#dogs #dog — I have to admit that dog grooming techniques are not my strong point as a dedicated dog owner. I somehow got attached to the long haired breed Lhasa Apso ever since my first one Pepper back in 1979. I’ve been hooked on Lhasas from then on as I’m now on my 3rd and 4th one.
Traditionally, this is a breed which is suppose to have that long hair ‘Cousin It’ (character from the TV show The Addams Family) where you can’t see the dog’s eyes. Hair is left all the way down to the floor. In fact, here is a separate page just on the Lhasa Apso Dogs.
I’ve seen dog show competitors and even my own breeder (who also happens to be a show competitor) work on their Lhasa Apsos and it is quite a chore. I have enough problems just keeping the tangles and mats away even with my two dogs at medium length hair.
I just can’t imagine keeping them at show quality length even as I’m already brushing them each night. But I do admire the people who are dedicated enough to put in the time to keep their Lhasa Apso dogs at show length.
Dog grooming commercially is also not inexpensive especially when you have more than one dog. So I opt to do all my own dog grooming with my two. With my first two dogs Pepper and Max, it was real hard work with scissors and for some reason, I wasn’t smart enough to put them high on a table. Instead, we were all on the floor and this just about broke my back all the time.
With Chester and Roxie, my present two dogs, I got smarter and put them up on the kitchen counter when I do major grooming with them. This saves my back for sure. But then my fingers were a problem with the scissors. All that work pretty well wasted my hands and the complete grooming took about three days since my fingers would get so sore.
With the purchase of electric shears, the entire grooming process has been significantly made easier and faster. It usually takes about 30 minutes per dog for a rough trim with the shears. I use the scissors only for some touch ups.
Okay the end result is still not as nice as what professional groomers would do but at least I’m saving quite a bit of money by doing all the work myself. There are some resources out there to help all the self groomers out there. Once such blog in fact is Dog Pet Grooming Supplies. Check them out for grooming info.