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    Quote Originally Posted by denali View Post
    This is not the groomers fault, and like someone else mentioned it is a result of miscommunication
    As a groomer, I personally know that we are educated on grooming certain breeds. However there is no breed standard cut for cavaliers like there is for say a schnauzer or a cocker spaniel.
    So this excessive trimming is just a miscommunication between the two of you. You MUST be clear about exactly what you want, otherwise you won't get that
    They will do what they prefer if you don't specify what it is that you want, I have had to do this many times before for all types of dogs because the owners aren't specific enough.

    The correct grooming for a show cavalier is no trimming at all, or minimal unnoticeable trimming, however most pet owners do want trimming.
    Or even full clips, I have many cavalier clients that want their dog shaved except for the tail and ears, i have some with minimal trimming, some who want no feathers, some who want the ears bobbed, some who want the feet shaved etc. So the groomers are educated to do all of the above but as you can see none of them are all the same, it depends on the owners preference. So be crystal clear about it, we do appreciate owners who take the time explaining exactly what they want. And being clear about it isn't the same as being picky, so don't worry about that

    I am doubting that your library will carry "notes", so I will message you the information from it for you.
    The drawing on a picture with red pen is a very good idea, so is taking the dog, putting it on their desk etc. and showing the groomer exactly how much you want trimmed off each area.
    Even taking in a photo, or writing it down as well as showing them would be beneficial

    And in the end, just remember it will grow back I am sure he is beautiful even with short feathers
    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?

    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...

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    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.
    Courtney
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    "Happiness is a warm puppy" - Charles M. Schulz

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    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.

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    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!

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    I found these videos online about how to trim Cavaliers, when I was thinking about possibly trimming Skippy's hair myself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WQV7YjYrX0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc2e0QqoTc0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUjOQStjUjA

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