This page has been
compiled by Margaret Simpson. She has gathered together some of Northern Groomers tips
that we hope you will find useful. We hope to have the Handy Hints page as a regular
feature, so why not write to us with some of your secrets?
and more people are becoming aware of the need for dental care for their dog. Tooth
brushing is the single most effective means of removing plaque. For tooth brushing to be
affective you need
- the co-operation of the dog
- a motivated owner
- an owner with the ability to brush
When puppies come into the salon for their first
time, make the owner aware of how to brush their dogs teeth. Demonstrate on the pup.
A daily brush with a soft nylon brush and a veterinary toothpaste will prevent the
accumulation of plaque and large Vet fees in later years. And of course no suffering for
the dog from gingivitis and rotten teeth, as daily examination of the mouth will prevent
Margaret Simpson, Posh Pooch, Falkirk
can brush out some matts and knots while the dog is in the bath. After shampooing and
rinsing, apply a good, thick cream coat conditioner to the matted area. Use a plastic
brush to work the conditioner in to the hair. After a few seconds of brushing, the knots
will slide out. This way you dont break the hair as you do when dematting a dry dog.
Tricia McGuire, Canine Cuts, Edinburgh
are a couple of options if you want to disinfect tools in a way that is not going to
promote rust or dry out pads of brushes. One way is to rinse in a solution of white
vinegar. It is a great degreaser and has a natural disinfecting property. Another is to
use an antibacterial dish wash soap.
We also use these solutions on dogs if they have
a very greasy skin or a serious odour problem. Bacteria stink and will collect on excess
secretions of oil. This accumulates dirt and gives the dog its odour problem.
Vinegar should be diluted ¼ cup to a gallon of
warm water. Antibacterial dish wash soap should be diluted one part soap to 10-15 parts
water. Dont use directly unless you want to be rinsing for a lonnnng time.
Barbara Bird, Transformation Pet Center, Arizona, USA
|If a dog has had its
tongue nicked, place an unused tea bag onto the wound and hold it there. The tea bag will
help clot the blood.
|Use your blaster on
that blocked mucky plughole in the bath. It will clear out the pipes in seconds.
|A hoover is not only a great way to
clear out all the nooks and crannies in the salon. It gets rid of flea infested cut hair
and flea eggs that may fall off infested dogs. It will also suck up fleas off the
|Save money on shampoo. Use a scrunchy
(net bath sponge). Soak the scrunchy with water and shampoo. It soaps up well and gives
the dog a really good wash. It easily gets into feet, under arms, backend, etc. You will
find you use less shampoo and you'll save a fortune!
Large storage box on wheels from B & Q. Its about 4 feet high and black and
orange in colour. Put all your grooming equipment in the one place. No more equipment,
sprays, cotton wool, etc, lying around making the salon look untidy. Everything can be
easily found and put away safely at night.
|No more dripping bath mat hanging
over the bath at night. Use a sucking mat, one you use in your own bath to stop you
slipping. At the end of the day, stick it to the tiles on the wall around the bath. The
drips will fall into the bath and not on the floor, making it dangerously slippery.
|If you have a
nervous or fidgety dog in your salon, calm them down by rubbing your fingers above or
between the eyes and nose of the dog. You will be amazed with the calming reaction you
achieve. Some dogs even start to fall asleep. It wont calm all dogs down completely,
but if you can have someone holding the dog and massaging its head you can get the job
done with little stress to the dog or yourself.
|We are getting more smooth and short
coated breeds into the salon nowadays. These breeds, such as Boxers, Labradors and Great
Danes do not need a lot of grooming. But you could give them an extra spit and polish and
send them out of your salon smelling lovely, with a beautiful glossy sheen.
After a normal shampoo and condition, rub vigorously with a rubber curry
comb or hound glove to loosen any dead hair and skin. Then, remove the dead hair and skin
with a slicker brush and fine toothed comb. Once dry, spray bay rum onto the coat (you can
buy bay rum from most hair salons). Lastly, briskly polish the coat with a chamois cloth
to bring out the shine. The owner will love the smell and the dog will go out of your
|Maximise Client Potential
|Get the most out of your existing
clients by sending reminders. Most people wait until their dog is looking really scruffy
(or even worse matted !) before they contact the Groomer. Be one step ahead of your
clients. By sending out reminders to them (after 6, 8 or 12 weeks depending on the breed)
it gets them to think about their dog and book an appointment before it gets too messy.
This makes your job much easier when it comes to trimming the dog. The client also get
used to bringing their dog to you every 6 or 8 weeks and they'll soon begin to book their
next appointment before they leave the salon. Youll also get regular work throughout
the year, instead of the mad rush in the Summer and at Christmas time.
|Give Labradors, black
Cockers, Rottweilers, etc a vinegar and water rinse! Once you have shampooed and
conditioned the dog, give them a final rinse with vinegar and water. The coat will gleam
that much you will be believe you can see your reflection in it.
|Foxes and Tomatoes
|Groomers who do a lot of farm dogs will
know the distinctive smell of fox dirt. You cant mistake that smell! Whats the
best way to get rid of the stink? Would you believe it Tomato Sauce!