Groom to Relaxation Tips for Dedicated Owners

Groom to Relaxation has helped many clients turn fear into love for grooming. This process consists of a few easy steps to help keep your dog’s coat healthy, matt free and free from the emotional distress. You can enhance the effectiveness of this process by doing regular maintenance at home.

Grooming can provide:

  • Early detection of ailments, grass seeds, lumps, and many other changes
    • This practice can save thousands in vet bills
  • A matt free dog is a happy dog. Matts can cause skin irritation and damage, as well as muscular imbalances and weaknesses from altered movement.
  • Bonding time between you and your pup!

Dematting

It all starts with touching

Touch your dog all over from the tip of the nose, inside of ears, around eyes, underside of paws and pads, up and down legs, etc. A nice firm massage not only has medical benefits for muscles, ligaments and blood flow, it also helps the coat and encourages production of their natural oils.

Dogs often have a fear with having his legs and paws touched. Touching your dog all over will help the groomer remove matts, clean up their paws, safely provide nail trims, and feel for ailments.

Factors that cause matts:

  • Fleas/scratching
  • Skin disorders
  • Irregular brushing/maintenance

It is important to regularly rinse out your dog's coat if he/she has recently been rolling around in puddles or dead animals as they may harbor parasites. Regularly comb out your dog's undercoat to allow the skin to breathe. diggiddydoggydaycare provides these services in-house.

Smooth Coat Toolkit:

  • Good drying towel
  • Nail trimmers (you should be confident before attempting)
  • Undercoat rake (furminator)
  • Ear and eye cleaner or a saline mix for cleaning around eyes
  • Make up pads for ear cleaning and around eyes
  • Dog Shampoo to clean the coat
  • Dog Conditioner to replenish natural oils, and lengthen time between bathing, ensure health of coat and skin

Additional items for long coats:

  • Hairdryer
  • De-tangling Spray
  • Sharp scissors for matt splitting (only if you are confident)
  • De-matting Comb
  • Medium steel comb

Starting the de-matting process

You'll need:

  • De-matting comb (rotating teeth)
  • A steel comb
  • A slicker brush (a brush with fine steel needle-like pins)
  • Sharp scissors.

Have your dog lie down and relax with massages. Stay calm and assertive. Prevent discomfort by holding the matt while you gently comb through it, so that your dog does not feel any tugging.

Combing out matts

  1. Take the matt between your fingers and try to separate it gently. Dividing the matt into small sections saves the loss of too much hair. You may need to conservatively use your scissors.
  2. Lift the matt away from the skin and slide the scissors between the tangle and the skin. Working from their body to the tip, slice the matt into several sections. Position the blades away from the skin.
  3. Once the matt is broken into smaller tangles, use a detangling comb to loosen further and team this up with a slicker brush to begin brushing it out. Start at the ends of the hair and work your way to the skin.
  4. After the brush & detangling comb gets most of the tangles out, take the steel comb and remove any fine hair that still may be knotted.
  5. Test to see if you have removed all the matts by running the steel comb through the fur, lifting the fur up and away from the skin. If it does not get caught, you have a de-matted dog! Congratulations!

Bathing

Make sure your dog is fully dematted before bathing, and brush out as much as possible.

  1. Massage warm water over the body, avoiding the ears, eyes, and nose.
  2. In a calm and assertive manner, talk to them and encourage good behaviour.
  3. Massage shampoo through the coat for 5-10 minutes, including paws and pads.
  4. Rinse all shampoo from coat and skin once you are satisfied your doggy is clean. Shampoo can irritate the skin when dry, so be sure it is all rinsed out.
  5. Add conditioner and work through using massage for another 5-10 minutes, still using lots of encouragement in a calm voice.
  6. Clean ears and eyes using your eye and ear cleaner and make up pads/tissue. Do not use cotton buds inside the ears.
  7. Rinse all conditioner from the coat and skin and expel as much water as you can with your hands.

Towel dry thoroughly while still in bath or shower.

  1. Let them celebrate if safe to do so.
  2. Completely dry you pup with a hairdryer. Ensure the dryer is on the medium setting. Always start the hairdryer away from the dog in order to get them comfortable with the noise first up.
  3. Keep the dryer on the move constantly as you would when drying your own hair, but slow calm movements will help to keep the dog calm. Dog’s skin is much more sensitive than our own and at risk of incurring skin burns if dried irresponsibly.
  4. Talk to them throughout the process, encourage relaxation, massages, add in a few sweet songs. Treats can also keep them focused on something else when you have problem areas to attend to.

Brush and combed fur will always dry quicker.

  1.  Continue using the brush throughout drying, the dryer will part the coat allowing you to brush through the undercoat. Continue drying until coat to skin is completely dry on every part of the dog, especially paws.
  2. Ears are difficult to dry without causing discomfort, best to comb these out, free of all matting and dry as best as possible working to the dogs limitations.
  3. Take your dog out of the bathroom for a good rewarding play session with their favourite toy. Keep in mind you don’t wash your dog so they won’t ever get dirty again; you wash your dog to make sure they stay healthy and can continue to have dirty doggy fun times without the matts and skin irritations.