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Managing the Muddy Months

Urgh, it's the worst time of year for dog owners and groomers alike. Wind, rain and mud galore.


This time last year, one dog after another came in with matted paws, some so solid there wasn't a hope in hell's chance of me being able to save the coat. It led to what some customers called "my breakdown video" (below).


I'd had a day of cockapoo grooming and each and everyone was in a dreadful state. So, why do the coats get so bad in the Autumn?


Everyday, we take our pooches out for fabulous walks by the river, across fields or in the woods. Even on a sunny day the crisp and crunchy leaves blanketing the ground that we love to kick our way through, crackle and break into tiny fragments that become caught in the fur. The wind that helps strip the trees of the richly coloured autumnal leaves also brings with it tiny twigs and branches that snag and tangle our dogs' coats. Now compound the tangles with mud, rain and puddles and you'll come home with a filthy pup who'll be going straight in the shower.


Day after day....wet, dry, wet, dry...imagine what this would do to your own hair if you didn't condition it, if tiny fragments of debris weren't thoroughly washed and brushed out.


That's right, a dry, brittle matted mess.


So, when you get home, rinse your dog's feet, properly clean between the toes and pads, the inside of the back legs, and the tummy. Put your dog on a high surface so you can see what you're doing and thoroughly brush these areas. Periodically shampoo and condition their coat (using dog friendly products) or spritz with a conditioning spray to ensure you maintain the coat's condition and when you're at the groomer's and they recommend going slightly shorter.....take their advice....you'll thank us for it!




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