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Hi all; this is my "second post" required by the admin. We are picking up our sweet hava pup later this morning (yippeee!!!) and I already know we want to keep him in a puppy cut, short in other words. I'm curious to know what is involved, if it's hard to do the clipping yourself, if it means regular trips to the groomer, then how often? Thanks!
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I take Molly to the groomer every six weeks to maintain her puppy cut. You could go longer in between with a shorter cut but I donít like to go any longer because I donít want her nails to get too long.
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Thank you! That is helpful
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Regardless of whether you take him to the groomer or learn to do it yourself, the thing that will help the most is to practice combing and handling your puppy a little every day. Start with letting him sniff the comb and just a minute or two of combing and handling his paws, etc. Gradually build up to at least 15 -20 minutes. It won’t always take that long to comb or brush but the idea is that by the time he’s past his super easy puppy coat and blowing coat and you have a couple of mats to deal with he’s comfortable and cooperative with the process. Once he has his adult coat the grooming isn’t as demanding, but while the puppy is little, even if he’s in a puppy cut, try to fit that time in as often as you can because it’s an investment in making future grooming and inspecting injuries easier. It helped me to do it when he’s calm, after playtime, usually right before bed, but you’ll figure out what works for you. Sometimes I fit it in waiting for DD’s piano lesson in the car, etc.

There were times I wondered how I would ever groom my puppy when he was just curiously circling around, trying to lick at the comb. But even with my super high energy, battery always on Hav, I got better and he got better. Now at 1 1/2 he will sporadically lay down near the grooming basket and “invite” me to brush him if he randomly decides he wants a treat!

Have fun, and take lots of pictures of your adventure picking him up and introducing him to his new home!

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I would like to add that I would really get the dog used to nail trimming as a young puppy. This is one thing I did wrong. Mia needs her nails trimmed at least every two weeks...her nails grow like crazy! And if I just had the groomer do them, they would get too long. Sometimes I even trim them every week. I guess every dog is different but for Mia it is critical to do frequent nail trims so the quicks do not get too long.
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I keep Perry in a puppy cut and mostly do it myself. I do take him to a professional twice a year (basically whenever we're in the US) so they can straighten out the parts I don't do well It's not that hard, though I do have a hard time keeping his legs the right length -column-like but not too long.
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It's hard to do the legs with clippers, and not have a Havanese look like a shaved Toy Poodle. Pam always trims legs with scissors. She pulls the hair straight out from the legs, in between two fingers, and cuts it with scissors outside her fingers.

For clipping the body, she usually uses a no. 4 Skip Tooth blade in the big clippers, starting right behind the head. She scissors the head, tail, and legs.

After bathing, there will be some long hairs that show up under the dryer. Those are scissored as needed.
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It's hard to do the legs with clippers, and not have a Havanese look like a shaved Toy Poodle. Pam always trims legs with scissors. She pulls the hair straight out from the legs, in between two fingers, and cuts it with scissors outside her fingers.

For clipping the body, she usually uses a no. 4 Skip Tooth blade in the big clippers, starting right behind the head. She scissors the head, tail, and legs.

After bathing, there will be some long hairs that show up under the dryer. Those are scissored as needed.
Yeah I usually use the scissors on Perry's legs (probably why they never look as good as the groomer does them!) - the way you describe it is how I try to do it... getting better, but still not as good as I want to be. I generally leave Perry's tail long - I like the fluff
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@Tom King @Melissa Brill - Any recommendation on the clippers? I have a cheap clipper set but have professional hair scissors. How do you cut around the eyes? Scared!!!
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@Tom King @Melissa Brill - Any recommendation on the clippers? I have a cheap clipper set but have professional hair scissors. How do you cut around the eyes? Scared!!!
We cut around Ricky's eyes with a scissors using Tom's "two finger technique." We make it a 5 minute, two person job. Ricky is VERY cooperative, but I hold him steady, under his chin, while Momi scissors. We do this every couple of weeks because long hair pokes him in the eyes and makes his eyes weep which can cause tear stains. Ricky gets cookies when we are done.

For overall grooming and trimming of his long coat, he goes to the professional groomer about every 3 months.

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