Winterize Your Pet!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education Espree Animal Products

Cooler temperatures are here and the Holidays are right around the corner.  In most areas, the weather is going to continue to get colder and colder.  Here are 3 things you can do to help winterize your pet when it comes to grooming maintenance:

#1 Keep your pet mat and tangle free.  We always like to keep our pet’s hair longer this time of year to help keep them warmer.  It is important to keep them mat and tangle free whether you do it yourself or you take them to your groomer for bath and brush outs.  When your dog gets matted and mats are close to their skin, your dog has a harder time regulating their body temperature.  In addition to making it more difficult for them to stay warm. Moisture can get trapped in the matting and cause major skin issues.

#2 Deep conditioning Treatments will help keep the skin and coat in good condition. When the heat comes on in the house, the skin and coat tend to dry out.  The coat becomes brittle and the skin gets flakey. Then sometimes we even add a sweater, which keeps their skin from being able to breathe.  Keeping your pet on a regular schedule for baths and routine brush outs with deep conditioning treatments will help keep your pet in tip top condition.

#3 Don’t forget to protect the pads of their feet.  The sand and salt trucks are seen regularly during the winter months.  And the ground is freezing cold.  After all, we break out our heavies socks and boots to help protect out feet.  Espree’s Paw Balm is a great way to provide natural protection for your pets feet when going outside.  Not only does it help lock in moisture, it also provides a breathable, dense, and protective barrier between the pad of the foot and the cold ground even in the most extreme weather conditions. Say good-bye to the irritating sand, ice, and snow that gets stuck to the pads of the feet or even between the pads!

Know Your Product!

Melinda Owsley, Heart and Style Gooming  |  Maysville, KY

My favorite part of getting my hair done, as infrequent as that is, is how amazing it feels after my hairdresser uses her magic products and tools. I can’t make it look/feel that way at home which is part of why I pay her and tip her well. She has the knowledge to deal with my hair texture and produce the most amazing results.
Is this not also our job, Groomers? Or Petstylist? Are we not also responsible for finding the product combination that produces the best results?
My old business partner used Dawn dish soap on every dog. I’m not talking just your dirty greasy jobs… Or your flea ridden dogs… I mean every dog and only that with no other product… Ok so they were squeaky clean. But how was their texture? How did  the coat lay? How did they smell? And for the love of all that’s holy, did they go home and dig themselves raw? It probably wasn’t as good as it could’ve been…
Part of how we build a reputation as a knowledgeable stylist includes product selection… Especially as today’s people are becoming more educated about chemicals, it is imperative that you find a naturally-based, organic whenever possible, company.
Espree offers a wide array of products That are affordable, dilute well, and produce amazing results. All the while offering an organic, plant-based ingredient list.
One of my favorite dogs to groom are Maltese… It’s because I know that when I use the product combination that I use, it is such a magnificent transformation from when the dog came in. I don’t fear static, light flyaway hair, or spindly legs because I can hide it all if I use a volumizing shampoo, texturizing rinse, and light scissoring spray….
Shampoo isn’t “just shampoo” as I’ve heard it often stated… It could be your signature, it can be your aid, it can be your time saver, and it will set you apart from the competition that uses Dawn…

Dental As An Add-On Service!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Director of Grooming Education, Espree Animal Products

Add-ons in the salon are continuing to gain popularity with groomers and their clientele.  Offering dental services is one of the most popular and one of the most beneficial to the pets and their owners.  Teeth that are covered with plaque and tartar build up can cause a myriad of problems because of the body’s inability to fight off the bacteria.  Good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping a pet healthy.

The fee for a dental add-on varies depending on location and clientele in the salons.  Regardless of whether you charge $3 or $35 for a dental service add add-on, the end goal should be to remove as much plaque and tartar as possible in addition to something to freshen the breath.  Owners have a tendency to equate fresh breath with clean teeth.  That is not necessarily the case.

There are many dental products to choose from on the market.  Many do an amazing job of freshening the breath, but it is just as important to tackle the plaque and tartar build up.  As a professional stylist, I prefer to use a disposable toothbrush with a brushless gel to brush the dog’s teeth.  Even though most products claim that there is no brushing required, when a toothbrush is added, it expedites the process of helping to remove plaque and tartar.  I prefer to finish the dental service with an oral care spray.  That is great to freshen the breath and help remove the fresh plaque and tartar. When you focus on removing as much tartar and plaque build- up rather than just focusing on breath, you can make a visible difference with the inflammation of the gums. After all, we want to see results quickly with the dental add-ons.  Faster results are best for the pet, the pet’s owner, and the pet’s groomer.