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What is your grooming schedule?

Rather than take another thread off-track, I am replying here. For context, Ricky is in a full coat (which naturally isn't quite as long as some Havanese I have seen).

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Two of mine are in full (show) coat and one is in a puppy cut. They both have their pros and cons. ........................The two that are in full coat need to have their feet and “sanitary” area trimmed regularly too. I do that myself, at least once a month. And of course they all need their nails trimmed. I like to really keep on top of nails, so I trim them all with a dremmel at least every 2 weeks.

The ones in full coat need to be completely combed out every 2-3 days as adults. .....................They all get baths every 10 days to two weeks. (Unless they get into something stinky in between! &#128516. I do all the bathing and combing out myself.
We take Ricky to our groomer for most of his maintenance. We belong to a program called "Splash and Dash" that provides unlimited baths and brush-outs for a flat monthly fee deducted from our credit card.

Baths: once a week. Ricky is a 90% indoor dog and he is allowed on our furniture. therefore Momi wants him spic-and-span clean. We will give him a butt bath as needed. During the winter, if it has been raining, we wash his legs and paws if they get the least bit muddy on his walkies.

Brush-outs: twice a week (one of which is with his bath).

Trims: about every 3 months at the groomer - face, paws, nails, and sanitary. We do trim around his eyes and beard ourselves about once a month.

Nails: I need to get a Dremel. This is something we let go too long.

professional Vet teeth cleaning: twice a year

We really like the way Ricky looks and he gets tons of compliments. Oh! we ALWAYS schedule Ricky's groomer dates twice a week for 12pm, so Momi and Popi can go out for a lunch date.

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Great thread idea!

Bingo is 14 mo. and blowing his puppy coat. I intend to keep him in full adult coat so we are sticking with good future habits.

Every morning - full comb out, fine flea comb on feet and face, using a detangle/grooming spray. Put in new topknot (taken out each night)
Once a week - Dremel toes, bath and blow dry.
Every two weeks or so - trim sanitary and round off feet. Clean ears if needed.
Whenever needed - extra face, feet and rear end quick wash.

I’m a stickler for keeping toes nail short! As a groomer I saw far to many people whose dogs nails were terribly long. Also for showing a breed like the MinPin, we need short nails to impress the judges, so I got in the habit of doing a weekly dremel ... by keeping up this way it takes mere minutes and far easier on both ther groomer and groomee!
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When they need it. Other than that, no schedule.

One thing to watch out for with the Dremel is that it can catch long hair, and twist it around, which is extremely painful for the dog. Pam bought one years ago, but didn't use it for long. She buys emery boards from Sally's.
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I never thought of emery boards. Do Sally's emery boards offer any particular feature different from emery boards sold in the drugstores?

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When they need it. Other than that, no schedule.

One thing to watch out for with the Dremel is that it can catch long hair, and twist it around, which is extremely painful for the dog. Pam bought one years ago, but didn't use it for long. She buys emery boards from Sally's.
Yes, you have to develop a technique, all right. Doing dew claws is the worst - I use nail clippers for those : )


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I never thought of emery boards. Do Sally's emery boards offer any particular feature different from emery boards sold in the drugstores?
I think more of a choice in abrasive grits, and they're larger-probably for the nail salon market.
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When they need it. Other than that, no schedule.

One thing to watch out for with the Dremel is that it can catch long hair, and twist it around, which is extremely painful for the dog. Pam bought one years ago, but didn't use it for long. She buys emery boards from Sally's.
I am so glad to read that. I was cutting Zumba's nails weekly, but the Vet and the trainer kept telling me they were still too long. I finally took her in to get her nails done professionally and the lady recommended that I just file them down with an emery board nightly. I do the nails after I have completely all the other grooming. After 2 nights of protesting, Zumba now lays quietly while she gets her nails filed. But I had started to worry if the emery boards are actually strong enough to file down dog's claws, so I am glad to read that Pam does do that.
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My grooming schedule is very much like CIShepard. Soon, I´ll be able to add putting that top knot on her, too. I can't wait. I tried one a couple of days ago but it was really a side know on her forehead (think unicorn) rather than a top knot.

I also want to thank whoever it was that recommended the Warren London Hydrating Butter in a past thread. What an amazing product! I just put a dab when I encounter a mat that is in a sensitive area like the tail, beard or chest, and the mat combs right out without any pulling!

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Lately I feel like I’m always playing catch-up! He’s about 14 months and only 4” long but he’s blowing coat and his coat is so incredibly dense and frayed right now, i never feel like I finish for the day. My goal is to comb twice a day but it’s only happened a few times. I brush every morning and comb every afternoon right now. I’m about ready to cut him down even shorter because I only groomed him lightly on Thanksgiving and the next day his stomach was full of those teeny tiny little knots of hair from blowing coat. He hasn’t had a full mat in a long time, but he gets lots of those tiny knots. Right now he has a bath every 4 days and it seems to help, but I really need a more slick conditioner. What I have right now makes his coat very soft but it’s so dry and fuzzy I can barely get the comb to slide through it, even without any mats. Not much longer of this, I keep telling myself!

Ultimately my goal is quick fluff brush in the am and wash face; comb in the pm and brush teeth. Bath on the weekends plus nails and any trimming.

One thing I haven’t figured out yet is cleaning ears. Our breeder said to do it weekly but I always forgot. I asked the groomer once and she said they looked good, so then I really forgot about them - other than making sure the hair beneath is well rinsed and they are dry after a bath. Then at our last full grooming appointment they said his ears needed to be cleaned better, and he’d just had a mini-groom 10 days before. So I have to figure out how to do that and how often.

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You guys are going to flip

Mario is on a strict 6 week schedule at the groomer for a bath, brush, and blowout. He is kept short, and this is all we need to stay ahead of matting for him. He gets cut down every 2 or 3 trips.

My dogs in full coat are only combed out when they are bathed...and I do it after they are bathed. Appalled yet? I was on the full comb out every couple of days schedule when a show friend of mine suggested I try only combing clean coat, as it is far less harsh on both the coat and on the tools. Initially it took everything in me to not remove tangles before bathing as I have heard time and again that it completely felts the mats. I have been doing this for 3 months now and love the results. Any tangled areas are given a little extra bit of conditioner, and I work them out while drying the damp coat. Easy peasy, and about 25% of the hair left in my comb as when I combed dirty coats. Obviously not a good choice for dogs who don't get frequent baths, though.

Nino gets a weekly bath. Brisket gets one every 4 to 5 days. He's gross and currently being shown, so I put in work to stay ahead of damage. Nails are done every few days...I hate the sound of clicking on the wood floor Paws get trimmed every couple of weeks and before shows and trials.
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