As a dog owner yourself, you want them to look their best, but having them professionally groomed on a regular basis is not financially feasible for most people. Because of this, we shall share some wisdom gathered from fellow dog owners, each of them will give their own dog grooming tips that will make your dog look like they just stepped out of a beauty salon. Here are 10 tips for you to use the next time you groom your pup.
Bathing Your Dog.
Bathe your dog once every two to three months, especially when you starting seeing fleas on them or if they’re covered in filth. Unlike us human beings, dogs don’t require the need to often bathe due to it depleting their natural oils from their coats as well as well as drying out their skin. When it’s time to give them a bath, only stick with dog shampoo as the kind made for humans can irritate their coat and skin. Remember to try and not get shampoo inside the ears, mouth, or eyes. After having bathed them for fleas, make sure you also apply a medicine that prevents fleas.
Brushing Your Dog.
If your pup has long hair, you may want to brush them at least once a day starting from the time they’re a puppy. Not only will this allow them to get used to your touches and sensation of the brush so they don’t become nervous as they get older. As you brush the dog, make sure to use a long and widely spaced bristle brush if they have long hair, and a shorter, tightly packed bristle brush if they have much shorter hair. If the dog has medium or longer-length hair ( or even curly hair) they will benefit from a wire pin brush instead. After using a wire pin or bristle brush, complete your grooming routine with a slicker brush, which takes tangles and matted hair off the coat. For does who have dogs with a double-coat, such as a Siberian Husky, purchase an undercoat rake to eliminate dead hair.
This was once a well-guarded secret in the world of dog grooming, mainly due to it originally being used for horses. However, Dog grooming companies have made up their own formulation just for dogs and it works wonders, just as the original one. It gives your dog’s coat an amazingly soft and silky touch and appearance. The other amazing thing about it is that it creates a barrier that keeps dirt from adhering to your dog’s coat, making it much more easier to brush them off after a day of fun at the park.
Another possible solution is to combine a 1 to 2 tablespoons of Main and Tail conditioner and enough water to fill a ½ gallon of a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle for every time you use it. This is another method you can use every time you wish to brush your dog while applying conditioner on.
If you wish to cut your dog’s hair at home, this can be done every six to eight weeks on average. If you noticed the matted areas forming quite frequently, or there is so much hair that your dog is having trouble seeing properly, you’ll need to do it much more frequently.
Start off by giving your dog a bath to prep for their haircut. Then, brush out any matted sections or knows. Using clippers, cut towards the direction of hair growth, and use scissor around their legs, ears, and face. When trimming hair in the feet area, brush against the towards the direction the hair grows.This allows you to push the hair between the toes up, so it can be seamlessly cut with the scissors. Make sure to use clippers on the underside of the paws.
Check Your Dog’s Skin
While grooming your pup, check your dog’s skin for any sort of irregularity, such as hotspots. Hotspots are moist areas that can appear when you dog continually picks at certain spots. These hotspots are caused due to flea bites, or simply not rinsing the body well enough when bathing, and can also occur under hair mats.
A dog’s toenail requires maintenance about once every two weeks. One great way of knowing when it’s time to clip your pup’s nails is when you hear the nails make clicking sounds on the floor. The best possible way to trim their nails is to utilize a small pair of scissor clippers. For a much more larger dog, a pair of larger clippers may be needed. Make sure you keep the clippers sharp, which means either replacing or sharpening them when they start to dull.
Brushing a dog’s teeth can be done at least once a day, but it should be done at least three times a week ideally. To pull this off, you’ll need to utilize a dog toothbrush (finger brushing the dog is also possible if they weight less than 30 pounds.) Dog Toothpaste should be used mainly due to human toothpaste causing stomach issues.
Be Gentle With Your Pup.
It should be obvious for you to tell when your dog feels uncomfortable when brushing or pressing too hard, so be as gentle as possible, similar to the way you’re washing an infant. Always hold on to the roots of the hair when brushing incases of knots, and only apply some light pressure when washing with shampoo.
Your dog’s regular grooming routine should also include a regular check up for ears. This is especially important for dogs who might produce excessive earwax or have tons of inner-ear hair. Do not clean your pups ears so frequently or deeply as this can lead towards irritation, and take care to never insert anything into the pup’s ear canal. Probing too deeply can lead towards trauma and possible infections.
Keeping Equipment Clean
Once you’ve finished, make sure to clean the brushes, combs, nail trimmers, etc, after each use. This will help to avoid any potential secondary infection from bacteria the grooming utensils collect. Having a brush cleaner designed to remove hair and grime from your pin and slicker brushes will ensure your equipment stays clean.