Step by Step Tutorial on Deshedding your Dog

DIY Like a Professional with a Small One-Time Investment for the Proper Tools
by amy elizabeth
Retired Professional All Breed Pet Stylist. N.D.G.A.A. Certified
Brushing alone will never stop the endless shedding as you already know. There is a better way, and if you’re willing to make a small investment, be willing to get dirty, and do the clean up, then you will be absolutely amazed at the results.
It is imperative that you follow my directions, there are absolutely no acceptable shortcuts or substitutes in the de-shed process. NONE.
This grooming technique is GREAT for thick, heavy undercoated breeds like the Husky, Samoyed, Collie, Shepherd, Chow, etc. But is also used on short haired breeds, small or large who have an undercoat.
Meet the Force Dryer
Groomers do not spend hours upon hours brushing out dogs, they blow out the undercoat using a force dryer. This is a high powered blower that not only dries the dog, but at the same time breaks up those clumps of matted hair and blows out all the loose undercoat.
Pet salon groomers usually use a large heavy duty force dryer, but the dryer I’m suggesting for you is more than suitable for home use. I highly recommend the B-Air Bear Power 1  High Velocity Dryer. It’s  what I use and I’m completely satisfied with its performance.
Features of the B-Air Bear Power 1
Super Easy to Use • Insulated for quiet operation • Four interchangeable nozzles • 2 speeds for gentle or powerful drying • Powerful airflow. And it comes it different colors too!
How to Use A Force Dryer / The Technique
Step 1: Wash your dog with shampoo especially made for dogs, no need to brush first. Use lots of soap and make sure you scrub him clean all the way down the skin.  Don’t skimp on the shampoo, then rinse well.
Step 2: Apply Creme Rinse or Conditioner for dogs. This is what releases the undercoat in the end process, so use a lot. Work it through the entire coat all the way down to the skin. Rinse.
Note: Rinse, rinse, rinse, until every bit of product is gone to avoid skin irritations, which can lead to unwanted itching and scratching.
Step 3: This is where the fun begins… and the mess starts. Secure your dog and get comfortable, because for the next 1/2 hour or longer until dry, you will use this dryer on full power to blow out all the undercoat. Wear goggles &  a mask when blowing out your dog. Most thick coated breeds will make a HUGE mess and hair will be everywhere, including on you.
The garage would probably be the best place for blowing out undercoat. Use a shop vac for clean-up. Hold the nozzle close to the skin in a short back and forth motion.Important: Don’t quit if the dog is even the slightest bit damp, the undercoat doesn’t usually let go until almost dry. Stay away from your pet’s eyes and ears, you can brush the head area later by hand.
Tip: Considering the undercoat of dogs releases when almost dry, you can relax a bit until your dog is damp to the touch, then blow dry.  Hold nozzle close to the skin and get ready for a fur storm! Do this in a garage, or outside, it’s going to be messy!
Step 4: Using a Universal Slicker Brush, give your dog a good brushing. The force dryer has removed 90% of the loose undercoat, the rest of the job is easy. The slicker brush is the only brush you’ll need, no need to spend a lot on fancy brushes, this brush is a groomer’s choice in virtually every grooming situation.
Cost Effective Solution to Expensive Pet Salons
A large dog such as a Chow, Husky, Shepherd, or Collie is probably costing you around $75+ three or four times a year for a bath and brush-out at a pet salon. A one time minimal investment of just around $100 or so, you’ll be able to address your dog’s shedding problem right at home. If you have multiple dogs… it’s definitely a smart buy.
You’re Ready to Begin!
Relax, be in control of your dog, use a leash to keep your pet close to you and allow enough time for the grooming process, and remember… there are no shortcuts.  Good Luck!
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