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Dog Grooming - A Short History
Price USD $3.99
This illustrated e-book gives a short but detailed history of dog grooming, and the trials and tribulations of the development of show dog grooming and dog grooming in general.
From the days of hand clipping and no running water, this book tells the story of how dog grooming has grown up.
Poodle in Show Clip
Gordon Stables 1893 novel Sable and White:
The Autobiography of a Show Dog readers are introduced to Dandy Joe Robinson
“Weterinary Surgin -Dogs Borded Poodils Klipped”. Robinson’s
workday also included selling bespoke dog clothes, performing dental surgery,
and applying judicious spots to a customer’s Dalmatian. This tale foreshadowed
a range of contentious issues in the dog world. But probably none more so than
the parameters and ethics of grooming.
dog grooming is a recognized profession replete with certifications,
competitions, and technical marvels. It also goes without saying that we are
expected to keep our dogs clean, neat, and properly groomed. However, none of
these concepts came easily to the dog world.
Cruft was the first to envision the inherent promotional opportunities of good
dog care. He foresaw that dog shows could “achieve two purposes. First they
would enlarge and improve pedigreed stock. Secondly, it would improve the level
of dog management, which was not very high at the time, except among owners of
sporting animals.” (The Dog Book)
is an understatement. By the late nineteenth century, there was very limited
understanding of how or why to groom dogs, and almost no tools available to do
it. Revising this situation seemed virtually impossible considering the
obstacles it entailed. “Grooming to be effective must be constant and
thorough. A casual overhauling with a dirty brush once in two or three months
does not represent our views on the subject; but it is very hard to convince
some kennelmen of the benefit proper grooming will bestow on the dogs’
coats.” (The Illustrated Book of the Dog)
practices associated with cosmetic improvement of animals originated with the
Romans, who were unquestionably obsessed with grooming and hygiene. However,
this perception pretty much fell by the wayside in Western Europe after the
Romans departed. For many centuries, grooming was a luxury reserved for
aristocratic pets and valuable hunting dogs.
marketing concepts would never have gotten off the ground, without the
combination of sociological changes and inventions that defined the nineteenth
major impediment was the ingrained resistance to bathing and washing. The
merits of bathing were debated for almost a thousand years. Because disease transmission was so poorly understood, intentionally
subjecting yourself to this process was commonly regarded as pointless and
dangerous. These fears finally began to disappear in the Victorian era as the
germ theory of disease gained acceptance.
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