Tools you will need
Understanding Double Coats
Taking the RMCD to the groomer
Most dogs that shed, have a "top" layer of hair - thicker and less dense than the "under" layer of hair which is softer and sometimes very dense. Removal of dead hair in both layers is the primary focus. "Feather Trims" can neaten up rear and bellies, while all-over body trims reduce the length of the entire coat.
As a 30 year veteran groomer and breeder of the dogs you will be getting - I would like to share my experience for you to share with your groomer. All RMCD puppies are taught to receive grooming and have been introduced to a bath, being kenneled and dryers. The following tips will help introduce and establish a good relationship for both your dog and groomer:
Call a few different groomers and expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $160 for the complete groom.
Please ask to have the groom split into two days. TRUST ME! This is easier on your dog and the backs of people handling the big dog your puppy will become. Brush and prepare the first day for no more than 2 hours. The next day bathe and finish up no more than four hours. Practice with puppy going into the groom shop twice. Walk in - walk out. Treat and praise. For the "big day", of drop off, you will probably be asked if you would like a basic bath and brush service, or a specialized removal of dead undercoat. This may be a necessary step if you have fallen behind with brushing.
"De-Shedding" process is a different service than basic bath and brush. Specialized products are used to eliminate dead hair while holding in live healthy hair. Shampoos must be thoroughly worked into the coat with a soothing massage. A high pressure rinse in necessary to push the dead hair up away from the skin. Warmed conditioners are applied that will close follicles and soak times can last up to fifteen minutes before full release of dead coat is reached. Again, a high pressure rnise is absolutely necessary to push the coat apart and allow the coat to release shed-hair.
Please remember to advvise your groomer that your dog has dew claws. Sometimes they are not evident under the fur, be careful not to scrape them when brushing that area.