I have two oes male and female. I do all the grooming myself. I brush them at least once a day and once a month for a bathe. My husband for a surprise dedcided to have them groom by the professional. Well, the cost was unbeleivable and my darlings look like a they been chopped. The hair is so uneven that it sticks straight up. There coast are usually 4 in. but now i would say at least 2 in. My babies Drew and Dolly are sadden over their haircuts. My Drew has been depressed for day. Dolly just goes on her merry way. I hate the thought of shaving them.
Can anyone help?? Thanks Love my OES'S
|Wish you lived near me. Go to the library and see if you can find some dog grooming books over in non fiction. They will probably have some videos too.
As for what you should do right now. Go hug those guys and take them out for some doggie fun. They were couped up in cages, fussed at if the had an accident and the shaved way to fast .. or so I imagine. So make sure they get over the trauma first.
If you could just brush their hair out and live with it for 2-3 weeks, then you could trim them up quit nicely yourself. Especially if you find a grooming book and video (get both, videos leave out too much detail).
Go join the OES-L. There's several master groomers over there who will give you more guidance.
Tell your mate to always check out a groomer first. Find out if they hold a canine cosmetoligist license. Then find out how many standard poodles or OES they have groomed. Ask about their experience grooming large dogs period. If they have none, do not use them, as they may be scared of your dog and traumatize it. They may think they can trim them up fast and for get to let the clippers cool off or change the blades out.
I know it is time consuming and even then you sometimes get one that seems hard of hearing. I do not know hao many times they have shaved Abbi to the skin when I wanted her trimmed. That's why I do it myself. But it does take at least 3 hours a dog. So schedule it as a all day or two day event. I wear my lab coat and a hair bonnet, and I still get hair all over.
And if you could post a picture of them ... maybe I could give more specific advice for a quick fix .... a nice modified puppy clip sounds like it would work. Did they leave all the hair on the legs? How about the top knots? How are their faces trimmed out?
|I enjoy brushing Watson but he doesn't want to just lay down & enjoy it. he tries to grab my hand and/or the brush. Any suggestions. I have gotten very stern with him that that hasn't helped either.|
|The Woofer went through this stage at about ten months - now he's back to loving grooming (except for the insides of his back legs!)
We found the best way by accident - we used to need two us one to hold Woof down on his side, the other to groom. Two things came out of this:
a) we found that, once Woof realised he couldn't get up, he would relax and you could infact, let go of him and he wouldn't move.
b) We realised that he likes being groomed in cetain areas (ie his head) more than others - so now I will eg. groom his head until he's relaxed fully, then tackle the more tricky areas. If he gets spooked I'll return to his head until he relaxes again...and so on.
Best of luck!
|Hi. Go to the link below, you might fine info within other links
http://old-english-sheepdogs.com/old-en ... -links.htm
Also, for Shanti first months, i bought some books with pictures, so I could follow the brushing, etc. Now he is almost 2 years, so I have a guy who comes twice a month to pick him up and he doesn't charge me a lot... yes... I am very lucky!!!
The first time I tried bath Shanti was when he was 4 months old. He escaped from me (he was all wet) and start running alllllll over the house... so after that I gave up!!! I couldn't control a 4 mo. puppy... what about a grown up?
Ok. Hope those links helps.!!!
|I just found this page on the web:
It's a pretty good page of OES info except it doesn't mention oes.org, while it does mention oes-l. (In all fairness, oes.org wasn't nearly as popular back when the document was written.)
|I added this link with my growing collection of links about OES. Thinking about posting them to Abbi's page if I ever get the time.
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