Groomers Helper® Instructions
Never leave an animal in restraints unattended and never allow an animal to strugle in restraints. If they do not calm down, release them immediately.
STEP 1: Place the Groomers Helper® Clamp around your grooming arm and tighten it at the appropriate height. NOTE: The Groomers Helper® Clamp has been designed to fit square and round grooming arms from 3/4" to 1". The tether (rope) should face the pet and the adjusting knob should face you. If you are right handed the slide button should be to your right. Left handed the slide button should be on your left.
STEP 2: Attach the Groomers Helper® Loop to the pet. The loop should fit snugly around the neck. Use the stainless steel cam lock to size down the loop to the back of the pet's neck. You should be able to get two fingers between the loop and the pet's neck. In the event of an emergency such as a seizure you may release the pet immediately by using the quick release buckle on the loop.
STEP 3: Spin the loop around and connect it to the top of the grooming arm.
STEP 4: Attach the tether to the D-Ring on the Groomers Helper® Loop.
STEP 5: Adjust the arm's height so that the pet is standing normally with just a little slack. You can now pull the tether (rope) in gently, bringing the pet closer to the arm and lock the slide button when you reach the desired distance from the grooming arm. The Groomers Helper® pulls the loop away from the pet's trachea, eliminating choking.
At first, use your Groomers Helper® to acquaint yourself with and calm the pet. You may develop a rapport with them by gently pulling in the tether. You will feel that they are pulling back which is their natural instinct. Let them pull back and think they won the "Tug-of-War" before you lock the tether. They usually calm down after the second or third "win" and you are now playing with them. It is easy to now make friends. Most pets respond favorably and calm down when they realize they are in restraints and not fighting you. As the pet calms down you may release more and more, until almost no restraint is needed. For general grooming let the pet just relax with slack in the tether. Only enough slack so they cannot chew the tether.
Tip: If you think the pet might be a biter pull out the tether on the Groomers Helper® clamp attached to the grooming arm all the way. Open the quick release buckle on the loop. Face the pet away from you while the pet is sitting on the grooming table and sling the loop over the pet's head from behind them and reconnect the quick release buckle behind the pet's head. Attach the tether (rope on the Groomers Helper® clamp) to the "D" ring on the loop behind the pet's head. Swivel the loop around the pet's neck toward the arm so the "D" ring with the attached tether is positioned by the pet's throat. While holding the large swivel eye bolt snap on top of the loop slide the stainless steel cam-loc down to the back of the neck and snap closed. Remember to allow for at least two fingers between the loop and the pet's neck. Attach the swivel bolt snap to the eye at the top of the grooming arm and adjust the arm's height so that the pet is standing normally with just a little slack. Never hang the pet with a tight loop! You can now pull the tether (rope) in gently bringing the pet closer to the arm and lock the slide button when you reach the desired distance from the grooming arm. Your hands should have never been in front of the pet's muzzle to be bitten.
Advanced Positioning: The no grooming arm in front position for better top knots and beards is attained with the extra arm and clamp set. In the secured to the arm position you may secure the pets head to one side of the grooming arm allowing you to be protected on the other side for cleaning and plucking ears, dematting beards on pets with no muzzle and you can do the nails on the toughest of dogs. This is usually a two-person operation. The tri-tie position for the elderly, blind and deaf dogs. No more head bobblers. This position needs the extra clamp & arm set and a second Groomers Helper®
The Cat Cross-tie position is attained with the extra clamp and arm set. Never put the loop around the cat's neck. You may attach the loop either around the chest behind the front legs or over one shoulder and under the other arm. Clamp the grooming loop to the extra clamp and cat crosstie arm positioned on the opposite end of the table from the main grooming arm. Bring the Groomers Helper® down to the table deck so the slide button still operates. You can now hook the tether to the "D" ring on the loop. Open up the quick release and you are ready to crosstie the cat flat on the table so you do not have to scruff him at all times.