Category Archives: Grooming tips

How to groom a Scottish Terrier. Or how to find someone to groom your Scottish Terrier for you.

Scottie News’ Bridget needs her spring haircut

Where does your Scottish Terrier get groomed?

Here is Bridget, inspiration for the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, with her Basset Hound buddy, Pepe. All that snow from two weeks ago is finally gone but Bridget still has her fur coat, which needs to come off now that spring has really and truly arrived.

So, since there is a lot of interest in grooming Scottish Terriers among readers, we are going to take this opportunity to ask you where you get your Scottie groomed.

Bridget usually goes to Le Pitou Propre in Montreal, where they have two Westies of their own and have made terrier grooming something of a specialty.

Update: Yeah to the Yanks. You’ve really come through and named your groomers from east to west and in-between. Keep ’em coming please and, when we’re done, the Scottie News will publish a complete list of readers’ favourite groomers and maybe even nominate the stars for next season’s Groomer Has It — if there is a next season.

International readers, we need your groomers too, as the Scottish Terrier and Dog News has an extremely cosmopolitan global readership.

Toronto, come on, and Vancouver, we know you’re out there. Canada is the number two country for Scottie News readers so step up to the plate please.

And Russia, yes, despite your Scottie-dissing, rythmic gymnast-fancying president, we know you’ve got some first-class groomers so let’s hear about them.

Singapore, do you DIY or is there a Scottie specialist in the island state?

Don’t hold back everyone, when we’re finished here, we’ll have the most complete list of Scottish Terrier groomers worldwide. You’ll be able to take your Scottie dog anywhere and know you can find the best haircut in town.

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New reality show will spiff up difficult dogs

Scottie Front by scorpy on Flickr

Aside from the Scottie News home page, our most popular landing page last month was Dionete Simoes’ excellent Scottish Terrier grooming video. And once, visitors arrive at the Scottie Terrier and Dog News, they are more likely to click on our archive of grooming stories than any other subject heading.

Well, good news grooming fans, this month marks the start of a brand new reality series all about spiffing up dogs: Groomer has it. The show premieres April 12 on Animal Planet and will run Saturday nights at 9:00. Twelve groomers, professional and amateur, will compete to see who can turn some of the scruffiest dogs around into well behaved beauties.

The host of the show is actor and singer Jai Rodriguez, who made his name on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The judges who get to decide which groomers make the cut include veterinarian Karen Halligan, champion dog handler Xavier Santiago and grooming expert Joey Villani.

Contestants will compete in a grooming salon and live in a Los Angeles loft, dubbed the “Dog House.” The grand prize winner will receive $50,000, a mobile grooming salon from Wag’n Tails Mobile Grooming, and the title “Groomer of the Year.”

If the producers are still shooting they might want to check out that groomers’ chat board where the pros discussed the worst dog breeds in the business. Scotties came in for a lot of criticism so maybe we can expect to a few on Groomer Has It.

Set your Tivos and grab your clippers. As the show’s motto goes, “Some dogs are naturally beautiful, but others need a lot of work!”
See all our posts on how to Scottish Terrier haircuts and Scottie dog grooming by clicking on the label directly below.

Scottish Terrier Grooming Video

We’ve been looking for a Scottie dog grooming video forever, and today one showed up on YouTube. It’s a full 10 minutes long, complete with a Frank Sinatra soundtrack, and features a black dog as well as one of the most brindle Scotties, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News has ever seen.

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You Dirty Dog: Mobile grooming for Scotties

Terri at Island Writer has a review of a mobile dog groomer who came to her Floridian Island home and groomed both her handsome wheaten Scottish Terrier, Duncan, and her cute-alicious, Cockapoo, Brie. Shorter version: Terri loved the You Dirty Dog service.

If you go to her blog, you’ll see why. Duncan has always been a dapper chap, never without his trademark bandana, but after the Dirty Dog grooming, he was, according to Terri, better than ever. “Wow!” she wrote. ” Really for the first time he got a ‘true’ Scottie cut. He now has very distinctive eyebrows and his beard looks super. What do you think? Is my boy handsome, or what? He informed me he’d now prefer to be called ‘Sir Duncan.'”

Yes, he is handsome. Oops, we mean, “Yes, Sir.” And Brie, you’re rocking it too sister.

To see all our Scottish Terrier haircut stories, click on the grooming label directly below.

Scotties vs Westies: the cleanliness issue

I’m not white, originally uploaded by luluandlisa.

Another advantage of Scottish Terriers over West Highland Terriers. Show this to all those people with Black Dog Syndrome.

How to find an expert Scottie dog groomer

Roosevelt with shaggy Fala

Bush with coiffed Barney

We’ve dealt with Do-it-yourself Scottish Terrier grooming before, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Some Scottie owners just don’t want to go there, opting instead to turn their dogs over to a groomer. But like hairdressers, not all Scottish Terier groomers are created equal. This article — by Carole Frye Owen on how to find an expert Scottish Terrier groomer — goes straight to the top and interviews Helen Krisko who grooms Barney and Miss Beasley, the first dogs.

When Barney Bush’s puppy coat grew–and grew, the Scottie world worried he’d be another unkempt Fala. The day Barney bounded across the White House lawn in a neat trim, there was a collective sigh of relief.

How did Laura and George Bush discover Barney’s groomer? The story includes a Congressman, the President’s sister, a lobbyist and

Laura Bush’s Chief of Staff. Strictly word-of-mouth.

“I’m honored to groom the “First Dogs,” says Scottie breeder Helen Krisko. “The President and Mrs. Bush seem pleased with what I do. They are so thrilled when they can talk about their dogs, and particularly Barney.”

Krisko is a successful dog show exhibitor. She grooms, trains and shows her own Scotties. She also has a grooming shop that seems more like a beauty parlor in her Bethesda, MD, home. “I book by appointment time. Each dog has my undivided attention,” explains Krisko. “When Barney comes I make sure nobody is scheduled before his arrival, and that nobody will arrive near the time I finish. The atmosphere is relaxing.”

If you think Barney gets special treatment, he’s not alone. In the quest for the perfect Scottish Terrier haircut, Norma and Louis Mitchell of Lubbock, TX, sometimes fly in a groomer from California to give their nine Scotties the perfect “Brillo Pad” look.

There’s no telling the lengths some people will go to, to avoid mistakes like hula skirts, flags on tails, rat tails, gloppy ear tufts, Schnauzer eyebrows, Westie ears, Poodle feet, chopped furnishings and skinned off topcoat.

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What is the worst dog breed to groom?

Scottish Terrier, originally uploaded by

(This was originally posted on Feb. 11 but may have gotten overlooked amid all the Westminster coverage so it’s being reposted.)

The Scottish Terrier and Dog News recently stumbled across this dog groomers’ site where they’re asking: “What is the worst breed of dog you have groomed and why?” Here’s just some of what the people who groom your pets — and put them in noose-like contraptions like the one shown above — have to say about Scotties:

Well, yesterday I thought of a new dog to add to my list of least fave to groom… the SCOTTIE. I groom two of them and they are both exactly the same so stubborn and do not listen to a darn thing that I say.


oh god yes the scottie!! I groom one who is bordering on evil lol!! However hes a smart cookie and didnt take him long to cotton on that being evil to the person holding a pair of scissors near your vitals isnt a good idea !!!

What next? Am I going to discover a site where my hairdresser’s posting on the web and discussing his clients?

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Use Cowboy Magic to groom your Scottie Dog

Sheriff Kenny, originally uploaded by

Thanks to Sweet Cottage Dreams, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News is bringing you a somewhat-exclusive about a hot new dog grooming product little known to urban dog lovers — it’s Cowboy Magic.

Horses and humans have been using it since 1995 when the Anaheim, California-based company was founded, and, apparently, dog groomers recognized its magic powers not long after. “Professional dog groomers and show dog owners discovered COWBOY MAGIC® DETANGLER & SHINE more than a decade ago,” Cowboy Magic president and founder Jim Cummings told “We have never advertised or targeted our marketing efforts in that direction until now.” also reported:

The product’s popularity spread not as the result of aggressive marketing and but rather by word-of-mouth. As word quickly spread through the dog world, Cummings realized that a whole new market was opening up for all his products—and he is positioning his company to reach that market.

To promote COWBOY MAGIC® DETANGLERTM & SHINE, Cummings coined a tag line for professional dog groomers: “Dog Grooming’s Best Kept Secret!”

The COWBOY MAGIC® DETANGLERTM & SHINE, the first COWBOY MAGIC® grooming product created by the COWBOY MAGIC company, can now be found in use in professional grooming shops around the country. The detangler and conditioning product works on a dog’s hair just as well as it does on a horse’s mane and tail to remove mats and detangle even the most stubborn knots. Matted hair combs smooth again, without breakage and with no greasy residue left behind. Hair is soft, shiny and silky. Furthermore, the alcohol-free formula contains silk proteins to soften and condition the coat and skin. Like their horse owner counterparts, professional dog groomers have become loyal customers who swear they won’t use anything else on their clients’ beloved canine companions.

The Scottish Terrier and Dog News has learned through its research that among the most dedicated users of Cowboy Magic are old English Sheep Dog owners and if anyone knows a thing or two about detangling it would be them.

old English sheep dog being groomeShe Smiles Even When She Is Being Groomed by Pet Menagerie at Flickr

What’s more, Sweet Cottage Dreams wouldn’t have tipped us off to this product if she didn’t like it, and just look at the great shape her dog’s coat is in. Just hope it’s available in Canada.

DIY: How to groom your Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers getting ready for bath
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Many readers have expressed interest in grooming their own dogs so we asked D0-It-Yourself Scottish Terrier groomer Lallee of Lallee’s Cottage for her tips. And, boy, did she deliver.

Take it away, Lallee:

I am flattered that you would ask me about how to groom a Scottie. (Do I hear breeders guffawing out there?) I still think of myself as an amateur.

I’m glad to share what info I can on the process of grooming. My learning began with a few helps. First, Oliver was my first Scottie, now 9 years old. Living in a small town, I was unsuccessful finding a groomer who knew how to groom a Scottie properly. I was a member of an ST list on AOL, with many members transferring later to Ed’s ScottyLovers on Yahoo. I learned and continue to learn a wealth of information on ScottieLovers. Also, I met a breeder in a nearby town who encouraged me to learn to groom myself. She generously offered for me to bring Oliver over for her to groom and teach me.

I would say my ‘education’ was threefold:

  1. ScottyLovers discussions from helpful breeders and groomers on tools and techniques.
  2. This online tutorial which I printed out at the time:
  3. The hands on tutorial from the breeder.

As with everything, it was an ongoing learning experience. I never looked back because even my first efforts were far better than what I had been paying for. Hair grows back, so other than maybe some brief embarrassment of owner and dog, what is to lose?

My first investment was good clippers. My Oster Golden A5 still works like the day I bought it. You would want a clipper that the blades can be interchangeable. One area of grooming I was always nervous about was using the clippers on the ear edges. I was so frightened of cutting them, and saw that one groomer already had nipped Oliver’s! I discovered (on ScottyLovers) that there was a small trimmer for this purpose that cannot cut the ears, and also works so well between the toes. It was one of the best investments I’ve ever made! Later additions in grooming tools I made were a grooming table, better scissors, and thinning shears. There may be other models of clippers that would be recommended. Mine are 9 years old.

Different size blades determine the length of trimmed hair. I like using a 5F blade on Baggins who has a beautiful thick coat. It doesn’t trim too close. I use an 8-1/2 on Oliver’s back which cuts shorter. He has a thin coat and the 5F just doesn’t trim on his coat.

I joined the Tampa Bay Scottish Terrier Club and they had a grooming seminar not long after I started doing my own grooming. While they were showing how to strip, etc., for showing, I still learned some great techniques for finer finishing.

I find breeders to be generously helpful. If there is one nearby, I would make contact and ask for help. Also, join a breed club if there is one nearby. Last but equally informative and helpful is the Internet, of course. Scottish Terrier Club of America is helpful relating to all things Scottie and a good source for finding local breeders:

Please let me know if I can offer anymore info. I hope this makes sense. Your blog is delightful and I enjoy catching up all the news and interest you gather!

You heard it folks. Ask Lallee your grooming questions.

The Scottish Terrier and Dog News will kick things off with a query from Elizabeth of Houston, Texas, owner of 13-month-old Oliver. “I need an opinion on whether or not I should cut his hair,” she writes. “I like the teddy bear look and have tried a short Scottie cut on him during the summer months (we live in Houston) and he looked odd.”

That’s shaggy Oliver above on the left (click to enlarge) and Oliver with what we dubbed the Scottie Brazilian below. Elizabeth thinks he appears miserable and we have to agree he looks far less confident than above.

The Scottie News’ recommends that next summer you opt for a Traditional Scottie haircut and not a Brazilian. While we too love the Teddy Bear look and favour it for getting through Canadian winters, all that black fur is just too hot for the summer. And we’re in Montreal not Houston! We think young Oliver would be proud to have a classic cut even if it might take him a day or two to get used to it.

Read more on Scottish Terrier grooming.

Buy the Oster Golden A5 clipper that Lally uses on Amazon

Buy the 5F blade on Amazon

Buy the 8-1/2 blade on Amazon

Robbie Burns Day: Are you grooming your Scottie?

Calling all Scottish Terrier owners. Tomorrow is Robbie Burns day so if you haven’t done it yet, you’ll have to get grooming now — dog kilt or no dog kilt.

Scottish Terrier gets groomedTaming of the Shrew (Scottish Terrier grooming) by Victornado on Flickr

The Scottie News gets a lot of visits from people looking for tips on how to groom their Scottie dog or get the classic Scottish Terrier haircut just right. These photos show just how dangerous it can be. First off, there’s the muzzle that looks like a gas mask and then there’s the grooming table that resembles a gallows. Not to mention all thos knives. Ah, beauty, always such a steep price to pay.

DSCN2948, originally uploaded by empebi.

For more Scottish Terrier grooming tips and pictures — including information on stripping — just click on the grooming label directly below.