You're all probably wondering what on earth to do now. The groomers have been shut as they're classed as non-essential by the government. Your dog is in need of a groom, they have a few knots/matts starting to form and you are concerned you won't be able to get them to the groomers anytime soon. Do you try to clip them yourselves? Do you scissor them? Tidy them? What do you do?? Find out here.
Please try not to clip your dog. A good pair of dog grooming clippers are anything between two and three hundred pounds. If you buy a cheaper pair and use them incorrectly, you run the risk of injuring your pet and the vets are limiting their appointments so you'd be stuck.
As long as you regularly brush your dog and keep them knot free they won't get too hot and overheat. Having trapped dead hair and knots in the coat stops proper air flow through their coat which is what causes them to overheat and pant.
Brush your dog daily and make sure you tackle every area of your dog thoroughly. Line brushing is best - this is where you part the fur so your dogs hair is in a line and you can see the skin and work section by section. Use a good slicker brush to do this - don't brush over the same area too much or too firmly because this can cause brush burn. Once you have brushed the area, comb through to ensure all knots have gone.
Areas like their chest, belly, armpits and sides of the back legs are considered high risk areas for matting so brush these first, then focus on legs, head and tail and then lastly your dogs back.
This advice applies to double coated dogs like german shepherds, huskies, pomeranians as well as your silky/combination coats like poodles, cocker spaniels, cavaliers, poodle crosses, shih tzus, etc. Basically all breeds of dog (except your short haired dogs which benefit from a furminator or deshedding tool).
What's the best brush for my dogs coat?
For most dogs, a good slicker brush will work wonders. However, there are brushes that can do a lot more for your dogs coat...
Curly/wooly coated dogs (ie, cockerpoo, cavapoo, cavapooshon, bichon, poochon, labradoodle, etc) - a firm slicker brush is perfect for brushing out knots and line brushing. Use a combination or greyhound comb to check all knots have been brushed out. Below are links so you can see the types or brushes, but you can get them from a range of online shops, including amazon, just make sure the slicker brush is firm and for your dogs specific coat.
https://www.wahl.co.uk/product/small-slicker-brush/ Small slicker brush from WAHL
https://www.wahl.co.uk/product/large-slicker-brush/ Large slicker brush from WAHL
Double coated dogs (ie, german shepherd, husky, pomeranian, akita, some labradors etc). These dogs have two layers of hair - the bottom layer is short dense hair which keeps them warm and the top layer is the guard hair which is longer and protects their skin. It is so important to keep on top of their grooming because if you don't the bottom layer of hair will build up and cause your dog to overheat, because there are no gaps in the hair for heat to escape.
It is your job to remove this hair. Use a deshedding tool for best results. A slicker brush will help but won't be as effective at removing the build up of hair.
https://www.groomers-online.com/professional-c1/grooming-c27/dematting-shedding-c28/andis-deshedding-tool-p2626/s5769?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=andis-deshedding-tool-anddeshed&utm_campaign=product%2Blisting%2Bads&cid=GBP&gclid=CjwKCAjwnIr1BRAWEiwA6GpwNafOb-Iju7r6NtOuT-cX005OTvyQgCsqx6c9gJCx9lgA2qzPNGTyARoC7zAQAvD_BwE Deshedding tool
Smooth coated dogs (ie, french bulldog, english bulldog, staffordshire bull terrier, beagle, etc). These dogs are smooth coated but still require brushing as they shed their coat. A lot of people use furminators which are excellent but you have to be so careful you don't over brush an area as this can cause brush burn on the skin. (This goes for any brush really). I tend to use a rubber curry brush which is soft rubber brush but it really grabs the dead hair and gets it out. I highly recommend them.
https://www.petplanet.co.uk/p34620/furminator_curry_comb(1).aspx?ptm_source=google&ptm_medium=shopping&ptm_campaign=under10_78828&campaign=324014531&adgroup=24641921891&keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjwnIr1BRAWEiwA6GpwNUHCQ7imzYDnskrmz3wy3dFc0G96fJeL_-sQlu51AHYFOn0QLLf4axoC2nIQAvD_BwE Rubber curry comb
I hope all this information is useful to you! If you have any questions or need any advice, feel free to call me, message me or FaceTime me and I'll be happy to help!