5 Dog Grooming Tips
DIY for Keeping Dog Coats Sleek and Shiny
We know that regular grooming helps keep our dogs' coats healthy and clean. It's also a way to bond with our pets and we can check for lumps and bumps while massaging shampoo into our dogs' coats.
Besides, who doesn't feel great after a bath?
Here are some tips to help you get started and ease any anxiety your dog may have about getting a scrub-a-dub-dub.
1. Daily Brushing
The best way to teach your dog to enjoy being groomed is to begin brushing him daily at a young age.
As he grows accustomed to being brushed, he'll also become more cooperative with being groomed and may even look forward to the activity.
2. Buy a Good Brush
You can prevent accidentally harming your dog by buying a good quality grooming brush or comb. Some dog breeds have specific needs when it comes to grooming: thicker fur requires a special undercoat comb; short-haired breeds may be best groomed with a soft brush and other breeds need extra attention for removing matted hair.
3. Choose the Right Shampoo
A white dog may benefit from a shampoo that enhances his color and removes tear or drool stains; other dogs may need a medicinal or skin conditioning shampoo for allergies. Use caution with scented shampoos as they can sometimes irriate your dog's skin. All-natural shampoos are also available for your four-legged companions and can be found online or at pet stores.
4. Watch the Water Temp
Keep the water temperature lukewarm when bathing your dog. Dogs can become scalded by hot water, too, and the pads of their feet, their nose, belly and ears can suffer from painful burns. If you're bathing your dog outside on a hot day, make sure to run the hose water for a few minutes to flush out any sitting water that has been heated inside the hose.
5. Have Towels on Hand
If you're bathing your dog indoors, make sure to have several towels readily available. Place one towel on the floor outside the tub or shower so your dog has a safe, non-slip area on which to stand (and drip). Use another towel immediately after the water is turned off to shield yourself — or your dog — when he shakes off. Depending on your dog's type of fur, a third towel may be needed for a final rub down to remove excess water. Don't forget to dry the pads of his paws so he doesn't slip on his way out of the bathroom.
If you find DIY grooming is too time consuming or you need help, consider a mobile dog grooming service. Mobile groomers bring the salon to your home so you and your dog don't have to travel; this may also be a less stressful solution for dogs who don't do well around other pets waiting to be serviced at a local groomer. Mobile groomers offer a wide selection of grooming supplies and perform all grooming services within their self-contained van.
Finally, don't forget to reward your dog with words of encouragement and a healthy treat following his bath.