When you mention dog grooming, many pet owners immediately picture frequent trips to a grooming salon. And of course this might be part of it, especially if you have a long-haired dog, but there are many other tasks that come under the heading of dog grooming.
It is the between-salon grooming that can make a huge difference to your pet’s health, not to mention making it easier for you to share your home with your dog. This is the area that many dog owners overlook or find too difficult to manage given limited amounts of free time.
So in this article, I am bringing to your attention an excellent guide on grooming different breeds. I should point out that this book is especially valuable for professional groomers. Its attention to detail is second to none. But if you are a dog owner with a number of different breeds, or a difficult-to-groom breed, you will also love this book.
The All-Breed Dog Grooming Guide
Author: Sam Kohl
What I Like About this Book
I think it is refreshing to read a book by someone who can really identify with dog owners and the issues faced by us all.
Here is a book written by an author who has immense experience as a groomer as well as a long career educating others in the finer art of grooming dogs.
This is THE book to keep right beside you as you tackle the task of grooming a different breed or the clipping of a difficult-to-manage breed.
In fact some groomers have referred to this guide as much more than just a book but in fact more like a comprehensive dog grooming course.
Sam Khol is well-recognized world wide for his work when he was the director of the New York School of Dog Grooming. As such he is credited with having trained thousands of grooming students.
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Format of the All Breed Dog Grooming Guide
This book can really help the DIY at-home dog groomer as well as professional groomers looking to get started with their trade or looking to enhance their existing knowledge.
The guide is divided into 2 sections:
- The Grooming Process
All the steps and tasks required for a complete grooming program such as
bathing, nail clipping, taking care of ears and eyes etc.
- The AKC Dog Breeds
This section covers more than 190 different breeds.
The book covers most aspects that a professional should attend to: safety, keeping dogs calm, the right grooming equipment, etc., all supplemented by photos for illustration.
It covers clipping of course along with scissoring. Some customers have mentioned that they would have liked more coverage of show grooming but all the other aspects of professional grooming are covered in great detail.
I haven’t listed all the topics or sections covered in the book but this gives you an idea of the comprehensive information included.
We own a Maltese Shih Tzu and I can definitely attest to the fact that other family members are much more inclined to play with him when he is clean & fluffy rather than dirty and matted. I know that when our little dog started having skin problems I tried many grooming salons until I stumbled upon the one that best suited his needs. I could definitely have used the advice in this book back then.
Using the Right Tools for Grooming
I know that my husband and I spent countless hours trying to clip our Maltese Shih Tzu when he was just a young pup. At first he (the pup) would be agitated and fidgety; by the time we had finished he would normally be dropping off to sleep, totally bored with the whole episode while we ended up being completely covered in dog hair. Needless to say we didn’t, at that time, attempt the cute Maltese Teddy Bear cut.
Our problem? Using the wrong tools. Having the right clippers, as indicated in the grooming guide, is essential:
~ DGCO ~