I had more evidence in the other day that clipping a double coated breed just one time can ruin its coat for life.
This seven year old Pom came in the other day.
It was the first time we ever groomed her.
She had not been professionally groomed in a long time because her owners were too afraid to take her to another groomer.
The only reason that they brought her to me was because my Vet talked them into bring her to me.
Apparently, the Poms owner had dropped her dog off to be groomed as usual one day.
Unbeknown to the owner, her regular groomer no longer worked at this particular shop.
The Pom was to get its usual bath, brush out, and neaten the feet.
When the owners daughter picked up her dog she was handed a shaved Pom.
The daughter started crying and swore that it was not her dog.
The owner called the grooming shop after her daughter brought the dog home.
She asked why they shave her dog.
She was told that the grooming ticket said that her dog was to only be trimmed.
"That is what they were supposed to do, but they shaved her!!"
The groomer was put on the phone.
"Why did you shave my Pomeranian?" the owner asked.
"Because, that is what I do with all of my Pomeranian customers," the groomer told her very matter of fact.
I didn't know what to say.
I don't like to talk against other groomers.
At the same time I don't understand it.
This is not the first time that I have heard of groomers grooming their customers dogs the way that they think the dog should look, not the way the customer wants.
I have even had a couple of groomers who worked for me that I had to argue with to get them to groom the dog the way the owner wanted, not the way they wanted to do the dog.
Sure, I have dogs come in a lot that I would like to groom one way, but the owner wants something else.
I do what the owner wants. (within reason)
Fast forward to today.
After work today my daughter and I went to pick up dog food from the 'super pet store'.
While we were waiting in line to check out, I was watching the groomers.
One young lady was shaving a Golden, and I mean shaving.
As far as I could tell she was using a 10 or 15 blade.
This Golden was not a thick coated Golden.
The Goldens coat was a lot like this one.
I wanted to go in the grooming room and ask if that is really what the owner asked to be done.
I wanted to so bad.
But, I didn't want to piss the groomer off, and my daughter would have killed me.
I really, truly wanted to ask, because I have never had a Golden owner come in ask me to shave their golden like that.
Cut their Golden short...yes, but not shave.
I have had owners use the word 'shave', but after more questions, they never truly want the dog shaved.
I really, really want to know.
Did the Golden owner realize just how short their dog was going to be shaved?
What are most of the reactions of owners when they see their Goldens shaved that short?
Are they shaving the Golden because that is the only thing that they know to do?
Boy, I wish that groomers would talk to each other. :/
I don't want to step on toes, or get my head chopped off for that matter.
So anyway, I am glad that the Pom owner decided to take another chance on having her Pomeranian professionally groomed.
She still has a lot of bald spots under that long hair.
And her undercoat no longer blows out.
It has to be brushed out.
She cleans up nice.
Her coat is nothing like it was before she was shaved.
Her owner showed me a picture of what her coat used to look like.
Her coat was absolutely gorgeous.
It still amazes me that some double coats can be clipped over and over again before the damage is done, then others are damaged after just one shave.
Oh well, it is just something I have always wondered.
Maybe one day I'll go in and ask.
I just have to figure out a way of doing it without offending anyone. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF