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For those people living within reach of Guildford, Surrey! Merrist Wood agricultural college run a one day grooming course to teach you how to groom your own dog. You take along your own dog and step by step you are taken through the different stages - brushing, washing, drying and clipping/scissors etc. A friend did the course in June with her F1b labradoodle and highly recommends it. It is a very intensive day but she loved it and got so much out of the day.
They run the course on a Saturday once or twice a term. I am booked into the next day on October 15th 10 - 4pm.
I wish I knew how to post a link but if you google Merrist Wood Pampered Pooch then you'll find the info.
I feel armed with Julia's video and this course I should be able to groom Rufus and Basil myself, therefore saving a fortune in grooming fees each year (this was part of my approach to convince hubby to get another Cockapoo!).
I'm a very lucky girl - I'm getting a grooming table and clippers for my birthday at the end of the month! :D

Karen xx
 

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That sounds great, I'll have a look and see if they do anything at the Agricultural College in Edinburgh. What age roughly does the coat start to need more managing? Izzy is just a ball of fluff (which isn't tangly at all) just now. I shall get some practice in on Phoebe, I have always taken her to the vet to be clipped, but with 2 I'm going to give it a go :)
 

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I can't remember the exact age Ali, but I think I got Rufus first groomed at about 6 months. There is quite a tricky stage when they loose their puppy coat and the adult coat comes through. It can get extra tangled at this stage - lots of matts .....so I'm really going to keep on top of Basil when I get him home!

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I would recommend having a go at home grooming..

I really enjoy doing Honey at home, Oakley however has never been keen on the whole plucking and pruning, but we just take our time, he is fine at bathing, drying, ear cleaning, eye wiping, just hates the claw trimming and ear plucking.. so we just do a few claws each day or one ear at a time....

It is quite easy and you get your cockapoo to look just how you like them to look :)
 

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Gosh I wish that was nearer I've been looking at doing something... contemplating the city and guilds that Adam did. There are courses near me one for your own dog about £400 but the city and guilds about £800 but all dogs. But your day sounds fab x
 

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Its a little frustrating... it came last week when I was out so arranged delivery for yesterday.. however nipped to the shop leaving my daughter to listen for the door, strange how I had to bang the door down when i came home, with the dogs barking as well and she did nt hear me so you've guessed it the delivery man had been in the 20mins I'd been out.... so sat in today x
 

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oh yes I would be frustrated too.... make a nice cuppa and browse your favourite cockapoo forum .. its the school holidays ... relax, have a lazy day :)

Well until that drier arrives .. then I guess it will be full steam ahead for Cockapoo bath time :)
 

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Got my Pet Head range yesterday :D.... they actually dont need bathing:( .. and Mable really does nt like it, she's like a cat .... maybe out for a reallu dirty, stagnant water, fox poo type walk :rolleyes:
 

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Oh excellent .. you are having a doggy spend up :)

Please let me know on the blog what you think of Pet Head... I just love it ...

Mable doesn't like baths, ahhh, Oakley is my hardest to groom, Honey however is a tart and loves all the pampering ... I managed to cut 2 of Oakleys claws yesterday ha ha ha .. its takes us a long time ...

I think as soon as your delivery arrives .. head for the woods .. get them all dirty, then come home and have some fun ...

I must take mine in the wheat field and woods later .. got to get some updated photos of them ..

Can't wait to see a Pet Head'ed Wilf and Mable xxx try to get a photo up .. please pretty please xxx
 

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Intensions are good ..... just rubbish, never mind dog grooming course really need a computer course ... got the blueberry muffin shampoo the same conditioner as you and a strawberry detangle spray x
 

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Ha ha ha computer course .. thats why I need my hubby .. I couldn't do much on my laptop or blog without him tbh :S

Your dogs are going to smell fab .. I promise ... the PET HEAD furtastic creme rinse is my favourite ... even the kids noticed the softness... only had one very small mat in Oakley's coat since we used it .. and that was, well how do I say it ... it was near his willy and due to him weeing/ scenting in his coat, more of a stick mess than a mat actually...

Anyway their coats are just so soft..

Right think I need a doggy walk xxxx camera, poo bags, treats, dogs and we are out of here :) oh yes the kids too :) :)
 

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It is just the ears I am squeamish about plucking. I started trimming Teddy myself, but take him for ears and claws. I am not saying I am as good at it as a groomer, but he doesn't object and I enjoy it. Really wish I was better at it though.
It would be great if there was a course in Central Scotland.
 

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I do them myself ... but Im dubious about nails... they need doing but not confident myself. have done them but would feel awful if I hurt them, they need booking in x
 

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Just took Teddy round to the vet to have his nails and ears done - she wanted to scalp him because of matts:eek: I just couldn't! I'm bonkers as I know it makes sense, but I just couldn't! Then I had a rethink and decided to phone them to go ahead - but put the phone down before I got through. Oh heavens - I am a complete mess - just wanted to his matts myself and keep him looking cute. I know he will grow again quickly but......
 

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:( I hate myself when I leave Phoebe and end up having her scalped. After every time I say I'll spend more time keeping on top of it, never do! I'm going to get clippers I think, and PetHead products, Izzy is just my baby and will smell nice, although she really doesn't need it, Phoebe's coat has grown in quite a bit and looks lovely, but if I'm not careful....
 

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Looking up any youtube videos on how to do it myself. Need a good pair of clippers though and some advice on how to use them before I do anything. Scary thought using clippers but need to bite the bullet. He is so good at sitting and letting me cut him but clippers might be a different matter!!
 
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