.

Any advice? comments? Can you share your "first time" experience?
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:39 PM
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We've trimmed our cats and dog. The cats got used to it. We tried with the dog (puppy) for the first time and had mixed results- not as easy to hold a dog down as it is a cat.

Good trimmers are a bit pricey, but worth it. We went to a Petco and asked the groomers what they recommend. I think they were about $100.

We never had a problem.

Expert village has good dog grooming (and other videos) you can view for free online. Google "expert village dog grooming".
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:55 PM
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I think you'd need someone to show you how to professionally trim the hair inside the ears, I c/b wrong but I believe it's stripped and it does need to be done periodically, otherwise wax buildup, ear infections etc. Check some local nite highschools, sometimes they or the local vo-tech high schools offer nominally priced dog grooming courses at nite or on Saturdays.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:09 PM
Location: Florida
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I cut my aussies ears when he starts to look like a ewok, otherwise no. =) I never do a good job, but he looks less ewok-like
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:16 PM
Location: Texas
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I kept Teddie in shape for a few months before I found the right groomer who doesn't charge much. I wouldn't be able to take him if I were much more.

I don't think I could make him look like a professional did it, but I can keep him from looking insane.

Now I did do a shave job on a rescue dog I work with, but it didn't turn out great... she looked like a naked, wing eared, piggy.

How much is your groomer charging?
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:50 PM
Location: MA/NH
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I've always trimmed my dogs. I use a pair of long bladed barber scissors. Sometimes I sit in my backyard to do it, now I do it inside while I watch tv. The dogs like the attention. I also clip their nails.
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:01 PM
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I do cut my dogs hair myself, but I shave them down, I am not brave enough to think I could scissor cut them and not end up at a groomer anyways I do trim around their feet and stuff with scissors, but everything else I use a trimmers. Scissor cutting is not easy and I am in aw of our groomer at work for the job she does on these squirmy guys and girls
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:02 PM
Location: southern california
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i could not do diddle with clippers. we had to go to scissors and he acted like we were torturing him. rough stuff.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:02 AM
Location: Naples, FL
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Loved the responses! Especially TEDDYRUXPINS --- that's exactly what I'm afraid I will do -- but I think he'll love me anyways

Little fella needs a cut every 5-6 weeks -- his fur grows really fast and he does better with a really short cut, so it averages about $50 each visit. My groomer is awesome, I'm just looking to maintain, maybe every 2-3 months instead.

Lots of good advice -- maybe I'll practice with that clipper set on a couple of long-haired stuffed animals first!
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:13 AM
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I use to trim my Scottish terrier. I would recommend using the longest attachment at first that way if you screw up it isn't as bad.
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