I am the only one among me and my groomer friends that will wash EVERY dog before a bath. They think that is disgusting and a waste of time and shampoo to wash those matts.
Just recently I have started washing all my dogs before performing any haircuts on them. All I do before the baths are the nails and ears. Many years ago I thought it was stupid to wash matts but now I believe otherwise. Many matts are held together by dirt and they loosen trememdously when they are cleaned. I have saved many matted to the bone tails by washing first, then I was able to split and brush out the matts. If you have never done this before I know it is hard to believe. It works. Today I groomed a maltipoo that was the kind of matted that happens when the owner has washed the dog at home for the past three months. You know, the all over body clean matts, to the bone little knots on every part of the body. If I had groomed this dog before a bath I would have had to shave everything but the head with a 7f, even the tail. After a bath and a blowout with a HV dryer, I was able to get a 4f through the coat and finish with a 3 blade. I was able to leave a long flowing tail because I split some matts with the scissors and gently and patiently brushed and combed. It didn't take long to do this and in the end I was able to leave Ms. Leia with a beautiful haircut that had style.
Check out the before and after pictures of Leia the maltipoo.
What is your take on washing before shaving off matts? Have you ever tried it and did you like it?