I just searched for Notes from the Grooming Table and it is quite expensive! If you don't mind, would you message the information to me as well?
Originally Posted by denali
I've had Tess groomed many times, and since she's not a show dog I haven't lost any sleep over the differences. I used to get her groomed in the spring when she was blowing her winter coat and I had a groomer who would give her a "puppy cut." The coat would be shortened but definitely not shaved. I haven't done that for a while so her coat is quite long and full now. It's beautiful but does get matted and tangled, and her ears get messy, even with frequent grooming. I may go back to the puppy cut later this year...
hahahah!! I know how you feel!!! It took me a while to find a groomer that I liked -- I feel like I'm more picky with the girls haircuts than I am with my own!! I even gave a picture of the exact trim I wanted for Gracie, and I was sooooo sad when I picked her up and they chopped off all her feathering and trimmed her ears but didnt thin her out at all! Luckily I found a more experienced groomer at another shop that does exactly what I request. I have discovered that you really need to do your research because lots of groomers actually have NO real training. I think the good ones are called "master groomers" - at least in my region.
I have Japanese Chin and the first time I took my girls in for a trim, I had a similar experience to yours and felt like crying when I saw what was done. It can happen to anyone, and its a learning experience, so don't beat yourself up.
With Bosco, my CKC, I was very clear in what I wanted, and happily that is just what I got. I was also lucky that the groomer owns cocker spaniels, so she was in tune with how little I wanted trimmed!
Next time, you'll know exactly what to tell the groomer, and the illustration idea is an excellent one.
Thanks for all these replies! I feel so much better after reading each one of your experiences, advice, and all around helpfulness. That is why I love this forum so much!