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Basic Dog Grooming Tips

By | Dog Daycare, Grooming, Dog Grooming, Airdrie, Crossfield, Uncategorized

Dog’s have a unique way of keeping themselves clean (in their eyes haha). Their clean and our clean can mean two very different things. Today we are going to provide pet parents with some helpful tips and tricks on keeping their dog’s coats manageable between grooms.

Freshly groomed Odin, feeling fabulous

Personally, I like to start by giving my dog a good brushing. This helps remove all the nasty bits such as; dead hair, dirt and dandruff and whatever other little things have gotten stuck in their coat. Plus a good brush can get rid of some of the loose mats, and provide you the opportunity to check for pesky little critters like lice, ticks or fleas (yuck!).

Hold up! You maybe wondering what brush to use…

With such a variety of brushes and combs available, things can get confusing. I will name our favorite three, just to keep it simple (there are a ton more options).

Slicker Brush: Basically this is the go to brush. It works well for all coat types. It’s row of thin wired type pins help remove loose fur, assisting in de-tangling the coat. The Pin brush is very similar to the slicker brush. The wire pins are tipped with rubber or plastic, which is made for silkier coat types.

Bristle Brush: A great option for short and wire coats. It’s soft bristles help removes shedding hair and smooths out the fur. A great option for sensitive areas like the face.

Rake: Rakes are designed for thick-haired dogs. It is designed to penetrate the coat, removing the undercoat.

We personally do not recommend the Furminator. In our experience we noticed it tends to damage the top layer of the coat.

Holy heck: Enough about brushes! Let’s get back to our steps.

After you have given your dog a good brush (we call it the prep phase). It’s time for a bath! If you have a tub that contains a handheld hose that’s a bonus! Otherwise you can go to a dog wash station (I recommend this if you have a double coated dog) or fill the tub with a couple of inches of water and utilize a cup or small bucket (to fill and rinse the dog).

Give your dog a good rinse off, soaking the entire coat. Ensure to protect your dogs eyes, ears and nose from water.

Once the coat is damp, begin the shampoo process: Here at Four on the Floor the groomers utilize the Melanie Newman Salon Essential line. I find it easier to dilute the shampoo with water and put it in a squirt bottle (think ketchup bottle). This way I can easily distribute the shampoo all over the dogs body. Once you have the shampoo all over the dog, begin to give the coat a good scrub. Our groomers utilize a rubber bath brush, to ensure each inch of the dogs coat is getting a good clean.

Rinse, and repeat….Yes, repeat the shampoo and rinse.

After the shampoo process you can opt to utilize a conditioner. A variety of conditioners are available at your local pet store. Pick one suited for your dogs coat. I find conditioners are best used for dogs with silky, long haired or curly coats. If using a conditioner, I recommend taking a couple extra minutes to brush your dogs coat while letting the condition soak in (helps de-tangle). Our groomers love utilizing Emu Oil conditioner.

No its time to dry the coat, duh duh duh....

Give your dog a good massage with a towel. Take your time and get all those hard to reach areas (under the legs, stomach, behind ears, in between facial folds and feet). You have a option to grab your hair dryer and give your dog a good thorough dry. This would be a ideal option for those curly and silky haired dogs (their coats tend to get matted when wet and not brushed out). Note: Ensure you put your dryer on the cold or warm setting and not sit in one spot for too long. Once your dogs coat is 100% dry, you can start step one again and give your dog a good brush, removing any matting.

Personally, I would not bath your dog more than once every 4-8 weeks. However; how often you bath your dog really depends on a variety of factors (health, coat type, activity level). My rule of thumb; If your dog looks or smells dirty, it’s time for a bath!

If you get your dog groomed regularly, SKIP the bath, but continue to brush the coat daily or after outdoor activity. This helps keep the coat free of mats and debris free (your groomer and wallet will thank you).

If your anything like me (Jordan), after writing this, I just looked down at my dog and realized he is over due for a groom. If this is the case give us a call (403)945-8834 to book a spot with our two fabulous groomers!

Four on the Floor Team

By | Dog Daycare, Dog Training, Grooming, Dog Grooming, Airdrie, Crossfield, Pricing, Uncategorized

Today I wanted to introduce our readers to the amazing staff at Four on the Floor. Each and every member brings valuable skills, characteristics and knowledge to our team. 

 What do they all have in common? The love of all things dog! 

Our team…Missing Morgan ūüôĀ

First and foremost I‚Äôd like to introduce you to our dog grooming team! 

Rhonda Labas: Entrepreneur, certified/competitive dog groomer, dog trainer, behavior consultant, dog daycare specialist & Founder (owner) of Four on the Floor. Owner of 3 dogs, 1 horse and mother of 3 brats 

Jamie Lakosky: Certified/competitive dog groomer, Entrepreneur, qualified dog lover (owns 3 dogs) 

Jordan Labas: Manager & Co-owner of Four on the Floor, Social worker, Bather/prepper, daycare specialist, owner of 2 bullies, mother of 1 minion.  

Haylee Labas: Closing Supervisor, Bather/prepper, daycare specialist, dog walker, nail trimming goddess, avid dog and horse lover, owner of 1 bully and 1 horse. 

Latisha Sigda: Daycare specialist, dog walking queen, off-leash adventurer, “Chatty Cathy”, owner of one furry pal and one son.  

Jacob Legault: Daycare specialist, dog walker, off-leash adventurer, owner of 2 furry brats. Brings a sense of calmness to the group.

Courtney Cooper: Daycare specialist, dog walker, comedian of the group. 

Maisyn E: Our kind, quiet soul, daycare specialist, lead opener, dog training enthusiast, dog walker and off leash adventurer, owner of one smart pup.  

Morgan Wood: Daycare specialist, dog walker and off leash adventurer, our go-getter, cowgirl, avid horse & dog lover! 

Krystyne Sobiecki: Dog walker, daycare specialist, off leash adventurer, sewing master, owner of 2 dogs, mother of 3! 

Dara Russell: Dog walker, daycare specialist, bring the Irish flare to the group. 

Celest Schrader: Newest team member, daycare specialist, multi talent queen, behavioral handler, and dog owner. 

Maegan Adams: Whoop whoop she’s back! Daycare specialist, dog walker champ, customer services extraordinaire and kindred soul.

If you are in the neighborhood, stop on by for a visit! We all love to chat.

Introducing 100% Natural Melanie Newman Salon Essentials

By | Grooming, Dog Grooming, Airdrie, Crossfield, Uncategorized

We here at Four on the Floor thrive on providing only the best for our furry companions. Which means we made a switch to 100% all natural products, produced by the one and only Melanie Newman.

Dog grooming essentials
“Only the best for the best…100% Natural”

The results are in! Our groomers are dying of excitement over the results of Melanie Newman’s grooming products. The key ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Essential oils are leavings the dogs coats squeaky clean, super soft and manageable, healthier and smelly extra fresh. There is literally no comparison!

Us dog owners can now say goodbye to;

Parabens and SLS, petrochemicals and synthetic perfumes.

I bet you are wondering what the benefits are to this amazing new product? Well let me tell you! Melanie Newman has a variety of different product lines catering to specific breeds and coat types.

It’s okay Rhonda…Open your eyes, you did a fabulous job xo

The Refresh Collection was designed to cater to the working dogs who need a bit extra moisture in their coat (both for short coats and double coated dogs). The rich avocado oil helps replenish dry brittle coats and skin. The citrus and lemon myrtle leaves the coat thoroughly cleansed without stripping the natural skins oil, and leaving your dog smelling fresh for weeks. The lemons also acts as a natural whitener (bonus!).

The Relax Collection contains ingredients such as Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot. You guessed it…Lavender is a natural de-stresser (our dogs deserve to unwind too) and great for sensitive skin! Aloe Vera leaf juice helps strengthen the coat and skin, while Geranium and Bergamont leave the coat shiny and fresh.. This line was designed for curly haired and short-to-medium coat types.

The Purify Collection (our groomers go to) was formulated for all coat types. The combination of Charcoal, Sandalwood and Lavender acts as a natural whitener, replenishes the skin, removes toxins and pollutants from the coat (good bye odors), adds volume and gives a boost of Vitamin E

Oh the choices we now have as pet owners!

Let us pamper your pet…call us to book your dog’s next grooming appointment (403)945-8834