Combating Groomer’s Spring Complaints

During this time of the year, you may hear groomers complain that their recently sharpened blades are not lasting as long as before or not cutting as well as they used to.  If the blades pass your fur tests, it is likely that the blades are dulling faster due to dogs getting groomed for the first time after a long winter.

These animals have grown a thick under-coat, and it has to do with the cold and number of daylight hours. There can also be sand and dirt mixed in the coat, which will dull any blade quickly. Many of these dogs getting groomed for the first time since the winter are extra dirty and matted.

In the spring, the blades cut fur almost ten times thicker than in the fall. Even some great groomers forget this fact. They are just frustrated and so are you. The groomer could bathe the dogs first, but with fur this thick, it takes a lot of time. It would help if they at least brushed the coat prior to grooming.

What can the sharpener do to help?

First, they can explain to the groomer that more dogs are coming in dirtier. Secondly, you should also check the customers’ clippers. On an Oster, the tip of the lever may be rounded off as opposed to being square. If the lever is rounded off, replace the lever. If you can move the drive like a loose tooth, replace the gear, link and lever. On an Andis, if the drive is more than a month old, it is time to replace it. A shop doing ten dogs a day, six days a week equals to 60 grooms a week. The groomers can afford to replace the $4.50 part to replace the drive.

All in all, it is crucial to test every blade that you do, to know for sure that they are leaving the shop sharp. In a few weeks, the thick fur will be groomed or the dog will shed it, and things will be back to normal.