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Natural grooming products for senior dogs and scents that are popular
in human products are examples of this year’s newest releases. Espree
Animal Products launched a line of luxury products designed specifically to meet the needs of aging pets. Senior Care Shampoo contains
botanicals, organic aloe vera, and Japanese green tea to help calm
and soothe aging skin, said Shannon Moore, director of grooming and
education for the Grapevine, Texas-based company.
Also popular in human products, coconut and vanilla are showing
up in pet shampoo.
Espree’s Coconut Cream Shampoo is a gentle cleansing solution
formulated to nourish the skin and coat, and the organic aloe vera and
coconut oil provide intense hydration to help prevent coat breakage
and itching from dry skin, Moore said. The Vanilla Silk Shampoo contains silk proteins and organic aloe vera to help restore and maintain
optimal skin and coat, she added.
In March, Warren London released its Dog Sunscreen. Containing
FDA-approved ingredients designed to protect dogs from the sun, the
product includes benzophenone 4 to block the sun and aloe vera to
help keep the skin moisturized, said Eric Bittman, CEO of the New City,
N. Y.-based company.
To help to protect dogs’ paws from sun, hot streets, winter, ice
and more, the company also launched Paw Defense Wax, which
contains natural ingredients to help keep paws soft and hydrated,
In time for flea and tick season, TropiClean in Wentzville, Mo.,
launched Natural Flea and Tick Solutions, a line that blends natural essential oils that eliminate and repel fleas, ticks and other pests such as
mosquitos, said Joe Zuccarello, director of innovation. The line includes
two shampoos, pet spray and ‘the industry’s first After Bath Bite Relief
treatment to help soothe the itch caused by biting pests,’” he added.
For those looking for a rinse-free option, Natural Paws in Scottsdale, Ariz., released Bone Dry Clean, a therapeutic, nourishing dry
shampoo for dogs that need more frequent cleaning and freshening,
said Elyse Horvath, founder, adding that the product prevents the
dog’s skin from drying out from frequent bathing or swimming.
Later this year, Warren London plans to add an essential oil calming spray to its natural grooming lineup, and Bobbi Panter Pet Products
in Chicago will be launching a hypoallergenic shampoo. Glo-Marr Pet
Products also has a new line of botanical shampoos and finishing
sprays in the works to replace its Natrelle line of botanicals, and the
formulas will feature all-natural additives and essential oils, said Steve
Nicolosi, national sales manager and owner of the Lawrenceburg,
It’s been heard before: A groomer remarks that dogs are misbehaving for
them or behaving better for others, as if there’s a secret they’re missing
out on. In my experience, this less attributable to the dog and more likely a
result of the groomer’s behavior. For groomers struggling with challenging
behaviors on the table, here are three steps for easier grooming sessions.
1. ALWAYS BE PREPARED
Many groomers don’t know how to properly set up their workspace for successful, stress-free grooming. Keeping a clean, sanitized workspace is a must.
Supplies should be well stocked and dependable, and working equipment should
be readily available. Investing in reputable, quality brands pays off. I swear by a
cordless five-speed clipper, like the Andis Pulse ZR, for versatility without sacrificing power. It runs quietly, so nervous pets are less likely to be startled.
2. KEEP CALM AND GROOM ON
If a pet is behaving anxiously, ask yourself basic questions. Is there soap in
the pet’s eyes? Did the dog relieve itself before arriving? Always make sure
the pet has been out to relieve itself prior to grooming. Even if it’s just a nail
trim, you don’t want the dog to be anxious. If you notice anxious behavior,
check in with the pet owner. Likewise, you shouldn’t bring anxiety to the
table. Always ensure you are in the right frame of mind for grooming. Pets
can sense if they’re being handled by a tense individual. Think of it this
way: You wouldn’t feel comfortable if your hairstylist were to complain
about how stressed they are during your appointment. Avoid resistance by
approaching the pet with a soothing disposition.
3. READ THE PET’S BODY LANGUAGE
Dogs can be startled by a sudden touch, and they’re less likely to jump or
fight if they can shift their weight before you turn their body or lift their leg.
Gently pet or massage their coat before proceeding. Groomers also need to
have a basic understanding of each dog’s basic limitations—for example,
how far its legs should extend—and should check in with pet owners for
injuries before each session. Special attention is also required when a dog’s
coat is tangled or matted, as this is likely uncomfortable for the pet. Finally,
if a dog’s behavior indicates it might be unwell, it is always best to stop and
check in with the pet owner. Rescheduling is better than endangering a
dog’s well-being—or your own.
When we are more cognizant of each animal’s emotional and physical
limitations, grooming is more comfortable for both us and the pet. Don’t
forget: Dogs always love getting attention for a job well done. Once you’re
past the challenging behaviors, be sure to praise pets for good behavior.
Megan Mouser is education manager for Andis Co.’s animal
division. With more than a decade of professional experience in
the pet industry—ranging from corporate management roles to
being a certified groomer—Mouser is responsible for developing
and managing Andis Co.’s global animal grooming education
strategy and content.
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