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 Pet Grooming
by Sally Griffin
 

I think the simplest way to describe to a pet groomer the manner in which your bouv should be groomed is as follows:

Use a 5F on top of the head, take it down the sides and skim off at an imaginary line drawn from the base of the ear to the corner of the eyes.

Set the beard line by again drawing an imaginary line from the base of the ear, under the neck and up to the base of the other ear. Make that line a distinct one, no skimming.

Then to shorten the body, use the 5f to go straight down the front of the dog from the beard line and skim off at the breast bone, make that about 3-5 blade widths across, then skim off at the sides to blend.

Do the same with the 5f at the back, start at the side of the tail and go down to a point about midway between the point of buttock and the hock and skim off. Use a 10 or 15 on the ears.

Use a plastic 1 on the back, go with the growth of the hair (towards the tail)

Skim the legs with that same 1 or a longer plastic if they have it, then scissors into a pillar post Scissors the tuck up gently to the elbows and blend in at the sides, no skirts!!!

It's probably a good idea to take a picture of a bouv when going to a new groomer, hopefully if they know what the dog is to look like, they can reproduce it.

Using the above instructions, they can still mess the dog up, but at least it won't be skinned naked and with those length blades skillfully used the look will be very much as if the dog had been stripped.

IF you use a stone or stripping knife on the dogs back after a grooming with a plastic 1, it will even feel like it has been stripped.

But as they say, the main difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is a couple of weeks!!! And usually the dogs don't care how they look, they just react to the way their humans are acting!!!

Sally

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