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|I have a great beginner book at work, it's very old but still able to be found on places like Amazon. When I go in tomorrow I will note the title and Author for you.
In MOST cases, the adult coat will not matt nearly as much as the cottony puppy coat, but having said that, my worst nightmares are cockapoos!!! Most of them have a terribly THICK coat and it IS cottony and matts if you look at it.
I did end up shaving my crested, Crystal, since her coat was always ending up matted, even with WEEKLY full grooms!!! She was supposed to be a show dog but that was second to her being a happy, carefree pet and the weekly four hour grooms were too much for her AND for me!!! I kept it until after her puppy coat was gone and she had a full adult coat but it was still hopeless. Out of fairness to other puff cresteds, Crystal is a very active dog and LOVES mud and mud puddles and brush and long, weedy grass. When I had Harvey's sister I had no problems with her coat.
I am happy if owners just keep the coat clean and brushed out. My clients who will do that usually can have 8 or 10 week appointments rather than 5 - 6 weeks.
You need to remember that the equipment is very expensive as well as the costs to maintain those blades and scissors. Dull blades will not cut and dull scissors are downright dangerous. Depending on how much you pay your groomer it is probably cheaper to have them do it for you. We have things like force dryers which really help keep a coat tangle free while drying and lots of back up scissors and clippers if the worst happens and something quits in the middle of a groom.
A good clipper and the right blades will set you back about $150 - $200 and those dryers are around $350. Plus, a good scissors will end up over $150 as well. Sharpening is going to run around $10 per blade/scissors, and then there are the incidentials like a table and post, nail clippers, etc.
So, if you do it right AND you do the math, a professional grooming is pretty darn reasonable 6 to 8 times a year.
But, it can be done well, if you spend the time. At home I have a desk with a pull out panel which I use to stand the poodles on so I can brush ears, etc., while I watch the news each night. And, except for Toto and Pinki, they all fit in the kitchen sink for baths!
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