I have been visiting Scottie Dog News for a long time and I love it!! Anyway, my reason for e-mailing? Scottie Grooming disasters! I have two cheeky Scotties myself; MacGregor (The boy) and Dixie (The girl). We have been to four different groomers this year all of which have ended in disaster. The first was an entire shave down except for eyebrows and beard, the second they came back with no eyebrows or beard and the third was an entire skirt shaving, badly clipped sides, trimmed legs and a completely shaved tail! We love our Scotties with the classic cut but we can’t find anyone who can take it easy with the razor. We always tell them “Long beard, long skirt, long brows, carrot tail, and a tuft in front of the ears” and they always come back looking like a Schnauzer! Not only that but this last cut has left our Gregor Traumatized! He refuses to get up from the sofa or blankets for fear of exposing his naked belly. I feel sorry for him and he probably hates me. I was just thinking that it might make me a little happier to hear everyone else’s disaster stories and maybe hear tips that others have for getting the right cut…and maybe find out how long it takes before they will look like normal again.
Sounds like a good idea to me. Bridget hasn’t really had any disasters so to speak. But she has had a few bad hair days thanks to less-than-ideal grooming.
The most notable was when I wanted to keep her shaggy for the winter and asked the groomer just to trim her around the eyes and any problem spots. He trimmed her all over, leaving her with about an inch of fluff all over. Luckily, it grew out fast.
This Scottie grooming article by Susan Morris of Stornoway Scottish Terriers in Washington State comes highly recommended. Not being a DIYer, I can’t really add that much, but if you do groom at home, please let Scottie News readers know what you think about the advice.
Regular commenter and DIY Scottie groomer Louise is posting some tips on keeping your Scottish Terrier looking spiffy over at her blog, Stuff and Things. Her first two posts are about feet, namely claw clipping and avoiding pom-pom paws. She’s promising more body parts later. Take a look and read more about Scottie grooming by clicking on the label below.
I live in Argentina and I’m the owner of a 4 month years old scottish terrier called Alma. I use to walk 8 miles every night just for sport and I was wandering if I could take her with me or its a little too much exercise for her. Thanks in advance.
Definitely too much exercise for a puppy, but you could walk her for a mile or two and then put her in a doggie carrier or something.
Another reader writes:
I’m a Scottie lover from Brazil….. I have this beautiful almost-5-months old puppy that has never been groomed and I’m planning on taking him for his first grooming session, but I would like to know what is the best age to take a puppy to its first haircut? The breeder said to wait until he’s 8 months old….but I’d really love to see him with a “Scottie face” soon…..LOL I think you understand me…..I mean, he’s adorable, but the “grown-up look” teases me….. 🙂
Thanks for your attention,
I would say between six and eight months depending on the temperament of the dog in question. I would also not do the full treatment the first time at the groomer’s. Maybe take your dog now for a wash and to trim hair getting in the eyes and nails, if necessary.
My girl Bridget usually emerges from the groomer’s quite shell shocked and she’s a calm dog overall so I would definitely recommend getting your pup gradually acclimatized to grooming.
Any readers out there who want to share their Scottish Terrier knowledge with the breed’s South American fanciers? If so, feel free to jump in.
Update: Oh dear, it has just been brought to the attention of oureditorial department that a ferocious storm has dumped heavy snow on the eastern United States. Rest assured, we Canadians feel your pain and all the Scottie snowballs. March storms are the worst.
Ann – Thanks so much for your blog. Being a Scottie-fanatic I go to your blog every morning after I get back from the gym. Here is a photo of my girl Elphaba. She is named after one of the witches in the book (and musical) Wicked. She is the poster child for our local groomer. Keep it up… Hugs.
Elphaba rocks and totally deserves the modelling gig. And since we all love Dorothy and that Kansas line, here she is:
Or SW PDX to be more specific. Our readers are a demanding group, but we forgive them because they also help us put together this fabulous list of Scottie groomers all over the North American continent — and one in Japan.