Coquitlam dog groomer Miriam talks about her dogs, her 'puppy', and stories of life as a dog groomer.
Whenever I'm grooming a dog, or relating to any dog for that matter, I always try to put my intentions ahead of my actions in an empathetic way, so the dog can read my body language and silent words in my eyes and know what I am about. This way the dog can express to me without having to 'yell' any concerns, like being scared of nail clipping, brushing mats, or clippering ticklish feet. I can listen to them and take extra care to be gentle and reassuring on nervous areas. I also talk in a normal tone of voice and explain everything I am doing as I work. This is how I can groom a dog that may otherwise be difficult to groom, not trusting what is going on.
This guy had wispy leg hair and a plush undercoat on his body, so I clipped the body 1/4", and scissored the legs short to get rid of all stray away hair. I gave him a dense fox like tail, and left a spunky topknot to balance his ears and face. I was happy with how he turned out, but more importantly so were his Mom and Dad.