Thought I'd share just because I see or hear different discussions on grooming supplies and such. People are always asking and always worrying about whether they have the right supplies. And the thing that makes me laugh sometimes is knowing people personally who bought really expensive supplies - which they don't use very often! Or don't need.
And they get these really expensive things because they asked a question online and were given advice by people who are checking through their own supplies, while they have different needs than an average pet person.
1. Super high powered dryers are must needs for people who are grooming more than 1 dog. One lady (very big in goldens) makes me gawk in disbelief to see her bustling up and down a line of 5 goldens that she might be showing. All 5 on tables and getting table baths and blow dries one after another. Regular people working 1 dog with a basic dryer - even that little $119 dryer I mentioned on the previous page, will get the dog dry in about 30-40 minutes if he had a basic young dog coat (the hairier the dog, the more you need in a dryer!)
2. People who are bringing that many tables or any table at all to dog shows, they want something light and durable. The lighter the table, the better. This is why some people are spending like $400 or more on grooming tables. And they are el rapido to recommend these tables to other people. And it's like - wow. LOL. Not everyone wants to put all their eggs in the grooming table basket!
3. Shears are personal. Some people are very hyper about super expensive shears. Or specific types of shears. And some people will use anything as long as its sharp. <= They both win just fine at dog shows, so it comes down to personal preference and learning to use the tools you own. But seriously, some people have scissor wallets full of shears that are worth more than the dog being shown. When it comes to regular normal people who are keeping their dogs groomed, they don't need to be buying all kinds of crazy stuff.
4. Shampoos - is a weird one, because a lot of us try out different shampoos that we all swear by. And some are pretty expensive! There was one recommended by a friend and I looked it up and holy crud, this shampoo was like a hundred bucks! o_O! Ditto routines - I've stood behind people who have those peruvian orchid dogs (or whatever they are called) or other hairless dogs and they spend a very long time bathing and bathing and bathing and bathing the dogs. Will never forget a time I stood behind somebody like that and I just was wondering what the heck they were washing. Think 15-20 minute baths with ice cold water! :horrified: My boy was bathed and conditioned in 2-5 minutes by comparison! And then you have some dog show people washing their dogs with dish soap....
5. Conditioners are used by dog show people - especially since there is such a thing as damaged coats with dogs. My Bertie had a kinda damaged top coat after this past winter. I think related to the very dry/cold temperatures outside and the very dry/HOT temperatures inside with the furnace running nonstop. Then he also rolls like crazy. So I did have to up his conditioning routines this spring to fix the damage and am just starting to see his coat getting its shine back. It still needs more time.
^^^ This is the type of case where a conditioner is needed.
Otherwise, types of conditioners that show people might use are those which encourage coat growth and those which make the coat "fatter". If you have a dog that is very lean, you might want to use a type of conditioner that builds body and makes him look like a bigger dog.
Anyways - conditioner is an as needed thing. And there are both "leave in" conditioners and rinse out conditioners that people use.
If using a leave in conditioner - you have to wash the dog weekly- otherwise he's going to have a dull coat from buildup. I think. *shrugs*
Other thing that gives me chuckles is how complicated some people assume grooming is... when basic grooming needed for a nice family pet doesn't need to be as much an art as grooming for dog shows. And I kinda have the opinion that some of that grooming for dog shows is overrated if you have a nice dog that can be shown honestly.
IF you are grooming your own dog.... having the right tools is necessary for making that job easy + not botching it all. If you can't afford all the stuff (table, dryer, straight shears, little shears for feet, thinning shears, stripper, stripping knives, decent clippers, bathing the dog in a tub, etc), then finding a good groomer is what you have to do sometimes? And not letting the dog go for months and months - especially if you have an older dog.
I think some people let grooming go too long and then they are too embarrassed to take their dog in for a grooming appointment - and the dog suffers because it can't be comfortable for them carrying all that extra coat and just having skin and ear infections all over the place. <= Not talking about shaving your dog. Just grooming your dog and thinning out and trimming up the excessive areas...
This breed is a very basic grooming breed - or as basic as you'll get with a coated breed.
If you do the grooming yourself? Don't try to do everything in one go?
I have a dog show coming up with the 2 dogs. Jojo will be an adventure to see if he's learning anything from handling classes. Bert - I want to finish him very badly because this is his last year of showing and he's middle aged and dog showing is a young dog sport.
I am also out of town the next few days before the show (yay) which means I had to get a lot done before so I don't have to cram so much into just the 1 night before the show!
Dogs got their nails trimmed over the weekend. Took 5 minutes between the two. They always get 1/2 a treat after I trim the front paws and 1/2 a treat when I trim the back ones. They basically are very sweet about letting me clip away. <B The clippers are $8 clippers. I don't care about price so much as brand. Have gotten expensive nail clippers in the past and HATED them. LOL.
Then I spent about 30 minutes between the two dogs last night doing preliminary grooming. This is using clippers on the bottoms of their feet and shaping around the feet. And then trimming up with my $9 pair of shears which I discovered need to be replaced after about 10 years of me using them.
I trimmed ears up and cleaned up around the edges using straight shears, thinning shears, and a stripper.
Then Bertie got a leave in conditioner lathered generously into his coat - and he's going to get the bath/conditioner treatment the night before the show.
Anyway, the grooming took about 30 minutes tops for 2 dogs. That's partly because they generally are kept groomed.
Reason why some groomers charge so much for grooming your dogs and it takes them hours - it's because there's so much that needs to be done in a one go. It can't be emphasized enough that if you want a coated breed of dog, you need to care for that coat.
You would do the same with cats - actually more so. LOL. Cats have that super soft type coat that serious mats all over the place and they will kill you dead if you pull their hair trying to get mats out....
Actually, as will rough collies.