Isn't our Darcy something? That darling haughty look would get us every
single time we saw it. So many folks ask about how their Golden can look more 'Golden.'
Well, we have to admit it does take practice, and attending a breed club's grooming
seminars is really critical. That's what we did (actually with Erik
Strickland) and it provided us with the information needed to buy the correct equipment
and actually do a respectable job.
Another excellent way to
learn is to watch the masters. That's really easy to do.
Just go to a local dog show and find out where the Goldens
are being shown. You should see loads of grooming tables
nearby being primped. It's also helpful to search through
the dog show grounds for those folks with Goldens as they
oftentimes are found grooming their dogs at their trailers.
They typically don't mind folks watching as long as you
don't touch! Just compliment them on having the most
beautiful Golden you've ever seen and how amazed you are at
their grooming talents, then bemoaning that you could NEVER
become as agile as they are at this special art.
Sometimes we let Greg Wessel,
professional handler, do wonders on our kids, as he used to
live very close to us in Maryland.
Here is Darcy down in his basement on the grooming table being
worked on. And, yet, look at that adorable smiling face of
hers. And, look at how pretty that one, obviously finished,
ear looks! You can tell, that even though she doesn't
love to be groomed, that Greg is still okay in her book. Just look at that face as Greg
cups her hand.
While the following grooming
how-to pages are not the same as attending a grooming
hands-on seminar or watching a professional groomer/handler
in action, they do provide some useful tips.
Golden Equipment and Accessories
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Every dog owner must have an
Oliver's Paw Paw to do nail grooming the easy, safe
& painless way. Want to know what grooming accessories we
use and recommend? Well, we use Chris Christensen's grooming
products including her painfree (for user and dog) slicker
and oval brushes, and Roseline shears.
We love to discover natural organic
products for dogs and their people. Bath products are typically laden with
detergents and chemicals, but not this new 2008 line from Aroma Paws.
This company manufactures natural eco-friendly and chemical-free dog grooming products.
Aroma Paws considers their product line "eco-friendly essentials", and shies away from using the word "spa" in their products. "Frankly, though the products are amazing and indulgent, we don't want to consider this a treat. Using safer, more earth conscious products on ourselves and our animals needs to be a way of life," says Joe Guzman, the firms President. "We've found a way to bring the spa experience home with the rich fragrances from essential oils, combined in an exciting new way."
Find every one of our
recommended and personally used products here.