3 Ways Dry Shampoo Can Make Your Day Easier in the Salon

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

You’re not imagining it: Dry shampoos are all the rage and are making their way into the pet market and grooming salons.  As professional pet stylists, we know that nothing beats a good old fashion bath and brush out, but dry shampoos definitely have their place in grooming salons and on your grooming table. Here are 3 ways a dry shampoo can help you on in the salon:

  1. Absorb Excess Oil from the Skin and Coat

Dry shampoo is a great tool for those pooches that have overactive oil glands.  I use dry shampoo before the bath and let them sit for 15-30 minutes to let the dry shampoo do its magic. I take a brush and lightly brush through the coat to help distribute the dry shampoo throughout the coat to absorb the excess oil.  Then bathe and style as desired.

  1. Give the Coat More Volume, Thickness, and Texture

Everyone has those clients that come in with a picture of a full-coated breed and want their barely maintained pooch to look just like that picture.  After explaining that there is not enough coat on their pup, you can turn to a shampoo to help add more body to the coat and achieve the look they want.  I really love to use it on the legs of dogs that have a “not so great coat” to give that added boost of volume and texture. It is also fantastic to use at the occiput to get hair to stand up when you have floppy head hair. Just make sure you do not get it in their eyes.

  1. De-matting

Yes, you read that correctly.  Dry shampoo works its magic on a matted coat.  Simply spray the matted area and use a slicker brush to help separate and divide the coat.  It works especially well if you have an undercoated breed with a packed coat that you cannot get through.  Saturate the coat with dry shampoo, separate and divide with your favorite slicker brush, then use a force dryer on the coat.  Dry shampoo used as a de-matting tool needs to be done before the bath so you can wash out the product.

Even though we aren’t using dry shampoo to freshen up a pet, there are many ways a dry shampoo can make our day a little easier in the salon.  And, at the end of the day, you can use it on your own hair to freshen up if you need to.

4 Reasons Not To Shave A Dog

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

Many pet owners think that shaving a dog down would help them stay cooler in the summer, but that is quite the contrary. The coat serves as a protector for the dog as it is the dog’s shade from the elements.

Typically, undercoat is thinner during warmer months which allows air to get all the way down to the skin to help with overheating.  In order for air to make it all the way down to the skin, it is important to keep your dog brushed out, so mats will not interfere with proper air circulation.  The coat must separate and divide all the way down to the skin.  In addition, the dog’s hair serves as a thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption.  If the dog’s coat is shaved down, you are taking away their shade to help the regulate their body temperature. In addition to exposure to heat, there are many other dangers to shaving your dog in the summertime:

  1. Risk of sunburn.
  2. Expose the skin to insect bites.
  3. The coat could grow back thicker making it more difficult to regulate body temperature.
  4. The coat could grow back unevenly, and bald spots could occur with repeat shave downs.

 

What can pet owners do to help protect their dog during the summer months?

  1. Keep your pet brushed out so the coat can separate and divide all the way to the skin.
  2. Rather than shave your dog down, have your stylist shorten the furnishings for ease of maintenance.
  3. Choose products containing a touch of sunscreen.

Shed Happens!

Shannon Moore, NCMG Espree Animal Products, Grooming Education Director, Southlake, TX

De-Shedding Is A Win-Win

All dogs shed to some degree.  It is a natural process that allows new coat to come in.  Some breeds shed all year, while others shed seasonally.  Most stylists offer a de-shed add-on service or program in the salon to help pet parents deal with the insurmountable amount of hair the pet is leaving around the house.   When clients have guests come over to their home and have dog hair everywhere, especially on their furniture, it can be embarrassing for them.  More importantly, dogs can become uncomfortable with having so much excessive coat. Having a coat that is packed with hair can contribute to the pet’s inability to regulate their own body temperature which can be dangerous during the summer and winter months. Sometimes they will become itchy or even develop a myriad of skin issues including bacterial and yeast infections. Offering a de-shedding service is necessary and advisable for all parties involved, especially the dog.

What exactly does de-shedding mean?

It is the removal of undercoat that would have eventually ended up all over the house, furniture, and your clothes.  Shedding is a natural process, so you do not want to try to stop it!  De-shedding treatments are designed to accelerate the shedding process by removing the loose coat that would eventually end up of all over the client’s home.  De-shed shampoos and treatments ideally should change the pH by lowering it from the normal 6.5 – 7.5 range. The cortex of the cuticle opens up and allows any loose coat to slip out. Espree’s Simple Shed Shampoo and Simple Shed Treatment does this. It is also enhanced with proteins and amino acids to help fortify and strengthen overworked and damaged hair, so the result is a healthy, shiny coat.  Sometimes a De-Shed Treatment can appear drying to the coat due to the reduction in pH.  I always recommend using a De-Shed Treatment or Conditioner after shampooing to help restore moisture to the skin and coat. The end result is a beautiful, healthy coat where the coat can separate and divide so the skin can breathe.  It is an all-around win-win for the dog, the client, and the pet stylist.

Recommended tools and equipment for De-Shed Services:

Espree Simple Shed Shampoo

Espree Simple Shed Treatment

High-Velocity Dryer

De-Shed Tool

Happy De-shedding!!!!

5 Ways to Honey Can Improve Skin and Coat for Our Canine Friends


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

Honey is often associated as a healthy sweetener for humans, but you might be surprised to learn the amazing benefits this ingredient has for improving the condition of the skin and coat for our canine friends. Now this does not mean we want you to run out and put raw honey on your best canine companion. However, look for products that contain raw honey so your pet can reap all the wonderful benefits form this delightful ingredient. One of our favorites is Espree’s Milk and Honey Shampoo.

1. Moisture Retention

Honey is a natural humectant. It draws moisture into the skin and retains that moisture for long -lasting hydration.

2. Hair Growth
It strengthens the hair follicle for healthy growth.

3. Pore Cleanser

The enzymes in honey clarify the skin and keep the pores clean and clear because of its phenomenal cleansing properties.

4. Expedites Healing

Honey has an abundance of antiseptic and anti-microbial properties which helps accelerate the healing process for minor wounds, abrasions, and cuts. The anti inflammatory and antibacterial compounds in honey also help the tissue regenerate and allows the skin to recover.

5. Prevents Bacterial Growth

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of honey thwarts bacteria that can lead to a multitude of skin issues. The anti-inflammatory properties will help calm redness and irritation as well.

How To Grow Coat

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

I am frequently asked how to grow coat on a dog?  I have an extensive background in coated breeds as I grew up raising Yorkshire Terriers, and now I raise and show Bichon Frise. I hear some pretty interesting concoctions regarding expediting coat growth.  Years ago, many people would joke around saying I could grow coat on an onion if I tried.   I thought I would share a few of my simple, yet effective ways that have worked for me.

Whether you have a show dog, contest dog, or a client dog that you want to grow coat on, keep your expectations realistic.  My goal is always about an inch of coat growth every 4 weeks.  Average coat growth on a heathy coat is an inch every 6 weeks.  But, if you want to expedite coat growth you must be consistent with whatever regiment you choose.

A very simple way to expedite coat growth is keep the coat clean.  Every time I do maintenance baths, I always condition the coat.  This helps lock in moisture and improves the elasticity of the coat making it stronger. Often, I will condition the dog and wrap them in a warm towel for about 10 minutes, then rinse.  Also, never brush the coat when it is dirty as it will break.  I typically bathe and condition a dog I am trying to grow coat on twice weekly. You must be consistent.  Trust me, there are many times I come home after a long day and the last thing I want to do is bathe my show dog.  But, I do it anyway.  Consistency is the key to success!

If I find, I am still struggling for growth, I might add some nutritional supplementation to their diet as well.  A good omega added to the food daily never hurts to keep the skin in coat in great condition.

Achieving Healthy Skin and Coat Through Grooming and Nutrition

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

As a professional pet stylist, it is important to try to educate clients on all aspects of taking care of their pet.  Some areas of pet care, I consider myself an expert and other areas … not so much.  However, what happens when your client is following your advice on grooming.  Maintenance bathing every other week, brush outs at home using a fantastic hydrating spray, and full grooming every 4 to 6 weeks but their pet still has dry skin and appears to be itchy.  We recommended the owner take the dog to the vet to see if there is an underlying health issue.  After receiving a clean bill of health, the dog’s skin and coat are still not in good condition. So, we started looking at the type of food, treats, and supplements the owner is giving.

I always try to educate my clients on the importance of good nutrition.  It is just as important as good hygiene.  A holistically balanced diet that provides the nutritional harmony that is necessary to help your pet achieve and maintain optimal health.  Diets that have a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that is rich in high quality protein and a strong selection of nutritious vegetables is important.  Fresher food is also more nutrient dense.  Supplements are great to add to your pet’s nutritional regime as well.  They are a smart choice to target specific conditions such as hip and joint issues, allergy support, immune support, food transition etc.

The nutritional choices you make for your pet will affect the condition of skin and coat just as much as the products you choose to put on your pet.  It is a win win for your pet  if you pay attention to both …what you choose to put on the outside and what you choose to put in your dog. Optimal health is achieved by focusing on both… the inside and out!

A Good Life in the Golden Years

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

Our pets are living longer than ever before.  Not only are they living longer, their quality of life is better!  Some say it is good genetics, but I think it comes from understanding the changing needs of our aging pets.

There are so many ways to enhance the quality of life for our senior friends. Staying active is a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and enjoying those golden years.  A short walk, even if it is to the mailbox and back, would not only be beneficial physically, but mentally as well.  A healthy diet is also a key ingredient to enhancing the quality of life with your senior pet.  Not only diet, but supplements are another way to offer cognitive support to promoting joint health to allow your pet to age vibrantly.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy is also imperative.  Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are not normal.  Talk to your veterinarian about ways to promote good oral hygiene.  Brushing their teeth, water additives, brushless toothpaste are just a few ways to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Regular visits to your veterinarian are important too.  Immune systems can weaken with aging pets.  This makes them more susceptible to disease and infection.  Keeping your pet fresh and clean plays a major role to your pet aging gracefully.  Sometimes caring owners have a tendency to not bathe and groom their senior pets.

Keeping the skin and coat clean and healthy is a major component to feeling better.  Don’t you feel better when you bathe and wash your hair?  Don’t you want the same for your loyal four legged companion? Let him have a spa day at home with a lavender infused shampoo for relaxation.  Or better yet, give your buddy a massage while shampooing him with one designed to sooth sore muscles, inflammation, and arthritis.  That will alleviate the hip ad joints providing immediate relief for your pet.  Don’t you wish you could have a spa day like that?

Take a few extra minutes out of your day and continue to develop the bond with your senior pet.  Human touch and interaction are important in their golden years.  A hug, a kiss, or a quick massage  helps assure them that everything is going to be alright.  They have been your loyal companion and always by your side.  Knowing that you have done everything you can to help your pet during the golden years.  After all, they have been devoted to you since day one!