5 Top Home Grooming Tips for Dogs
Keeping your dog looking his best is about many things, including a healthy diet, plenty of dog walking exercise and dog grooming. As a dog walker I have been asked many times about how to groom your dog at home between cuts, and here I have 5 Top Tips for Home Dog Grooming that will mean you can give your dog a real treat without having to head to the professionals every time
1) Keep Nails Trimmed – A dog’s nails can be pretty painful for you and them if left un-checked. 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.
2) Brushing – In an ideal world you would brush your dog every day, but this is not always possible. However making sure you give your dog’s regular brushing sessions is a essential to ensure his coat stays healthy. Make sure you use the right type of brush to match your dog’s fur and skin type though. If in doubt you should ask your professional groomer which is the type suited to your dog.
3) Bath Time – You may only bathe your dog when he 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.