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    There's one who works in at the Moreton Vets who is recommended Don't know if that helps you or not though

    I wouldn't worry about the ears just yet (ETA: Hard to explain what I mean but it's different to what GAG is describing), but definitely get her used to the sounds of the hairdryer, clippers and scissors opening and closing - obviously not too close to her so that she gets hurt! If she's going to go to a groomer at a later date it would be best for her to get used to those noises now. She'll be much less stressed when she does get to the groomers

    If you're not sure how I'm happy to help Batty LOVES the hairdryer... He paws at it and whines after a bath looking at me as if to say 'please mummy'. Then again he's a bit weird anyway lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    I would certainly do the underside of their paws if it's getting long, stops them slipping and sliding on hard floors, plus stops them getting yucky stuff glued to the hair. If there is longer fur that pokes out between the top of the toes, that's personal preference, I think it looks cute, but once again if it's trimmed it keeps the feet cleaner.

    As to the ears, I usually only trim lightly if at all, some groomers will pull out all the hair from the ear canal. It depends on how much hair is there and how gunky it is. If the ear canal looks like it clogged with hair then I would pull some out, but I think a little hair in there is good, stops things getting into the canal.

    Ears like Poppy's should be regularly checked, every day if she's been out walking in long grass. Lift the ear, check they look fairly clean, and once a week stick your nose in there to have a sniff, if they smell off they may need a good clean or there could be an infection.

    Ears like Batty's won't be so prone to infection as the air gets in there to circulate, but once again, check them if he's been in long grass.
    I check Batty's ears daily at the moment anyway... Darn cat keeps chewing on them! He doesn't have a big build up of hair and his ears are rarely dirty, I just keep having to put a little savlon on them because of the cat tooth marks

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    amy, if poppy is going to have to have her paws trimmed from time to time, make sure that you handle her paws every day, it will make trimming fur and nails much easier. So many people forget to do this, and many dogs get funny when the time comes to do this stuff.

    With the bottom of the paws, I usually just trim the hair so it's level with the pads, do NOT go sticking scissors between the pads! I know it seems like common sense but people DO do this and then the dog moves and ouch! Dogs like poodles get clippered between the pads, but there is an art to it, as the saying goes, do not try this at home!

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    AGB, I think you meant the inside of the ear "leather", yes cavs and ckcs do get the insides clippered off. I'm can't tell if Poppy is a candidate for professional grooming? However, IF she is, the sooner you get her used to it the better. Even if it's just to take her in for a wash and blowdry. Grooming salons are full of noisy machines that can be scary if they're not used to it. Hydrobaths, dryers, clippers etc.

    When you take her in, talk to the groomer about what you want, if you're not sure, tell them and ask them what they will do or what they will recommend. If you just want a tidy up make sure you specify this, or they may clip her body.

    Sorry, without seeing what her coat looks like it's hard to recommend what needs to be done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    AGB, I think you meant the inside of the ear "leather", yes cavs and ckcs do get the insides clippered off. I'm can't tell if Poppy is a candidate for professional grooming? However, IF she is, the sooner you get her used to it the better. Even if it's just to take her in for a wash and blowdry. Grooming salons are full of noisy machines that can be scary if they're not used to it. Hydrobaths, dryers, clippers etc.

    When you take her in, talk to the groomer about what you want, if you're not sure, tell them and ask them what they will do or what they will recommend. If you just want a tidy up make sure you specify this, or they may clip her body.

    Sorry, without seeing what her coat looks like it's hard to recommend what needs to be done!
    I'll get some good photos and post them tomorrow. I think when she's an adult she will need the leathers clippered but I don't think she needs it yet at all.

    Yep, the leathers is exactly what I was meaning, just couldn't think of the right word!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    I would certainly do the underside of their paws if it's getting long, stops them slipping and sliding on hard floors, plus stops them getting yucky stuff glued to the hair. If there is longer fur that pokes out between the top of the toes, that's personal preference, I think it looks cute, but once again if it's trimmed it keeps the feet cleaner.

    As to the ears, I usually only trim lightly if at all, some groomers will pull out all the hair from the ear canal. It depends on how much hair is there and how gunky it is. If the ear canal looks like it clogged with hair then I would pull some out, but I think a little hair in there is good, stops things getting into the canal.

    Ears like Poppy's should be regularly checked, every day if she's been out walking in long grass. Lift the ear, check they look fairly clean, and once a week stick your nose in there to have a sniff, if they smell off they may need a good clean or there could be an infection.

    Ears like Batty's won't be so prone to infection as the air gets in there to circulate, but once again, check them if he's been in long grass.
    That makes sense about the paws! I also check her ears once a week and have a sniff. They always smell a bit doggy but I think thats normal? They have never looked dirty and there is never anything in the hair IN her ears. The hair doesnt seem to have grown down into the ear yet...maybe thats something that happens later?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    There's one who works in at the Moreton Vets who is recommended Don't know if that helps you or not though

    I wouldn't worry about the ears just yet (ETA: Hard to explain what I mean but it's different to what GAG is describing), but definitely get her used to the sounds of the hairdryer, clippers and scissors opening and closing - obviously not too close to her so that she gets hurt! If she's going to go to a groomer at a later date it would be best for her to get used to those noises now. She'll be much less stressed when she does get to the groomers

    If you're not sure how I'm happy to help Batty LOVES the hairdryer... He paws at it and whines after a bath looking at me as if to say 'please mummy'. Then again he's a bit weird anyway lol!
    I might take you up on that. We tried the hair dryer on a low setting after Puppy Preschool on Mon night (I had to bath her as she was wet and muddy!) and she HATED it! OH had to hold her while I dried her bit by bit. I didn't persevere too much as she was quiet scared.

    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    amy, if poppy is going to have to have her paws trimmed from time to time, make sure that you handle her paws every day, it will make trimming fur and nails much easier. So many people forget to do this, and many dogs get funny when the time comes to do this stuff.

    With the bottom of the paws, I usually just trim the hair so it's level with the pads, do NOT go sticking scissors between the pads! I know it seems like common sense but people DO do this and then the dog moves and ouch! Dogs like poodles get clippered between the pads, but there is an art to it, as the saying goes, do not try this at home!
    Thanks GAG! We do handle her paws regularly! She has had her nails clipped at the vets and she mentioned how great Poppy was about it. So it seems to be working.

    So do I need to find a groomer to do her paws? Do the mobile dog washers do all of this? Maybe I could get her washed and groomed this weekend all in one hit? I do want one that used Aloeveen though...I have seen some that advertise this.

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    Thanks, I might be able to give a few more pointers!

    No matter what breed, ALL puppies should be handled all over regularly(and I don't mean cuddles!), makes vet checks easier, and trimming nails etc. This includes inspecting paws, lifting lips to check teeth, inspecting ears etc. If a dog has to be groomed then start early, you have no idea how hard it is when a dog comes in that has never been to groomer and it's a year old and looks like a mop! It's no wonder, they are terrified!

    We had a 10 week old toy poodle come in late last year for a bath and tidy, he was sooo cute, I took my time, bathing him very gently and making it fun. Same thing when the groomer got him on the table (I won't do puppies as they need someone more experienced than I am), took longer but he kept calm as he wasn't rushed. Now he rushes in with his other pack mates and loves being in the salon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    I might take you up on that. We tried the hair dryer on a low setting after Puppy Preschool on Mon night (I had to bath her as she was wet and muddy!) and she HATED it! OH had to hold her while I dried her bit by bit. I didn't persevere too much as she was quiet scared.
    Not a problem at all I'm more than happy to do that!

    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Thanks GAG! We do handle her paws regularly! She has had her nails clipped at the vets and she mentioned how great Poppy was about it. So it seems to be working.

    So do I need to find a groomer to do her paws? Do the mobile dog washers do all of this? Maybe I could get her washed and groomed this weekend all in one hit? I do want one that used Aloeveen though...I have seen some that advertise this.
    I'm out of Aloveen at the moment, but if you want to bring some with you once they're worn out from playing we can go through all of it if you like? I have to regularly make sure the Cattle dog that went to my dad had the fur under his paws trimmed as it would get so long and he was a right doofus about it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Thanks, I might be able to give a few more pointers!

    No matter what breed, ALL puppies should be handled all over regularly(and I don't mean cuddles!), makes vet checks easier, and trimming nails etc. This includes inspecting paws, lifting lips to check teeth, inspecting ears etc. If a dog has to be groomed then start early, you have no idea how hard it is when a dog comes in that has never been to groomer and it's a year old and looks like a mop! It's no wonder, they are terrified!

    We had a 10 week old toy poodle come in late last year for a bath and tidy, he was sooo cute, I took my time, bathing him very gently and making it fun. Same thing when the groomer got him on the table (I won't do puppies as they need someone more experienced than I am), took longer but he kept calm as he wasn't rushed. Now he rushes in with his other pack mates and loves being in the salon!
    Sometimes even the sound and feel of the vibrations of the clippers can cause untold amounts of fear too Which is one of the things I worry about, Batty is even used to the noise and feeling of the clippers on his body and legs (haven't clipped him, just got him used to the sounds and feel of the clippers if that makes sense) so if he has to get something shaved at the vets he'll be ok.

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    Amy, you can ask groomers if they have Aloveen (we have that and Malaseb as well as our normal shampoo), if not you may have to supply it (we have one lady that supplies a special shampoo that has to be measured out).

    A tidy up should involve a wash, dry and trimming paws, bot, tail, ear canals, and a nail trim.

    Personally I am not a fan of mobile dog groomers because I don't like the idea of using recycled water. How do you know the dog that has just been bathed doesn't have some contagious skin condition?

    If it were me I'd be looking at a grooming salon or someone who will come and groom in your home ie, use your laundry tub or bath to wash the dog.

    Look the best way to find a groomer is to ask around for recommendations, people will always tell you what they think of their groomer!

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