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Forgive me for asking this question, I'm sure A LOT of people are gonna probably think how stupid I am for even asking this question I'm sure but......
Why is it bad to groom your dog yourself? I'm confused...
What if you bought the most expensive dog clippers you could find, had the best shampoo you could find, and have a place in your house you can set up to make it at least somewhat comfortable for.your dog and everything... & Self taught yourself HOW to cut your dog's hair by reading many many articles & watching TONS of videos as well.... Would that STILL be a problem to groom your own dog?
I'm just wondering just because I know some people (including myself) well we don't really I guess "trust" some of the groomers around where they live(or where I live) & they all seem to have HORRIBLE or somewhat alarming reviews you know? So it makes it a little skeptical to take your dog into someone you trust just for them to mistreat your fur baby?! Uhm no thank you LOL 🙄😬
I know there ARE some good groomers as well but it ALWAYS seems like they're CONSTANTLY booked up! 🤦🏻‍♀️ So then we're all like well now what, you know what I mean?
I mean I'm not saying doing it yourself is a better solution cause HONESTLY I have absolutely NO clue....
So again, just curious to know exactly why is it bad? & Is it bad if you have been doing your BEST to teach yourself how to groom??!
Please let me know!
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I don't think it's bad, as long as you are reasonably competent. If you have a dog that has a coat prone to matting for example, you do need to understand how to get it groomed out and not leave matts. But I do my dog, including clipping - he looks scruffy because I'm not neat, but that's fine with me.
Awesome thank you for this reply! It's nice to know not everyone is against self grooming! I don't think the outcome has to be "perfect" of course you know? Lol but as long as they're happy and clean that's all that truly matters right?🤔😌 But when doing it ourselves we should definitely NOT expect it to be "perfect" either! Lol that's gonna take SO much practice to make "perfect" that's for sure!!
Thank you so much again! Stay Safe!😁
 

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I have had multiple dogs over the years of various breeds, (border collies, labs, golden, and mixed breeds) and never have taken any of them to a groomer. (If that makes me a 'bad' person, I can live with that). Grooming time is 'bonding time' for me and my dogs, it also gives me the opportunity to check for lumps and bumps, keep tabs on their weight, and check their teeth and their ears for any issues that may crop up.
 

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Agree why is considered bad to groom your dog yourself? I admit there is a lot to learn depending on the type of dog you are grooming, but I learned to groom my dogs myself. This time with my pup I am hand stripping, so I leaned even more and maybe something a little more involved than clipping, but I'm doing alright I think haha. How did I learn? The general pattern was through experience and working with my dogs, but to hand strip, it was 100% online since the breeder had no time to show me.

One thing I find super helpful to keep matts away is to use a dematting comb or stripping knife to comb through the coat and remove dead hairs. Keeps the coat thinned out a bit and it's very good for the skin to improve circulation.

Oh I just realised your dog is a standard schnauzer, is that right? I have a mini schnauzer pup atm, and I had two minis before him. I used to bring them in for grooming at a home groomer's, but for last few years of my girl's life, I was grooming her myself with scissors. I actually used to get compliments and the vet tech asked where I got her done. Totally possible to do this, good luck!
 

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I have had multiple dogs over the years of various breeds, (border collies, labs, golden, and mixed breeds) and never have taken any of them to a groomer. (If that makes me a 'bad' person, I can live with that). Grooming time is 'bonding time' for me and my dogs, it also gives me the opportunity to check for lumps and bumps, keep tabs on their weight, and check their teeth and their ears for any issues that may crop up.
Amen! I think our dogs would feel WAY more comfortable with us grooming them anyways you know? Cause we're their parents and they trust us, taking them to someone they don't know is a bit nerve wracking for them I'm sure!
Thanks for the positive feedback! Makes me feel a lot better about doing it myself!🙏🏼😌
 

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Agree why is considered bad to groom your dog yourself? I admit there is a lot to learn depending on the type of dog you are grooming, but I learned to groom my dogs myself. This time with my pup I am hand stripping, so I leaned even more and maybe something a little more involved than clipping, but I'm doing alright I think haha. How did I learn? The general pattern was through experience and working with my dogs, but to hand strip, it was 100% online since the breeder had no time to show me.

One thing I find super helpful to keep matts away is to use a dematting comb or stripping knife to comb through the coat and remove dead hairs. Keeps the coat thinned out a bit and it's very good for the skin to improve circulation.
Love this! Thank you for the positive feedback definitely appreciated!! Like I said I think grooming our pups ourselves is better considering they trust us with their lives and are VERY comfortable with us, & bringing them to a random person they don't know to get groomed is probably extremely nerve wracking for them I assume you know?! We know our dog inside and out pretty much so it's like we know when they're in need of a break from the shaving or if something is wrong and all that you know?
I just have NEVER seen the problem with grooming them ourselves as long as we're careful of course, but I know A LOT of people who have jumped down my throat for grooming my own dog saying "it's so dangerous regardless" & "you HAVE to be a professional" like really people ?! Really?!🤔😒
 

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For the record my parents had two minis as well (I got my two from their bitch), anyway, they also started shaving their dogs when they moved rural and honestly they did a really good job.

The places that would be difficult are the bits region and maybe the neck or areas with folds, but I totally agree, I would 100% rather attempt myself then to bring my pup to a stranger I don't even trust. Actually with my girl, she was elderly and I just couldn't put her through that stress.

Read up, watch vids, whatever you can do, there's no rush this way, go for it!
 

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Amen! I think our dogs would feel WAY more comfortable with us grooming them anyways you know? Cause we're their parents and they trust us, taking them to someone they don't know is a bit nerve wracking for them I'm sure!
Thanks for the positive feedback! Makes me feel a lot better about doing it myself!🙏🏼😌
Cache, my border collie, wouldn't let a stranger get near him with a brush or anything else for that matter! Despite my efforts to get him comfortable with the process, it has been a slow, slow process. He went through a lot as young pup, (major surgery at 9 months old, handled by people (strangers) who did what they had to do), which put a big hurdle in the process, but he is slowly, slowly, learning that it is okay, and he always has the option of moving away if/when he is worried.
 

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Forgive me for asking this question, I'm sure A LOT of people are gonna probably think how stupid I am for even asking this question I'm sure but......
Why is it bad to groom your dog yourself? I'm confused...
What if you bought the most expensive dog clippers you could find, had the best shampoo you could find, and have a place in your house you can set up to make it at least somewhat comfortable for.your dog and everything... & Self taught yourself HOW to cut your dog's hair by reading many many articles & watching TONS of videos as well.... Would that STILL be a problem to groom your own dog?
I'm just wondering just because I know some people (including myself) well we don't really I guess "trust" some of the groomers around where they live(or where I live) & they all seem to have HORRIBLE or somewhat alarming reviews you know? So it makes it a little skeptical to take your dog into someone you trust just for them to mistreat your fur baby?! Uhm no thank you LOL 🙄😬
I know there ARE some good groomers as well but it ALWAYS seems like they're CONSTANTLY booked up! 🤦🏻‍♀️ So then we're all like well now what, you know what I mean?
I mean I'm not saying doing it yourself is a better solution cause HONESTLY I have absolutely NO clue....
So again, just curious to know exactly why is it bad? & Is it bad if you have been doing your BEST to teach yourself how to groom??!
Please let me know!
I really appreciate EVERYONES time!
Thank you again!😏
Have a great day!🙏🏼
Stay Strong and Stay Safe 😷
I don't think its bad LOL and I do it myself too.Just be careful that you dont hurt him. I used this device and I never had any problems before.
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I don't think its bad LOL and I do it myself too.Just be careful that you dont hurt him. I used this device and I never had any problems before.
Good Luck
Oh yes! Thank you very much for the link!
We have a Wahl brand one that I bought recently to replace the old one we had that sadly stopped working & I really don't think I like it, it's REALLY LOUD! My boy gets a little nervous when he hears the loud sounds😬
Is this one pretty quiet?🤔
I knew I should've read MORE reviews than I did before I went & got this new one🤦🏻‍♀️
Kinda upset when I bought this shaver too it said it was like "Pro Quiet" or whatever so when I turned it on I was like WOAH😳
 

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Cache, my border collie, wouldn't let a stranger get near him with a brush or anything else for that matter! Despite my efforts to get him comfortable with the process, it has been a slow, slow process. He went through a lot as young pup, (major surgery at 9 months old, handled by people (strangers) who did what they had to do), which put a big hurdle in the process, but he is slowly, slowly, learning that it is okay, and he always has the option of moving away if/when he is worried.
Awwwh poor little baby🥺 it sounds like he has been through A LOT! Poor guy! He's VERY lucky to have you as his dog parent! 🙏🏼
It's just so sad all the things that dogs/animals have to go through at times... They can't speak for themselves or anything you know 😔
I have NO clue what my boy went through before I got him honestly, he was given to us by my older brother as a gift when I was little he was maybe a year already when we got him & they adopted him from a shelter of course & at first he was a little standoffish but I'd say after a week of spending so much time with him, I officially became his mom/best friends forever!
Dog's are TRULY a blessing!🙏🏼
But he always still had problems with strangers of course at first but now he's SO good with meeting new people, he will greet them for a second, then take off lol....
But when it comes to groomer NOTUH he's NOT having it... One time a few years back I took him into a groomer by my house that surprisingly had good reviews & well he came back all freaked out & when I got home & inspected him he had nicks and cuts I was NOT happy I definitely gave them a piece of my mind that was for sure! I went full blown psycho dog mom on them😏
 

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I think we need pictures though - not to judge your grooming skills, just because we always need pictures ...
I'll definitely have to get some posted and embarrass myself! 😆 LOL I don't normally take pictures of "my work" cause it's NOT "great" to me lol it's a bit embarrassing sometimes you know🙄
But I'll definitely get some posted very soon!
Promise!🙏🏼
 

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Has any of y'all tried the "Andis" Clippers brand?
Specifically the "Andis Easy Clip Whisper Clippers"
????
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Thank you in advance 🙏🏼
 

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None of mine have ever been to a groomer..I have a table and do it myself. TBH, it's not so much about looks for me, but it's about the dog's comfort. My Golden gets long hair in her ears and needs that trimmed monthly. She hates that and must be secured to the table with a 3 point harness.

Andis makes good products, but be careful. Just like everyone, they have good and bad products.
 

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The grooming doesn't matter, we just like fog pictures.

But to make you feel less self conscious, View attachment 249221
Ooh look at that! So precious!
I will definitely be getting them up!
Oh I do have a question for you if that's ok? 😬
I was just wondering if it's bad to Completely shave your dog down?
Like for instance say I haven't groomed my dog in about 2 months (which will NEVER happen again no matter what is wrong with me!) I learned my lesson! Lol but anyways, in that time he had quickly got matted in a lot of places and they were just those Matt's that were SO clumpy that brushing them wasn't really doing anything other than irritate him..... So then it's decided to just shave him down to pretty much start over so I can I guess "start over" & to keep it maintained by brushing him out daily again when his hair starts to grows back longer of course.... I just don't know if I did a bad thing? After he got shaved he was SO happy he's been shaved down before when he was a pup when my dad used to take him in to get groomed and for some reason the 3times he went in there they shaved him down each time it was weird I'm not sure if my dad was asking for a Complete shave down or what but they did🤷🏻‍
But anyways! I just hope I'm not a bad person for doing that🥺 I'll NEVER let my pains or even depression get in the way EVER again.... I'll definitely keep up on the brushing and all that like I used to... Just fell in a VERY deep hole for a couple of months & I feel so horrible for that... I feel like the world worst dog parent😔
 

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None of mine have ever been to a groomer..I have a table and do it myself. TBH, it's not so much about looks for me, but it's about the dog's comfort. My Golden gets long hair in her ears and needs that trimmed monthly. She hates that and must be secured to the table with a 3 point harness.

Andis makes good products, but be careful. Just like everyone, they have good and bad products.
Thank you very much for the positive feedback! I VERY much appreciate it!😊🙏🏼
Now, I have been wanting to get a table but the ONLY problem is my boy is 15-16 years old & he doesn't seem to have the strength to sit up for too long he'll plop right down after like a few minutes or so.... So it's like hmm should I even bother when he can't really even stay up for to long? 🤔 & If I did get a table where would the best place be to buy one? Somewhere like amazon I'm assuming?

& You're right, brands do DEFINITELY have good & bad products! I JUST discovered that when I bought this Wahl Dog Clippers, they said they're supposed to be "quiet" but uhhh they are SO LOUD!🙄😬🤦🏻‍♀️

THANK YOU AGAIN!🙏🏼🙏🏼
 

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For the record my parents had two minis as well (I got my two from their bitch), anyway, they also started shaving their dogs when they moved rural and honestly they did a really good job.

The places that would be difficult are the bits region and maybe the neck or areas with folds, but I totally agree, I would 100% rather attempt myself then to bring my pup to a stranger I don't even trust. Actually with my girl, she was elderly and I just couldn't put her through that stress.

Read up, watch vids, whatever you can do, there's no rush this way, go for it!
Yes! The neck & the folds are definitely one of the hardest parts! Besides the face! My boy doesn't care for his face being touched as it is so trimming it up or anything like that is a pain in the butt cause he moved his face like "stop touching me woman!" LOL
But exactly ESPECIALLY with elder dogs! My boys an elder too he's 15-16 years old & when it comes to ANYTHIG stressful I do my VERY BEST to avoid it at all costs that's for sure!

I have definitely been watching A LOT of vids and reading up on A LOT too especially the past 2 weeks it's been like daily non-stop dog school for me😆 LOL
I learn more and more things everyday that I wish I knew sooner you know!
That's the ONE good thing about the internet, is it can teach ya a thing or two😆 LOL
 
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