Myth: My dog is hot because his hair is too long

Truth: A dog pants as a way of cooling him/herself off. Dogs don’t sweat through their skin the way humans do. A dog’s hair is not what keeps them too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter. It’s the undercoat or matting that is not allowing the proper temperature regulation. Examples of large dogs that have undercoat are Chow Chows, Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees, and Irish Setters. Shaving the hair/coat is not the solution. Brushing out the undercoat is. Another reason that a dog gets overheated is because they are overweight. Please keep your dogs (and cats) at a healthy weight. Don’t feed table scraps, and make sure they get enough exercise.

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Tips and Tricks for Saving Money at the Groomers:

  • If a fine-toothed comb will not go through the dog’s hair, the coat is matted or has undercoat that needs to be removed.
  • Use a fine-toothed comb completely (down to the skin), before and after bathing your dog at home, or anytime they get wet.
  • Any time a dog wears a sweater or jacket, it must be taken off nightly and a thorough combing/brushing is in order. Make sure to comb out under the arm pits.
  • If a dog wears a harness, make sure to comb out (daily) the areas where the harness rubs the fur.
  • If the dog has teary eyes, use a moist cloth nightly to clean around/under eyes, then comb out.
  • Make sure to comb out the potty area (especially for un-neutered/un-spayed dogs).
  • If the dog has a beard (Shih Tzu, Yorky, Lhasa, etc.), make sure to comb out daily.
  • Bring your dog in for grooming on a regular basis (we recommend every 6 to 8 weeks) to keep the coat in good shape as the hair grows out. 

Top Ten Reasons Why It Costs More To Get Your Pet Groomed Than Your Own Hair Cut!

10.     Your hairdresser doesn’t wash and clean your rear end.
  9.     You don’t go eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.
  8.     Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a sanitary trim.
  7.     Your hairdresser doesn’t clean your ears.
  6.     Your hairdresser doesn’t remove the boogies from your eyes.
  5.     You sit still for your hairdresser.
  4.     Your haircut doesn’t include a manicure and pedicure.
  3.     Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.
  2.     You don’t bite or scratch your hairdresser.
  1.     The likelihood of you pooping on the hairdresser is pretty slim.

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