Stacey Acres Pet Dog Boarding is pleased to now offer bathing and grooming service. You can have your dog bathed and groomed while he is boarded with us, or you can bring your dog in for a grooming appointment. Call us to schedule.
Q & A with Our Groomer
Q: When should I start grooming my new puppy?
A: Start training your puppy to stand and be held and lightly combed or brushed. Get the puppy used to a grooming table (the top of a freezer or washer/dryer can be used for this, too). Use treats to make this process more enjoyable.
Start doing toe nails at this age, also. I like to start with human fingernail clippers when a puppy is very young. Do one nail at a time and give a treat for each successful attempt. If your puppy fights, persist through this to let the puppy know you are not trying to hurt it. Remember to praise and reward successful attempts to trim nails.
After the puppy’s 2nd set of vaccinations, you should start to make regular grooming appointments to get him used to the whole grooming process.
Q: Is it okay to shave my double-coated dog?
A: You should never shave down a double-coated dog, such as a husky, golden retriever or German shepherd. This coat provides insulation from the cold and the heat.
There is a misconception that shaving these dogs will reduce shedding. This is NOT true. It just makes the hairs smaller and, in fact, can cause more shedding. Undercoat actually grows faster than the topcoat, which can take years to regrow if it ever grows back at all. This undercoat, which is usually soft and fluffy, now mats much more easily and also does not shed dirt as well as the normal coat does.
Double-coated dogs tend to have sensitive skin, and shaving the coat off can cause dry skin and hot spots and also makes the dog susceptible to sunburn. This in turn can make the dog itchy and just plain miserable.
Q: What happens when a dog’s coat gets matted?
A: One of the biggest reasons matting occurs is because that dog has not been groomed on a regular basis. Much like a human’s hair does, a dog’s hair will begin to tangle and mat after a few days without being brushed. Matting prevents air circulation to the skin, which in turn can cause flesh to become irritated and inflamed. In severe cases, open sores and wounds that can smell very unpleasant can result. All of this can be very painful to the dog.
Q: What is the best way to reduce shedding and stop matting?
A: Brush your dog regularly, about once per week. You can bring your dog in to get professionally bathed and brushed out every 6 weeks.
We recommend FURminator® products to help with shedding—using the shampoo and conditioner, as well as the FURminator tool can help to reduce shedding by up to 90%.
Q: My dog has dry itchy skin. What can I do to relieve the itching?
A: Oatmeal shampoo is a great choice to help with itching. Oatmeal is a natural skin moisturizer and is high in the natural chemicals phenol and avenanthramides, both of which are shown to relieve itching, irritation and inflammation of the skin. Oatmeal also has a natural ability to balance the skin’s pH. When used on a dog, it can help soften his coat, relieve hot spots and minimize allergic reactions to flea and tick bites.