You take your furry best friend to the groomer and he starts to act nervous and wind the leash around your legs. You decide that you d like to stay with your best friend. You become shocked and uneasy when the groomer suggests that staying isn't the best idea.
Here's the truth on why we groomers ask that you not stay. Dropping your dog off with a groomer is kinda like dropping your kid off at daycare. They get upset and try to stay in your arms. They cry and make sad face....the truth of the matter is, as soon as you are out of sight, they act happy and fine. Yep, sorry. That's the horrible truth. Your loyal, faithful fluffy little ball of love totally forgets about you after you drop them off. They have a more relaxing time and behave better when they are not striving to get your attention. When you stay, your pet try's to get off the table to get to you. They wiggle and sometimes become vocal to get to your lovin's. This makes grooming them very difficult and actually trains them to not behave during grooming. It also makes the outcome of the groom not as you or your groomer desired. Groomers can't compete with a mothers love, that being said they can love your dog in your place while you are gone. I can promise you that your pet becomes more comfortable after you leave than when you arrived. (at least in my salon!) They enjoy the pampering and the routine that comes with regular grooming. The more relaxed you are when bringing your pet, the more relaxed they are. So if a groomer asks that you not stay during grooming, it's not because they are harming your dog, or don't want the company. It's simply because it is what is best for your pet to have a calm relaxing and fun grooming. (Which is also another reason why I have a shorter appointment time, and not keep your pets in a kennel all day.) The more fun and comfort your friends have, the more they will enjoy grooming. Which will make for a happier healthier pet! Till next time...
Mats are those nasty, knot like bits of fur which develop without proper maintenance grooming (i.e. brushing) which can collect dirt and cause pain as they pull at the dog’s skin.
1. Hold the entire mat in your hand at the base of the mat (closest to your dog’s skin) as you want to make sure you don’t hurt your dog’s skin. By holding the mat in your hand you can make sure that any ‘brush burn’ will happen to your hand and not your dog’s delicate skin. That is, if you apply too much pressure to the brush, or brush too frequently in the same area.
2. Rub a pinch of cornstarch or baby powder into the mat. This is a tried and true home remedy and is very effective as a de-matting aid! (But Shh! It's a grooming secret!)
3. Use a Mat-breaker to split the mat. They come in many fancy combs with many fancy names, the gist is it’s a comb with hook type ends that are razor blades and help break the mat up. Use the Mat-breaker to break the mat into two or three smaller pieces. Stop there, though, you don’t want to make a hole in the coat or your dog!
4. Use a slicker brush to break up the mat. A slicker brush has wire bristles that are slightly bent at the ends. Never let the bristles touch your dog’s skin. To avoid this, be sure to brush the mat as you hold it in your hand.
5. Brush the entire area with a pin brush. These are dog/cat grooming brushes that look sort of like normal human hair brushes. Here is where you can let go of where the mat was as at this point it should be about gone.
6. Finally, comb the area with a steel comb. Start with the wide toothed side and finish with the small toothed side.
If your dog is not amenable to this process, or if the mats are too close to the skin, you may need to have your professional groomer shave him down. You’ll be doing the right thing for your best friend, as dematting large areas of matting can be potentially painful for the dog.
Not to be crude but think of the most sensitive area on your body. Go ahead...now imagine it matted, right?!?!? OW!! Now worse, imagine someone picking and prodding and pulling the hair in this super sensitive area...There is no way in H-E double hockey sticks you'd sit still and just take it. Your dog’s skin is that sensitive EVERYWHERE!! In six weeks the coat will grow back quite a bit and be nice and fluffy again. You can ask your groomer to be creative with the shave down. Trust me, your dog’s health and sanity is worth more than a little vanity. ;)
Hope this helps! Till next time...
For most pups, grooming every 4-6 weeks is imperative to avoid painful matting, spot checks for fleas or ticks, prevention of ear infections, and identification of any abnormal growths.Frequently brushing your dog removes dirt and helps distribute skin oils, creating a shiny coat. Proper grooming also allows you to see the condition of your dog's skin and to notice the early stages of flea or tick infestations and skin irritation.
Dogs can have so many hair types, so it's no surprise that there are so many types of dog brushes available. Choose a brush or comb that best suits your dog's hair. Your dog may benefit from more that one type of bruh or comb.
I hope these tips and tricks of the trade will help you and your pet start a great home grooming maintenance schedule and relationship! Until next time...
I've been a groomer for almost 15 years. After working for big corporations and veterinary hospitals I have found the peace of working for myself and at home. Here are some of the things that happen, and tips on how to care for your pet.