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Old 05-04-2007, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All!

I hope this finds you and all of your beautiful babies happy and healthy.

It is majorly hot here in Alabama and Tiki loves to play outside with the other dogs. However, he is getting matted easily and his hair is growing out wayyyyy too fast.

He is going to get a bath today and I want to use the clippers on him so his hair is easier to manage.

Should I cut his hair before or after his bath? With dry hair of wet?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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PS: Tiki went to the vet on Saturday and had a healthy checkup and shots. He weighed in at exactly 5 lbs and his only abnormality is he has a terrible overbite. But he is healthy and the happiest and smartest little puppy!
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm no expert..but i'm pretty sure that Benny's groomer washes, drys, then cuts him. I don't groom...but I think that is how is his routine. Glad to hear the vet visit went well!
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bonnie always gets a bath first, then she gets groomed.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I always do things in reverse. I will cut first and bathe later. My thinking in doing this that way is he will be quicker bathed and use less shampoo and quicker dried. Not sure tho it is the right way to do it.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The hair is easier to clipper when it's clean. Be sure to take before and after pics!
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've always heard (and the groomer do it this way) - wash then cut..
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well I guess that I am back wards, cause last night when I cut Suzy and the others I cut first. Which I did not used clippers. I did it with scissors I guess that is why it worked out OK.
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Well I guess that I am back wards, cause last night when I cut Suzy and the others I cut first. Which I did not used clippers. I did it with scissors I guess that is why it worked out OK. [/B]

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Knowing how often you wash your dogs, I doubt they were dirty when you started.
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well I guess that I am back wards, cause last night when I cut Suzy and the others I cut first. Which I did not used clippers. I did it with scissors I guess that is why it worked out OK. [/B]

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Knowing how often you wash your dogs, I doubt they were dirty when you started.
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I guess that would mean you weren't backwards at all. I have a cocker and when I've shaved her it is easier to wash first because of all the oil in her hair - but man waiting for her hair to dry was painful.
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well cared for Maltese seldom get really grubby i.e. enough to blunt scissors or clippers. I've tried it both ways and haven't noticed any difference. At the grooming classes I attended they suggest clipping/scissoring long coats down first (less to deal with), then bathing/drying, then finishing off wiv a bit of spit and polish
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