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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-04-2014, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Learn from my rookie grooming nightmare (photos)

I wrecked Rory.

I consider myself a conscientious new Havanese owner, but despite the best intentions and lots of effort I managed to mangle my pup's coat to the point it had to be shaved off. I offer my lesson learned as a cautionary tale for others going for the natural long coat.

I had read on this forum and others of those that witnessed their Hav's coat turn into a nightmare when the adult coat started to grow in to replace the puppy coat. When I read that many just shaved it off and started again I vowed it wouldn't happen to me.

I bought the books, the fancy combs and brushes, grooming table, high-end shampoos, etc. I trained Rory to lie still while I line brushed her daily and sometimes twice-daily.

What I failed to fully understand is the nature of the undercoat. I thought I was line brushing her to the skin, when what I was really doing was lifting different layers of her top coat only. My frequent brushings only served to make her undercoat into something of a shell.

What my groomer told me is that inexperienced Havanese owners use brushes incorrectly, when their primary tool, used first, must be the comb. Comb through completely first, then use the brush.

How bad did I mess her coat up? So bad it basically came off in two pieces.

So I'm disappointed in myself and have a long row to hoe to get her coat back where it should be, but the weather is warming up so she won't be uncomfortable and she is bouncy and animated again. I get the sense now it may feel a bit like having a straitjacket put on you . . . slowly. Learn from my shame . . .





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Ah gee I'm sorry. Its weird isn't it you cant even feel what your trying to comb out. I'm still amazed sometimes when mine have that felting type mess. The saddest thing is I think she lost her light brown or what ever color that was. Your going to enjoy the extra time you have . Be sure you learn and practice behind the ears that's an area that gets bad if you don't keep up with it. Your groomer must have spent the time to comb that part out. She is cute no matter what. All your tools and shampoo will still be used it doesn't take that long to grow back.

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Be sure you learn and practice behind the ears that's an area that gets bad if you don't keep up with it.
Yes, behind the ears - I need to figure out that much better.

The groomer said they could cut and brush it all out at $20 an hour, and 5-6 hours. I was fine with that until they told me it would be painful to her and she would hate coming back to the grooming shop afterwards.

Still feel terrible.
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OMG. I'm sorry I laughed but... ok I feel bad for you and Rory, but at least it's only temporary.


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Long or short coat Rory is just adorable I know just how you feel. My first Havanese Sparky had to be shaved a few times throughout the years. Those little mats seem to just magically appear
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Ah, Rory's coat will grow back. I have always found a great comb to be the best grooming tool and that brushes, if used at all, are best for smoothing and fluffing a bit at the end. True line combing is separating the coat down to the skin so that you literally leave no single hair untouched by the comb. You'll want to start now so you get use to seeing her skin as you comb through her coat. You can really practice on her head and tail but go over all of her even her paws.


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OMG !!!! It will grow back. I'm so sorry you both had to go through that. still a cute baby

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Great excuse to go clothes shopping for her
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The great thing about hair is that it grow back.

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Don't feel ashamed! You obviously tried your best. This experience has actually left me scared. I hope I'm combing Millie right. Rory still looks super cute. Her hair will grow back in no time. Enjoy your low maintenance summer!
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