Dog Breed Info

Combing

Whether you are using a comb to check the coat for tangles after line brushing or combing to prepare the coat for scissoring, the comb works hand in hand with your clippers, scissors and thinners to create the ultimate finish and the perfect profile. In fact it would be almost impossible to create the ultimate profile on a tight curly coated breeds such as the Poodle without utilizing the comb to place the coat in the correct position for scissoring. Knowing the type of coat you are working with, understanding what type of comb to use, and the basic concept of good combing techniques allow you to create stunning profiles. To master the art of combing, the professional must understand proper combing techniques and be knowledgeable about coat types, coat growth direction, how the coat naturally lays and the coat growth patterns so that you are able to comb the hair correctly.

Technique

Line Combing
Line combing is a technique where the comb partners with a brush during the brushing phase to check the coat for tangles. The coat is parted, brushed with a slicker brush, and then combed to make sure the coat is free from tangles. A good place to begin combing to check the entire coat for tangles is at the rear of the dog on the bottom of the back leg. This positions allows you to comb with the lay of the coat.

Technique: Start at the base of the coat and comb outward with the lay of coat.

Finish Combing
The comb partners with the thinners, clippers and scissors during the finishing phase to prepare the coat for finishing. A drop coat should be combed slightly outward and downward during the finishing. If a drop coat such as the Yorkshire Terrier is combed up and outward to a horizontal position and then scissored, it will show scissor marks when the hair falls to a natural state. Curly type coats such as the Poodle should be combed out horizontally.

Technique: Start at the base of the coat and comb with the lay of the coat.

Part Combing
The comb partners with the scissors during the finishing phase to create crisp lines for the overall silhouette. The simple technique of part combing could be the best kept secret for creating beautiful clean silhouettes. The secret is in the direction you comb the coat. Part combing is unique in that you comb the coat in various directions to find stray hairs or to create clean crisp lines when viewed from the front, rear and sides.

Technique: Part the coat and comb the coat in all directions to look for stray hairs.

Safety Policy
Due to the matting, the skin can be irritated after the removal of the matted coat. Clippering with a #10 or #15 can irritate the skin, especially if a surgical blade has to be used. Removing dead coat by handstripping can also irritate the skin. A soothing bath after these procedures using the proper shampoo for the skin and coat eliminates the dog reacting to the skin irritations by excessive scratching.

Client Relations: Notification to the Pet Family
Pets that are severely matted and are going to be "shaved down" require a signature from the pet family. The pet family must acknowledge that they have been told that their dog will be "shaved" due to severe matting.

Client Relations: Recommendation to the Pet Family
The schedule that best suits their individual pet.

Client Relations: Pet Family Education

  • The importance of a regular scheduled grooming and styling appointment, especially with a long coated breed such as the Yorkshire Terrier.
  • The critical time during the shedding of puppy coat to the adult coat, especially with a Standard Poodle.
  • The risk of "a weekend at the lake with a Maltese."
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