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Clipping vs de-shedding
Why groom over winter?
There is nothing quite like working with dogs, and dogs are most definitely the passion of Jamie, owner and operator of "Paws! then play".
I have always worked with dogs, even growing up I would have a dog or 4 in tow, going for a walk or simply just spending time with not only my own dogs but also our neighbors dogs.
Once I finished school, I went straight into grooming. I believe grooming is a creative industry and groomers never stop learning. Over the last 10 + years I have continued to develop my many different skills and techniques used in the industry and still strive to improve myself everyday.
I cannot wait to meet your pooches, it's barely work when you love your career as much as I do,
I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends,
We are often asked why we should or should not clip double coated dogs, so the owner of "Paws! then play" has put together some pros and cons of clipping VS de-shedding your double coated dogs. This helps owners make an informed decision about what is best for their dog.
Double coated dogs have a natural insulation system. This is made up of two distinct coats - the undercoat, which feels soft and is usually grey/white in colour (depending on the dogs coat colour) and the guard coat, which is the coat you see when you look at the dog, the guard coat is much more coarse than the undercoat.
The undercoat serves mainly to keep the dog protected from extreme temperatures – both hot and cold – while the top coat helps to repel moisture and dirt.
For optimal results, these dogs should receive a bath and blow dry every 3 - 6 weeks to keep the coat healthy and tangle free. It's also essential to have the undercoat stripped back and removed by your groomer every 12 weeks.
Pros for de-shedding :
You will not damage your dogs natural heating and cooling system.
Your dog will look natural, just as they are suppose to!
You will not damage the coat by stripping it out, it is perfectly safe to strip out the undercoat at regular intervals during the year.
Cons for de-shedding :
No amount of stripping will leave the coat "shedding free". We can reduce the shedding by 60% or more but these dogs are designed to drop coat all year round.
If you cannot keep to a regular grooming schedule there is more maintenance required at home to keep your dogs coat healthy.
*Please note elderly double coated dogs coats change and they will begin to shed excessively - Most of the de-shedding work is done with a high velocity dryer.
The high velocity drier blows the coat out or into clumps and a metal comb or rake is lightly used to remove the undercoat.
In cases where elderly double coated dogs coat have gone through a change, it will continue to shed after a correct conditioning treatment, blow- dry and light rake out.
Excessive brushing to remove undercoat at owners request may result in brush burn.
We suggest visiting your preffered vet for a check up for conditions such a cushing disease or issues with your dogs thyroid.
Clipping double coated dogs can severely damage the coat, it may grow back perfectly fine or it may grow back damaged. The undercoat grows back patchy and will never be the same again, this means that their natural insulation system no longer functions the way it should be.
I will always encourage people who cannot keep a regular grooming schedule to clip these dogs off, to keep them comfortable as they will become matted and then there is little to no maintenance at home between grooms. Also, elderly dogs benefit from clipping as they become stressed in the heat and we want to make grooming them as quick, easy and comfortable as possible.
Pros for clipping :
Low maintenance for owners.
Elderly dogs will find it significantly cooler.
Reduced shedding as coat is clipped very short.
Cons for clipping :
Dogs no longer look natural.
I have previously had success with numerous clipped double coated dogs at restoring their coats using quality products and a strict grooming schedule. This assists in helping the coat repair itself and restore the dogs natural insulation system. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
We hope this helps you make an informed decision when deciding how to groom your double coated dog.
Dogs still need regular grooming over winter to keep their coats in healthy tangle free condition. If you stick with a regular grooming schedule over the winter months it means your groomer can keep your dogs coat matt free and much more comfortable for the duration of winter.
As the owner of your pet, if you are unable to maintain a regular winter grooming schedule, we as groomers are unable to guarantee a successful groom upon your return in the summer. The reason for this is because over winter, the dog may develop a matted coat, which can cause extreme discomfort to your pet, including the restriction of blood flow, bruising, sores and ultimately the formation of haematomas once the matting is eventually removed by your groomer. The most successful way to prevent this is, is to maintain a regular winter grooming schedule with your groomer, or be taught how to thoroughly brush out your dog.
Clipping over winter should be done a maximum of every 6 weeks. A bath, blow dry and brush out should be done every 3 weeks between clips. This helps keep your dogs coat in optimum health and depends on how quickly your dog tangles and/or coat grows.
PLUS think of the cute fluffy hairstyles your pooch can have!