About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Which Blade?

Every once in a while I will get a dog in that I spend all of the bathing and drying time trying to decide which blade I am going to use on them.

This particular dog was in great shape.
It was not a matter of deciding what blade I could get through a matted coat, or what length the owner wanted on their dog.

It was a matter of what blade would look the nicest or leave the most natural finished look.

The owner of this little guy did have some specific directions.

Leave legs, skirt, apron, and feet long.

Only trim the hair on the top of the head.

Cocker ears.

Short Cocker pattern on the body.

My choice of blade.

He had such a nice coat.

I wanted the back to look as natural as possible for a clipped coat.

So, I used a #4F blade on the back.

I really liked the results.

The back was short like the owner wanted without making it look 'shaved'.

I would have liked to bevel the feet more, but I was afraid the owner would think that I took too much off.

I would have also liked to have given him more of a crest on his head, but the owner really stressed that she did not want much trimmed off the top of the head.

The head looks okay in the picture, but one shake of the head and that long hair is going to be sticking up all over the place.  :)

It is so nice to work on a dog with a really nice personality, a nice coat, and no mats!
Oh, a nice owner too.


  1. I think all cockers should be groomed like that! Or a puppy cut, but I really like fluffy dogs. :)

  2. This is like, the perfect hair cut for a pet cocker. Looks just beautiful! I'm trying to get on your skill level :-)

  3. I check in almost every day and have noticed your posts have pretty much stopped. I'm hoping it's because you are too busy earning pots of money. Or maybe you feel you've run out of things to show us.

    I only wanted to say that I was a bit worried that you have been so quiet and hope that it's for good reasons not bad ones. Wishing you all the best, Sian xxx

  4. Lisa,
    This has nothing to do with this post, but I doggy sit a hound a couple times a year and he gets a bath once a week for the hound stink he builds up (ugh, that greasy fur) I was wondering if you'd had any luck keeping this away for longer with the baking soda rinse. I don't mind bathing him once a week but I swear within two days he smells like he's been outside for a week. (it also doesn't help that he's a 90 lb Rhodesian intact show dog. He's a SWEETHEART but there is so much of him to secrete hound smell)

  5. Where the heck did you find a cocker like that? At my shop they're all super greasy with chronic skin and ear infections and frito feet. He's gorgeous