By: Shannon Tupes, Andis Global Educator
The spring rush is upon us, and we are not only seeing our regular clients, but also those dogs that have not been in the salon in quite some time. This is the time of year where undercoats are packed tight and mats and tangles are more abundant. Owners want their pets to get a spring refresh in time for the warmer months to come. In addition to Andis clippers, these grooming tools will effectively and efficiently help you get through this busy time of year. A few of my Andis ’go-to‘ tools are the Fine-tooth Deshedding Rake, Demattting Tool, Flea Comb, Slicker Brush, and 10” Stainless-steel Comb.
Shedding is a natural process that cannot be stopped, but a deshedding treatment will help to accelerate the shedding process in order to help the skin breathe and will reduce the amount of hair that falls out naturally. The Andis Fine-tooth Deshedding Rake is a great choice to help remove excessive coat when doing a deshed treatment. This rake works excellent with clipped terriers and clip and strips. When used properly, it helps to maintain the integrity of the color and texture of the coat.
With an abundance of desheds coming into the salon in the spring, more dogs come in with matted coats as well. This is due to the fact that coats become more dense in the winter months to help provide warmth. The denser the coat, the more likely it will mat. The Andis Dematting Tool breaks up mats and tangles, making it much more manageable to get through the coat. It is so important to break up those mats, because if you leave them in the coat, they will make it more difficult for the skin to breathe, which will increase the likelihood of the dog developing skin issues. After using the Dematting Tool, I always go back in with the Andis slicker brush and a 10” stainless-steel comb. I use this slicker brush and comb on every dog that is on my table. It separates and divides the coat in order to properly prep it for grooming.
During this spring rush, don’t forget to keep a few Andis Flea Combs handy. They easily remove dirt, debris and pests that find their way into the coat. They are also a great way to remove any excessive eye discharge when the dog is lathered up and soaking in the tub. You can also put a dab of your favorite shampoo on the flea comb and gently comb the corners of the eye. It is a great way to make sure that every pet that leaves the salon is exceptionally clean.
Cleaned and Ready to Clip
You will know that the coat is properly cleaned and prepped when a comb can easily glide throughout the entire coat. At that point, it’s time to grab your favorite Andis corded or cordless clipper and let your passion and creativity help you to create your way. Happy grooming!