|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Mon Aug 19, '13 4:24pm PST |
|A trick many of us groomers use is to brush the dog well with a metal slicker brush, WHILE it is soaking wet and covered in suds. Not only will this remove TONS of hair that won't be flying around when we use the force dryer, but it also makes sure the shampoo and water penetrate thru the entire coat and undercoat. A good metal comb is also helpful when used on a shampoo covered dog.
Your satisfaction does depend somewhat on where your dog is in its shedding cycle when it is done. IF that hair isn't ready to come out, no amount of bathing, combing, brushing or blowing is going to get it to come out. It needs to already be starting to "molt", usually determined by those little tufts that are so fun to pull out, one by one, until you realize the entire dog is covered in those tufts!!!
As a groomer, I absolutely LOVE to have a husky, shepherd or lab with a loose double coat come in for deshedding because I know the client is going to be thrilled with the results!!! They usually will look like a completely different dog when finished!
My puppy lab Quincy was done twice this Summer, first in May at about 9 months old when his puppy coat started dropping and again in late June when the Winter undercoat was loose. With just those two times he hasn't shed ANY noticeable hair throughout my house, which is well worth the price, ($50 here), if I didn't do it myself and had to pay someone to do it! He is now good until next June/July when this years Winter coat will start to get loose.
If you bring your dog to be deshedded when those tufts are starting to show you WILL find it is well worth the money spent. Those prices quoted are quite good, even for our rural area, by the way!!!