In the Neighborhood Dog Grooming
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q Should I have my dog shaved for the summer? He seems hot. A It depends on the dog and the circumstances of course but for long haired double coated breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers etc. I don’t generally recommend it. Shaving them does not look good but that aside it is very likely to change the texture and thickness of the coat, sometimes even the color. And the growing out process can be a disaster with the undercoat growing in faster and being much softer than the outer guard hair. The result is often a matted mess. The best thing in hot weather is to keep them inside and don’t do any heavy play. Q. How soon should I have my new puppy groomed? A. The sooner the better. The first groom is quite traumatic for a puppy and I suggest short visits to the groomer before the actual groom day. She will get the puppy used to all the sounds and sights and also the puppy will know that you leave, but you come right back. Q. How often can I bathe my dog at home? A. If you are using a protein based mild shampoo once a week is ok but probably better at least every two weeks. Just remember to brush out all the tangles before the bath, otherwise they will set up tight and next to the skin and may require a shave next groom day. Using a cream rinse or conditioner after the shampoo won’t help the de- tangling. Q. What about conditioner? A good idea or not? A. Usually it is fine and helps the coat. On very soft coated breeds like Maltese or Yorkies, or Soft Coated Wheaten terriers, unless you keep the hair short, it has a tendency to make the coat too soft causing it to tangle more easily.
Site designed by Bret Rouse © 2016 all rights reserved.

Frequently Asked

Questions

Q Should I have my dog shaved for the summer? He seems hot. A It depends on the dog and the circumstances of course but for long haired double coated breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers etc. I don’t generally recommend it. Shaving them does not look good but that aside it is very likely to change the texture and thickness of the coat, sometimes even the color. And the growing out process can be a disaster with the undercoat growing in faster and being much softer than the outer guard hair. The result is often a matted mess. The best thing in hot weather is to keep them inside and don’t do any heavy play. Q. How soon should I have my new puppy groomed? A. The sooner the better. The first groom is quite traumatic for a puppy and I suggest short visits to the groomer before the actual groom day. She will get the puppy used to all the sounds and sights and also the puppy will know that you leave, but you come right back. Q. How often can I bathe my dog at home? A. If you are using a protein based mild shampoo once a week is ok but probably better at least every two weeks. Just remember to brush out all the tangles before the bath, otherwise they will set up tight and next to the skin and may require a shave next groom day. Using a cream rinse or conditioner after the shampoo won’t help the de-tangling. Q. What about conditioner? A good idea or not? A. Usually it is fine and helps the coat. On very soft coated breeds like Maltese or Yorkies, or Soft Coated Wheaten terriers, unless you keep the hair short, it has a tendency to make the coat too soft causing it to tangle more easily.
In The Neighborhood Dog Grooming