I usually experience this adventure about every 8 weeks. I know that a lot of Cavachons – and most other dogs, too – really hate going to the groomer, but so far I am OK with it. Maybe that is because by the time I go my hair is hanging in my eyes and is so long that when I get combed it seems to take forever. I get all these tangles, especially in my “pits” or whatever you want to call those areas at the top of my legs and arms. It hurts sometimes when my mom is trying to get them out! She has started using a comb just like the one she uses on her eyelashes and that has made things a lot better! My groomer, Susan, has started to cut the hair there real short and that really helps, too. No one can even tell (except me and my mom when I am getting combed). This is one of the Cavachon tricks we have learned over time. Maybe other dogs would be happier with this technique, too! I can’t believe that Cavachons are the only dogs with tangled pits!
The hair on the bottom half of my belly and under my tail also gets cut real short (I think that is so I stay clean when I am going potty – they call this a sanitary clip.) My actual tail hair is kept pretty long, and my mom always talks about how nice that looks.
The hair on the rest of my body is left about an inch long, with the exception of my legs which are trimmed pretty short, maybe a half inch or so, tapering down toward my paws. My bangs get trimmed kind of short so they don’t fall in my eyes. I kind of have “mustache hair” that is left kind of long. And, oh, my mom loves my long floppy ears that look just like my Cavalier dad’s ears! We leave the hair on my ears pretty long. Believe it or not, I love when my ears get combed! The hair that grows inside my ears is a different story. That has to get pulled and trimmed really short because of my long Cavachon ears. They can trap water and cause all kinds of problems!
At one point I get all my nails trimmed. I also get a bath while I am there and dried with a really strong blow dryer – I love that part. When I am all done I look and smell great, at least that is what my mom says! She always wonders why I am not as soft and fluffy after she gives me a bath. I think it is because of that strong blow drier – it really poofs my hair up!
Every time my mom comes to pick me up she has such a big smile when sees me! I have to admit, even though I really like Susan, I am happy to see my mom there. I am happy to be going back home (not to mention that she always has a treat for me after I get back in the car!)
My next appointment with Susan is April 21, 2010. Spring will be here and we may make some changes because of warmer weather coming. I guess I’ll find out then. I think I look like the perfect Cavachon now, though. Oh well, I am happy to go with the flow!
My mom told me I would probably be getting a bath tomorrow…..it has been about 4 weeks since I was at the groomer. We have had warmer weather, rain, and most of our snow here has melted leaving lots of wet grass and mud behind! After we come in from the rain, my mom says “you smell like dog.” What is wrong with that?