Dog Grooming/hand plucking a fox terrier
Hello, I have an eight year old Airedale Terrier that I would like to learn to hand pluck. He has been hand plucked in the past, but I don't know how to maintain his coat, and when I try to hand pluck him, it just seems too difficult and the hand plucking tools I bought don't seem to work to help. Just trying to do his neck takes forever for me. I have been told that since he's nine, it would be best to clipper him. But, I don't want him to lose the vibrant colors of his coat. Having him done professionally has been very costly, so I only end up having him done about every four to six months. I spend part of my time with him in Texas, and used a hand plucker there. She told me that she could tell that the fancy, upscale NYC groomer I was taking him to was not hand plucking him, though they said they were, and showed me how she knew they were not. On my own, I felt something did not look right every time I picked him up. The hair lay flat and was pointed to the touch, like hard bristles on a brush, because he had been clipped. So, what she showed me made complete sense, especially since he had been losing his coat color. I had him hand plucked by her a few times after that, and his coat color came back. The NYC groomer was charging me $190 each time I brought him in. I would be happy to pay for lessons from someone who could actually teach me. I've paid people in the past, but they show me for a half an hour, and then expect me to know what to do, and I don't seem to be picking up what they're doing. I am generally good with anything involving hands and motor skills, but not this. Can you offer any advice? I am currently in south New Jersey for the summer.
If you are serious about lessons you can contact me through my website- however I can tell you that isn't cheap either - 2 sessions totaling around 10 hours 8 weeks apart
I can teach you how to use your tools better if you have decent equipment otherwise you may have to replace them too.
Sorry you had a bad experience with the groomer - very few salons offer the real deal. Aside from the fact so few people know how it just isn't cost effective for a shop so they fake it but eventually the coat tells the tale by texture and color as the other groomer showed you.
Airedales take a lot of time so if you can't keep up with it you are making it more stressful for you and your dog. Your dogs age is also a factor in deciding whether or not you should continue plucking it. Regardless there are some shortcuts you can take for a pet that give you a better result.