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Grooming Techniques

How do I know what direction to use clippers for body clipping?
Start at the back of the head and follow the direction of the hair growth, please note shaving in the opposite direction will make the cut much shorter.
How often do I need to brush?
Brushing should become a part of a routine, most dogs only need brushing on a weekly basis, while some may need brushing and combing daily. Check your pets coat regularly and determine the best brushing schedule to fit your fur baby’s needs. ? Short Haired- rubber brushing daily, or during heavy shedding months in the spring and fall. ? Medium Haired- slicker brushing and de-shedding rake weekly. ? Long Haired- Daily Brushing
My dog is pretty wiggly; how should I try to start grooming him at home?
You should always have your pet properly restrained, so enlist a helper, or get a good harness or lead that you can secure during grooming. Always have plenty of treats handy to reward the not so wiggly moments.
How old does a puppy have to be to start being groomed at a salon?
Puppy's 1st Haircut
Puppies will benefit from being groomed as early as 6 weeks. Most breeders will start to introduce grooming as a part of their socialization. Grooming is a learned behavior just like teaching them to sit and stay. To ensure your puppy’s skin and coat are healthy start your own grooming routine at home. Check with your local grooming salon to see what their salon policies are. Most salons will want to start as soon as they have their second set of vaccinations.
 
My puppy hates to be brushed. How can make it a better experience for her?
Better Brushing Experience
First of all, make sure your puppy is up on a counter with a bath mat or yoga mat so she is not slipping around safety is most important. If she’s on your lap or you’re in the floor you’re not in control of the situation also if possible, have another set of arms to help in the beginning until she learns. In the beginning only, brush for a few minutes at a time. Use her favorite treat for positive reinforcement or put some peanut butter on a spoon and let her lick it while your brushing. Puppies will fight, pull and sometimes scream so then we stop because we think we are hurting them. Brushing them does not hurt unless there is a mat. Continue to brush talking softly to them to ensure them it’s ok. Once the puppy stops pulling or screaming you can stop. Put them down on the ground and play with your puppy for a minute and this will create a bond and eventually she will love this time you spend together.
 
I think my puppy might have fleas! Is there a safe all-natural shampoo I can use.
Fleas!
The best way to check for fleas is to use a flea comb and comb through the hair. Fleas like to hang out on the belly. Turn your dog over and check the belly area for flea dirt (it resembles black pepper). This is a sign that fleas are around. There are many shampoos on the market for puppies with fleas. Keep in mind, shampoo will only kill what’s on the puppy; it won’t give them any protection against future problems. Please consult your Veterinarian for something to protect your puppy in the long term.
 
I rescued a large mix breed that sheds so much hair! What is the best way to help reduce the shedding?
Shedding Dog
Andis makes a De-Shedding tool that will help remove all the dead undercoat. Your dog has a top coat and an under coat. The undercoat is what keeps them warm in the winter think of it as insulation. When the weather starts to get warmer, removing this under coat will help your dog keep cooler and help them regulate their body temperature. I would not recommend shaving a double coated breed. A de-shedding tool will remove all the dead under coat that needs to come out. Andis offers two different De-Shedders depending on the length of hair your dog has. The fine tooth should be used on the length of hair like a Labrador Retriever. The regular can be used on coat like a Golden Retriever. Make sure before using the de-shedding tool your dog is brushed and combed out and free from mats. This tool should be used like you would a brush: slow, soft strokes, and you will feel the tool grab the hair. After the each brush stroke, you should see hair left in the tool. Remove the hair and try brushing in the same area again. You should notice a shiny coat once all the dead under coat is gone. You can use this tool once a month for the best results.
 
Do all dogs need regular grooming?

All dogs need some level of regular grooming, time and amount of grooming are dependent on breed, health of animal, owner preference, and temperament.

Does my dog need grooming in the winter?

The winter does two things to a dog’s coat. 1- just like humans it is prone to becoming dry and 2- because of change in weather many breeds shed heavily to prepare for a change in coat density (winter coat). Also, if your pet has hair in between the paw pads, trimming that hair is vital to keeping your pet’s feet healthy all winter long to help prevent moisture and matted fur.

What is the proper way to trim a Golden Retriever tail? My dog's tail doesn't seem to look as full as it should.
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The breed standard for Golden Retriever suggest that the tailbones should extend to, but not past, the hock bone. So when your dog's tail is trimmed, stand your dog properly and comb all of the tailcoat towards the tip and hold the tail down. Trim off the hair (bluntly with thinning shears) that extends past the hock. Now here is a good trick, if the tail bone extends past the hock, trim the coat to the end of the tailbone and if the tail bone is to short, trim the coat off at the hock you can also think of it as a longer bodied dog gets a shorter tail and a short bodied dog gets a longer tail. Once you have trimmed to desired length, use your thinning shears to round out the tip of the tail for a softer curve into the tail. Lastly, pull the tail out, thin out the underside of the base of the tail and comb down and neaten any long scragglies hanging down from the flag of the tail still keeping in mind the roundness of the tail.
What should I tell my groomer to ensure my dog's hair is cut short enough? Sometimes I feel like the hair on his face, ears and tails isn't short enough. Other times I feel like the hair all over his body is too long.
But make sure to tell your stylist exactly where your dog's hair seems too long--it is his body or his face, ears and tail. Then be open to having the stylist to completely makeover the entire dog and give him a personality trim. Afterall, his hair will grow back even if you don't love the new cut. To achieve a short cut on a dog with a soft coat, we recommend using a #1 steel comb on the body and scissored in the legs. Then trim the tail at a medium length. On the face, try a #0 steel comb on top of the head and a #1 steel comb on the ears to give his face a layered puppy look.
What is the correct way to use a Bladed Undercoat Rake?
The overuse or improper use of any bladed undercoat rake can be detrimental to a coat. Always make sure you are using long/light strokes and rake with the lay of the coat. If you use short/hard strokes, you will end up breaking guard hairs that are necessary to protect the dog's coat and skin.
What's the best way to finish a Newfoundland ear?
Sometimes dogs can grow a bit to much coat in the wrong places. Using thinning shears, the stylist naturally redefined this Newfoundland's ear and head. Taking the time to ask and going the extra mile as a stylist will gain you a client for life!

Do Golden Retriever Tails get trimmed?
Did you know that Golden Retriever tails normally get trimmed? Most pet owners have no idea why their dog's tail doesn't look like it should, try suggesting trimming the tail to make it look fuller and like it should, and if they do not like it, the hair will grow back. It would also help to have a nice photo of a properly groomed Golden on hand to show the owner.

Reading your breed standard it says that the tailbones should extend to, but not past the hock bone. So when trimming the tail, stand your dog properly and comb all of the tailcoat towards the tip and hold the tail down. Trim off the hair (bluntly with thinning shears) that extends past the hock. Now here is a good trick, if the tail bone extends past the hock, trim the coat to the end of the tailbone and if the tail bone is to short, trim the coat off at the hock you can also think of it as a longer bodied dog gets a shorter tail and a short bodied dog gets a longer tail. Once you have trimmed to desired length, use your thinning shears to round out the tip of the tail for a softer curve into the tail. Lastly, pull the tail out, thin out the underside of the base of the tail and comb down and neaten any long scragglies hanging down from the flag of the tail still keeping in mind the roundness of the tail.


How to I groom the Golden Retriever ear set?
The ear hair­­­ on a Golden Retriever should be soft, velvety and frame the face well. They should not have Labrador looking, over grown or shaggy ears, unless an owner is requesting so. Giving your clients the correct expression they are meant to have, keeps them returning.

To achieve this look, use your straight shears and trim off the excess hair that hangs past the ear leather then soften the edges and outside of the ears with thinners. Next, grab the tip of the ear leather, fold the ear back, comb the hair out and thinning shear off the excess hair from the inside of the ear and leather. Do not use a clipper to completely clean the hair out because it will take away from the soft expression you are trying to achieve.
If there is excess hair in front of the ear canal or on the cheek, you can gently skim off the hair with your 10 blade, but you also should card the dead coat our and follow up with thinning shears to soften that area.

Tool Tips

Can I use a clipper comb in reverse?
Yes, just like a blade you can run a clipper comb in reverse. Utilizing reverse clipping is more of an intermediate or advanced technique and requires some practice to understand the lengths that you will achieve with a clipper comb. For example, a #2 comb in reverse would be about the same as a #5 blade forwards or ¼ inch left on the dog.
Why is variable speed or multiple speed clippers valuable to grooming?

All dogs have different coat types and grooming needs. Having a clipper that can perform all the duties is necessary. The two speed clippers are great but you will most likely run your clipper at the higher speed more often. Many jobs don’t require that high speed so having a 5 speed or variable speed clipper allows you run your blades cooler and save the life of your equipment without slowing you down.

I have the Andis 7FC blade and use it all the time. I keep them clean, but they dont seem to stay sharp for more than 2 weeks. Is that normal? Any Advice?
Be sure the animals being bathed prior to being groomed. Dirt and dander will dull the blade very quickly. If you are grooming continually you will need to oil the blades every 10 -15 minutes while grooming.
Andis does offer a sharpening service for a small fee or you can check our website for a service center near you. Sharpening will extend the life of the blade and save you from having to purchase a new one. If you have additional questions please contact Customer Service at 1-800-558-9441.
Which type of motor should I choose?
Your grooming needs require the right motor. Each clipper and trimmer utilizes expertly developed motor technology designed to complement the application, ensuring maximum performance.
Magnetic Motors
These motors have reliable power and high blade speed. They are used for light body grooming. Magnetic motors run at high speed resulting insmooth cuts. Light textures of hair will feed and cut
well with magnetic motor clippers. Less moving parts
make these simple, reliable and the longest lasting
of all the motors.
Pivot Motors
These motors have high power & lower blade speed and are great for complete body grooming. Pivot motors have a lower blade speed than magnetic motors but are twice as powerful. Higher cutting power makes them ideal for cutting thick or heavy hair. They are whisper quiet, cool running and long lasting.
Rotary Motors
These motors have High Power & High Blade Speed—
for a wide range of groomingRotary motors have an equal amount of power and blade speed. They are also the only motor available with multiple speeds. Their balance between power, speed, size and weight makes them extremely versatile and perfect for heavy-duty cutting.
I have a miniature Schnauzer that I am planning to groom. I am confused by all the different models and features. Do you have any recommendations?
For the person that just wants to trim their own pet the Easy Clip Versa
Grooming Kit, #60105,60130 (RACD) is a good choice. It comes with 2 different length blades, a #10 which is short and great for belly and sanitary and a #7FC which will leave about ¼” of hair.

The length of hair that is left will vary depending on texture and thickness of the coat being cut. It also comes with some comb attachments to put over the #10. These will leave the hair even longer. You can purchase a #5FC and a #4FC separately
Another choice is the MBG-2 Pro Clip clipper kits. These 2 kits come with a #10 blade
but have a detachable blade hinge that all the UltraEdge, CeramicEdge and
ShowEdge blades will fit. This gives you a wider range of blade lengths to
choose from. The kits also come with comb attachments that fit over the #10. I
really like the #6FC blade #63155 for setting the pattern on the Miniature
Schnauzers, it leaves a nice length and texture.