Grooming a Bichon Frise
Although giving a Bichon Frise hair cut can be a difficult process there are a few shorter styles that are easy for the novice groomer to do. Even though it is overwhelming at first to groom a Bichon Frise just remember it will get easier after you follow the steps a few times and then start to do it more often.
The first step is to choose which Bichon Frise hair cut style you want to try. When it comes to simple styles there are three choices to choose from. The closest cut you can do is the shaved down or lamb cut which is a good option for those who need to remove a lot of mats from their dog.
When you first start your Bichon Frise hair cut you should start with the genitals first while the blade is cool. Always be careful that you don't clip any tail hair. Next raise the dog up by their front legs so that they are standing on their rear legs and clip their belly up to the first or second set of nipples. Just make sure you always know where you are clipping.
If you can't see clearly where you are then move hair out of the way before clipping. If you feel the teeth of the blade then you know they are separated and the skin can catch in the teeth. So always make sure you are clipping with the lay of the coat and never against the coat. Whenever your blade doesn't seem to be cutting properly you should check and make sure its not clogged with hair. A blade can be clogged quickly when trimming Bichon Frise hair.
You can feel the teeth of the clipper and know they are separated which means they can catch the dog's skin. This is why it is important to always clip with the lay of the coat and never against the coat. Whenever your blade doesn't appear to be cutting properly you should check you blade since it can be clogged with hair. A blade can become clogged quickly when you are trimming Bichon Frise hair.
It is best to use a picture of a Bichon Frise head for reference while scissoring and don't be discouraged if it doesn't come out perfect the first time.
Trim away any hair that hangs into the eye so that the eye is exposed, but still keep a little visor to the fur in order to maintain the round appearance. Don't cut any hair that is beyond the outer corner of the eye. Comb the head hair up before scissoring.
The length of your head hair should be similar to that of the chin hair to keep the round appearance to the face.