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    Hello!

    I am a product design student at uni and am spending this year working on a design project targeted at dog owners. I am trying to spot a market opportunity or problems that occur with home grooming methods and design a project that would make it easier and a more enjoyable activity for consumers. I'm currently in the process of conducting the market research for the project by trying to get an insight into current dog grooming methods in Australia and would really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to answer some questions.

    When I refer to grooming, I am referring to anything and everything, from nail and hair clipping, brushing, anal gland expression, teeth and ear cleaning, with the main focus on washing and drying of dogs.

    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    2. How often do you take it to the groomers, and for what service?
    3. Where do you wash your dog? (eg. kitchen sink? Patio?)
    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?
    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    8. How many dogs?
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    11. Age group: Under 13, 13-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76+

    Any answers would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    My 2 Poodles get done every 6 weeks, bath, dry and clip.
    My Chinese Crested gets done before every dog show which can be anywhere from weekly to once a month, that is also bath, dry and clip.
    Nails are done when they get long, every 3 weeks or so.

    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?)
    Bathtub at home

    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    Clipper rash, dogs being naughty.

    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    Poodles: Brush out entire dog to remove all tangles (slicker brush and rolling tooth comb)
    Stick in bath and get wet.
    Shampoo.
    Rinse.
    Condition.
    Rinse.
    Blow dry (liberty dog dryer) while brushing at the same time.
    Clip (#10 feet, face and tail base, #5 body)

    Crested: Stick n bath and wash (medicated shampoo).
    For shows use electric shaver to remove body hair.
    Moisturize skin.

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?
    As a chore.

    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    Slicker brush
    Pin Brush
    Rolling tooth comb
    Oster A5 Clippers
    Liberty dog dryer
    #40, #10 and #5 blades
    Electric shaver

    8. How many dogs?
    3
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    My mother shows Poodles so she taught me... another poodle breeder taught her.
    Crested was all from reading online articles and e-mails from breeder.

    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    Very. With show dogs appearance plays a huge roll. For the pets, moderately important, I still like them to look nice, but they don't have to be perfect.

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


    Hope that helps.

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    Oh dear, well I have dogs that I dont groom much. I do sometimes wave a brush in the direction of my cattle dogs when they are shedding, but more often I rely on the vacuum cleaner (not on the dog). Bathing occurs only about once a year on the lawn with a hose or if they roll in something. If cold will bring out a bucket of warm water. Dry with towels.

    3 of my dogs are very shorthaired and seem to be self cleaning.

    The only one that requires a bit of occassionaly serious grooming is my big coated showbred Border collie and with her I get out the scissors and give her a good clip to reduce this need.

    I have 6 dogs and they all have nice shiny coats, dont seem to smell, look great and my attitude to grooming is one of avoidance.

    Anal glands is one for the vets - total avoidance by me on that one. Eww!

    As to age thing I hate to say it but I am in fortyish end of the 46-55 age groups. Time flies and I dont think anyone showed me how to wash a dog, if they did I cant remember.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 05-09-2011 at 11:46 PM.

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    gets a brush as required - several times a day or once a week.
    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?)
    on the lawn out the back on a sunny day or after beach
    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    Nope - so long as I use warm water. Oh wait, she likes to go dig in the dirt and lie in it after.
    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    after beach - plug in portable shower to tap at beach and hose off, then dry off with towels.
    at home - fill three buckets with warm water, bribe dog, scoop water over, shampoo up, scoop water over, let her shake and run, play towel game until dry.

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?
    it seems an unnecessary expense. though nail clipping might be nice, then again - I really need to train her to be good about that anyway rather than foist her unwilling on a stranger
    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    buckets, scoops, shampoo? nail file. dremmel?
    8. How many dogs?
    one
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    erm. my mum showed me?
    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    not at all. Don't like stinky dog tho.
    11. Age group: Under 13, 13-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76+
    Dog is 2.5 yo.

    PS what kalacreek said. I have a dog with a short coat that dirt seems fall off. She can be mud pie one minute and totally clean the next with no effort on my part.

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    Quick brush once a week. Bath once a month unless he's stinky.
    2. How often do you take it to the groomers, and for what service?
    Never. I do it all myself
    3. Where do you wash your dog? (eg. kitchen sink? Patio?)
    Bathtub
    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    Nope, He's a perfect angel, oh, maybe when he shakes while I'm rinsing him off?
    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    Connect tap shower thing, get water to the right temperature, call dog, lift dog into bathtub, wet down, shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse, partial towel dry, lift out of bathtub, complete towel dry (when it's cold use hair dryer instead of towels), laugh as dog races around like loony.
    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?
    It's fun, quick, simple and a good bonding exercise - My dog likes to be brushed and made a fuss of.
    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    Bristle Brush, furminator (once a month), shower hose attachment for tap, pedipaws thingy when his nails get long
    8. How many dogs?
    1
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    Just did it myself
    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    As long as he's clean I'm happy
    11. Age group: Under 13, 13-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66-75, 76+
    26-35

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    1. How often do you groom your dog and to what extent?
    Bathing is done every 2 weeks. Ear cleaning weekly, teeth cleaning is done via a bone a couple of times a week. I don't need to do much with their claws, sometimes i help by peeling a claw thats hanging off etc.
    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?)
    Bath
    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?
    My dog weighs 40kgs and occasionally gets 'bored' of the process and tries to climb out. That's both annoying and difficult to hold him in place.
    5. What are the tasks you go through to wash and groom your dog?
    Bath every 2 weeks use a rubber brush in the bath to remove dead hair. That's the bulldog. The malamute is still a pup so his coat doesn't shed like it will fully grown. He gets a run over with a brush once a week along with the bath ritual.
    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?
    It is SO important. It creates an opportunity for my dogs to feel safe and secure with being touched and poked at all over incase a vet trip is ever needed. I get to bond with them and the bulldog who is afraid of the water learns to trust me. Not to mention keeping my house that little bit cleaner.
    7. What tools/equipment is used?
    Shampoo, rubber comb / brush. Grooming brush and some damp kitchen roll to clean ears.
    8. How many dogs?
    2 dogs.
    9. How were you taught the grooming process?
    I've owned dogs all my life, from ones that needed daily grooming to the ones i have at the moment. It's something i've grown up with.
    10. How important are your dogs appearance?
    It's important to me that my dogs look healthy and well cared for and a year ago i would have said i hate my dogs looking dirty but i have a white bulldog who loves rolling in the dirt. I've somewhat given up on keeping him looking 'white' all the time.
    11. Age group: 26-35

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

    Bath time is when needed, usually once a month if that.

    Nails trimmed when needed, which is not often at all. Maybe every 4-5 months ( they maintain themselves, as she is an active outdoorsy dog)

    Floppy ears are cleaned weekly

    She rarely need to be brushed, as she has such a short slick coat.

    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?)

    In the bathtub. I usually get into shorts and a crop top so I can basically get in there with her lol (it puts her at ease if I'm participating too)

    After the beach we usually just take her under the beach showers with us.

    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?

    She gets a bit unimpressed about having a bath, but she's getting a lot better with yummy treats.

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

    1. Run the bath.
    2.Try to bribe Cleo with treats to come into the bathroom
    3. Cleo slowly slumps down on floor until she's laying on her back doing the classic puppy dog eyes
    4. Push her along polished for boards while she uses nonreactive resistant (continues laying on her back staring at me) into bathroom
    5. Step into bathtub and try bribing her with treats to get in by herself (almost there)
    6. Step out of bath, pick Cleo up, step back in bath and put her in the water.
    7. Feel guilty about Cleo's look of utter betrayal
    8. Wet her down
    9. Lather up
    11. Try to keep her in the tub
    12. Rinse Cleo off
    13. Rinse myself off
    14. Empty water
    15. Dry with towels
    16. Make sure ears are wiped clean

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?

    It's always interesting. A bit of a task, but I do actually enjoy it.

    7. What tools/equipment is used?

    Bathtub, hands, towels, and cotton buds to get between the grooves in her ears

    8. How many dogs?

    2 (the pup is a lot easier but requires more frequent grooming)

    9. How were you taught the grooming process?

    Pretty much just common sense

    10. How important are your dogs appearance?

    Well, my dogs are just naturally gorgeous
    I think their appearance has a lot to do with how healthy they are internally as well.

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

    20

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

    Every week on average until very recently when I employed a mobile dog washer to do it... they can only fit them in every 4 -6 weeks or so plus I don't think they agree with how often I want them washed.

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

    At the moment, every 4 weeks but I hope to have a new groomer on baord who will do them every 2nd or 3rd week.

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

    Laundry tub. The bath is too low and hurts my back.

    4. Any annoyances or difficulties?

    The time it takes and the hair that sticks to me and is everywhere when it is all said an done.

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

    Shampoo
    Towel dry (in winter I blow dry more often than not)
    Brush to remove excess hair

    6. How would you describe your feelings towards grooming?

    A chore I would rather pay someone to do (and this is proving harder than expected!)


    7. What tools/equipment is used?

    My laundry tub
    Shampoo
    Several towels
    My hair dryer if neccessary
    A furminator brush

    8. How many dogs?

    3

    9. How were you taught the grooming process?

    I can't recall being taught??


    10. How important are your dogs appearance?


    Appearance doesn't worry me... smelly dogs, dirt and dog hair do and these are VERY important to me to not have, hence why I am ahppy to pay outrageous amounts to ensure they are not dirty, smelly or dropping bucketloads of hair everywhere.

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

    36-45
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Anne... washing your dogs that frequently is very good for them at all, the groomer is right and they know their stuff. It strips their coats of natural oils. I hope you are at least using a conditioner as well as shampoo... maybe if you want them cleaned that often, find something to substitute shampoo, or just use water?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollen View Post
    Anne... washing your dogs that frequently is very good for them at all, the groomer is right and they know their stuff. It strips their coats of natural oils. I hope you are at least using a conditioner as well as shampoo... maybe if you want them cleaned that often, find something to substitute shampoo, or just use water?

    I think Anne knows her dogs very well. If I remember correctly either someone in her house has allergies or the dogs need to be treated for contact allergies? Can't recall which, but Anne is doing the right thing for her dogs.

    ETA: She's also been involved with Pugs for a very long time. She knows her stuff.

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