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Grooming Facts - Did you know?

Should I bath my dog before taking it to the groomer?

One of the worst problems that confronts groomers is working on a dog that has been bathed without being brushed out completely. The result is a coat that is so firmly matted that clipping off short is the only solution. We highly recommend that you leave the bathing process up to us.

Bathing your Dog.

Many people like to bath their pets in between their grooming sessions. This is a wonderful way to keep your pet clean, but you must remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to bath at home. Always remember to brush out your pet’s coat BEFORE you bath them. Most people don’t realize that this is the number one reason your pet’s fur becomes matted. If there are any knots in his or her coat, the water will make them become tighter and tighter until your groomer has no choice but to shave the coat short. Brushing before the bath will prevent this situation. Brush the coat out first with a brush and then go through it with a comb to make sure all the matts are out. Most times the matting will be close to the skin so you must make sure you are not just brushing the top coat. Be sure you do not brush super hard next to the skin so as not to give your pet a brush burn. Once all the matts are out, you can proceed to the bath. It is important to brush your pet after the coat has dried as well but this will be much easier since all of the knots were taken out prior to the bath. Do not attempt to cut any mats out at home with scissors. It is VERY easy to cut your pet’s skin and should be left alone until your groomer can shave it out.

Should my dog be groomed even though the weather is cold?

A big YES! It is not kind to your dog to have a long, matted or dirty coat during the colder months. Your groomer can leave your dog’s coat longer while removing dirt, fleas and tangles. Professional dryers ensure that your dog dries quickly and thoroughly, thus eliminating the chance of your dog becoming chilled. Matted coats hold the water and mud. Body heat cannot dry their coats quickly, keeping your dog cold and wet longer that a groomed out coat would. Leaving your dog ungroomed during winter may mean a short clip off in spring!

Do all dogs need grooming?

All dogs need an occasional bath, but it is more important to keep your dog combed and brushed, especially if he or she has long hair. Matted hair can easily cause skin problems and unnecessary discomfort for your pet. If neglected for too long, it might eventually need a lengthy grooming session, which could be uncomfortable for your pet and expensive for you. Regular brushing on the other hand improves his skin and his circulation and makes his coat healthier and more attractive. 

How old should a dog be before they have there first grooming appointment?

Even though a three-month-old puppy is not usually in need of grooming, he should be taken to your groomer to get him used to full grooming gradually. This way, he will learn to accept grooming as a happy experience that he will enjoy.

What happens to your dog when it gets matted?

Imagine your dog gets a knot on it’s shoulder. It then gets another on it’s neck. Eventually these knots get larger and join together. Imagine the dogs skin being pulled in all directions by the hair. PAINFULL!! Eventually a chain reaction will occur if left alone and the dogs skin will be pulled tight in all directions all over it’s body. The worse it gets, it would feel like you were wearing an entire body cast. As these mats join together, pulling at the skin, it causes bruising on the dog. In severe cases the skin can tear. There is nothing we can do as groomers other than to clip the hair off. Imagine asking a hairdresser to brush out dreadlocks!! Sometimes after clipping all this hair off the dog, its feels odd, as it has just has this body cast & pressure removed. They may be itchy or just act strange. They have just had a great weight taken off their shoulders. Things you can do to help-brush and comb more, use conditioner or make appointments more frequently and let us help.

Why do my dogs nails get so long?

If he isn’t on hard surfaces often enough to keep them worn down, you should have them checked at least once a month. We have a FREE nail clipping service here so you’re welcome to pop in at any time!

My dog scratches all the time, but I can‘t see any fleas. What is the problem?

Scratching is sometimes caused by dry skin, not fleas. This could be the result of excessive bathing, dry climate, nutritional deficiency, or the wrong type of shampoo. Discuss this problem with your groomer.

My dog doesn’t behave when I try to brush him. How do I get him to stand still?

Most dogs tend to be on their best behaviour with groomers, especially when they sense the firm yet gentle touch that marks the experienced professional. It is rare for a groomer to encounter a dog with a drastic temperament problem. Many times, a dog that reacts badly to grooming at first, will learn to accept and enjoy the process as he realises nobody wants to hurt him.

Why should I have my dog groomed and clipped?

Some pet owners confuse clipping with grooming. Clipping, which is done to dogs whose hair continuously grows, is only one step in the grooming process. Grooming includes combing and brushing, clipping nails, plucking hair from ears, and parasite control. Although the most obvious result of these procedures is an improved appearance, the major benefits to your pet are increased comfort and perhaps even improved health.

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