....when you are waiting for a dog to finish soaking in a Medicated shampoo.
I am sure that you know the ones.
The dogs that come in with a shampoo from their Vet.
A shampoo with instructions to let the Medicated shampoo soak for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.
It is so hard for a groomer to just stand there and wait for something in such a time oriented job.
I have heard some groomers say that they put the dog up in a kennel to soak while they bathe another dog.
I don't like to do that, because I don't want the dog sitting in a kennel wet and shivering.
I also would not want the dog licking the Medicated shampoo off of their body while they are soaking.
I had a groomer that worked for me awhile back get upset, because I would not let her put another dog in the tub to bathe while the other dog was in the same tub soaking.
For one, the dogs where not even from the same household.
Why would you want to bathe a dog in the same tub with another dog that has skin issues.
This particular groomer saw nothing wrong with what she wanted to do, and was upset that she had to waste time waiting.
Today I had this guy in.
He has the misfortune of having one of those types of coats where the hair gets very oily between groomings, but his skin is dry and irritated in areas.
So, what would normally be a 5 minute bath on a dog this size, with such a thin coat, turns into a 20 minute bath.
Or, I should say three baths.
Yes, I give him three bathes.
His first bath was a quick degrease bath.
I use a degrease shampoo.
I like Pure Pet D'Grease shampoo.
Then I used Coat Handler 15to1 Clarifying Shampoo.
I really like that shampoo for getting residues off of the coat.
For me, it prepares the coat and skin for the Medicated shampoo.
The Medicated shampoo was from the Vet.
It needed to sit on the dog for 15 minutes.
So, after I soap up the dog, I need to find something to do.
But, I can't leave the dog.
So, I slowly massage him all over, really working that Medicated shampoo in.
Here and there I give a little squirt of warm water, and work up the lather again, to keep him from getting cold.
I check the time.....still 10 more minutes.
It is amazing how long 15 minutes takes when you are waiting.
I rub the dog a little more, thinking about the fact that I could have had him dry and finishing him by now if I didn't have to wait for this shampoo.
Lets see, what else can I do?
What do you do while you are waiting for that Medicated soak?
I play of course.
With the dog.
With his hair.
I make hair designs.
I think that he looks great with the mohawk down the back.
What else is there to do?
Look how nice and fluffy he turned out.
I keep meaning to ask his owner how long his coat stays nice after a grooming, before it gets oily again.
I'll find out.
He is coming in again for a bath a couple of days before Christmas.
Then I get to play with his hair again. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF