When you are putting up Top Knots, make sure you have all your tools handy, your combs, bands, bows, sprays, gels etc.
Put dog on table, make him lay down with his head facing you. Now is
the time when pillow training comes in very handy. The dog should know
to lay its head on the pillow
Using a plastic bone comb I start parting the head from the corner of
the eye going back about ¾ of an inch, back towards the ears at a slight
angle inward not straight back.
Take one section and with a teasing comb tease it down to create a
base to hold the TOP KNOT, using your fingers to hold the hair. With the
rat tail end of the teasing comb
Now, do the same to the hair on the other side. When both sides are banded, use gel or hairspray and smooth each side out, bringing any loose hairs into place.
4) Using your wrapping papers or mesh end wraps fold in half or thirds whichever is easiest. Take the ponytail, put in into the paper and fold it over in half and band it.
5) Do the same to the other TOP KNOT.
Trick to bring them together. Before you put the paper in,
take a few hairs from the Pony Tail and leave them out. Put the paper in
the TOP KNOT. One side is now done.
7) Put your bows in.
8) Just finish with spray or gel to smooth out the finished TOP KNOTS.
Written by Mark C. Chilcutt
Here are some pictures of making two top knots, American Style: Click the picture to see a larger view. Thanks to Sharon & Jeff Rainey for the pictures demonstrating topknots and Ch. Angels Vision of Khanthav for being such a wonderful model.
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