How to raise self-esteem in your dog?

I CAN DO IT.  This is what the LUCKYDOG video said.  It said I could take a dog like this…

And  do something like this… (ok, I am exaggerating a little bit)..

So today we bought a pet grooming set.  After spending $40 plus dollars to get the dog groomed every few weeks, the girls and I decided to try grooming Levi on our own to save money.  In addition, the video said that…

GROOMING RAISES SELF ESTEEMING, maintains HEALTH AND HELPS BONDING.     And because we want our dog to have a healthy self-esteem, we decided to try this out.

So here comes the bonding…

The bath was the best part. Look how Levi’s self-esteem has excelled.

Possibly we cut the hair a little short…so we found it necessary to put a sweater on him.  We had a few laughs a long the way, but for the most part we argued on how to shave him properly so the bonding time wasn’t very enjoyable.  After two hours of styling, here was the end result.

He looks cute huh?

Well, we covered his body with a sweater because, frankly his haircut looks a little wrong.

The girls and I decided that grooming a dog is much harder then it looks. The girls said he needs to wear a sweater for awhile, especially if we take him for a walk. They are a little embarrassed over the bald spot I shaved into the side of his back.  Umm…it took me awhile to get use to the trimmers.

I am guessing after a couple of drinks though…he might look like this to some of the ladies.

Oh well.  You get what you pay for.

At least hair grows back.

10 Comments on “How to raise self-esteem in your dog?

  1. Oh my gosh what a funny post! I laughed out loud through the whole thing! 🙂 I have a dog named Piper who looks like he could be Levi’s taller cousin and the grooming issue has been a struggle for me. I live next door to a childless couple who firmly believe their Piper-look-alike dog needs to be groomed every three or four weeks to keep him looking perfect. I, on the other hand, go in every three or four months and get a cut that garners a great deal of sympathy from passersby when we leave the salon. I go for VALUE, baby! I applaud your efforts to do it yourself. I’m too big of a whimp to even attempt it. Keep it up and you’ll have that FiFi cut down in no time.:)

  2. I laughed through all of the pictures and comments. I’m sure he will survive, but not sure how long it will take.

  3. Oh my word! I am so happy I am not the only one who has tried such things. Denise, I am pretty sure my husband would never let me take the trimmers to his hair after seeing the dog now. Thanks for sharing your funny stories!

  4. This works the same way with your boy children too. I decided once upon a time that I was going to save money and cut Alex’s hair myself. I figured that if I started out early enought in his life, I’d have it figured out by the time he was in middle school… Um…bad idea. These days I thankfully spend $15 every 3 weeks to maintain my son’s hair and self confidence.

  5. Oh my goodness, we did this to our first dog. Poor thing…totally traumatized. We, too, had to go buy sweaters (and walk her in the dark when no one else could see). :o)

    Come to think of it…I did it to my husband. Early year of military life…too poor to pay a barber. Bought some trimmers and then proceeded to shave a high and tight…a little higher and tighter on one side then the other. Never the same…good thing he had to wear a hat.

    Trimmers seem to be one time wonders in our home! :O)

  6. Poor Levi. We bought him a bigger sweater today to cover up the patches. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I see him.

  7. This is so funny especially the bath picture. This is one of the reasons we have an English Bull dog!

  8. Let’s just say that when it comes to self-esteem, he better not find out you posted those pictures of him online.

  9. Ha ha…this reminds me so much of our beloved dog, Newton. In his 11 years of life, he was never groomed professionally – poor thing. He would always look so bad after haircuts – often with bald spots!

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