You’ll need to invest in high-quality
I Do use a De-matting comb. helps locate tangles & does not cut the hair.
grooming tools. They last longer and are designed for professional coat care. Most of the grooming items you will find available in pet stores and department stores would not be used by professional groomers or show breeders. For the novice, it may seem like a lot to spend $25 dollars on a stainless steel comb but you will likely get many years of use out of it and with practice great results too!
There is a BIG difference between grooming the show coat and the pet. With a pet you can make mistakes, not so with the show dog, that will cost you in the ring. Most owner/handlers are not professional licensed groomers, that said, grooming the show coat properly takes experience, hands-on learning and trial and error. So, in the spirit of knowing that we all need to learn somewhere! I have decided to show you what I know and what I do.
use a De-matting comb. helps locate tangles & does not cut the hair.
use a mat breaker & don’t use a rake. This does not belong in your toolbox.
use a straight pin brush. This type glides through the hair use with a light hand.
use a coated pin brush not suitable for the Havanese coat it will break the hair.
use a soft slicker great for the underside & paws. The only time recommend for use on the entire body is for dogs in puppy-cuts
I Do use A greyhound comb
I Do use a slicker for smaller jobs use with care.
use a face comb. This is a very small comb. It is good to remove debris from the eyes & beard.
use professional grooming sheers they last for years.
use a Buttercomb.
use small curved scissors to cut away the hair on the paw pads or I also use small clippers. For companion dogs, I use this to safely neaten the eye area.
I Do use a cat nail clipper. They are easier to use on small paws.
I Do use ALUMINUM_FREE BAKING SODA & water to make a paste to clean my dog’s teeth.
use a flea comb. However, I use it to remove debris from the eye area.
I Do use CORN STARCH as an ear powder & my fingers to pluck the hair from my dog’s ears.