I don't do very much wet shaving.
I am not really crazy about it.
I have always thought that I save more coat on a dog by bathing and drying it first.
Sometimes I get a dog that is so overgrown and matted that I decide to do a wet shave.
I had one in like that last week.
This guy came in last week.
It is the second time that I have groomed him.
I knew that I had groomed him before, and I remembered that he had been matted the first time that I groomed him also.
I clipped him after the bath the first time that I clipped him.
This time I decided to Wet Shave him.
I put him in the tub and got him good a soapy.
Then I placed him on my drying table to clip.
I used my corded clippers plugged into a GFCI outlet.
As with any matted dog, I start out with the longest blade that I think will safely go through the coat, and work my way down till I get the right blade.
I started out getting a 3 3/4 blade through most of the body, but had to go to a #5F blade down the legs, around the neck, chest and face.
After clipping most of the coat off, I put the dog back in tub to rinse off the shampoo and bathe him again with a Medicated shampoo.
He had a couple of places that were a little red and sore under the mats.
I also left hair on his feet, tail, ears, and head to see if I could save anything after it was blown dry and HVed away from the skin.
I finished him up with the #4F blade.
Most of his face had to be clipped off with the #4F blade also.
I was able to use a 5/8HT blade on his ears.
I had to scissor a little more then half the hair off of the tail and de-mat the rest.
I can't stand the look of a shaved rats tail. :)
I have a video on YouTube of me Wet Shaving this dog if you are interested in watching it.
Now, when this dog came in the first time for a grooming, he was longer and matted even worse than this time.
This was the same dog as above 5 months ago.
He was definitely in worse shape back in April.
Every bit of him was one big mat.
I thought about wet shaving him back in April also, but I was curious to see how far I could get the mat away from his skin.
I did not wet shave the dog that time.
I bathed him just like you see him now.
I HV dried him straight from the tub, blowing the mats as far from the skin as I could.
I only concentrated on drying the coat between the skin and mat.
I did not completely dry the mats.
I dried them only enough to loosen them.
So, which way of clipping did I like better?
Most definitely, clipping the mat after the bath.
Yep, that is what I said.
I think that it leaves a much nicer finish.
Even if I had clipped him with a #4F instead of a 5/8HT blade, he still would have looked nicer than the Wet Shave finish.
I average about one to two wet shaves a year.
I don't think it will ever be more than that.
I personally prefer clipping mats off after the bath.
I truly feel that I can save more coat that way.
I hear you.
Stop yelling at your computer.
Yes, the owner does not deserve to have any of the dogs coat saved.
Well, I don't groom for the owner.
I groom for the dog, and I did not expect this new customer to wait 5 months before she brought the dog in again.
Even though a dog may come in very matted, I still want the dog to look good and cute when it goes home.
I don't like to send dogs home looking like skinned rats.
If a dog keeps coming in matted, and I can not get the owner on a regular grooming schedule, I am not going to kill myself trying to save some coat, but at the same time, I will not skin the dog if I can help it.
This dogs owner booked an appointment for 8 weeks.
I told her that she should keep the appointment even if the dog does not grow out much in 8 weeks, and she thinks that he does not need it.
I told the owner that she should bring him in anyway, even if it is only for a bath and trim.
We will see. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF