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    Johnsons baby shampoo is great for the dogs, makes their hair so soft and shiny.
    Every dog is different, some do better with frequent baths, others do better being bathed once a year, it all depends on the individual dogs skin care needs.

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?

    I groom my dogs completey at least once a week. I blow them with the dryer and brush/comb them all the way through. I also trim nails and clean ears

    2. How often do you take it to the groomers, and for what service?

    Never


    3. Where do you wash your dog? (eg. kitchen sink? Patio?)

    We have a dog bath...at a nice working height and step up for the newfs


    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?

    I love my bath area, It has a bath large grooming table. Set up just right, easy on the back.......


    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?

    I groom my dogs, thorough brushing/comb to make sure no knots. I wash in body temp water, leaving the plug in the bath. My dogs stand for washing, but I ask them to drop to get thoroughly wet underneath. I rinse and let the water out, condition, rinse, towel dry.......
    Go onto our grooming table and use the dryer to completely dry the dogs. If showing I use a special spray when dry and use black shampoo. If not showing I just use horse shampoo/conditioner and mane and tail detangler. I only bathe when we have special events. We mostly just swim at the river or lake

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?

    I enjoy it. It is my special time with each dog. hey love it too. they are all really well mannerd and just go on the "table" or into the bath when asked

    7. What tools/equipment is used?

    Mars coat, any combs, carding combs/brushes. Most important tool is my dryer. Even when they are dirty I can just give them a blast and they look fab after a quick brush.

    8. How many dogs?

    Three newfs and a border collie cross golden Retriever

    9. How were you taught the grooming process?

    We used to have a boarding kennel and I have owned dogs since forever ( I am well into my fifties). Practice makes perfect. have also learned a small amount frequently is a lot easier then leaving it and ending up with a matted dog.

    10. How important are your dogs appearance?

    I like my dogs to look healthy and clean. but they do not have to be in show trim and super clean. I like my dogs to be clean and happy. So they are allowed to get dirty and grubby. And they swim every day. It is amazing how a healthy dog can get incredibly dirty and just one shake can make them clean again.

    11. Age group: Under 13, 13-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76+

    46-55
    Last edited by newfsie; 05-14-2011 at 07:19 PM.
    Pets are forever

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?

    Bath every couple or few weeks for the small grubby dog and every couple of months for the bigger dog less during winter - in fact usually not at all for the big dog

    Brush for little dog after every bath. Brush for bigger dog after a bath and if hes not bathing I brush him every now and then when I can be bothered (he is a moulter though so I should probably do it more often)

    2. How often do you take it to the groomers, and for what service?

    Never

    3. Where do you wash your dog? (eg. kitchen sink? Patio?)

    Big dog gets bath in the yard with the hose and the little dog come sin the shower with me or the kid LOL

    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?

    I dont mind bathing them at all. I dont mind brushing the small dog. However, brushing the big dog is very time comsuming and I hate it so I usually just give him a quick ten minute brush at the height of his moulting. He realistically probably needs a good hour every week. My lack of brushing explains all the hair drifts in the corners of the house LOL

    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?

    Get wet
    Shampoo
    Rinse
    Big dog left to dry outside and then brushed.
    Little dog towel dried and then brushed.

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?

    As above with the annoyances

    7. What tools/equipment is used?

    None, cept the brush and shampoo

    8. How many dogs?

    2

    9. How were you taught the grooming process?

    No need to be taught. I have been showering myself for many years so just applied the same concept LOL

    10. How important are your dogs appearance?

    Not at all, though they are both super good looking LOL. Both dogs have very shiny coats (well the small one has shiny black patches, cant see much shine on the white)

    11. Age group: Under 13, 13-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76+

    26-35

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    we're certainly going to make the grooming industry rich - not.

    But it does seem a very popular business. I know two people who do dog wash and one of them does coat and claw trim as well and some of my friends book their doggy hair cuts months in advance to get the groomer they want.

    So I guess it pays to be a groomer the dog is pleased to see, and comes back looking gorgeous not mutilated (coat wise).

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    He gets a bath once a week/two weeks, brushed every day for 10-15mins- his fur gets tangled and matted VERY easily and tangles are so hard to get out, so best avoided. Can't really slack off with his daily brushing routine, otherwise he ends up looking like a four-legged mop. Trimmed once a month.
    2. How often do you take it to the groomers, and for what service?
    Very rarely- for a styling trip.
    3. Where do you wash your dog? (eg. kitchen sink? Patio?)
    Usually in laundry sink, which is relatively big. If it's a warm day, might wash dog in bathtub whilst sitting inside.
    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    Nope, he's really well behaved, especially when he gets his fur trimmed- he usually falls asleep. Sometimes wriggles when getting nails trimmed, but nothing else apart from that.
    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    Bathing- prepare warm water in sink, find dog, place him in sink, wet his fur, lather shampoo, rinse, wash with conditioner, towel dry. Lay an old bed sheet on carpet, which he uses to dry himself. Watch him run around the house like crazy for twenty minutes.
    Brushing- Place him on his doggy mattress and brush with dog brush.
    . How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?6
    Fun, enjoyable, very very funny to watch. Great bonding experience.
    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    Um... dog shampoo/conditioner, rubber washing brush thing, dog brush, his personal drying towel and bed sheet, trimming scissors, fur de-tangler brush, trimming/styling scissors.
    8. How many dogs?
    1 Bichon Frise.
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    Internet , friends' help, mums' help, experience.
    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    Quite important- he's no show dog, but we like to keep him looking and smelling nice .
    Last edited by mel.j98; 05-20-2011 at 12:21 AM.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone!!

    Yeah, I probably should have asked everyone's dog's size and breed as well. Didn't realise all the responses would be so different.

    Anne - never heard of the furminator, sort of looks like it pulls out tangled hair? If I could design something like the attachment for a dyson vacuum, that would be awesome! Although maybe something where the user does not have to take out the vacuum cleaner, every time the dog needs a brush?

    Any other dog grooming websites you guys visit besides the Dr. Karen Becker one?

    I may post images of my design outcome later if anyone is interested?

    Thanks again!

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    Something that brushes the dead hair out and sucks it away at the same time would be fab for breeds like Huskies.
    I groom a friend of mines and you get 2 strokes of the slicker before having to remove the hair.

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    im not going to be of much help as i am a dog groomer and my 2 just come into the salon whenever i have time usually every 3 months or so. Good luck with your study!

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