Puppy's 1st Trim Too Short
I'm so sad. I took my little 11 month old Charlie in for his first groom. I just wanted him cleaned up and lightly trimmed, but they took off a little more than I wanted. His feathers are gone, tailed choped about two inches, and his ears about an inch :( I really think I should learn how to trim him up myself. I don't know what I was thinking. i guess I assumed most groomers are educated on how to cut certain breeds, especially cavaliers. Lesson learned I suppose.
Puppy's first trim too short
I'll tell you what helped me. Melissa Verplank has authored a text most groomers have available to them, "Notes from the Grooming Table." You can probably get the book from your library. On page 352 you will find a pencil illustration of a CKCS. I made a copy and took it to my groomer (who we really like) and drew in read ink what we envisioned for our dog (over the copied illustration). It worked really well because it gave our groomer a much clearer picture of what we wanted. If you decide to groom the dog yourself, remember, you will be using very sharp instruments on your dog - so please be mindful. I have mine at the groomer every 4 weeks and have professional grooming equipment at home to keep her tidy in the interim. If you decide to become more involved I would encourage you to view Jody Murphy's website and review her promotional DVDs (https://jodimurphy.net/shop/category/promotional-dvds/) to get a better sense of what is involved. She also has related information on her website. Also, Super Styling Sessions has a DVD for the CKCS (http://www.superstylingsessions.com/cavalierDVD.html). All the best.