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Grooming Terms You Should Know (Part 1)

I just can't contain my excitement for Animal Planet's new series Groomer Has It, which premieres on April 12. The show's website has a great glossary of grooming terms and I figured we should brush up before the show starts.

Cage dryer: When using a cage dryer, groomers place a dog in a kennel. Then, they attach a dryer, similar to a fan, in front of the cage so the air circulates throughout the cage to dry the dog. The dryers have different settings so as not to overheat the dog. Kennel drying can be extremely dangerous if not properly supervised.

Carding: Carding is a process that removes the dead fur on a dog’s undercoat to eliminate shedding.

Clippers: Groomers use clippers to take length off of a dog’s coat. Groomers attach different blades and combs to the clipper, which works like a razor. To give the dog a proper cut, groomers run the clipper with the grain of the hair.

Coloring: Groomers use safe, nontoxic materials to dye dog fur. Some groomers use brushes to completely baste a dog’s fur. Others use blow pens, similar to airbrushes, to stencil designs or draw freehand on the dog’s coat.

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Angelica Angelica 7 years
You've convinced me to TiVo it Pet. It's your fault if I get addicted!
wren1 wren1 7 years
I wonder how common coloring is? I'd forgotten about this show. I'm gonna watch it!
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