Oh my…remember I told you I never wanted to get a do that needed to be groomed?? And then I got Izzy?? I fell totally in love with her personality and still feel the same today…I don’t want a dog that has to be groomed…but I’m totally in love with her personality.
So I adopted her and here I am months later and guess what? That dog that I didn’t want to have to groom, needs to be groomed. I’m not talking about brushing. I love brushing her and probably brush her out four times a week. I mean the whole haircut thing. When I took her to the groomer when she first came to HEART Animal Rescue (remember I adopted my very first foster dog?) I asked the groomer how much it costs for grooming. She said for Izzy likely $75. UGH. That was a lot for me…and to do it every eight weeks…that’s WAY more then I spend on my own hair and haircuts.
So I started watching Youtube videos on how to cut a dog’s hair. I looked up how to cut Aussiedoodle hair. I looked up how to cut poodle hair. The poodle ones were too poodle…most of the Aussiedoodle ones were too Aussie for what Izzy looks like. I watched lots of videos and finally landed on “how hard can it be”?
So I bought a clipped and scissor set off Amazon for $40 or so.
The tools have been here for about two weeks and I’ve been trying to get brave. During that time, Izzy’s hair has been getting longer and longer. It’s now 12 weeks since she’s been groomed.
I re-watched the videos and finally decided one night to just do it! Kalissa reminded me to take some before and after pictures…so here is the before. What a shaggy girl.
It was getting hard to see her eyes.
It was getting harder to brush her too.
I decided to clip her in the old part of our basement. We have an old part and a new part. The old part is pretty primitive but I don’t mind. It makes me not care as much if I do things like this there. The utility sink works great for bathing.
I decided to do that actual haircutting on our old chest freezer.
There is a plug-in there. So after the bath, we started blow drying.
She didn’t hate that.
Then I started clipping. I learned that I really do want a leash that groomers have. I did it with no leash at all and she did a really great job staying there but she would often lie down and I needed her to be standing.
When I was watching the videos on how to clip a dog, the part I was most worried about doing was her face…that turned out to not be terrible. The hard part for me was trying to figure out how to do her legs and blend all of that in.
We ended up with a lot of hair cut off.
I learned so much and feel confident enough to try again. I think I am going to watch a few videos again and specifically focus on the legs and blending.
Here she is all finished.
Of course, she was not the happiest with me at the moment so she didn’t cooperate the best for a few photos.
She is so used to having to sit that I couldn’t get a standing picture. From the videos I watched, they said to keep the legs and head longer so that’s what I tried to do. I’ve actually okay with how it turned out for now.
Things I learned…
For sure clip her at 8 weeks..not 12+
I might take her to the groomer the next time and watch her get groomed. I think that might help me figure out how to blend the legs and do the sanitary clipping just a bit better.
For now…it was okay. I’m not embarrassed about it being this was my first try and Izzy was totally awesome with it so that helps a lot too…and hair grows so even if it’s not perfect, in a couple of weeks when it starts to grow out, my imperfections will all be hidden.
Do any of you have any grooming tips? I’d lot to hear them!