Chelsea, our Bichon Frise, now approaching her thirteenth year of age, has developed sensitive skin and other conditions connected with her mature state in life. Scratching her itches became an obsession that intensified after each grooming. The problem became serious after her last groom. This is when we decided that I should bathe and trim her myself.
I took the necessary time to find out what I needed to do to accomplish this new project successfully. I’m still learning, and Chelsea is benefitting. She doesn’t itch after her bath and trim. We are benefitting, also, by saving money now and when we are on the road in an RV. Although grooming services are available at many campgrounds, we will be self reliant. I plan to learn how to trim her toenails, too. Yikes. We will see how that goes.
We purchased oatmeal shampoo. I learned that groomers generally use a shampoo with whitening for white dogs. Chelsea always looked like a princess after her groom with fur glistening like new-fallen snow. Her groomer did an excellent job of making her beautiful. I am getting her clean and white but not quite brilliantly white. She looks great and is not scratching, pulling out her hair, and yelping for help any longer.
I turn my kitchen into a grooming parlor by first removing all items from the counter top surrounding the sink. I make absolutely positive that I rinse all soap from her body before I move her from the sink to the counter top where I dry her with a towel (no blow drying to dry out her sensitive skin). There I brush out her fur and trim off any fur from her bottom (no shaving this area). Chelsea and I are enjoying our new routine. This was our third grooming session.
I can do this.