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Doodle Tuck Up

by Admin 16. July 2014 07:24

Notice how just changing the tuck-up on this overgrown Doodle gives him a whole new style? This dog was groomed by Lindsey Dicken the winner of the Andis Groomer of the Year Award

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Irish Terrier Body and Legs

by Admin 16. July 2014 07:20

Did you know that if you leave any leg or underline furnishings on an Irish Terrier, it is only meant to give them the appearance of more body and bone substance? This female has a nice body and substance in leg bone so she does not need as much coat left to cosmetically correct any lack of substance.

Irish Terrier hand stripped by Kendra Otto, photo courtesy of Barkleigh Productions

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Maltese Mix Makeover

by Admin 16. July 2014 06:38

When an owner comes in and wants something different, don’t be afraid to groom outside the box in which we are trained to see what could be.

Products used: #4 ShowEdge blade on his body and ears, #1  magnetic steel comb with a #10 ShowEdge blade under it on his legs.  #A on his cheeks and top of head.

Max the Maltese before

Max the Maltese mix after, groomed by Kendra Otto at The UpScale Tail, Ltd.

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Minature Schnauzer Alternative

by Admin 16. July 2014 06:18

Being a pet stylist, we sometimes end up with owners that do not want their pure bred dog to represent the breed standard. The next two examples reflect the owner wanting a shorter body, head and ears. Even if a client wants a shorter/non breed specific trim, we can still give them style! The products that were used on both dogs are a #4 SE on the body, tail, legs and ears. A #1 magnetic steel comb was used on the entire head and muzzle, then softened with thinning shears to enhance the expression.

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Lagotto Romangolo UltraEdge+

by Admin 16. July 2014 06:04

This is a Lagotto Romangolo. It is a wonderful rare breed that has a Rustic Coat. Rustic Coats are double coats that are supposed to look messy and unkept, they also require a more specialized maintenance than regular grooming. Raking/combing and brushing out the undercoat prior to bathing is the key! When the coat is not properly maintained, the coat gets matted and requires a shave down. Our Ultra Edge + blades have extra teeth for plowing through those mats faster and a special coating on them for gliding through the coat easier.

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Doodle With Undercoat

by Admin 16. July 2014 06:02

We all have Doodles coming out of our ears in or grooming salons. No matter what the level of mixture they are, they are still a mixed breed, most have shedding and non-shedding combination coats and the undercoat causes them to mat up really easy. When you end up with one of these on your table, there are a few tools that will make grooming that pet easier for the both of you. Using the deshedder and undercoat rake are imperative for raking out all of the dead coat that does nothing but get matted. The end result will be less dematting and discomfort for the pet, a happier pet and owner, and the owner will be able to easier maintain that long coat most of them desire.

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a Haircut

by Admin 21. April 2014 05:50

In recent years, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has risen in popularity. They are normally carded with a carding knife so they look very natural. Sometimes we will have a client that has either not been carded out properly and has grown a super thick coat, or has grown a ton of spay coat from being altered. If this is the case and a haircut is a better option, there is a way to cut them so they still retain the essence of the breed.

You can use a #0 magnetic attachment comb to remove the unwanted hair and keep the length close to the breed standard, unless the owner wants it shorter. Their body pattern is similar to that of an English Springer Spaniel, but the head, face and ears do not get clipped. I personally will thinning shear the cheeks in front of the ear and clip the hair out around the ear canal on a pet to help the air better circulate. When it comes to the top of the head and ears, it is best to ask if the owner wants in trimmed or not. Most owners tend to get attached to the fuzz up top the head. If you have an owner that wants the hair removed, you can use a #0 reversed and skim off the excess coat and tidy up with thinning shears.

If you are trying to achieve this with any breed, it is always best to study conformation pictures to see where the pattern would lie. Keep in mind that deshedding and carding after clipping the coat will help it retain its rich color, sometimes you will get those dogs in that have never been carded out, it will take a long time to get their coat color to richen back up, but it is possible!

Groomed by Kendra Otto-The UpScale Tail

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Wet Deshedding

by Admin 21. April 2014 05:35

Wet deshedding is essential to not only cut down on hair blowing around the salon and at home, but it will help your clients’ wiry coats retain their wiry texture and rich color. Be careful to choose the right tool. Some deshedding tools that have bladed teeth and can cut the coat. Having the right angle of the bladed teeth, holding the skin taught and using long strokes through the coat will lessen the chances of cutting the coat.

Welsh Terrier-The UpScale Tail-Kendra Otto

Miniature Goldendoodle-The UpScale Tail-Kendra Otto

 

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Poodles and Tools

by Admin 16. April 2014 10:33

Yes a Poodle with a good coat can endure a beautiful transformation using proper bathing and drying techniques; good tools and education.

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Dicken.

I do not have an image for the 8 in straight shears so I put an image of a smaller pair. Normally you would not use those small shears on a large dog

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal

Doodle Deshed

by Admin 16. April 2014 10:21

We all know that some Doodles shed. What a better way to rid the air of their hair than to use the deshedder in the bathtub while they are wet. Ridding them of the soft undercoat that they carry will promote regrowth of guard hairs or wiry hair. This will not only keep the owner happy with less hair around the home, but it will make the grooming experience better for you and the pet. Less dematting equals an easier coat to work with and a happier pet.

After pic, the owner like a shorter scruffy face

Before pic

Deshed in the bathtub

Photos and groom courtesy of Kendra Otto and The UpScale Tail Pet Grooming Salon.

Kendra Otto

Pet Grooming Advocate

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Small Animal