Bitwixt & Between

13 May 2013

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‘Prevention is better than cure’

The job of grooming for that all important event really starts before and between shows. Preparation, preparation and preparation are the 3 keys to successful coats. No point running around at the last minute in damage mode! Prevention is better than cure. Using the right products to protect and moisturise the coat is the key.

Some breeds get dry and scratchy towards the time to shed or “blow” coat and others which have coats for life, need extra assistance just to keep it there and keep it looking great.

Some people wrap their dog’s coat and other breed owner’s condition and moisturise throughout the week without wrapping. Speak to your breeder/expert or email us if uncertain what to do with your particular breed. Nonetheless all of this is in the goal of keeping the moisture in the coat and stopping dehydration, burning, brittleness and fading colour.

Sun is the enemy. It will leach moisture and fade coat. Red coats pale to orange, blacks turn reddish brown and toplines will frazzle with flipped ends. Coat hydration is key whether it’s from summer heat or winters artificial heat.

Moisture is essential. On a clean coat, and for those who use hairspray’s and stuff and like to bath after the show this is normal routine anyway, slather on masses of moisturiser. Some breeds need more intensity than others but a good safe and effective one is Plush Puppy Reviva Coat. You can never use too much of this. A nice, easy to apply, moisturiser in mousse form; apply it liberally every day.

For those who like to oil, then Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil is a fine natural oil - apply and leave in the coat all week. This is good for fine coats (apply sparingly), corded coats and thick coarse coats. Still use Reviva Coat too. If you like to leave conditioner in the coat all week, then mix a watered down version of 1 part Plush Puppy Silk Protein Conditioner to 3 parts Water and work through the coat with a squeeze bottle. Apply Plush Puppy Reviva Coat to the topline area each day.

Plush Puppy Reviva Coat is excellent for Terriers. The first thing you want is to keep the moisture in the coat but the last thing you want is to soften the coat. Plush Puppy Reviva Coat will not alter the texture of the coat - conditioner will.

We suggest a mix of Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil and Plush Puppy Coat Rescue together for a hydration treatment/mask and leave in all week. Mix 1 tablespoon of Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil and 2 tablespoons of Plush Puppy Coat Rescue to 4 litres of warm water. Mix thoroughly and saturate the dog and leave in. That’s a great recipe for certain coats. Plush Puppy Coat Rescue is an intensive treatment that has naturally sourced additives to help rebuild and strengthen the coat follicle and won’t soften the texture. You can also use this as a quick treatment pack for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Great for boys that love to pee on their feathering; also try using 1 tablespoon of Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil into the warm bath water for a final rinse. This is great for many breeds to have deep hydration to the coat and skin. Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil can be applied directly to dog’s elbows and hocks to prevent those dry areas.

Lastly don’t let your dog’s trailing coat become a compost heap. Wrap it or cover it with a cut down children’s T-shirt tied in a couple of knots under the belly. Slip this on each time the dog goes outdoors. Terrific in autumn!

Once you have maintained a good degree of moisture in the coat then it’s a simple matter of maintenance and judging the stage of the coat to choose the particular shampoo needed at the time and always, absolutely always, apply Plush Puppy Reviva Coat every single day. Life will be a breeze and dog shows a simple routine. Champions need to be in training and conditioning all the time and so does your Champion Dog.

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