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    Hamish is clipped about two or three times a year. I like to keep it longer in the winter as he has no fat on him and I'd think it would keep him warmer.
    I take him to the groomers to have his hair cut. I tried it once but he was wiggly and I was afraid of burning him. I would like to get a table and noose one day and do it myself as I have gotten some pretty shocking haircuts. The last one was really short and he nearly looked like a whippet

    Hamish hates having his feet touched so I just remove all the burrs and buds by hand. As much as I love the traditional Airedale look I like to keep the hair on his legs shorter in the summer just because they attract so much leaves and buds and burrs! (next time we move - no trees!)

    I think that even if you do have an Airedale cut it is easy enough to check for ticks. You can always go shorter if you don't think so.

    Hamish hates being brushed too! I just have to keep distracting him with treats when I do so. I find a slicker brush is best for getting at the undercoat.

    Hamish loves the water and goes in the pool and the water at the beach. He didn't like it when he was little though. We had taken him in the pool to teach him how to swim just in case through the pool fence and he hated it. So Geoff may change his mind later.
    Last edited by Cat; 11-03-2010 at 05:56 PM.

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    Nah, I don't have a clue if you need to dremmel nails or not.

    It's just the way the steps are broken down to get a dog used to the machine and being touched by it, you could do the same thing for the clippers. Different task, same approach to training. I think you're on the right track there.

    And clicky treating might work with brushing too. I'm surprised the rubber curry comb didn't work - it doesn't pull at hairs like some brushes can. Or maybe your dog has just got sensitive skin.

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    Isn't it interesting that neither of them like being brushed.

    We have been click and treating looking at the brush, smelling the brush, doing one stroke with the brush. So far we have never got past grim resignation. My old kelpie would see the brush and reverse in to make sure he got extra just near his tail and would lie on his back with his eyes closed in pleasure when you did his sides and chest and tummy. That will be a long way down the track with Geoff if ever.

    Geoff is not by any measure thin. His breeder called him Pumbah after the warthog character in the Lion King because he loved his food so much. I actually have to watch what he eats because he has no off switch

    Like you I have got him to the stage where I can click treat holding each paw and picking out burrs with my fingers or cutting out matts with baby scissors, but I think it would be a big leap to clipping him.

    When you take him to be clipped do you ask for 'an Airedale' or do you just take him in and hope for the best?

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    I wouldl take a photo with me if I were you.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I would take the very tip off his nails regularly, even if they don't really need to be done. You never know when something might happen and he can't walk on concrete for a while and you actually have to trim his nails... if they haven't been done he will probably freak out and behave badly... by doing them regularly you will get him used to it.

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    I am going to change to dremmel because it won't have the pinch effect that clippers do. It completely ruined my relaxed dog, and then I got the quick - argh. So no matter how still I got her to be and how careful I was with the clippers - the actual clip still hurt her - even when I missed the quick. Not sure she loves me that much, athough she does forgive me when I step on her tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly Girl View Post
    When you take him to be clipped do you ask for 'an Airedale' or do you just take him in and hope for the best?
    Yeah, I ask for an Airedale cut. And if they don't know what you are talking about definitely take a photo. I don't think the last people did which is why I came home with the whippet. I was admittedly running late for work and probably could have explained it better.

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    i suggest a big hair cutting machine which is usually used by ladies for cutting up their hair will be good and an easy way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat View Post
    What a good dog for his first hair cut! thanks for such an imformative post.
    Airedales look so gorgeous first clipped !

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