by amy elizabeth,
Retired Professional Certified Pet Stylist
Well here it is, the answer to how the groomer de-sheds thick coated hairy dogs. Brushing your dog will never stop the endless shedding as you already know. There is a better way, and if you’re willing to make a small investment, be willing to get dirty, and do the clean up, then you will be absolutely amazed at the results.
It is imperative that you follow my directions, there are absolutely no acceptable shortcuts or substitutes in the de-shed process. NONE.
This grooming technique is for thick, heavy undercoated breeds like the Husky, Samoyed, Collie, Shepherd, Chow, etc. But is also used on sort haired breeds like the Lab, who also can shed like crazy.
Meet the Force Dryer
Groomers do not spend hours upon hours brushing out dogs, they blow out the undercoat using a force dryer. This is a high powered blower that not only dries the dog but at the same time breaks up those clumps of matted hair and blows out all that loose undercoat.
You can get the K-9 11 force dryer HERE
How to Use Use It
• Step 1
Wash your dog with shampoo especially made for dogs, no need to brush first. Use lots of soap and make sure you scrub him clean all the way down the skin. Don’t skimp on the shampoo, make sure you buy enough. Rinse.
• Step 2
Creme Rinse or Conditioner for dogs. This is what releases the undercoat in the end process so use a lot.Work it through the entire coat all the way down to the skin. Rinse.
Note: Rinse, rinse, rinse, until every bit of product is gone to avoid skin irritations.
• Step 3
This is where the fun begins… and the mess starts. Secure your dog and get comfortable, because for the next 1/2 hour or longer until dry, you will use this dryer on full power to blow out all the undercoat. Hold the nozzle close to the skin in a short back and forth motion. Important: Don’t quit if the dog is even the slightest bit damp, the undercoat doesn’t let go sometimes until it’s dry.Stay away from your pet’s eyes and ears, you can brush the head area later by hand.
• Step 4
Using a Slicker brush, give your dog a good brushing. The force dryer has removed 90% of the loose undercoat, the rest of the job is easy.
Wear goggles & a mask when blowing out your dog. Most thick coated breeds will make a HUGE mess, hair will be everywhere, including on you. The garage would probably be the best place for blowing out undercoat. Use a shop vac for clean-up.
A large dog such as a Chow, Husky, Shepherd, or Collie is probably costing you around $70 three or four times a year for a bath and brush-out at a pet salon. A one time investment of under $400 will indeed allow you to maintain grooming at home. If you have multiple dogs… it’s definitely a smart buy.