Paragon Pet Grooming Monday Mentor Minute
Liz Thompson, a mentor at Paragon, discusses a time when she felt confident in her grooming skills. She emphasizes the importance of thorough prep work, including shampooing, rinsing, and properly drying the coat. Liz noticed significant improvements in her grooms, such as easier brushing and cleaner scissor work, by focusing on these areas.
- Tell us a time you felt really confident about a skill in grooming.
- Hi guys. It's Liz Thompson, one of the mentors over at Paragon. I just wanted to check in and talk about a time that I felt really confident about my skills and grooming and I want to take it back to the basics. So when I was a newbie groomer, it was really difficult for me to understand the importance of your prep work. So with when I'm talking about your prep work that includes like shampooing rinsing, well, towel drying and using the nozzle list dryer to really get that undercoat out for a heavy coated dog or to really straighten and separate the coat and a curly wavy coat. It took me a while to figure it out. But once I figured out that you need to like double shampoo, the coat rinse really well, especially in those little hidden crevices and then to dry the coat to where it's almost lifting up, getting the dog 90% dry with the nozzle on the dryer and then removing the cone and really pushing it up to the skin. I noticed a huge difference in the way that my grooms turned out. At the end, my heavy coats were brushing out a lot easier. I was getting less shedding in the coats with my brush or what, whatever tools I was using at the end and my curly wavy coats were getting super, super straight, super, super fluffy and my clipper work was a lot smoother. My finishing scissor work was a lot cleaner. So keep making sure that you're really focusing on these areas. I hope this helps. I'll talk to you later. Bye.