I AM A DOG GROOMER IN AUSTRALIA AND BECAUSE THE SUMMER TEMPERATURE IS
AROUND 35 - 40 DEGREES CELCIUS (95-105 F), I MOSTLY USE A #4 OR #5 TO
CLIP THE DOGS' BODIES (POODLES, MALTESE ETC). I AM INTERESTED IN
HEARING FROM ANY GROOMERS IN COLD CLIMATES WHETHER YOU CLIP THE DOG'S
DIFFERENTLY DUE TO THE CLIMATE AND WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU GET A DOG WHOSE
COAT IS MATTED SOLID AND NEEDS STRIPPING OFF WHEN THE WEATHER IS COLD?
ALSO, DO YOU FIND PEOPLE RELUCTANT TO HAVE THEIR DOGS CLIPPED BECAUSE OF
THE COLD WEATHER
CLIPPING IN COLD CLIMATES
Replies To BeeJay;
I guess other than going to the North Pole, Edmonton, Alberta
Canada is one of the coldest spots (-35 degrees celcius)in the winter. We have had freezing conditions this
year. My grooming business does slow down quite a bit. In terms
of clipping differently, no there is no difference. My last customer
with a matted dog brought not one, but two parkas for her poodle.
Booties and sweaters, etc. are big business here. I hope that answers
your question. Talk to you soon.
Yes if they bring them in during the winter matted solid I shave them!
I also explain to the client that a matted dog will often stay wet (and
cold!) for days. On the other hand with a short coat he/she will dry
quickly and remain much warmer. If the dog stays outdoors for the most
part I give them advice on keeping them warm and protected during the
cold months. Many owners do not know how warm a dog will stay with a
heavy nest of hay in its dog house. You can also put a low watt light
bulb out of reach to keep them warm. Leaving a pelted coat on a dog
during the winter is not doing it any favors.
Thanks for asking, see ya!
Diane Hill CMG