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Risks In Dog Grooming by Cindy Grundman Andreatos

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Taking a grooming class doesn’t make you a good groomer. Grooming classes only get you started in becoming a good groomer. Charging $50.00 (US)  per dog maybe too much or not enough depending on the dog. A lab owner will not pay you $50 to bath and brush out a wash and wear breed like a labrador retriever. However, if you were thinking about brushing out and bathing matted newfoundlands for $50 each, everyone would be bringing them to you. Most groomers do charge a set rate for the size, breed and type of dog being groomed as well as an hourly rate for those that take longer. For example, a nice miniature schnauzer who is regularly groomed and nice to work with would be charged the base rate of $25.00 (US)  for brushing, bathing, drying, clipping, nails, ears and anal glands. This dog would only take a good groomer an hour to groom. A matted rarely groomed miniature schnauzer that bites might cost $50+ because the dog took longer to do and required more care. This dog would most likely take a good 2 1/2 to 3 hours to put it in a good trim unless you are shaving it down and starting over not to mention the teeth dodging.

You need to make sure that you charge enough to cover your liability insurance, rent, equipment, taxes including social security, as well as pay for yourself. So you need to structure prices carefully in order to stay in business.

Hopefully your grooming classes will go over some business management. If not you need to take a business management class or two. Small businesses go out of business because of mismanagement more then a lack of professional knowledge. Grooming shops are no exception. Be very careful !

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CLEANING A DOG’S EARS – A FABULOUS GUIDE by Cindy Grundman Andreatos

CLEANING A DOG’S EARS – A FABULOUS GUIDE by Cindy Grundman Andreatos | Groom Your Dog With Easy steps! | Scoop.it

 

Cleaning a dog’s ears is an extremely important task. If you neglect cleaning a dog’s ears, the neglected dog may end up with severe infections which may require you to take the dog to a veterinarian. The task of cleaning a dog’s ears may appear to be easy; however, there are a lot of precautions that need to be in place. The adverse consequences for not cleaning a dog’s ears or even not cleaning the dog’s ears properly may possibly put the dog in grave danger. Improper cleaning can lead to allowing the dog to acquire ear ticks, ear mites, yeast infections, etc. The most common dog ear infection occurs in the external ear canal (the outer ear). This is one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs today. The name for this condition is otitis externa. There are breeds that are prone to dog ear infections. Another adverse consequence for not cleaning a dog’s ears properly may result with such conditions as a ruptured ear drum, severe pain or lacerations in the ear canal.

If you observe that the dog’s ears are scratchy or if they have a strong odor, this may be a sign that the dog’s ears may be severely infected. At this point, you might want to consider having the dog’s ears examined by a licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian may have to sedate the dog in order to clean the ears properly and rid the dog of any infection and prescribe antibiotics. The dog’s ears may be too tender and painful from an infection and this is certainly an indication that something has gone array, which will make it impossible for you to touch the dog’s ears.

The end result you are looking to achieve is that you end up with clean dog ears.

Cleaning Dogs Ears - Tips on Getting Started

Be sure to retrain the dogBegin with wrapping the dog with a thick towelYou may want to have someone help you hold the dog

Cleaning Dogs Ears - Tools That May Be Required

I always recommend making the process of cleaning a dogs ears not only easy, but effortless by gathering all your tools in one place before the bath.

An antiseptic sprayTowelsCotton SwabsCotton ballsPaper towel Gauze sponges A small bowl of water

One common pitfall people have is to insert the cotton swab into the dog’s ear too far or harshly, which will result rupturing the eardrum. So, when cleaning the dog’s ears make sure you are gentle and do not protrude too far in. You will know when the dog is uncomfortable. You may stimulate the dog’s head to shake and this will in most cases lead to ear trauma.

Another pitfall people have when cleaning a dog’s ears is that they have not created a rapport with the dog. I suggest that you constantly speak to the dog throughout the process of cleaning the dog’s ears, in a calm and lovingly way. If the dog is scared he may resist you. My experience has been that with a calm voice and no loud noises and praise, I do not think you will have any problems.

Cleaning Dogs Ears - Beginning the Process

Clean the ear lobe using a moistened cotton ball, cotton swab, paper towel or gauzeGently rub the large pieces of dirt, wax or debris from the ear lobeRepeat on the opposite earClean the cartilage of the earAfter most of the debris has been removed use the cotton tip applicatorMoisten the applicator with water to gently remove the pieces of the debris which may be trapped within the cartilage of the ear.It is always recommended that the safest way to clean a dog’s ears is to ONLY clean the parts of the ear you can see. If there is wax just inside the ear canal, you can briefly place the tip of the cotton tip applicator into the ear canal but make sure that you are always able to see the cotton to insure that you have not gone too far inside the canalAfter cleaning ears, it is a great idea to offer a treat. This will help make the next ear cleaning smootherDry the area completely with a soft clean towel.

Cleaning Dogs Ears – Frequency: You may be asking, how frequently should you clean a dog's ears? This question is asked very frequently and the answer all depends on the dog. Here are some guidelines to consider regarding frequency:

Do the ears smell?Do you see any abrasions?Do you see any ticks?Does the dog have fleas?Is this an outdoor dog?How much time does this dog stay outside?What are the living conditions of the dog?

These are all variables that determine the frequency of cleaning the dog’s ears. So, for example, if the dog is an outdoor dog spending a lot of time in the woods, I would recommend that you clean his ears weekly. If the dog is kept inside and has little exposure to the outdoor elements, then certainly it would be a good idea to clean the dog’s ears every two to three weeks. If there are any signs of the abovementioned, it’s time to clean the dog’s ears.

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Why is Grooming Your Dog So Very Important, First Because you Love them - (This is Kiwi!)

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Why is Dog Grooming Important?

                        by Cindy Grundman Andreatos

 

First, because we are dog lovers and we want to do what is best for our pets!

 

Dog grooming is a very important job, not just for the groomer but especially for the health and hygiene of a dog. Grooming a dog properly will ensure that the dog will not only be clean, but it will also prevent some diseases like yeast infections which are caused by dog’s hairs that can get matted if not groomed properly. Other aspects of grooming a dog, besides hair cutting, include cleaning their teeth so that they are maintained and prevent periodontal disease. Make sure to regularly clean the dog’s ears, because if not maintained properly, the dog’s ears can become infected from wax build up from dirt and bacteria, which can even become a much deeper problem. Dog’s nails are an important part of grooming as well and will need to be trimmed on a regular basis to ensure that they too are not problematic, like hang nails, etc.

Preparations for Dog Grooming

When preparing to groom your dog, it is imperative to collect all the necessary equipment and supplies you will need to insure proper grooming The basic list of supplies you will need to collect prior to starting include a good spraying nozzle for the water, a tub or basin, dog shampoo and cream rinse, a dry towel, a blow-dryer, good clippers, rubbing alcohol, dog ear solution, cotton balls or a sanitary cloth, a pet toothbrush, dog nail clippers, a collar and leash. I always like to have a prepared work area that is sanitized and easy to clean up as well. You might like to consider purchasing a coverup similar to that which people usein a beauty shop to protect your garments from getting full of hair.

One of the best pieces of information I can share with you is to build a rapport with your dog. Speak to them in a loving soothing voice. Examples are “Good Boy / Good Girl”. Dogs will be a lot more cooperative if you make them feel loved and comfortable. You want to gain their trust and they will feel your love for them. The last thing a dog wants to hear is you yelling at them or speaking harshly.

How to Groom a Dog

Once you have collected all the necessary tools you need and are ready to begin. Here’s how to groom a dog:

Start out washing the dog with warm water and lather in a lot of dog shampoo. With your hands (if you want you can wear gloves) try and gently use your nails and massage the scalp firmly, but not forcefully as this can hurt your dog. You want to break up as much debris as possible. You can certainly comb thru the hair gently as another way to break up any area that might have debris. I always use a cream rinse after I have sprayed off all the soap. Keep in mind that a dog’s hair can have mats, which may enlarge and may become a bit unmanageable when wet. You may have to shave or cut out the mat when wet so that bacteria will not grow. Whatever you use, be sure to effectively remove loose hair and distribute oils from the skin. You might be best to start off from the neck area and then move down the body, while being sure to examine under the belly and tail of the dog. Stroke the dog’s coat gently to make the hairs lie flat. I have always praised the dog and speak to them with a soft voice throughout and sometimes reward them with a treat for good behavior.

Now, that your dog has been bathed and is clean, be sure and use a towel any remove any additional water and dry the dog thoroughly with your blow dryer. Never trim the hair, prior to the dog’s coat (hair) being dried thoroughly.

Please note that the only hair trimming at this point, while wet, would have been to remove any mats or large amounts of hair that could not be combed or washed out.

When the dog is fully dry, you can begin the hair cutting or styling process, if any is necessary at all.

Grooming is a very important part of dog care and some breeds require significantly less grooming than others. It depends on your dog’s coat type whether the dog may have a type of hair which is double-coated, corded, long or curly and if the dog sheds a lot. One example would be a poodle that may require a particular cut or style, which may take hours to do. Other dogs may require no hair cutting at all. There is no such thing as a "totally" non-shedding dog, all dogs shed some hair at one time or another. There are dogs that shed little to no hair at all. But in the end all dogs need to be groomed properly.

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How to Groom a Dog By Cindy Grundman Andreatos

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Why is Dog Grooming Important?

 

Dog grooming is a very important job to keep your dog’s appearance well-respected, and especially for maintaining the health and hygiene of your dog.

Grooming a dog properly will ensure that your dog will not only be clean, but it will also prevent dreadful diseases like yeast infections which can cause both itching and discomfort to your dog.

 

Other aspects of dog grooming include trimming your dog’s hair as well as cleaning their teeth so that they are maintained and prevents periodontal disease.

Make sure to regularly clean your dog’s ears, because if not properly taken care of, your dog’s ears can become infected from wax build up caused by dirt and bacteria. If you detect a smelly odor coming from your dog’s ears, make sure you have the ears cleaned. If the problem persists, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible, as could be a much deeper problem to it.

 

Dog’s nails are an important part of grooming as well and will need to be trimmed on a regular basis to ensure that they remain short. Overgrown nails can become problematic, not only does it cause discomfort to your dog, those nails can rip and damage your beloved cushion.

 

Preparations for Dog Grooming

 

When preparing to groom your dog, it is imperative to collect all the necessary equipment and supplies you will need to insure proper grooming

The basic list of supplies you will need to collect prior to starting include a good spraying nozzle for attachment to your faucet, a tub or basin, dog shampoo and cream rinse, a dry towel, a blow-dryer, good clippers, rubbing alcohol, dog ear solution, cotton balls or a sanitary cloth, a pet toothbrush, dog nail clippers, a collar and leash.

I always like to have a prepared work area that is sanitized and is easy to clean up after grooming. You may consider purchasing a grooming apron or a cover-up similar to what people use in a beauty shop to protect your garments from dog hair during grooming.

 

One of the best pieces of information I can share with you is to build a rapport with your dog. Speak to them in a loving soothing voice. Examples are “Good Boy / Good Girl”.

 

Dogs will be a lot more cooperative if you make them feel loved and comfortable. You want to gain their trust and they will feel your love for them. The last thing a dog wants to hear is you yelling at them.

 

How to Groom a Dog – Step-by-step

 

Once you have collected all the necessary tools you need, you are ready to begin.

 

Here’s how to groom a dog:

 

Start out by checking your dog’s coat (hair) for any mats and tangles. Untangle the mats and knots with the help of detangler solution. If the mats are too serious, you would have to use a dematting rake to cut through stubborn mats. Be extra cautious when using the rake as they have sharp-edged teeth.

Once that is done, comb and brush your dog’s coat, starting from the dog’s head and work gradually towards your dog’s rear. Take care when brushing and combing the face as this is a sensitive area.

 

Wash your dog with warm water and lather in a lot of dog shampoo. With your hands (if you want you can wear gloves) try and gently use your fingers and massage the scalp firmly, but not forcefully as this can hurt your dog. Keep in mind that a dog’s hair can have mats, which may enlarge and may become a bit unmanageable when wet – so make sure you do a thorough job in Step 1.

 

(Optional) At this point, you may want to express (empty) your dog’s anal sacs. You can do this, however, outside of the bathing routine. We prefer to do it during baths. In this way, you can conveniently wash away the smelly fluid right away after emptying the anal sacs.

 

Now, that your dog has been bathed and is clean, be sure to dry your dog with a towel and then dry thoroughly with your blow dryer.

 

(Optional) Brush your dog’s teeth with a pet toothbrush and clean your dog’s ears for any wax build-up. This step may not be necessary if you have already built in a routine cleaning of your dog’s ears and teeth.

 

When the dog is fully dry, you can begin the hair cutting or styling process, if any is necessary at all. Never trim the hair, prior to the dog’s coat being dried thoroughly.

Trim your dog’s nails using the nail clippers. Be careful not to cut the nails too deep in, as you can cut into the quick (the pinkish part of the nails). Cutting the quick can lead to bleeding.

 

Once that is done, admire at how good your dog looks. Give yourself a pat on the back for the great work you’ve done, and don’t forget to give your dog a treat to reward him for his cooperative behavior during grooming.

 

Dog grooming is a very important part of dog care and some breeds require significantly less grooming than others. It depends on your dog’s coat type whether the dog may have a type of hair which is double-coated, corded, long or curly and if the dog sheds a lot.

 

One example would be a poodle that may require a particular cut or style, which may take hours to do. Other dogs may require no hair cutting at all.

 

There is no such thing as a "totally" non-shedding dog, all dogs shed some hair at one time or another. There are dogs that shed little hair. But in the end, all dogs need to be groomed. Learning how to groom a dog properly the easy and effortless way will save you time, energy and make it enjoyable for both you and your dog.

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