Groom at Home (Bichon Frise)
Things you will need
Here are some of the tools you will need to groom your Bichon Frise.
1. Metal comb
2. Shears, if you don't have grooming shears then use a 8-1/2'' Pinking Shears found in sewing areas.
3. Clippers and blades, you will need either the 10,7,5 or a 3 3/4 blade, if using comb guards use a small or medium sized guard.
4. Dog shampoo and conditioner, if you can find a color enhancer for white coats that would be best.
5. Hand held blow dryer
Step 1. Make sure all knots and mats are combed out before you start grooming this will help when you start clipping.
Step 2. Once all the knots and mats are out use your blade to cut the hair on the body and legs. You will start from the base of skull and go with the grain and stop at the base of tail. Make sure u doesn’t shave too much under the neck. You should be left with a bushy tail and a full main on the head.
Step 3. Wash the dog with warm water not to hot not to cold, if your dog has dry skin wash them with an oatmeal shampoo. be sure to scrub well to get all the dirt and loose hair off, and when doing the face try to get a tearless shampoo so it doesn’t hurt their eyes (i use 2 different shampoos one for the face that is tearless and another for the body.) after you shampoo rinse and put conditioner in and do the same as you would with the shampoo.
Step 4. Towel dry the dog really good so there not dripping then use your blow dryer and comb to finish drying. Be careful not to keep the dryer in one spot to long because it will start to hurt their skin.
Step 5. After they are dry you can start using the shears. First you want to round the feet, i find it easier if you put there paw in the palm of your hand and cut around the paw so it looks like a circle, also take your shears and trim the hair on the pads of the dog’s feet
Step 6. When you get to the face which on this breed there’s not much to do manly trimming and making sure there face is round. Start by combing the hair out wards so it looks like an afro, and then just trim about an inch to a half an inch all the way around the face, if you want it shorter you can. When cutting around the eyes you want to make sure you have a firm hand on them so they don’t get poked, just trim the straggles out so it’s not in their eyes.
Step 7. After all the main cutting if you want you can use the 10 blade and shave the tummy, also if you want the sanitairy trim, take the 10 blade and shave from the top of the booty straight down in one blade width.
Now you should have a well groomed bichon and hopefully a happy one! if you still have questions don't be afraid to call your local dog groomer for pointers.