General Grooming Articles

Maintaining a Harsh Coat
Posted on 13 May 2013

Much is said about conditioning and softening dry coats but there is not a lot of info on what to do with those breeds that need to have a harsh texture to their coat. Typical of this are most of the Terriers which are required to have a wiry harsh outer coat. Labradors are required to have a fairly hard feeling to the coat as are Wire Haired Dachshunds and German Wirehaired Pointers etc. There are a number of breeds that call for that harsher feel to the coat.

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Nothing Worse than an Itch
Posted on 13 May 2013

If there is any one thing that frustrates a dog owner more than anything, it is that wretched persistant scratching and itching of their dog. This manifests itself in all sorts of unpleasant situations from merely white scurfy residue, to nasty, weeping red raw skin. The frustration is enormous. I am not a skin specialist nor am I a vet but I am a hairdresser and I have seen this kind of thing for over 30 years and I do work with a fanatastic chemist for all our preparations.

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Oil on Troubled Waters
Posted on 13 May 2013

I often speak of tradition being the way we mostly learn to groom our dogs, having the techniques passed down from the breeder we purchased from originally and bits & pieces learned along the way from well meaning friends and other success stories. No matter how long we have been showing dogs, it always amazes me as to just how much there can still be to learn. I have been in hair so to speak, for 35 years and yet I love to learn new stuff. Perhaps it's because I am in a fashion industry I am open to suggestion and understand that new things happen each year and the old stuff is often passe.

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Pump up the Volume - Coat-Wise that is!
Posted on 30 Oct 2016

If your dogs are like most, they seem to know just when a really important show is coming up and decide to blow coat and it comes out in handfuls!

So then you are faced with your previously glamorous Sheltie, your once magnificent Malamute or your severely ‘out of coat’ Samoyed. You've got the picture. Lots of breeds blow coat and it seems to take forever to get them back to show bloom despite every coat growing product known to man. What to do?

Well don’t wait for nature to take its course and instead resort to human intervention. There are ways and means to get that ‘out of coat look’ excuse for a coat to look fairly passable. Firstly, get rid of the old coat as quickly as possible. Strip it, wash it, blow it out - whatever! The best and easiest way is whilst you still have shampoo on the dog to brush and comb it. The extra drag caused will help loosen the coat and help get it out quicker. The same can be done with conditioner.


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Smooth coat no white
Posted on 13 May 2013

The best shampoo for you dog is Plush Puppy Natural All Purpose with Henna. This gives you that great shine with the added henna. This is the shampoo to use when shine is required, and you want your dog still looking freshly washed after a few laps around the show ring. I would recommend that you use it 1 part shampoo to 5 parts water for maximum results.

For those dogs with skin problems or hypoallergenic use Plush Puppy Sensitive Skin. This is a wonderful product filled with Lichen, Alpine Herbs and Arnica. Use initially at a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part shampoo till skin feels better then use at greater dilutions up to 10:1.

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Tailor Made to Suit
Posted on 13 May 2013

There are so many variables in dog coats that to find the perfect product for that individual is sometimes a lengthy and expensive process.

Many people tell me that in their breed they can have even in their own lines, many variations in the coats. Some coats are just right, some are a touch silky and some are a touch coarse. The product that suits one coat may just as certainly not suit the littermate. So, how does one find something to suit everyone? Simple - just adjust it to fit.

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Tangle Free
Posted on 16 Aug 2018

Understand that the blow dryer has to blow in the direction that the coat grows - in other words, away from the skin so the dryer has to be pointed away from the skin towards the end tips of the coat. It’s the same with people hair. Blow it in the correct direction and no more fuzz and tangle.

You can use a stationary dryer on a stand or as I do with a hose and nozzle style dryer. You can adjust the speeds and heat for the coat that you are drying but once adept can usually manage most things with a strong blasting cool dryer. The quicker I get my dogs coats dry the better. I have run out of patience as I have got older. I like to do things that are quick and no wasted time.

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The Art of Trimming
Posted on 15 May 2013

Owning a breed such as the Siberian which never is to be trimmed except for the feet and perhaps whiskers I had not delved into the intricacies of trimming or shaping a dog until required to assist others with breeds that necessitate such arts.

Now, as a hairdresser with over 30 years experience, this was relatively easy to accomplish. Just show me the picture and I will do it for you. That’s what thousands of clients have requested over the years and it is second nature. As long as you have the vital techniques then all can be achieved.

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The Plush Puppy Label
Posted on 15 May 2013

Deciding just which breeds of dogs would feature on the Plush Puppy labels was probably the most dificult decision facing us when putting the range of Plush Puppy together. Of course as breeders of Siberians, a Siberian just had to be there and of course my sister has Pugs so one of those had to go on - but did it really matter?

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The Roughy Toughy Coated Terriers
Posted on 16 May 2013

Just what to do with those Terriers that are required to have a wiry harsh outercoat and a softer undercoat when it comes to ring preparation and presentation? A good many of the Terriers such as the Airedale, Aussie, Border, Cairn, Wire Foxie, Irish, Lakeland, Norfolk, Norwich, Scottie, Sealyham, Welsh and Westie standards require the outercoat to be hard or wiry and some even state to be presented in a natural way.

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