By Shannon Tupes, Andis Global Educator
The busy spring grooming season is just around the corner! Now is the time to start gearing up to get ready for this busy time. The influx of spring shave downs won’t get you down if you are prepared for it. A good action plan consists of stocking up on the right tools, equipment and products to efficiently and effectively assist in handling the increased workload from de-sheds and matted dogs in addition to your regular clients this time of year.
A few of my ‘must-haves’ include a heavy-duty cordless clipper like the Andis Pulse ZR II, spring-loaded metal attachment combs, a large slicker brush, 10” steel comb, regular and fine-tooth rakes, a flea comb and several new blades – including an Andis UltraEdge or CeramicEdge #30 to use with the attachment combs. I also stock up on a variety of skin and coat care products so the salon is prepared for the spring rush.
Spring shave downs usually come with quite a bit of matting. It is important to check areas such as the armpits, behind the ears and the rear for more heavy matting. The coat must be able to separate and divide in order to allow the skin to breathe. That is necessary in order for the pet to maintain its body temperature and help prevent an array of skin conditions such as hot spots. The Andis large slicker brush and the 10” steel comb are the first tools I use on the majority of the dogs in the salon to help separate and divide the coat. Pay close attention to nails on those dogs that have not been into the salon all winter, and use an Andis nail clipper or Cordless Nail Grinder to get them under control.
As the warmer months quickly approach, we will also see those pesky fleas and ticks, so make sure you have the rights products and tools on hand like the Andis flea comb. You can also help clients prepare ahead of time by developing a checklist they can use and educating them on the best ways to handle flea and tick season.
With the influx of spring shave downs and grooms soon to come into the salon, this is a great time to start getting your clients on a regular schedule and create a well-thought-out action plan to consistently rebook clients out several months in advance. It’s imperative to get them on a consistent schedule in order to be able to provide the best possible care for their pet.
Visit andis.com for all your spring grooming tool needs!