Tagged with 'Grooming Tips'

Taking Care of Your Back

Taking Care of Your Back

As pet groomers, most have experienced lifting a dog to put it on the grooming table or in the tub and feeling a twinge in their back. Many dogs are less than excited about being lifted and show their displeasure by twisting and squirming, which makes that lift much more challenging. There are steps groomers can take to help keep their backs healthy.

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Medicated Shampoo Use

Medicated Shampoo Use

Your customer arrives with his dog and a bottle of shampoo from the veterinarian. “Can you please use this? Thumper is one itchy dog, and his doctor wants us to try this to see if it helps.” Read on to see the best way to proceed.

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The Art of Blending

The Art of Blending

Novice groomers often struggle with setting patterns on breeds such as Schnauzers, Scottish and other terriers, and Spaniels. Properly blending pattern trims like these is an essential skill that will elevate a groom from “meh” to “marvelous!”

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Dealing With External Parasites

Dealing With External Parasites

There are some radical differences between pet grooming a few decades ago and today. Tubs and tables that move up and down, high-velocity dryers, bathing and vacuum systems, and other contemporary tools make grooming far more efficient and less strenuous. But perhaps the most significant difference is the advent of modern oral and topical flea and tick control.

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Why Filing Claws is Worthwhile

Why Filing Claws is Worthwhile

Rowdy, the Beagle mix, comes in for a grooming appointment. You wash and condition his coat, remove so much shedding fur you half-fill your trash can, clean his ears and trim his nails. He looks good, feels good, and smells like a cupcake

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The Importance of Conditioners

The Importance of Conditioners

After giving dogs a great bath, with shampoo chosen to work best on their coat type, should you also use a conditioner? In most cases, the answer is yes. By choosing to follow a thorough wash with a conditioner, you will find that you can accomplish several things...

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HOW TO EDUCATE YOUR CLIENTS ABOUT SKUNK ATTACKS ON THEIR PETS

HOW TO EDUCATE YOUR CLIENTS ABOUT SKUNK ATTACKS ON THEIR PETS

There is nothing that will bring a grooming client to you more urgently or more desperately than the smell of a client’s pet after it has been sprayed by a skunk. My grooming shop Love Fur Dogs, on the North Shore of Chicagoland, is located in one of the most heavily populated places in the nation for skunks around dogs. We have seen it all!

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Smoothing the Sharps

Smoothing the Sharps

What do most freshly groomed dogs do when they greet their owner? Jump up on them to offer a happy hello. If you have trimmed their claws but not buffed them, they will be sharp and may deliver a nasty scratch. When it comes to smoothing the sharp edges, groomers have various choices.

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When Tongue Meets Scissors

When Tongue Meets Scissors

It almost always seems to happen when you are taking just one last tiny snip as you are nearly finished with the groom. The dog's tongue pops out at the exact wrong moment and gets an unfortunate nick. Tongues are rich in blood vessels, so even a tiny "scissor kiss" will bleed a lot. 

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The Magic of Wet Clipping

Why Wet?

I was at a grooming trade show the first time Debi Hilley introduced her seminar on wet-clipping matted dogs. It was standing-room only, and groomers excitedly talked about what they had learned all weekend. Since then, many people have authored articles and taught about the topic, but still, not all groomers know about the magic of wet clipping.

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