Close shaves require changing and cooling blades of the clipper to protect dogs from heat burns. Friction burns (like a rope burn) are unfortunately possible because the moving parts of the clipper are so close to the dog’s skin. If a dog with a plush coat is to have a lamb, or fluffy, cut, the coat must be completely free of all mats and tangles. Even while working quickly with a cooperative dog, dematting expense, in 15-minute increments, can add up fast!It might not save time to wait so long in between grooming appointments. Grooming cost can be minimized by taking care of your dog’s coat at home.
- Start with a healthy coat. If your dog’s coat is damaged or beginning to tangle, bring her in for a complete groom. Removing broken hair, split ends, and loose hairs prevents matting. A close trim in places where matting is beginning can give 6 – 8 weeks free of matting in those areas.
- Ask how to maintain your dog’s coat. Before you go home, ask Anne what comb or brush is correct for your dog’s hair type. She’ll show you how to use it at home.
- Comb or brush your dog at least once a week. If your dog is impatient or uncooperative, ask Anne for help teaching your dog to enjoy combing or brushing at home.
- If you won’t take time to carefully comb and detangle your dog’s hair before a bath, don’t bathe your dog at home. Bathing tightens mats, making them even more difficult to remove.
- Don’t try to remove mats with scissors at home. It is too easy to injure your dog! If your dog only needs a few mats trimmed out, but isn’t ready for a complete groom, schedule an appointment for dematting only.
This beautiful pekingese was recently brought to Classy Critters by an individual that was concerned about the elderly owner understanding the importance of grooming (with regard to problems relative to matting). This poor little dog was really suffering!
Yes. . . Long Haired, Non-Shedding Dogs Have So Much To Offer, And They Are Amazing To Look At!
The poor little guy looked so cute on the surface, but when you petted his haircoat, you could feel the fur packed and matted to the skin! We actually had to cut out a patch of hair in order to reach the skin to begin a careful and complete shaving.
We could not visually determine the sex (we did know ahead) until later in the grooming process, and potty habits were also difficult. While shaving him, his coat actually came off like a pelt as though you were shearing a sheep. His skin was overheated to touch, dry and flaking. Mats hurt, and the tighter to the skin they become, the more they pull and irritate causing ”hot spots” and other issues, therefore extremely uncomfortable for your pet.
When you choose a long haired non-shedding dog for your new family member, be prepared to brush with the proper tools a minimum of 3 to 4 times per week, and have them professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks to keep them comfortable and mat free.
With any grooming salon, de-matting can be a costly process, and may not even be tolerated by some dogs, as it is a stressful and lengthy procedure. If you need tips or recommendations on de-matting or proper use of tools, be sure to ask at the time of your next grooming, (or give us a call) and we will be glad to assist.
Keep your fur-baby cool and comfy by considering a shorter cut in the summer months.
Note that the Peek pictured was such a happy boy when he was finished! He was all spunky and playful and ready to rock even at 11 years old! You could really tell how much better he felt . . .
Author / Cindy Geers
Classy Critters Inc.