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when you scissor a dogs foot on a drop coated breed which way do you scissor the foot? (like do you scissor it towards the toenails or do you scissor it up?) i was told by another groomer that i was doing it wrong but i don't see how it's wrong if we bothe end up with the same result. when is scissor a dogs foot i trim around the pads first and then blend it up into the leg... just a little bit. i hope what i'm saying makes sense. like i've seen people do it the other way and there's always long hairs left and it doesn't look as clean. any input will help. thank you much:p
 

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If he isn't being shown, I don't see why it would matter.

Isn't it just a difference in style/technique? We are artists. If you like the finished result, and the owner's are happy, dog isn't being harmed.... how can it be "wrong"?
 

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There is no right or wrong way to do anything in grooming, as long as the pet is not harmed, and the end result is what you are wanting to achieve. Everyone has their own "ways" of doing many things, but that doesn't make someone else's way wrong.
 

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It all depends on whether you are leaving the coat long, on that drop coated dog.

If you are scissoring 'up' the foot like you would on any other coat type, you could be causing what is commonly called 'pencil foot'...in which the top part of the leg is really full and then the foot is all exposed. Not normally a 'pretty picture' in a groomer's perspective; however, if you are cleaning the foot up in a manner that makes the dog easier to manage, then just do it, and don't worry about what other people say!!! ;)
 

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i don't make the foot any more visable. i'm not cutting the hair shorter on the foot (like i'm not making a tight foot). i just make it where it looks neat. i dont like the scraggly hairs hanging everywhere. i don't knowl, but i agree with everyone else... as long at the customers are happy and it looks good it shouldn't matter
 
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