Three Grooming Myths and Facts

Myth #1 – Short-Haired Dogs Don’t Require Grooming

Fact – All dogs require grooming of some sort to keep them looking and feeling their best. Short-haired dogs will benefit greatly from a regular bath, teeth brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning and keeping the pads of the feet and sanitary areas clean and free of excess hair.

Myth #2 – Shaving a Double-Coated Breed Keeps Them Cooler in the Hot Weather

Fact – The hair is there to protect them from the elements. Mostly to regulate the dog’s body temperature. Shaving a double-coated breed does not make them cooler and can irreparably damage the coat. Dogs with a double coat should never be shaved as it can put them at risk of overheating and developing skin disease. We use the FURminator deShedding treatment to reduce the amount of undercoat on your dog which will keep your dog more comfortable and the product also reduces the shedding by up to 90% naturally.

Myth #3 – Any Brush Will Effectively Get the Job Done

Fact – The incorrect equipment is often the reason that home grooming is not as successful as one would hope. Many factors come into play when deciding on the right tools for your dog, like the condition of your dog’s coat, the type of coat, as well as skin sensitivity. A soft slicker brush is highly effective for a dense brushing, but dematting tools are also required to successfully brush through the coat and break up matts. For dogs with thicker coats and/or double coats, a rake, mat breaker and fine-toothed metal comb may be needed to get the job done. If you are unsure of which tool(s) you need to maintain your dog’s coat at home ask a professional Groomer. We are always happy to help you decide what tools to purchase. A FURminator tool is the best tool for your shedding breed and is especially efficient for short to medium length coats.

Dematting and deshedding tools are available for purchase at this location.