It is important to have all the dead undercoat removed in order to keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy! Impacted undercoat does NOT keep your dog warm. It traps moisture at the skin level and can result in skin conditions, matt sores and fungus.
It’s Fall. For Calgarians, we are still wondering where our summer is! Our pooches have been wet. Then dry. Then wet again.
Has their coats been maintained through our moody weather months?
Matts, when wet, if allowed to air dry will tighten and shrink like a pair of wool pants in the dryer. This makes them almost impossible to remove.
Please take a brush and a comb through your pet. Brush backwards, from the tail towards the head, and upwards on the leg. Finish with a metal comb.
Does the comb snag? A matt free coat will allow the comb to glide from the base to tip of the hair shaft smoothly. From the skin out. If it snags, separate the hair and look at the size of your problem. If it is not too big, try to work it out with your brush. Please watch your dog! If he or she is suffering, the matts are too tight and must be clipped.
*Please do NOT cut the matts out yourself. Not only will it look unsightly, but when you lift a matt it will bring SKIN with it. Please don’t do this, the risk to your pet is too high.*
If you are still having trouble, please call your professional pet stylist at A Royal Touch and book an appointment.
Remember, we are happy to provide complimentary brushing and combing lessons to all of our clientele!
At A Royal Touch it is our goal to help you and your pet attain your pet syling goals through humane grooming, ethical handling, and clarity of communication with pet owners.
Many Pet Owners are Frustrated by having to have their dogs hair clipped short by their Professional Pet Stylist.
The Pet Stylist puts the humane treatment of your pet first, and if the coat cannot be saved without undue discomfort and stress to your pet, clipping can be the only choice. A fresh start. An opportunity to acclimate your pet to regular brushing and combing at home in between visits to the salon.
With this is mind, we introduce you to the #20X3brushing technique.
It’s pretty simple. Most dogs can be maintained with 20 minutes of (proper technique) brushing and combing, 3X/week. That’s it. All the fancy grooming tools mean nothing if pet owner’s don’t appropriately use them on a regular basis in between clips.
Brush backwards, from tail to head, and upwards on the legs.
Follow with a metal comb.
If you cannot get a comb from the skin to the tip of the hair shaft, your dog’s coat condition is compromised. Seek a professional pet stylist for advice!
Always get your #20X3brushing done in the same place in your home. Dogs LOVE routine!
Follow positive reinforcement techniques. Reward for cooperation.
Most Professional Pet Stylists will offer complimentary brushing and combing classes. Become an expert on coat maintenance, and get your information from a professional!
Exercise CAUTION with dematting tools. Get training on their use. They are DANGEROUS.
Please do NOT cut matts out of your dog’s coat with scissors. You may cut the skin underneath.
So Remember, Brushing 20X3 (20 minutes, 3X/week) may be the solution you need to maintain your pet’s coat in between grooming appointments.
If you want long beautiful coat on your pet, a Breed Trim or sculpted scissor cut, remember it is up to YOU at home to bring us a happy, healthy matt free dog who loves to be brushed. Let the professionals do what they do best, Pet Styling not shaving 🙂
On a final note, your #20X3brushing can be a bonding experience between you and your dog. You train them to sit, stay, walk on leash, why not train them to accept brushing and combing and make it part of your regular routine?
Remember the #20X3brushing technique and give it a try!
You and your pet will be happier, and so will your professional pet stylist!
If your female dog is not spayed please familiarize yourself with this information.
Our policy at A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour is that we do not groom female dogs while in heat, for the following reasons:
The female dogs are uncomfortable being handled while in heat
The female dogs may ‘present’ while being groomed, making them difficult to handle safely
The male dogs in the salon become agitated and difficult to handle safely
It is messy and may involve multiple baths (and therefore be more expensive of a service)
If you have booked an appointment and notice your dog goes into heat, please reschedule your appointment. Your staff at A Royal Touch Pooch Parlour appreciate your understanding in this matter and emphasize that all dogs are deserving of a calm, comfortable salon environment. We are happy to have your cooperation as we strive to keep our salon as stress-free as possible for everyone.