Dog grooming is essential for many reasons regardless of the dog breed or age. Many pet owners do like grooming their dogs on their own, but if you don’t have the luxury of time to groom wash, brush, and trim your dog, there are professional dog groomers that will perform the magic for you.
So there is really no reason why you should not have a properly groomed pet. As pet parents, it is our responsibility to keep our fur-kids pretty, healthy, and happy as well. If you love your dog, then here are a few tips on how to go about grooming your dog.
Get to know your dog’s coat type
There are several types of dog furs, and knowing your canine’s kind of coat will help you understand his needs when it comes to grooming. Coat type varies between breeds. The dog’s fur coat will eventually change as your pet matures, so knowing what to expect in the future will give you a glimpse of his grooming care needs.
Dogs can be classified into five types of fur: smooth coat, double coat, long coat, wire coat, and curly coat.
The smooth coat is usually the easiest coat to maintain. If your dog is a bulldog or a greyhound, then this is his specific coat type. As with many dogs, this coat type also sheds but generally does not require grooming at all.
Dogs such as Poodles, Pumi’s, and Airedale Terriers all have curly coats. Pet parents will have to groom their dogs on a daily basis. Curly coats are usually thick, which means it could matt very easily. As such, maintaining it as often as possible is ideal.
Examples of long coated dogs inclue Shih Tzus, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers. It is suggested that this coat should be brushed at least three times per week. Using a long-haired shampoo for dogs is highly recommended as well.
If you own a Pug, Beagle or Labrador, then your dog has a short coat. This coat type has two layers making the overall appearance of the coat to be very dense. Although this coat type does not require extensive grooming, it is susceptible to water, which makes it more difficult to dry, and thus, your dog could tend to smell a little bit more.
A variety of Terriers have wiry coats. If you have a dog that has such a coat type, then you’ll need to learn a specific grooming technique called hand stripping. This process is very difficult to master and can be very labor intensive.
Once you know your dog’s specific coat type, you can then plan out how to go about with the necessary grooming care your dog needs.
It’s all about the brushing
Every coat type requires a specific brush type. Curly coated dogs need to be brushed with metal or stainless steel combs. If your dog has straight hair such as that of a Maltese, you will need to get a pin brush. Maintaining medium haired dogs, on the other hand, requires a slicker brush.
When you brush your short-haired dog, make sure that you are using a rubber curry brush. Dogs with thick hair will need to be brushed with an undercoat rake or a slicker brush. You will also need to dematting tool and a shedding tool.
Now, when it comes to bathing your dog, using the right kind of shampoo will give your canine a silky shine to her coat. There are general purpose shampoos, hypoallergenic, and even aloe vera shampoos. You can also use conditioners and spray colognes to keep your dog smelling good and looking shiny.
Other than shampoos, you should also take into consideration skin medications for infections. Most dogs are likely to develop some skin conditions during their lifetime, so knowing how to deal with it is a must.
Brushing is not just for the coat though. One of the most overlooked aspects of dog care is dental hygiene. Your dog may already be dealing with a toothache or gum problems and you may not even know about it.
That is why it is important also to prioritize your dog’s oral hygiene. Like with regular grooming, your dog should have his teeth brushed on a daily basis. While it is ideal to brush your dog’s teeth every single day, this is unrealistic.
Don’t force brushing your dog’s teeth if he isn’t in the mood. If you can only brush half of his teeth, that’s totally fine. Just make sure you clean the other half when you get a chance. Your dog will eventually become comfortable with the whole oral hygiene routine.
Dog bathing 101
Washing your dog is usually a straightforward process. Many pet owners, however, commit several bath-time mistakes that make the bathing experience uncomfortable for the pets.
Most experts believe that lukewarm water must be used in bathing your canine. Water with the wrong temperature will only leave a negative connotation of bath time on the dogs. So what’s the right water temperature? The water should feel neither hot nor cold. Just like when preparing a bath for a baby or younger children.
Never directly spray water on your dog’s body. The sound of loud running water often times upset them. So what you can do is to spray water at the back of your hand first, letting the water drip onto your pet’s fur.
Of course it goes without saying that you should use specially formulated dog shampoos when bathing your pet. Actively massage the shampoo unto your dog’s fur for about five minutes. Then use a towel to dry off your pet.
If you haven’t done before, you should leave using any drying tools to the experts as it can be difficult to regulate the right temperature that won’t burn your pet’s skin. You should also be familiar with how often you should be bathing your four-legged friend. Too much bath can strip away your pet’s natural oils in his coat, which could result in skin irritations.
See to it that you also clean your pet’s ears, face, and nails. Cleaning your dog’s eye “gunk,” ear wax, and long toenails should be included in the regular grooming processes.
Remember to give your dog a treat after you finish grooming him. This will instill in him the idea that grooming is something good and enjoyable.
These are just some of the most important things you need to know about grooming your puppy. Most importantly, it is your responsibility to know more about what your pet needs.
Grooming your pet is a way to show you care for your dog. Not grooming as often as required will have a negative impact on your dog’s health.
If you can’t find time to groom your dog on your own, you can take your pet to a professional groomer. They will know how to deal with your dog’s grooming needs, and see to it that you only entrust your fur-kid to an experienced and reliable pet groomer.