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The Hair of the Dog that Bit You

Just for Fun:



The Hair of the Dog that Bit You – Have you heard this saying  before?  What does this mean?  Where did it come from?  You usually hear this in reference to curing a hangover.  Well, from my research, it seems that it comes from the philosophy that like cures like.  The best cure for something that makes you sick is to have some more of it.  So if you have a hangover form drinking too much, you should drink more of what you drank.  Note:  Do not try this. In ancient times, it was believed that you should put hair from the dog that bit you on the wound to help heal it.  Some explanations said that it was specifically a rabid dog.  Note:  If you are bitten, do not try this either.

As a dog groomer, I like to hear jokes about dogs and hair of course.  Here’s two that gave me an agreeing nod and a chuckle:

  • Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren’t like this. A dog’s idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish.” — James Gorman
  • You know your a groomer when: You see a good looking guy walking a dog in the park and you are checking out the dog’s haircut.


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Grooming 101 – Part 2 Tools of the Trade

Ok so your ready to take the plunge and start brushing your dog at home.  Great!  Now lets make sure you have the proper tools to do so.

Hair Type – Smooth Coated or Short Coated

Breeds – Pointer, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Basenji, Greyhound, Boxer, Doberman, Great Dane, Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Dalmatian, French Bull Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Coonhound, Foxhound, Bullmastiff, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Pug, Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois, Smooth Fox Terrier


The Furminator – de-shedding tool to remove loose hair (comes in small, medium, or large)

Curry/Rubber Brush – use to remove dead hair, massage skin

Hair Type – Combination Coated, Double Coated, or Heavy Coated

Breed – Brittany, Flat Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever American Water Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collie, Kuvasz, Borzoi, Tibetan Spaniel, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian SHepherd, Siberian Husky, Norwegian Elkhound, German Shepherd, Smooth Coated Collie, Cardigan Welsh & Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Finnish Spitz, Shiba Inu, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Rough Coated Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, American Eskimo, Chow Chow, Keeshond, Pomeranian


The V Rake – removes mats, removes undercoat on thick coats

Heavy Duty Rake – breaks up mats and tangles, pulls out undercoat while protecting the outer coat ( comes in different sizes)

Hair Type – Silky Coated, Natural Log Hair, or Curly or Wavy Coated

Breed – Cocker Spaniel, Afghan Hound, Bearded Collie, Briard, Old English Sheepdog, Skye Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier, Havanese, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Bedlington, Portuguese Water Dog, Bichon Frise, Poodle, Bouvier des Flandres


Slicker Brush – remove mats, debri and loose hair

Flexible Slicker Brush – flexible handle for less stress on hand and wrists

Greyhound Comb – fluffing, detangling, & removing dead hair; great to use to “check” for mats & tangles after brushing-if the comb does not glide through easily go over with brush again

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Grooming 101- Home Coat Care Part 1

Common questions of dog owners are How often should I get my dog groomed?  Why does my dog have to be clipped short?  What can I do at home in between professional grooming? These are all great questions!

All dogs shed!  Surprised?  Did I hear Scooby Doo say “Huh”? Smile.  Let me explain.  Shedding is a process by which your dog’s coat releases hair and allows for a new healthy coat to grow.  Dogs like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Collies and Beagles are high shedding dogs.  I’m sure you  may find small piles of hair in your house or on your clothes after petting your dog.  Dogs like Poodles, Maltese, and Cocker Spaniels shed as well.  However, the hair that is released stays in the coat and has to be brushed out.  Your dog’s coat can form tangles and mats.  Mats are formed from dirt and friction. Regular combing and brushing will prevent mats from forming.  Mats pull on the dogs skin and can cause skin problems.  Removing mats can be a very painful process.  The best and most humane thing to do is to clip the coat short.  Don’t worry-It will grow back!

Most dogs should be groomed every 4-6 weeks to maintain a healthy, matt free coat.  That works out to be 8-12 times a year.   To maintain the coat between professional grooming, you should brush your dog at least 3 times a week.  The most common mistake is to just brush the top layer of the coat.  Make sure to get to all the layers of the hair down to the skin.  If you and your dog are new to this start with short or brief sessions.  You may want to use treats for good cooperative behavior and lots of praise.  After you finish use a comb to go through the coat.  The comb should slide though without any snags if the coat is free of mats.

This may sound like a lot at first but you will build your own routine and it shouldn’t be a burden.  Your dog may even enjoy the bonding time.  What dog doesn’t like attention from it’s owner.  It will also keep your dog looking and smelling great and reduce grooming costs in the future.

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