For several reasons, the grooming business takes a nosedive during the winter. The number one reason (in my opinion) is the reluctance of most dog owners to get their dog's hair shaved off during the cold weather.
Unfortunately for us, not only does this mean a drop in business, but come Spring, we are overrun by overgrown dogs.
During the Spring and Summer months, most of our clients like the "Summer Cut"...basically, a very low haircut on the body and legs of their dogs. For this cut, we use a #7 blade to give a low and even length on the body and legs. We then trim and style the head, beard and tail. This is a great maintenance cut, and relieves our clients of any brushing or combing responsibility.
The downside? As their dog's hair starts to grow out during the winter, they are not in the habit of regularly brushing out the coat. For some breeds, especially those with an undercoat, this results in matted hair, especially on the legs, feet and around the neck. If it's not too severe, we can de-mat the hair and save the coat; if it's gone too long, all we can do is shave off the coat.
However, with regular and correct brushing during the winter months, we do not need to shave down the dog. If we can pull a metal comb through the dog's hair, we can trim the the hair instead of shave it off. Trimming can be as minimal as rounding the feet and straightening out the skirt, or can involve taking an inch off the overall length of the coat.
Along with the hair trim, comes a bath, nail trim, and ear cleaning. Do this a few times during the winter months, and once Spring arrives, your dog will be great shape for the Summer Cuts.
My next blog will go into more detail on how to maintain your dog's coat during the winter months. The season really takes a toll on your dog's hair. Dirty, wet snow and rock salt and sand can be nightmares for you and your dog. However, with some vigilance and regular maintenance, your dog's coat does not need to suffer.
If I don't publish this next blog before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone Peace and Prosperity Always.