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  • Jamie Beaber

Who can resist a cute, snuggly, give-me-ALL-the-puppy-breath, brand new puppy? Whether you are a fluffy, small dog lover or more of a large breed type, there is no denying that ALL puppies are equally adorable. Their curious personalities, playful antics, and irresistible snuggles are enough for anyone to throw all caution to the wind and bring home their newest edition. Even when you know the kids' promises that "I'll take care of it, Mom!" will inevitably be broken.

But after the trips to the pet store for a new collar and cozy bed, and the first appointments at the Vet for puppy shots, don't forget to bring them by the grooming salon to make sure your Groomer can get in on the puppy kisses action as well! Well, that and more importantly, to get them accustomed to the doggie beautification process. Dogs that are used to seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of a grooming salon are much easier to handle, and they actually enjoy their visit, rather than being unnecessarily stressed. Puppies are generally more accepting of the equipment that we use, such as a Dremel and clippers. When they are brought in on a regular basis, even if it just for a quick nail trim, it becomes more of a routine for them. I mean, I get it though. I'm not sure I would want my "sanitary area cleaned up" without consent, either.

I recommend making your puppy an appointment with your groomer around three months of age. This is a great age where they are still learning and adjusting to new environments, and still trusting. They are happy to be loved on and talked to in a high-pitched "Who's a good boy?!" voice while getting their nails ground down. Most of your long haired breeds are sure to need a slight trim up around the eyes (if nothing else) by three months, as well. It also helps if you are working with your puppy at home by desensitizing him to things such as, having his paws touched and picked up.

Bringing a new puppy into your family is a big responsibility, but their coat/nail care and maintenance doesn't have to be a challenge, if you stay ahead of the game. I guarantee you, your groomer will thank you. We appreciate the pro-active pet owner, about as much as we do the free puppy kisses!

Spring is upon us! The pretty flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the DOG IS SHEDDING. Holy dog hair Batman! Georgia, my English Bulldog, leaves a trail of white hair everywhere she goes. So, if you're like me, then you have probably been sweeping up piles of dog hair about 10 times a day, minimum. It's great. But, it's par for the course. Dog's coats are very versatile and adapt to changes in temperature. In the colder months, the "winter coat" comes in to aid in keeping the dog warm. As it starts to warm up in the springtime, the coat loosens and begins to fall out, essentially thinning the fur, making the dog cooler. Many heavy and double coated breeds shed multiple times throughout the year.

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways we can tackle this beast. A good ol' scrub down in the tub at home is a good start. This will help to loosen any stubborn undercoat hairs clinging on for dear life. If it is nice and warm outside, a hose bath with a sprayer attachment works well, too. Make sure you are always rinsing your dog thoroughly, as left over shampoo residue can cause major skin issues. After your pup is squeaky clean, and has had some time to dry, you'll want to use a de-shedding tool. These are common pet care items that can be found at most pet stores. Start at the neck and work your way down the back, sides, and chest. You should see quite a bit of hair coming off. Keep brushing until the bulk of the undercoat is gone. You will most likely want to do this every other week or so.

De-shedding brush

Of course, the best option would be to make an appointment for your dog with your groomer. We have a 3-step process that utilizes products specifically formulated for de-shedding, and it works wonders. It is not uncommon to walk in on our Groomer's Assistant, Taylor, drying a Husky or German Shepherd, wearing safety goggles and a mask, standing smack dab in the Eye of Hurricane Undercoat. There is hair blowing EVERYWHERE. And, usually, a happy dog on the table, who probably feels like he just lost about 10 lbs. We then finish the job with a thorough brush-out using a high end de-shedding tool.

Senior pup, Millie, felt like a new dog after losing all of that undercoat

No matter which method you choose for de-shedding your dog, just make sure that you do it on a consistent basis. Heavy undercoat that is left on the skin too long can become packed and matted leaving room for an assortment of health issues such as hotspots, fungus, dandruff, and many more. You can also talk to your Veterinarian about a diet that promotes a healthy coat, as well as supplements that boost the skin and coat condition, such as fish oil. I hope these tips will help you to overcome this shedding season, and will also give the vacuum a much needed break!

Best wishes and Happy De-shedding!

  • Jamie Beaber

My name is Jamie Beaber, and no, Justin is not my son or nephew. Although, I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be stoked if he was. I am a busy mom of two; a preteen girl (we listen to Justin frequently) and a little boy in Pre-K. We spend our weekends, evenings, and any other free time at the ballfield. In the rare event that we actually have a night at home, you will find us watching any superhero movie. The household is currently ran by 3 spoiled rotten pups; Bentley, an Old English Sheepdog; Georgia, an English Bulldog (original name, right?!); and Roadie, an American Pit Bull Terrier.

Roadie

I have been grooming for Zoomies Pet Care since the facility doors opened in March 2018, where I have had the pleasure of beautifying some of Spalding County's sweetest doggos, and some not so sweet. Prior to that, I have groomed in various places across the Southside of Atlanta. I started this gig when I was 19; washing and drying dogs at an animal hospital. The lead groomer there bought me my first pair of shears, and taught me the basics.

Through the years, I was able to work alongside many highly skilled groomers. I learned the craft of hand scissoring, which is essentially an all over body trim-up with shears, by hand. Basically, it gives the coat an even, flawless finish. I have also dabbled in creative grooming techniques such as coloring and Asian Freestyle. My specialty are the Doodles, which has earned me the unofficial title, "Doodle Queen".

The mission for this blog is to talk about, of course dog grooming, but also give you a look into what goes on behind the scenes, share some funny stories, and to help educate you on common and some uncommon issues with your dog's skin and coat. I really hope that you will find yourself tuning into this monthly blog to learn and laugh along with us (or at us!).