Between Grooming Sessions
Your pet’s coat will require some brushing and attention in between trips to the grooming salon. Short haired dogs should be brushed thoroughly once a week to remove dead hair and stimulate healthy skin. Dogs with longer hair should be brushed and preferably combed through three times a week to prevent matting and knotting. If you want to wash your dog between trips to the salon you must ensure that the coat is brushed out and knot free BEFORE the bath as water tightens the knots and turns them to a felt-like fabric which no amount of brushing will remove.
Please remember that your groomer is a professionally trained canine beautician NOT a miracle worker. Sometimes, despite best efforts, a severely matted coat must be clipped off down to the skin and allowed to grow from scratch again. This is done in the best interest of the dog as to subject him/her to hours of picking and dematting can be simply intolerable.
Grooming sessions should be fun and are a marvelous way for family members to bond with their four legged friend. Dogs crave all the attention they can get from their owners.
Often as groomers we see clients coming in to the salon time and time again with dogs with badly matted coats or perfect body coats and matted legs, or tail etc. Sometimes it is simply poor brushing technique which your groomer can help you with when you are in the salon. On other occasions clients complain that Fido ‘hates’ having his legs brushed or ‘won’t let me do his legs’, body, head, tail etc.
So what does a well intentioned owner do to rectify the situation??