The Simple Guide to Grooming Your Dog

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Today's dog owners want to actively contribute to their dogs' health and appearance by learning how to groom their dog, and the dog grooming profession is on the rise and growing every year. Co-written by a professional groomer, this book offers practical advice and step-by-step instructions so any owner can master techniques from the basic brushing to clipping patterns and hand-stripping.
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Overview

Today's dog owners want to actively contribute to their dogs' health and appearance by learning how to groom their dog, and the dog grooming profession is on the rise and growing every year. Co-written by a professional groomer, this book offers practical advice and step-by-step instructions so any owner can master techniques from the basic brushing to clipping patterns and hand-stripping.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793821150
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Importance of Good Grooming 9
Chapter 1 Good Grooming = Good Health 11
Anatomy vis-a-vis Grooming 13
Grooming for Overall Health 16
Your Ally, the Vet 21
Chapter 2 Different Coats for Different Folks 23
The Smooth Coat 24
The Medium Coat 26
The Long Coat 27
The Wirehaired/Broken Coat 29
The Curly or Wavy Coat 30
Defining Your Grooming Goals 32
Part 2 Ready, Set, Groom! 35
Chapter 3 Getting Started 37
Design Your Plan 38
Setting Up Your Grooming Station 42
The Grooming Journal 50
Chapter 4 The Pre-Bath Brush Out 53
Ready Your Tools 54
Brushing Procedures 57
Brushed and Ready 61
Chapter 5 The Bath 63
Bath Inventory 64
Choosing a Shampoo 65
Size Matters 65
Step-by-Step Bathing Guide 67
Chapter 6 The Doggy Manicure 73
Start Early, Trim Often 73
The Doggy Manicure, Step by Step 75
Chapter 7 Eyes, Ears, Teeth, and Rears 79
The Eyes Have It 80
Ear Ye, Ear Ye 83
Pearly Whites 84
The Notorious Anal Glands 88
Just the Beginning 88
Part 3 Coat-Specific Grooming Guide 89
Chapter 8 Grooming the Smooth and Medium Coat 91
Grooming the Smooth Coat 92
Grooming the Medium Coat 95
Chapter 9 Grooming the Long Coat 99
Long Hair, Parted Coat 100
Grooming the Long-Haired Small Breeds 105
Breed-Specific Notes 108
Grooming the Long-Haired Large Breeds 110
The Long-Coated Sporting Breeds 113
Chapter 10 Grooming the Wire Coat 117
Wirehaired Grooming Terminology and Techniques 119
Grooming the Wire Coat 123
No-Terrier Zone 129
Chapter 11 Grooming the Curly or Wavy Coat 133
Curls, Cords, Waves, and Marcels 135
The Water Breeds 136
The Herding Breeds 139
Curly Terriers 140
Curly Companions 141
Part 4 Grooming for Special Needs 149
Chapter 12 Grooming a Puppy 151
Socialize Your Puppy to Grooming 152
Bonding Time 157
The "Pretend" Vet Exam, Step by Step 158
Addressing Setbacks 159
Preparing for the Coat's Big Blow 160
Chapter 13 Parasite Prevention and Treatment 161
Grooming = Pest Control 163
Prevent Infestations Now 165
The Price of Pests 167
Chapter 14 Sensitive Skin Care 169
Sensitive Skin: Who Has It? 170
Special Concerns for Sensitive Skin Grooming 172
Natural Products for Gentle Skin Care 176
Chapter 15 Down to the Mat 177
The Mechanics of a Mat 178
Tools for Better Mat Removal 179
How to Remove a Mat, Step by Step 180
Part 5 Getting Started in Professional Grooming 183
Chapter 16 Is Professional Grooming for You? 185
Chapter 17 How to Get Training 193
Grooming School 194
Networking 198
Be a Self-starter 199
Chapter 18 How to Set Up Your Business 201
Writing a Business Plan 202
Planning Your Space 205
Don't Forget the IRS 206
Growing Your Business 206
Chapter 19 Safety and Liability Issues 209
Put it in Writing 210
Safety First 211
Your Liability 213
Photo Gallery 215
Smooth-Coated Breeds 215
Medium-Coated Breeds 222
Long-Coated Breeds 228
Wirehaired/Broken-Coated Breeds 233
Curly-Coated Breeds 238
Glossary 241
Resources 247
Index 249
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