Bathing/Not Brushing at Home
Between grooming appointments, it’s okay to bath your dog at least once. But a lot of times, we see dogs getting wet from swimming or bathing, and they’re not being brushed out after. If you don’t brush out and dry their coats, their hairs can get easily matted after getting wet and become a complete mess.
This is often the case when I see dogs that come in to get groomed. In the summer season, many dogs go swimming outside and owners don’t think that they have to brush their dog every time they get wet. But we know what happens when you don’t brush your dogs out at home! There will be big mats of hair or little tangles. Either way, those need to be brushed out or shaved out as soon as possible. So always tell your clients to brush out the coat if they want to bath their dog at home in-between appointments. They have to make sure they brush out the coat as soon as it’s dry!
Clipping the Nails Too Short
Often, owners will come in for walk-in nail appointments usually every 3 – 4 weeks (if we’re lucky). Some of these clients are new owners with puppies or fairly young dogs. They’ll come in and say “Oh, I just can’t clip his nails anymore” or “I accidentally made her bleed one time, now she’s terrified”. So now, they come to us for help.
Most of the time, the dogs are perfect little angels during their nail appointments. Other times, however, they absolutely hate it. When owners or even groomers clip the quick on the dog’s nails, they’ll never forget it. They think that every time someone touches their paws, they’re going to feel that pain again.
Educating owners who want to clip their dogs’ nails at home can prevent a lot of heartache. Let them know how the quick works and how far up you can cut the nails on the dog. It’s very good to start dogs at a young with the grooming process. This way, they’ll get used to it at a young age.