By Guest Contributor, Stephen Thomas
You don’t need to break the bank to get professional dog grooming services that will leave your pooch looking like a million bucks!
Regular grooming is very important and in order to avoid stress for you and your dog, ensure that you are prepared by getting all the materials you may need during grooming. You may also take your dog out for a short walk to make him relax and stay calm as you work on him. Your hound learns to enjoy being groomed when you start when he is young and as he grows he becomes accustomed.
Dog grooming is important for a number of reasons
- It creates a sense of responsibility to the members of the family and helps in bonding with the dog.
- To maintain a healthy skin and coat.
- To look and smell great!
While frequent professional dog grooming services may not be financially practical for everyone, the following top 5 dog grooming tips will come in handy.
1. Routine brushing can go a long way
Besides removing dead hair, routine brushing stimulates blood flow on the surface of the skin. It also enables you to familiarize yourself with the pet’s body.
The most important aspect is getting the appropriate brush for your pooch. This solely depends on the type of fur to be groomed. For the long haired breeds, a wide toothed bristle is ideal as it helps in detangling matted hair, while the short haired ones require a tight-spaced and soft bristles.
This varies from one breed to another. If your dog has a short thick coat brushing several times a week is recommended. Those with long, silky or wavy and curly coats should be brushed daily to keep the hair from tangling.
You don’t need to dread your dog’s shower moments. With adequate preparation, bathing should become an effortless and rewarding affair as it helps prevent diseases and keep infections at bay.
Ensure that you use approved shampoo specifically made for dogs as human shampoo tends to be too harsh on the skin and coat. Be careful to prevent the shampoo and water from getting in the eyes, inside the ears and mouth. Double rinse the dog to get rid of any shampoo residue on the fur. Towel dry or blow dry on low heat to finish off the process.
Unless your dog has a bad odor or accumulation of dirt, you should bathe him only when it’s necessary. Excessive bathing causes the skin to dry out because the natural oils are stripped from its coat too frequently.
3. Nail trimming
Trimming your dog’s nails is a vital part of grooming that shouldn’t be overlooked. Keeping them too long can cause painful feet and twisted or broken toes, since the nails grow in a curve. Regular clipping prevents this. In order to successfully do this, separate the toes using your fingers when clipping and remember to hold the paw gently.
As soon as you hear the nails click on the floor when your dog walks. That is about three to four weeks on average.
4. Brushing the teeth
You have no excuse to maintain proper oral hygiene for your hound. Not only does brushing its teeth helps to keep your pet healthy, it also curbs smelly breathe while at the same time saving you trips to the vet and expenses to treat dental problems. You can do this by using a soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste. In the absence of that, you can wrap your finger with a gauze and a homemade toothpaste of baking soda mixed with a little salt and water.
Regular brushing, that is around two or three times a week, is highly recommended to avoid tartar buildup.
5. Hair clipping
Is your dog’s coat long, wavy, curly or silky? If yes, then that means he’ll require a regular haircut. You need to work carefully using grooming scissors. Unlike a shaving machine which is noisy and may make your pet nervous, using grooming scissors is highly recommended as they are quiet, therefore your dog stays calm as you work.
This is solely dependent on the dog breed and owners preference.
You may only require professional dog grooming services once in a very long while if you keep in mind and implement the above tips. This will help in preventing your pet from licking or chewing on her fur to keep clean!
Stephen Thomas is the content marketing/blogger for Healthy Hound Playground, Northern Virginia’s Premier Dog Day Care, Boarding Kennel & Grooming Salon & Spa.