Retired Professional All Breed Pet Stylist. N.D.G.A.A. Certified
It’s spring and that means it’s time to address your dog’s shedding problem. Brushing alone will never stop the endless shedding as you already know. There’s 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 sort 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 that loose undercoat.
Pet salon groomers usually use larger force dryers than what I’m suggesting here, but I highly recommend Air Force Commander 2-Speed for home use. It’s what I use and I’m completely satisfied with it’s performance.
How to Use A Force Dryer / The Technique
The garage or back yard would be the best place for blowing out undercoat. Use a shop vac & broom for clean-up.
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: 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 of course leads 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. Hold the nozzle close to the skin in a short back and forth motion. Most thick coated breeds will make a HUGE mess and hair will be everywhere, including on you.
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, brush the head area later by hand.
Step 4: Using a small, medium or large Slicker Brush, give your dog a good brushing. The force dryer has removed about 85% of the loose undercoat, the rest of the job is easy. The slicker is the only brush you’ll need, no need to spend a lot on fancy brushes, it’s a groomers choice in virtually every hairy 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 around $200, 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, allow enough time for the grooming process, and remember… there are no shortcuts. Good Luck!