Posted : 12/27/2008 10:23:01 AM
I would NOT use a groomer unless they do show setters!!! An Irish isn't hard to do, but you have to know what your doing. Did you see your breeders dog right after he was groomed, or did you see him just before the show? Believe me it does make a difference!
Hopefully your breeder knows what kind of hair your dog has, and when you need to start trimming and where, to have her ready by the show date. The whole idea is to make sure the dog looks natural, not groomed. There is a lot you can do yourself after you see it done.
A professional handler will usually only do their clients dogs AT the show, but if you can find one a few weeks before the show, they will probably give you a hand. Make sure that they handle setters or other coated sporting breeds.