I clean his ears with a solution and then put in cotton wool before we go to the bath. I also clip his nails before hand too - this is about fortnightly not at every bath.
I also shampoo twice (rinse in between) but have never used my force dryer to blow out the shampoo, very interesting concept oodles. I use a bio protein shampoo or a clarifying shampoo first depending on if I want to get all the other stuff out that I put in or if I want to bulk up the coat for scissoring, and then folllow up with a colour enhancing shampoo which I leave in for 3 - 5 minutes depending on how much of a rush I am in
. I am using the whitening shampoo from PP on my blue boy as it is suppose to diminish the rust tones - not sure about this but I am perservering to give it a decent go. Then thoroughly rinse out all shampoo.
Then I rinse through a mix of seabreeze oil, swishy coat and silk conditioner, mixed in 9 litres of water. I have a hydrobath with a single tank so I fill this up with the mix and then pump it through his coat which is far easier than sponging it on. This is a leave in conditioner. I use a chamois to squeeze out the excess conditioner. Then gently towel off so his coat is damp but not dripping.
Then depending on how his coat is feeling or what I am trying to do with it I either:
Brush through Reviva-Coat or Coat Rescue if it is feeling dry
Blow Dry cream if it feels OK and I am going to clip/scissor
Swishy Coat if I am just wanting him to feel soft and fluffy
Then I put him in a crate with the dryer if I want a 5 minute break and if I am not concerned if he goes a bit curly. If I am cutting we go straight to drying while brushing with either a pin or slicker depending on the length.
All this AND he is only a pet
I am a learner groomer so I like to try lots of different stuff on him to see the results, then I use what I like or what is working on my clients dogs.
I have just bought some Sunshade, it's a leave in sun screen for the coat and skin. I actually bought it for a malt that I clipped down really short but I think the owner is not going to want it so T will probably end up being the guinea pig for that too