Dog Grooming Tips

Many people do not realise that brushing you Having a dog comes with many responsibilities to help ensure that your dog looks his best and stays in peak condition.  Grooming is just of the maintenance tasks.   Other things to keep your dog in good condition includes a healthy diet, plenty of walks and mental stimulation.

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The importance of dog grooming and brushing your dog

Excess hair

Most dog breeds shed in some form or other, and as a result, the fur can build up and stay within the coat.  This causes the dog to become itchy and even overheat in the summer.

As well as being beneficial to the dog, removing excess loose hair is also beneficial to you.  After all, it will stop the fur from going all over our clothes and furniture.  So as you see a win-win situation for you and your dog, no matter f you have a short-haired or long-haired breed.

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Natural oils

When you brush your dogs’ coat regularly, it helps the natural oils in the coat distribute more evening.  These oils help keep the coat looking shiny and healthy as well as helping dirt fall off the coat and therefore reducing bathing.

Detangling the coat

This is particularly beneficial to log haired coats that tangle easier.  By regular brushing, you can avoid the cot getting lots of mats and tangles.  If this happens, then you will have no option but to shave the coat of which is not good for the dog.

Health check

Brushing your dog on a regular basis also provides the perfect chance to check your dog over for any other health issues.  Whilst you are brushing, you can feel over the body for any unusual bumps or lumps. Small cuts or grazes, flea dust, ticks etc

Grooming your dog regularly can often catch problems early.

Building a stronger bond

It is essential that brushing and grooming are introduced from day 1 in a positive way so that dogs become used to it.  As long as it is ket as both a positive and pleasant experience from day one, then your bond together with grow.

How often should you brush your dog?

This is a very good question, and as a dog walker, I get asked all the time.

The answer has a lot to do with what type of coat your dog has.  E.g. short, medium or long-haired or even double coated.

Short-haired breeds

Dogs such as French Bulldogs, Boxers, pugs need very little brushing, unlike their long-haired companions.

However, having said that, it is a good idea to brush them around twice a month to remove loose hair and conduct a health check.

With these types of dogs, you can use one of the many grooming gloves that are on the market that are nice and gentle.  In fact, it will feel like you are simply stroking your dog.

Of course, if you’re worried about anything you find when grooming your dog, whether it’s matted fur, ticks or fleas, consult your local dog groomer or vet for advice.

Long-haired breeds

Breeds that have long hai include Wheaten Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and the collie.  These long-haired breeds need to be brushed at least once a week to get rid of loose hairs/

If you do not regularly brush them, the coat will get very matted

The best type of brush for long-haired breeds are the pin brush type or, better still, the double-sided one )pin brush one side and bristle the other)  The pin brush will help remove fur from the undercoat

Wirey coats

This type of coat can be found on breeds such as schnauzers and many terriers.

In the same way that long-haired coat dogs benefit from a weekly o even daily brushing, so do the wiry coats.  This will help prevent tangles and matted coats.

The best type of brush to use is the slicker brush,

For both long hair and wirey coated dogs, you may also consider investing in a metal comb which will help with knots and tangles.  However, take care when using the metal comb as they can be very sharp and hurt if you scrape the skin#

Top brushing tips when grooming your dog,

Never brush against the dogs’ coat. Always brush in the same direction as the fur.

As with your own hair, when trying to get rid of knots, hold the bottom of the fur and gentle tease, so you avoid pulling.

Some kind of detangling spray can help with the more stubborn tangles

If your dogs’ coat is very matted, then it is advisable to seek professional help from a groomer

Take things slowly, so your dog does not get stressed out.

Our top dog grooming tip when it comes to brushing your dogs’ coat is to try and make it an enjoyable experience.  Consider getting someone to feed your dog treats whilst you are grooming.

Other dog grooming tips

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Keep Nails Trimmed

A dog’s nails can be pretty painful for you and them if left unchecked. Trimming your dog’s nails with sharp clippers twice a month will mean that the nails will only need to be “tipped” – only the tops clipped – to ensure they remain short and healthy. If you are not sure how to cut your dog’s nails, seek professional guidance first from your dog groomer or vet.

Bath Time

You may only bathe your dog when it gets dirty or smelly after a muddy dog walk, which can be more frequent than you would like, but no matter how often you bathe your dog, you should always use products designed for dogs. Nowadays, there are all sorts of shampoos and conditioners to suit all skin and coat types, so make sure you pick the appropriate one to leave your pooch’s coat glistening and avoid any skin irritation.

Brushing Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth is basic hygiene and can reduce the build-up of bacteria in the mouth that can be harmful to the gums, kidneys and liver. There are a number of canine dental products available, from brushes and toothpaste to dental chews. You just have to decide what is best for your dog. Don’t use human toothpaste, though, as it contains ingredients like fluoride that can make your dog sick.

A good dog grooming tip is to start off just using your finger when your dog is a puppy.  Once they get used to this, you can introduce a small amount o toothpaste.  Then build up to a proper dog toothbrush.

Check the Ears

It is likely that your canine friend won’t need his ears cleaning that often, but make it part of your grooming routine to check for ticks, ear mites and wax build-up, which can be the causes of ear infections. If you do need to clean the ears, make sure you use a veterinarian-recommended ear cleaning solution and cotton balls (not cotton buds).

Of course, if you’re worried about anything you find when grooming your dog, whether it’s matted fur, ticks or fleas, consult your local dog groomer or vet for advice.  Why not consider a dog grooming diploma

Please read our article on keeping the house clean with pets and .choosing a dog groomer.

 

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