Groomed Cavachon

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!

Cavachon Before Grooming

Here is a picture of me before my haircut

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!

Cavachon After Grooming

Here is a picture of me after I am all done being groomed!

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?

20 Responses to “My Trip to the Groomer”

  • Donna says:

    I am thinking go getting a Cavachon. Since they have long hair, do you have to clean poop off the hair often? For most of you, does the shedding continue after puppyhood?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Lol I have never once had to clean poop out of my cavachons hair! As for the shedding mine never really shed. A few hairs here and there would show up but thats it even as a pup.

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  • Georgia says:

    I have just got a cavachon puppy but i also have a 10year old shetland sheepdog. the sheepdog isn’t very fond of the little pub.. any advice?

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    J Replied:

    Divert your Sheepdogs attention to other things, toys for example.

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  • Ella says:

    I’m thinking of getting a cavach

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  • viv says:

    Do you have to have a cavachon professionaly groomed,i have a 9 month old male and he looks great as he is, but has started matting in places i brush him 4 times a week ,and cut out some of them any tips on keeping him tidy ,i would like to groom him myself

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    Lori Replied:

    I had thought I would be able to groom Kasey myself. I was trimming his toe nails and keeping him combed and mat free. I even bought dog clippers. However, when it came time for the haircuts, I realized I was in no way ready for that. So, we do go to the groomer every 8 – 10 weeks depending on my schedule and the time of year.
    I highly recommend the mat removing tool/comb that I showed in the “How to Groom Your Cavachon: Haircuts and Combing” section – it is great for removing any mats that come up without having to cut them out. It makes combing much easier and faster.

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  • sandra charlton says:

    November 26th 2012
    Hi , i have a 8yr old Bichon Frise Bobby who was a rescue dog after i lost all three of my Bichon Frise doge in 9 weeks that was over 8yrs ago, i have always said i would only have Bichons but my friend has 3Cavachons and i must say they are a beautifull dog, so much that i too would love to purchase one,is it possible to buy an older dog as we live in an upstairs flat, its just for house training as Bobby was 18mths when we got him any advice would be very gratefull thank you

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    Lori Replied:

    Is it possible…..? Yes, of course. However, I have heard of only one family that got their Cavachon from a rescue shelter,. So yes, it is possible. Your best bet is just to keep your eyes and ears open. I think for the most part, these guys get adopted as pups and then the owners never let them go! I think your friend with the 3 Cavachons might be the best recourse for you.

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  • jenna says:

    me and my family are thinking about getting a pet and now that the grooming seems easy we are ready to get one. thanks=)

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  • geema says:

    Our cavachon Sophia, barks at everything on TV. She barks when she wants to eat even there is food in her dish. she barks at sounds and movement on the TV even when she can’t see the screen. What gives? We put her another room and gate her in as soon as she starts to bark but that isn’t working. What can we do?

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    Lori Replied:

    I am interested to hear some comments on this, also. Kasey barks at every squirrel and chipmunk he sees running around outside – and there are tons of them gathering nuts in the yard now.

    Ugh – drives me crazy.

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    Bellabaur Replied:

    My two year old cavachon never barks excessively. Before we adopted a second dog our cavachon hardly barked at all.

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  • Sandy says:

    I am unsure at what age you would recommend having the first groom as my Teddy is 7mths now and getting desperate for that trim. The recommendation for cavapoos is 12 months is this same for Cavachons.

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  • linda brehmer says:

    Love my Cavachon, Stella, tried to groom her myself but hard to keep up on it, Really appreciated the advice about the eyelash comb, that will help a lot. Those matts under her tummy and legs are a problem. I cut them as often as I see them and finally got them groomer scissors that have a round tip so I won’t stab my girl. I love when she gets long with the curls but the matting is an issue as it grow. Stella does have thick patches in areas and then nice smooth wavy areas. He was hard to train and still does leave a little poop on our matt every now and then. I am home all the time and she gets let out all the time, so I do not get it when she does that. She is a 1 1/2 now and never wees in the house, just the occasional poop. This breed makes up for any flaws with her endearing personality. I so want another when my 16 yr old boarder collie passes. He is still frisky since Stella came, so I am not expecting it any time soon. Thanks for all your info. really helped.

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  • mary weiner says:

    I have two cavachon puppies (8 mos. old). They are impossible to train – is this common in cavachons? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Lori Replied:

    What are your circumstances? Are you home with them during the day? Are you leaving them for periods of time, if so what do you do with them?

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    valerie miller Replied:

    I think it will be difficult with two puppies. I used to have 3 young golden retrievers and found the best way to train them was to separate them.

    My cavachon is just five months old, will sit on command, go down on command and give a high five – we are now teaching walking to heel without a lead (he is immediately given a treat when he obeys immediately).

    I hope there is more than you in your family situation and that things are improving.

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  • Joellen says:

    Are cavachons barkers?

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    Lori Replied:

    Gosh, I am not sure how to answer this…Kasey barks if a car comes in our drive or approaches our house. If the UPS guys comes, he barks. When the mailman comes, he sometimes barks (he seems to have gotten used to that.) Overall though, does he bark for no reason, not really. But, he will bark if he feels we need to be alerted to something, that can be slightly annoying at times, but who knows, it may be warranted. He is pretty good at turning the bark to a cute grunt when I tell him “it’s OK!)

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