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Trimming Legs and Feet

From The Curly Coated Retriever
By Audrey Nicholls; Darelyn Curly Coated Retrievers

The correct coated dog requires very little preparation, a light trim about once a month is sufficient to keep him in perfect shape, but many curlies need weekly preparation for show purposes.
Trim hair round elbow. Trim curls on the back of the legs to give a neat outline. Donít cut too close unless you have a heavy boned dog.

Cut hair close to the skin to make a neat foot

Trim any long hair on legs. Cut hair on hocks very short. Some dogs do not grow surplus hair here.

From How to Raise and Train Curly Coated Retriever by Eileen Clark
TFH Publications Inc.

No clipping is necessary and only a little stripping is needed.
The feet do not usually become shaggy. Perhaps a little tidying up with the scissors may be required now and then behind the pasterns. Check the pads occasionally making sure that the hair is quite close. It is a good idea to comb down the back of the forelegs and hocks occasionally and trim away any longish hair.

Quite often you might find your Curly has rubbed off the hair on his elbows. This is aggravating to say the least and spoils the dogís appearance. A rub with a good ointment will help camouflage the bare spot and may help the hair to grow again.

From Ms Viki Knowles, Blazeaway Kennels, Australia,
Originally published in the Curly Commentator

Hindquarters should be trimmed to a neat line, removing any signs of shagginess.

Elbows and forelegs - remove the tufts on the elbows. Some curlies grow little or no feathering on the rear of their forelegs so they need no attention. Others grow up to an inch of coat so comb this hair out and trim it to a neat line. You can make good use of this coat to improve the appearance of bone, so donít cut it flush unless your curly is heavy in bone. Some curlies develop worn spots on the elbows. A little Vaseline will darken them and also help the hair grow by keeping them soft.

Remove the hair between the toes. Trim nails short. A nice clean foot is desired. Trim clean and close on the pasterns to make the dog show himself to be up on his pads. From the hock to the paw, remove any feathering so you have a smooth close covering and a clean outline.

From Curly-Coated Retriever, a Complete and Reliable handbook.
By Gary and Mary Meek. TFH Publications Inc.

Curlies that are shown in conformation are trimmed to neaten up the dogís outline. The excess hair on the back of the front and rear legs, between the toes, over the shoulders and the underside of the neck, chest, and stomach should be trimmed down. Unruly curls sticking out on the body may be nipped back to be even with the rest of the body coat.

Grooming the Curly-Coated Retriever

Front Legs: Clean hair off the rear of the pasterns and the bottoms of the feet. Trim enough around the pads to eliminate any "fuzzy feet" look. Make sure the nails are short. Remove any hair that looks like feathering from the rear of the legs. Do this with the #4 blade or scissors to about 3/8 Ė Ĺ inch. Be sure to remove any tufts of hair from the elbows. Disguise elbow calluses with oil or chalk and resolve to get rid of them.

Rear Legs: Clean from the hocks down and do the feet same as the front. Remove any heavy breeching or feathering. If the dog is a little weak in the rear, or does not have the angulation you like, you can comb the hair up and do some "Sculpture work" as on the top-line.

Before and after trimming front legs and feet

Before and after trimming front legs and feet

Before and after trimming rear legs and feet

Before and after trimming rear legs and feet

Coat Care

Trimming the ears

Trimming the tail

Trimming the legs

Bad hair day!

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Follow a litter of puppies from birthday until they go to their new homes. The diary contains lots of pictures, tips on puppy rearing, some breed specific information, and lots of information on the care of any breed of dog.

I started doing an on-line puppy diary since many of the people that would be getting one of my pups would not be able to travel here to see the pups. I did not want to put a bunch of cute puppy pictures online, and encourage anyone to have a litter just because they wanted to see cute puppies! Breeding dogs, if done the right way, is a lot of work. Lost sleep and sometimes heartache. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to raise a litter of puppies. Once I started doing The Puppy Diary, I realized I had a captive audience. These people logged on every day to see the pictures, and read what was happening. I used this opportunity to cram as much education into each day as I could. Health, Coat issues, grooming, feeding, socializing, vet care, puppy evaluations, shipping puppies.... you name it! I tried to put it in The Diary. It was suggested that I make it into a book. Well here it is! There are 560 pictures and over 300 pages of living with and watching one litter grow up.

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Chapter One (Week One) ... Page 1

Seger comes into season
Happy Birthday!
Removing the Dewclaws
Start of the Bio Sensor program

Chapter Two (Week Two) ... Page 48
Coat issues.
Tail Gland Hyperplasia
Do Curlies Shed?

Chapter Three (Week Three) ... Page 94
End of Bio Sensor Exercises
Worming The puppies
Eyes are open
First pup escapes from the box

Chapter Four (Week Four) ... Page 130
Weaning. The great food fight!
Introduction to the puppy play room
Shark Cage

Chapter Five (Week Five) ... Page 156
Field dog? Show Dog? CPE?
Happy Mothers Day!
First Stacked pictures

Chapter Six (Week Six) ... Page 195
Toys! Toys! Toys!
Whatís In A Name?
Kids and Dogs
Introduction to Wings

Chapter Seven (Week Seven) ... Page 236
About Puppies and Retrieving
Socialize your puppy
First Shots & Vet Visit
Splish Splash, first bath!

Chapter Eight (Week Eight) ... Page 286
Shape up or ship out!
Requirements to ship puppies
See all the pups!