My best suggestion is to start reading and googling and learn how to do your own grooming. One of my chores when I was in my early teens was to groom my mom's poodles, but a poodle cut and a cocker cut is completely different. Start reading and don't be afraid to try. Hair will grow back. It doesn't matter how bad of a job you do, they will survive.
I will say, I am completely pleased with the Coat Handler. After using it a few months, I have to say, NO MATS!!!
I am still brushing her in my lap at night while we relax and watch tv, but even the mats under her armpits have gone away and haven't come back! Now, her coat is still relatively short, but we shall see. So far, I haven't had a lick of trouble.
I will say, however, I have changed how I groom her. She used to be allowed to air dry. Now she gets blow dried and brushed the entire time. She's not particularly pleased with the prospect, but she'll learn to like it. I don't know how much has to do with the Coat Handler products and how much has to do with the fact that she's getting blow dried while brushing, but its helped immensely.
Barb P in NE Ohio wrote:
Ok I am totally lost here. You should brush them when they are wet? I am still kinda new at this and have so much to learn. Simon needs groomed but so far I have found one groomer - that I don't really care for - one that doesn't do Cockers and one who has never done one but is willing to try. Simon gets stressed out so easily at home let alone at a groomers so we haven't attempted this yet. I have a pair of clippers and I have turned them on to see how he reacted. He wasn't afraid so that was a plus lol. He gets matts on his back legs and every time I try to work on those he sits down - not really helpful is he lol. I don't want to scare him with the clippers but I really have no idea where to start. Guess I better send for that video asap.