can't get the deshedding technique right!
I can't seem to get the long coated deshedding technique right for love nor money. I try to use good quality products. I've started using Best Shot. I try to use the right tools. I use pin brushes, combs, Coat Kings, undercoat rakes, etc... I try to do some brushing in the tub, and use the hi-v to loosen clean wet coat. But it always seems to take WAY too long. It took me 4 hours (throw in 1/2 an hour for a lunch break... dog was under a fan in a kennel) to groom a rough collie today. His owner tries to keep up with his shedding, but his chest was packed with undercoat. He has the patience of a saint, this dog. Even with all the tugging and pulling and everything, he kept giving me kisses and slobbering on my arm (ewwwww). And he's not the only dog that should take a fraction of that time. I just can't seem to get things right, and it frustrates me to bits. Thank goodness for sensible owners!
I never deshed before the bath. I just don't want to be breathing in the dander and dust of a dirty coat. I also don't want to dull my tools.
Suggestions? I'm all ears!