Grooming the American Eskimo Dog
|Grooming the American Eskimo is
not a hard task to do. We have listed general grooming instructions for
you as a guideline. For where to purchase the items we talk about here,
go to our favorite links and look for the supply house like Cherrybrook Show Supplies and A Magical Touch Professional Grooming Products
- First lets start with watering the dog down. If you are
doing this outside we suggest you use a Grooming Table or Grooming Tub. You can also
wash the dog in your own shower or tub, but be prepared when the
washing is over for then to shake the excess water off, and all over
the room unless you train them as we have to shake in the shower or tub
area. Use cold water as this will help keep the dog in coat. You can
wash the dog as often as you want. Our show dogs are washed weekly and
if we are doing multiple shows sometimes they are washed 2 times weekly.
- Now that the dog is soaking wet we need to add the shampoo
to the dog. We use
Mighty White N Brite, it cost more up from but since it is so concentrated
and you dilute it 10 to 1 it last longer and in the long run cost much
less. Do not use a flea shampoo. Add the shampoo to the dog and work it
into a good lather. Using your fingers work it deep into the coat and
make sure you have covered the whole dog. When washing around the face
be careful not to get the shampoo in the eyes. We cover the eyes with
our hands and gentle scrub the face. On the legs wrap your hand around
the leg and scrub. Do the same for the tail. Do not forget to do the
underside of the dog or the private areas.
- So now your dog is standing on the grooming table all
lathered up and you need to rinse the dog, again use cold water and
rinse the dog from head to tail. When you are rinsing the face cover
the eyes so no shampoo gets in the eyes. When you think you have
finished rinsing the dog do it again to make sure you have rinsed all
the shampoo out of the coat.
- Now that you have rinsed all the shampoo out of the dogs
coat it's time to add the conditioner. We use Animal House Vita-Rich Conditioner.
This is a very gentle conditioner and helps with the dogs skin and
keeps the coat just a little soft as it should be. Follow the same
guidelines for using the conditioner as you did the shampoo. Work into
a good lather and make sure you get all parts of the dog.
- You now need to rinse again, this time it will be much
easier and quicker as the conditioner is not as thick. Rinse until you
are sure you have gotten all out of the coat, then rinse again.
- Now your dog is standing on the table or in the tub soaking
wet, stand back as he will shake a couple of times to get rid of the
excess water. If you washed in the tub or shower of the house get a
towel and throw over the dog and take to where you have the grooming
- Now that the dog has shaken the excess water off him and
most likely on to you, it's time to dry the dog. NEVER Towel Dry a American Eskimo
this will cause the coat to get into knots and mats. You will need a
good Animal Dryer.
These are not expensive you can buy them for about $45.00 at most mail
order catalogs. With the dryer start at the tail and work your way to
the head. Make sure you get all parts of the dog, head, tail, legs and
under body. When using the dryer do not go in a circular motion go in a
straight line, this keeps the coat from matting and getting into
knots. When you are drying you will dry to the skin and be able to see
each strand of hair coming from the skin.
- Now that the dog is dry it's time to brush and comb the
dog. Use a good straight comb like a Greyhound Comb and a good pin
brush with steel pins. Make sure you comb around the ears.
- Now that you have washed, dried and combed the dog it's
time to do the fine detail trimming of the hair around the feet. Using
a small blunt tip scissors follow the outline of the paw and trim the
long hair, you just want to make it look neat. Lift each paw up and
trim the excess hair coming up between the pads.
- The next thing we need to do is the nails. We use a Dremel you can get this at
Lowes, Home Depot or Wall mart. The cordless is the best. Gentlee pick
up the paw and with the Dremel in hand sand down the nail to a shorter
length. Do not get to where the nail is black as this is the blood in
the nail. We suggest you keep a bottle of Quick Stop on hand, this is a
product you can get at mail supply houses. If you ever cut the nail to
short just add the quick stop and the bleeding will stop.
- This whole process of washing and drying from head to tail
takes about 45 minutes. The cost of all the equipment is about $200.00
but will last a lifetime. If you take the dog to a groomer they will
charge between $50-$100.00 each time.
- Something we use all the time between baths is a product
called Waterless Shampoo, we use
Magical Touch Crystal Clean.This is a super product and is just
what is says a waterless shampoo. Just spray on dog and work into lather
and dry. We keep a bottle at the back door on days when it's been
raining. We spray the dogs legs down and do a quick dry on them.
This way they do not bring the dirt and mud from the rain into the
house. This product is super when you are traveling.