Static Electricity......it can be a real pain in the bu**.
Especially when you are trying to scissor a dog.
Especially on those dogs with long, straight hair.
The hair sticks to your scissors as you are trying to scissor making it impossible to see what hair you have actually cut.
Combing or brushing the hair makes it go in all different directions.
It can be so frustrating.
There is one trick that I use that has really helped me over the years.
I have a box of dryer sheets that I use to keep the static electricity down.
I do not rub them on the dog.
I rub the dryer sheet all over my comb.
Then I run the comb through the dogs hair.
Most of the time I only have to wipe my comb once or twice, with each dog, depending on how bad the static electricity is that day.
I rub the dryer sheet down the pins of my brush before brushing the dog.
I also carefully wipe the blades of my scissors with the dryer sheets.
I only do one swipe on each blade.
Using the dryer sheets with each of these tools greatly reduces the static electricity on the dogs coat.
I like using the dryer sheets because they are dry.
I can use them on my tools and not the dog.
I can also pick out a fragrance that I like.
The sheets are also large enough to rip in half to make them last longer.
One sheet will last a very long time.
Oh, there are a couple other uses for these guys as well.
~Wipe down the front of your smock to keep hair from sticking, or to freshen up your smock after holding a particularly stinky dog.
~Wipe down the top of your grooming table to keep hair from sticking to it.
~If you have windows with blinds, wipe the blades of the blinds to help hair slide off of them.
I hope that this is a helpful tip. :)
✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂