When I first started grooming years ago, this statement would have brought me to tears.
Well of course you SHAVE Poodle feet and Poodle faces!
"What do mean you want poodle feet and face, but you don't want me to shave them?!"
I would have stood there looking at the dog, not knowing what to do.
That is how I was taught in Grooming School.
The problem was, that Grooming School didn't prepare you for all of the strange requests that owners would come up with.
Like the most famous of all statements...
' I want him short, BUT not shaved.'
If only I had a dollar for every time an owner said that to me.
What does that statement mean?
I have found that it means you need to ask a lot more questions...
Pick that hair up on the back and make them physically show you how much they want off their dog.
I have had A LOT of strange requests in 26 years.
Today I groomed 'Buddy', a beautiful retired show Standard Poodle.
His new owner adopted him late last year.
I used to groom their other Standard before he pasted away a couple of years ago.
They came back to have me groom 'Buddy'.
When I first saw 'Buddy', the breeder had shaved everything off for some reason.
'Buddy' was just growing back in.
His first couple of grooms were just bath and trims.
When we finally got around to a full grooming, his Mom wanted the Poodle look, along with Poodle feet and face.
BUT, she did not want his face or feet shaved.
She liked his face a little fuzzy, and he licked his feet when they were shaved, so don't shave.
Ooook. Here is what I did.
After 'Buddy was bathed and dried, I brushed and fluffed up his feet.
I took a # 7F blade and clipped the sides and top of his feet against the grain.
Do not go between the toes or into the webbing with the #7F.
( I do not recommend using a skip tooth #7. I feel a skip tooth, any number blade, is too dangerous to use. )
I lightly cleaned out his pads with my trusty Wahl cordless Chromado, set on the #30 setting.
I then separate the toes and very lightly skim the #30 to get any long airs between the toes.
Next, I lightly skim off the stray hairs around the nails.
This is also done with the Chromado set on the #30 setting.
Lastly, I lightly brush the hair against the grain on the foot and neaten up with scissors.
This type of foot take less time to do then shaving.
His foot still looks like a poodle foot, but it is not shaved.
His Mom also reports that he no longer licks his feet.
Now on to the face.
'Buddy' gets a Lamb #4F, so I also use the #4F on his face.
I clip his face with the #4F blade against the grain.
Be very careful around the lip line.
After clipping the face, I comb the hair up and scissor the face to give it a nice neat finish.
After I finish scissoring, I use the Wahl cordless to lightly scoop out around the corner of the eyes.
I also neaten up the stop a little, going with the grain.
Blend in with scissors if needed.
This is 'Buddies' fuzzy poodle face.
His Mom loves it.
I think 'Buddy likes it too!
What a doll.
I love this dog.
Body: #4F blade
Legs: 3/4 blade and scissor
Feet: #7F blade against the grain on top and sides of feet. #30 lightly between pads and scissor to neaten up
Face: poodle face with #4F against the grain and scissor
Ears: 3/4 blade and scissor to shape
Head: Tight poodle topknot, scissored
Happy Grooming, MFF