“He’s tangled and a bit matted, but please don’t shave him.”

Nothing frustrates pet owners more than having their beloved pet shaved down by the groomer, and likewise, nothing frustrates the groomer more than having to deal with a tangled or overblown coat. It seems that the issue is not isolated to one area, but a common complaint by both groomers and pet owners all over the world. The solution to this issue is provide helpful information to the pet owners on the importance of proper maintenance in between haircuts. As professional groomers, we can provide grooming options tailored to the pet owners’ needs such as a weekly brushing/combing service. It’s amazing what a proper brushing will do for a dog’s coat:

In these next few videos, I demonstrate different tools that can be used in order to help keep the coat tangle-free and silky smooth:

It is not reasonable to expect a groomer to be able to perform the carding and de-matting techniques you see in these videos in a single session. I know from personal experience that it takes too much time, and there is a bit of discomfort from both sides when it comes time to calculate the charges for the time taken. The best option, in my opinion, is for the pet owner to comb and brush their dogs’ coats on a regular basis in between visits to the professional groomer. I’ve had many clients who could not maintain their dogs’ coats properly for many valid reasons, and I believe that the best option for these cases is for the professional groomer to set up a weekly/bi-weekly brushing session to maintain the coat for them.

Sometimes life gives us a set of circumstances and we are unable to properly maintain the coat ourselves, and we cannot afford to pay someone to do it either. In these cases, unfortunately, we must shave the matted coat off and start over. “Humanity before vanity” is the groomer’s creed, and although we would love for the dog to look cute, sometimes the most humane option is to shave and start over.

I truly hope you find this article helpful and informative. Thank you so much for your attention. Dog grooming is my passion.

Namaste :-),

Jun

The Dog Groomer

47 thoughts on ““He’s tangled and a bit matted, but please don’t shave him.”

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